COVID (+) 

Good news: I don't have COVID.

When I filled out the testing form I selected 'Education - tertiary (staff and students)' as my employment category. The doctor I spoke to asked me if I was a lecturer or a student. I told her I was "a librarian". I'm not, technically, but I figured a drive-through COVID testing centre in a multi-storey car park was not the place to try to explain the nuances in the difference (if any) between librarians, archivists, records managers, and data curators.

TIL that Janelle Monáe started their career busking on the steps of the Robert W. Woodruff Library in Atlanta.

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Question about Bibliothèque nationale de France book data identifiers 

this is such a niche question, but does anyone here know if BnF IDs for books are unique to works, editions, or both?

systemic sexism and racism in academia 

Very powerful editorial by Dr Pooja Sawrikar on gender inequity and academic progression: doi.org/10.3390/soc11010023

arachnid 

Trapped in house. Spider has built a human-sized web outside front door. 🕸️

A Song Below Water, SFFBookClub 

The importance of natural hair care for Black women as part of Black cultural identity, as well as the way in which Effie's hair came alive as part of her transformation reminded me a little of the Binti stories, in which there is also culturally significant hair care routines and science fictional transformations of hair into living/communicating/sensing organs.

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A Song Below Water, SFFBookClub 

One of the things I liked was the way Morrow incorporated natural hair styling and care into the story in a significant way: Tavia following a style vlogger for natural haircare tips, being frustrated that her non-Black peers don't understand Black hair and beauty culture; Effie wearing a different natural style suitable for regular swimming. It's her hair and skin that are the first parts of her to show signs of her true form.

Huh. CSU School of Information Studies is expanding to include Communication Studies and will become known as the School of Information and Communication Studies from mid-year. Survival strategy in the face of what's happened to other Australian information studies schools and courses recently?

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> Visible name changes promote inequity for transgender researchers

journals.plos.org/plosbiology/

> Allowing for invisible name changes is a matter of dignity for trans researchers. This would prevent their own publication record from outing them without their consent. A single, centralized name change request through ORCID iD would alleviate the burden of changing each publication individually.

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transphobia 

Sign the open letter to Prof Duncan Maskell (Vice Chancellor) and Prof Russell Goulbourne (Dean of Arts) to stop transphobia at the University of Melbourne before 9am AEST on Thursday 4 March.

The open letter: docs.google.com/document/d/1sD

The form to add your signature: docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAI

Ooh, and I've just noticed that one of their previously recorded webinars was on adapting Octavia Butler's Parable of the Sower and Kindred into graphic novel format. Bookmarking this to watch later: mediacentral.princeton.edu/med

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This is a little early on a Saturday morning for Australasian timezones, but might be of interest for North Americans. Acrobatics: Moving Through the Trans Archives, a webinar highlighting trans studies in Princeton University Library collections and private archives: libcal.princeton.edu/calendar/

The Research Data Alliance (RDA) working group on FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable) for Research Software have a principles discussion document out for community input. Thought some folks here might have useful input: docs.google.com/document/d/10j

Downloaded a seminal 20+ year old digital preservation text in PDF. This was what greeted me on opening it. 😬

covid, vic 

I've been using my Slingshot planner as a visual journal. Last week's journalling theme was how I felt about being in and coming out of lockdown.

eugenics 

Mind you, it's still a more in depth and considered response than we've had from Australian institutions with similar histories. theage.com.au/national/victori

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eugenics 

It's concerning that UCL's announcement about facing up to its eugenics history involves "Expanded opportunities for students to engage with the subject of eugenics" rather than, say "Expanded opportunities for students to critically engage with the history of eugenics". This is going to be done through "improved access to archives and special collections". I hope this means that archival descriptions are being reviewed to centre disabled and BAME perspectives. ucl.ac.uk/news/2021/jan/ucl-ma

colonialism 

"Archives need to broaden their perception of relevant records to go beyond cultural information and retrospective memory making about Indigenous peoples. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are still here existing and living and evolving today, and our modern culture and lives are just as important to the history of Australia as our traditional culture and lives."

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colonialism 

"The silence of galleries, archives, libraries and museums (GLAM) might be seen by some as an attempt to remain neutral, but the choice to not engage with BLM [Bla(c)k Lives Matter] during NRW [National Reconcilation Week] demonstrated that GLAM institutions are more comfortable celebrating Indigenous activism long after the event has passed and the historical narrative for the event has been decided."

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