S.S. Librarianship

a podcast for librarians and the nerds who love them

Hi! We're Alli Sullivan & Sam Mills. We met in a pub the night before our first day of library school, and since then we've been through a lot together - classes, presentations, jobs, weddings, Dungeons & Dragons campaigns - all the while finding ourselves engrossed in wide-ranging conversations about television, film, books, technology, and what it means to be a young, nerdy, lady librarian in the twenty-first century. This podcast is our attempt to share our conversation with you - we hope you enjoy listening, and we hope you'll jump in and join us by sending in a question, comment, or topic for us to discuss on the show!

Indefinite Hiatus

Back in the heyday of Television Without Pity, when a show went off the air, they would often assign it the status of "Indefinite Hiatus." In some ways this was a brilliant flash of foresight about the future of TV - they were anticipating that some beloved shows would never be over for good in the age of Netflix and crowdfunding. But it always seemed, too, like a rather poetic nod to the fact that the media we love never really ends, because we can always return to it again and again, often discovering it anew as we continue to grow and change beyond the era it was made and the perspectives we held.

You've probably noticed that S.S. Librarianship has been quiet for a while. We've decided that, for the foreseeable future, this project is over for us. We've loved the ride, and we've so appreciated the responses we've gotten and the opportunities the show has given us to engage in conversation with each other and with so many brilliant and fascinating friends and colleagues. We're very proud of this podcast as a body of work and a testament to our passion for our profession and all our other favourite things.

We'll keep the site up and running for the time being, which means you can return to this feed or to this page to access the archives. We hope the show continues to be discovered by new librarians and new nerds, and continues to provide something useful, or at least entertaining, to all who listen. 

We're also not shutting the door completely on podcasting in general. Right now we're both pretty busy with work and life, but we see each other often, and we've never stopped enjoying talking to each other and everyone else about the things we love and the issues we care about. So we may very well be back before you know it, in some form or another. In the meantime you can find us in all the usual social media places individually (the SSL accounts are pretty much dormant now).

That's all there is for now, friends. We'll catch you on the proverbial flipside.

-Sam and Alli

 

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Episode Eighty-One - "Short answer is... too bad?"

This week, with very special guest Michael Wynne

Mind Grapes: We get after those early December blockbusters! Doctor Strange, Arrival, and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them are all discussed. We also talk some books with The Expanse series, wildly popular television with The Great British Bake Off, and some real culture with the Star Trek Exhibit at the EMP in Seattle.

Class Z(ed): Michael returns to the podcast to tell us about the continuation of his career. In his first appearance in Episode 11, Michael told us all about his work at the Xwi7xwa Library at UBC. His work in this regard has continued as he is now a Digital Applications Librarian at Washington State University working with ethical curation, the Plateau Peoples Web Portal, and the Tribal Stewardship program.

Links:

Doctor Strange
Arrival

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
The Expanse Series
by James S. A. Corey
Great British Bake Off
Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds
The Plateau Peoples Web Portal

Mukurtu CMS
Center for Digital Scholarship and Curation - Washington State University


 

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Episode Eighty - "Extroverts = VAMPIRES"

This week with special guest Mary Jinglewski...

SPOILER WARNINGS FOR WESTWORLD, THE FLASH, LEGENDS OF TOMORROW AND SUPERGIRL.

Mind Grapes: Sam is super up-to-date and tells us about her latest TV obsession, Westworld. Mary has been getting into the DC Television family of products, especially Supergirl and The Flash. And medieval musicals? That's pretty much right up Alli's street with Galavant.

Class Z(ed): In another edition of let's ask our friends about their cool jobs, Mary shares here experience working at Equinox Software who offer support for the open source integrated library systems softwares Koha and Evergreen. We hear about her job, her travel, and how much fun she's having teaching software up and down the East Coast.

Links:

Westworld (1973 film)
Westworld (2016 HBO Series)
DC Television Universe
Arrow
Supergirl
The Flash
Legends of Tomorrow
Galavant

Equinox Software
Evergreen ILS
Koha ILS

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Episode Seventy-Nine - "Don't you death-shame me!"

This week with special guest host Melanie Cassidy and guest Matthew Murray...

Mind Grapes: Matthew is on again, so that means comics! Lots of comic and manga suggestions from both Matthew and Melanie. Also a few additional podcasts - one new and one previously mentioned, but it has gotten super super good.

Class Z(ed): The Comic Conference for Educators and Librarians was a tagged on event at San Diego Comic Con this year and was lovingly organized in no small part by our own Matthew Murray. He tells us all about the events, their goals, and some of the generally awesome stuff he got to do at SDCC.

Links:

Ask A Mortician | YouTube
Smoke Gets In Your Eyes | Caitlyn Doughty
Portal 2 & Portal
Eden: It's an Endless World
Yowamushi Pedal
Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service
Summer Wars
Terrace House

Babysitter's Club Club (podcast)
The Adventure Zone (podcast)
The Crystal Kingdom Soundtrack | Griffin McElroy
SDCC
Comic Conference for Educators and Librarians
No Flying, No Tights
Making Comics Panel Slide Deck
Hellboy in Hell | Mike Mignola
Knights of Sidonia | Tsutomu Nehei
 

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Episode Seventy-Eight - "Limp Wrists, Old Maids, and Diabolical Deviants"

This week, with special guest Christina Neigel...

