Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

Krista McCracken

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OE Fellows Open Ed Week Kick-Off Webinar

As part of my role as an eCampus Ontario Open Education Fellow, I’m participating in a community conversation webinar about open education. This webinar will kick off Open Education Week on March 2nd at 12:30 pm and bring together the 2019-20 cohort of OE Fellows. From the webinar description: Learn more about their experience acting…
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Building with words time is precious. Right side reads Episode 65: Letting Go To Make Space

Historical Reminiscents Podcast EP 65: Letting Go To Make Space

In today’s episode I’m thinking about making space for new opportunities by letting go of old ones. I discuss balancing commitments, knowing when it is time to move on, and changing interests.  Mentioned in this episode: –Thinking Rock Community Arts-Erin Wunker, “Surthrival” on the Hook & Eye blog Photo by Andrew Seaman on Unsplash Download or Listen Now:

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Context Matters: Indigenous Knowledge and OER

As part of my eCampus Ontario Open Education Fellows project I’ve had the opportunity to collaborate with Skylee-Storm Hogan on a couple of projects. As always, this collaboration has been a joy and I’ve learned so much from work with Skylee-Storm. Part of this work has included creating a video that explores the intersection of…
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Historical Reminiscents Podcast EP 64: Professional Growth Within An Organization

I’ve been working at Algoma University, in the Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre, since 2010. That’s a decade. In today’s episode I’m talking about means to stay at one institution for a long period of time and how to grow within local opportunities.  Mentioned in this episode: -Erin White, “What It Means to Stay” Photo by Andrew…
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Webinar: Trans and Gender Non-conforming Inclusion in Libraries

UPDATE: Registration for this webinar is now full (wow! thanks folks!). If you are interested in receiving a copy of the recording you can email Laura Gariepy at lwgariepy[at]vcu[dot]edu and she will make sure you get access to the recording. On Thursday February 27, 2020 I’m presenting a free webinar on “Trans and Gender Non-conforming…
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Organizing Ideas Podcast

I recently had the joy of talking with Allison Jones and Karen Ng of the Organizing Ideas Podcast, a fantastic podcast looking at the relationship between organizing information and community organizing. We talked about public history, archival process, the need for archives to move away from colonial mindsets, and I gushed about embroidery briefly. You…
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Finding Memories in Textiles

Another textile post. I know, I know. But I am finding a lot of joy in thinking about the ways in textiles intersect with history. I’m working on a project that has me re-purposing old fabrics. This has included working with everything from old shirts to off cuts from sewing projects to found fabric household…
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Cookbook on left, right side reads Episode 63: Archival Cookbooks

Historical Reminiscents Podcast EP 63: Archival Cookbooks

How does food interest with your understanding of the past? In today’s episode I’m talking about food in the archives, historical recipes, and teaching history through food. I’ll also be talking about some of my favourite historical cookbook quirks. Mentioned in this episode: -Sophie Hicks, Active History posts on using food as historical narrative-Madison Bifano,…
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Material Culture Theme Week

Active History is organizing a 2020 theme week around material culture. Modeled after the 2019 Museum Theme Week ( this series aims to expand the conversation about material culture and highlight the work of those studying the materiality of the past. We welcome contributions from academics, public historians, museum professionals, makers, community practitioners, and anyone…
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Lego Stormtrooper with footprints in the sand on left. Right side reads "Vicarious trauma in the archives"

Historical Reminiscents Podcast EP 62: Vicarious Trauma in the Archives

New year, new podcast episode. I’m starting 2020 by talking about vicarious trauma in the archives and the impact of working with traumatic records on archival staff. I discuss emotional labour and strategies for coping with vicarious trauma in the archives.  Mentioned in this episode: -Katie Sloan, Jennifer Vanderluit, and Jennifer Douglas “Not ‘Just My…
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