We had an interesting response for GLAM Blog Club in April.
Press Gang talked about Dressing up hope by bringing cosplay into libraries.
Anne Reddacliff wrote about libraries a ‘positive institutions’ that promote happiness - “They give us the tools we need to build hope for the future and with it they help us to become happier”. My own post was on a similar theme - that the whole premise of libraries is optimistic, and I’m glad to work in one.
Lise Summers made up for lost time, combining Hope with last month’s topic, What I wish they’d taught me in GLAM school. Lise recommends that current GLAM students be bold in their choices, and give themselves hope by eschewing limits and understanding that GLAM School is about learning how to learn, more than it is about imparting a particular set of ‘practical’ skills.
Matthew Burgess has Hope for an open (source) future and wrote about open access, public domain, and the need for GLAM institutions to open up digital image archives for reuse and exploration.
Clare wrote about finding hope and community in unexpected places and the wonderful experience she had at her first professional conference, ALIA Online - learning about digital humanities and archiving tools, research data management, and how Snapchat can be used to ‘unlearn’ after failures. Like many other Australian librarians, Clare has also found hope in Caroline Beatty’s recent launch of #LibrariansForRefugees. You can hear an interview with Caroline about this initiative and what inspired her, on a recent CardiCast episode.
Cory Greenwood wrote about why he recently returned to study, and how he hopes it was the right decision.
Ellen Forsyth left us all with a wonderful list of things to give us hope, from the Colombia Journalism Review to Superheros in color (sic). Ellen leaves us with the thought that there is much to be hopeful about, “but we must choose to take action”.
Edward Shaddow provided a wonderful meditation on bad coffee, and why we should use it to find hope when things are going wrong.
Nik McGrath finds hope in the actions taken around the world to ‘save what remains’ when archives and historical treasures are threatened by war and deliberate destruction.
I can’t wait to see what everyone writes about in our future-looking theme in May!