BiblioFiles: We got to talking and just couldn't stop! Christing Neigel, amazing librarian, teacher, and now PhD student, talks to us about her research project that examines librarian stereotypes from the last couple of decades. This fascinating discussion weaves its way around trashy detective novels, terrible TV shows, and why the media may view librarians the way it does.

Links:

Reel Librarians (blog)
The Aurora Teagarden Mysteries
A Bone to Pick: An Aurora Teagarden Mystery
The Julius House: An Aurora Teagarden Mystery
Ann "The Librarian" Withers
Christina's Blog
The Librarians (TV Show)
 

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Episode Seventy-Seven - "Written in crayon and human blood."

This Week...

Mind Grapes: SPOILER WARNING! An idle question of "Hey, have you heard of this Stranger Things show?" turns into an internet sensation. Of course we saw it. It is fantastic (with reservations from Sam). But perhaps more shockingly - Sam's childhood remains intact after she did not hate Star Trek: Beyond.

Class Z(ed): We return to this year's eBook Summit, where Sam was a presenter! We talk about the latest and greatest in library related ebook technology and initiatives. And so can you! Most parts of the summit were filmed and are available online.

Links:
Star Trek: Beyond
Stranger Things
Star Trek: Discovery

eBook Summit 2016 videos from YouTube
The Atheist Who Went to Church | Mark McLean
Smashwords

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Episode Seventy-Six - "Open source toasters..."

This week, with special guests Matthew Murray and Sara Allain

Mind Grapes: You get comic recommendations! And YOU get comic recommendations! But first, Alli talks about her latest podcast binge, the wonderful 2 Dope Queens (showing especial appreciation for Hari Kondabolu’s story). Sara shares some of her latest comic loves in Fresh Romance, Girl Over Paris (a comic spun off from the novel Girl on a Wire), and Southern Cross. In a shocking change of pace, Matthew offers more comic suggestions in the form of the feminist works Chainmail Bikini and Vixen’s Keep, but then tells us a little about Rat Queens Vol. 3, which was slightly disappointing for totally understandable reasons. Sam wraps up with the Netflix Series Cooked, which is Michael Pollen’s latest docuseries looking at the concept of cooking and how it has shaped what we are.

Nerd Alert! Sam and Alli both strive to be renaissance nerds that dabble in all forms of nerdery, but comics remain elusive – the entry bar seems high and unforgiving. Matthew has been reading X-Men comics all his life. Sara got super deep into comics in the last few years. And Alli has had an enduring love of the X-Men movies and television series. So how to we enter into a world so deep? Where do we start if we want to learn more about Professor Xavier and his rag-tag group of super-powered children? Sara and Matthew give us some good suggestions and talk about what X-Men Comic Fandom in particular means to them.

LINKS (oh so many links…)

2 Dope Queens
Fresh Romance
Girl Over Paris
Girl on a Wire
| Gwenda Bond
Southern Cross
Chainmail Bikini
Vixen’s Keep

Cooked
Jay and Miles X-plain the X-Men
X-Men No. 1
Star Trek – X-Men Crossover
Dazzler Music Videos
Excalibur
Age of Apocalypse
X-Men Season One
X-Men First Class
House of M
Generation X – Underground Special
Worst X-Man Ever
Forget Me Not
X-Men ‘92
Astonishing X-Men
All New Wolverine
Ms. Marvel
X-Factor
Wolverine and the X-Men
Amazing X-Men

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Episode Seventy-Five - "I done gone drank the haterade..."

This fortnight...

Mind Grapes: Alli has been having less than perfect media experiences and complains bitterly about Ernest Cline's second novel, Armada, and the mostly disappointing latest handheld Mario title, Mario and Luigi Paper Jam. Sam also has complaints, but this time about the U.S. political docuseries, The Circus. We do, however, finish with some good reading - Lawrence Hill's The Illegal.

ReRoll: Harkening back to episode 59 of the show ("We don't want to throw any babies out with any bathwater, here."), Alli continues to be in a bad mood because 1) The ACRL has officially recisinded the Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education, clearly not listening to our podcast or the salient advice it gave and 2) everyone needs to calm down about it. Like, for serious.

Links:
Armada | Ernest Cline
Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam
Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam Review - Zero Punctuation.
The Circus
The Illegal | Lawrence Hill
Sometimes when we touch...
Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education
"ACRL Board Takes Action on Information Literacy Standards" - ALA Insider
Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education
 

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Episode Seventy-Four - "Crazy Socialist Canadians."

It's still June! We're good!

This week...

Mind Grapes: Sam is inspired by a recent episode of This American Life and Lindy West's new book Shrill to pick up Jes Baker's Things No One Tells Fat Girls. Alli was dragged to the Jane Austen adaptation Love and Friendship, but LOVED IT. But this weekend has been devoted to playing Blizzard's latest Overwatch. Speaking of games, Sam also plugs her latest podcast binge Cool Games Inc.

Class Z(ed): It's been about a month, but this year's BC Library Conference was a super cool time. We talk about volunteering, Corey Doctorow's firebrand keynote, and an amazing presentation on privacy, and a number of other conference bits and bobs.

Also check our article in BCLA Perspectives: "Democracy in Your Earbuds: The Freedom of Podcasting."

Links:

Jes Baker | Things No One Tells Fat Girls | The Militant Baker
This American Life - Episode 589 "Tell Me I'm Fat"
BC Library Conference 2016 Program | Presentations
Overwatch
Love and Friendship
Cool Games Inc.
Library Freedom Project
TOR
 

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