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!

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

This Week...

Mind Grapes: 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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Spring Hiatus

Hello there, friends, nerds, librarians and all you ilk! Thanks again for all your comments and questions and tweets and retweets re our recent episodes on cruising and conventioning - we've loved hearing your enthusiasm for library outreach in nerdy spaces!

As you may already know, we're in the midst of a little spring hiatus. One of us has a brother getting married (hi Theo!), we're both prepping for the BC Libraries Conference, and work has been kicking both of us in the butt in different ways. But we shall return in June, and along with the S.S. Librarianship you've come to know and love, we'll also *fingers crossed* be bringing you news of a new and different podcast we hope to debut soon.

As always you can reach us on twitter or email if you've got a burning question, a funny picture to share, or if you want to join us on the show.

xoxo

Sam and Alli

 

 

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Episode Seventy-Three - "Feminism and Super Grover."

This week...

Mind Grapes: The Vancouver Public Library has been challenging its staff to read diverse books, and Sam is endeavoring to win the challenge! While she's won a few points with Ms. Marvel, she's hoping to get a few more with Erika Johansen's The Queen of the Tearling. To add to this, Alli recommends The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N. K. Jemisen, but doesn't want to spoil anything because it's too good. Instead, Alli offers a review of the second season of Daredevil, the second season of Broadchurch, and listening to the audiobook of Alan Cumming's memoir Not My Father's Son.

NERD ALERT!: Sam got to go to Emerald City Comicon, but this year, wearing her librarian hat/flag. She along with friends of the show Erin Fields, Melanie Cassidy, and Anne Gaines gave a panel discussion titled "Research for Writers, World Builders, and Other Types of Nerds" that showed people the power of library-related research. It was a hit - full house, lots of great questions, and the chance to show the power of libraries in a new light.

Links:

Research for Writers, World Builders, and Other Types of Nerds | ECC
Research for Writers, World Builders, and Other Types of Nerds | Resources
Western Championships of Cosplay
The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemesin
Daredevil Season 2
Broadchurch
Not My Father's Son
by Alan Cumming

 


 

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Episode Seventy-Two - "...worth doing at least once."

With very special guest Coxswain Jon...

Mind Grapes: We get through our post-vacation blues by talking about some new stuff, re-reading some old stuff, and talking about reading very old stuff for the first time. Alli saw Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, the new Tina Fey vehicle about a war correspondent in Afghanistan. It was amazing. Jon has been re-reading an old favourite, Perdido Street Station by China Miéville, and talks about how it screws with the norms of Tolkienian fantasy. Sam decided her next comic project will be X-Men, and so she started with the original run back from 1963.

NERD ALERT: We all went on the nerd boat. But first, we spent nerd time in Orlando, so we cover the Universal Parks and our incredible visit to Kennedy Space Center. The nerd boat meant different things to all of us, and so we talk about the community, the events, and the boat experience.

Links:

Whisky Tango Foxtrot
Perdido Street Station by China Miéville
X-Men
JoCo Cruise
Matt Gourley | I Was There Too
Imogen Heap
Janet Varney | The JV Podcast
The Both
Jim Boggia
Jonathan Coulton
Molly Lewis
Cameron Esposito
Rhea Butcher
Michael Ian Black
Solomon Georgio
PFT Singing Five Years
 

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Episode Seventy-One - "We Saw a Star War"

Mind Grapes: Since becoming mildly employed (as opposed to totally employed), Alli has been sinking hours and hours (and days) into Fallout 4. We talk about video games, Sam's slow progress in Portal, and how difficult it can be sometimes to break into a new nerd field that is kind of intimidating. To that end, we also discuss Sam's foray into older comics thanks to a Marvel Unlimited subscription. She suggests some titles and story arcs that would be good for comic noobs. Also, we saw a Star War. So there's that too.

Class Z(ed): A bit of a catch-up, really. We could give you excuses for the haitus, but we thought it would be better to simply tell you all the things that we've been up to (as excuses for the haitus). Alli discusses coming off a one-year contract, what's she's learned, and what she's taking with her. Sam talks about her dual life as a digital collections librarian and a member of the Programming and Learning team. Good things are happening, and we're excited to tell you about it.

Links:
Fallout 4
Portal
Marvel Unlimited

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

 

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Episode Seventy - "You got your chocolate in my peanut butter."

This week...

* SPOILER WARNING FOR SCREAM QUEENS AND CRIMSON PEAK *

On a slightly overdue Halloween episode, we watch one of Fox's new fall lineup from the brains of Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk. In a collision of their other projects (American Horror Story and Glee), we watch the pilot episode of the super campy horror comedy show Scream Queens.

We also launch into a surprisingly deep conversation with our resident horror expert Jon Newell and explore what it is that make horror comedy such a fruitful and enjoyable genre.

Links:

Scream Queens
Crimson Peak
Serial
Shaun of the Dead
Cabin in the Woods

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Belated, but (hopefully) anticipated...

OK, so, what with illnesses, cross-country trips for interviews and family gatherings, and just general autumn doldrums, we admit, it's been a while. We missed Halloween - and we love celebrating Halloween with you! But fear not, gentle listeners, for there is still NOIRVEMBER. Tune your RSS antenna this way next Monday, November 23rd for our latest celebration of this most ghoulish of seasons.

Other news: holy heck, we're in the newspaper!


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