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I struggle with , which is why I've never done one before. With every word I choose to communicate who I am, I get anxious about the many others I'm not choosing, so end up saying nothing at all. Despite being a systematiser and classifier by nature and profession, I bristle and squirm when being classified. Identity labels and hashtags feel inadequate and constraining. Instead, I try to demonstrate who I am in my digital presence and interactions. So, here I am. Hello.

Good grief. Preserve archivists from meddling HR who think that delicate women aren't capable of lifting archive boxes (see question 2):

Just got around to joining the union for the sector I now work in, and discovered that their LGBTIQ caucus is called GLAM:

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The joys of automated classification, youtube decides that all of Cornell Uni's youtube channel is bad content and deletes the entire channel

YouTube link, school librarians, trans youth (+) 

A first hand account about the impact school librarians can have on trans youth:

Woke up to an automated email saying that my passport application has been approved. Victory!

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And the outcome of an hour and half on hold to the UK Passport Office? I've been instructed to send them a letter. I pointed out that by the time it reaches them from Australia they may well have rejected my passport application for failing to provide an appropriate photo. So they told me to also fill in an online form telling them that I'm sending them a letter. Truly the most bureaucratic of bureaucracies.

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I'm in administrative hell. I'm trying to renew my UK passport. The photo I submitted was rejected for not meeting the photo standards of the International Civil Aviation Organisation because I was wearing a headcovering, even though this is permitted for religious reasons. The online system said I could explain why I needed the exemption when I uploaded my new photo, but my kippah is too small to be detected, so it just accepted the photo. Now I'm on endless hold to Her Majesty's Government. 😫

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I had no idea there was a Black Film Archive online. But there is, and it is much useful.

Check it out.

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thank you to those admins who are doing the work to build librarian communities here

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Librarians! Looking for input. 

I have a lot of respect for the Digital Initiatives librarian at my institution, and I'm interested in collaborating with him on a graduate-level digital humanities course. But I want it to be fun for him, not work. Librarians at universities---what do you wish you could do with faculty and students around metadata, text markup, text analysis, or text/data presentation or visualization? Love to hear ideas from your perspective!

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Looking through a dataset where it's very obvious someone did a replace "no" with "0".

Leading to such fun titles as:

Queen 0or


S0w White


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I was out walking, lost in thought, and paid little attention to where I was going. Imagine my surprise when I found myself in the Library of Unwritten Books.
I wasn't allowed to read any of my own unwritten books, but I read one of yours.
It was really good. You should write it.
#MicroFiction #SmallStories #TootFic

Beware emerald green books. The Poison Book Project seeks to identify books dyed with toxic pigments:

Shoutout to Matthew Proctor for providing this community sourced dataset of Australian Post Codes, which was exactly what I needed this afternoon:

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Shark tanks and mysteries of the deep: More than 160,000 fish are kept in Australia's scientific 'fish library' - ABC News

Just finished Janelle Monáe's The Memory Librarian and Other Stories of Dirty Computer. The title story, which Monáe co-wrote with Alaya Dawn Johnson, is about the Director Librarian of the Little Delta memory repository. It explores the connection between the control of information, surveillance, and political power, as well as who these information systems marginalise. Something more librarians should pay attention to.

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Reading The Exploitation of Photography: How Creative Commons Licenses Enable Surveillance by @adamhrv and appreciate even more attempts by the open community to begin to expand licenses into ethical areas. Licenses such as the Do No Harm license
and The Hippocratic license I suspect that many in the #OpenEducation social justice communities would leap at a chance to use licenses like these for #OER production

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I don’t miss the office at all, but I have missed the library suggestions board

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Aus GLAM Space

This is a Mastodon instance primarily for Australasian Galleries, Libraries, Archives, Museums and Records people, and anyone else who wants to hang out with them. We use the Hometown fork which enables local-only posts.