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!

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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Episode Sixty-Nine - "The story of The Story and The Story."

Things are a little different this week, and we like it! First up, Sarah Kift hosts us in an installment of her lovely The Story and The Story podcast. We talk our young love of books, our paths through scifi and fantasy, and how our reading pasts and presents inform us as women and librarians. Then we turn the mic, so to speak, for an edition of NERD ALERT! where Sarah tells us all about her journey as a fellow lady podcaster.

Honestly, when it comes to this week's links, we don't even know where to start - this conversation was an incredibly wide-ranging one. Think of it as a fun audio treasure hunt for new things to read and play!

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Comin' atcha next week...

After an admittedly lengthy Thanksgiving break, S.S. Librarianship will return next week in a very special mash-up episode with The Story and The Story. Sarah invites us to open up about childhood reading habits and the place of books in our library lives, and then we turn the tables and interview Sarah about the process and progress of her new (and awesome) podcast.

Stay tuned!


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Episode Sixty-Eight - "...too peripheral to latch on to."

This week...

Mind Grapes: Very librarian. Much books. Wow. Literacy. Both Sam and Alli were feeling very bookish, so we share our thoughts on The Family Trade by Charles Stross, Redshirts by John Scalzi, The Book of Strange New Things by Michael Faber, and The Farm by Tom Rob Smith. We also talk about how we probably will go see The Martian, even though Matt Damon has been talking out of his butt lately. However, we also discuss some frustration with the idea that ALL BOOKS ARE NOW BECOMING MOVIES. Watch us turn into cranky old women before your very eyes!

Class Z(ed): We've both been lucky (mostly) to be attending some recent professional development workshops meant to help us out with our teaching. Alli discusses the Instructional Skills Workshop, a 3-day whirlwind meant to hone teaching skills, learn new techniques, and test out new ideas. Sam has been partnering with the UBC Learning Exchange to get some tips and tricks about teaching adult communities. Bonus: hear a rant about a not so great workshop about intercultural communication.

Links:

The Family Trade by Charles Stross
Redshirts by John Scalzi
The Book of Strange New Things by Michael Faber
The Farm by Tom Rob Smith
The Martian | Book by Andrew Weir | Film Trailer
UBC Learning Exchange
 

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Episode Sixty-Seven - "I think I intended it to be more of a rant than it became..."

This week...

Mind Grapes: Alli finally saw Spy, so she and Sam are able to have some conversations around how it feels to have a woman of size who looks like us play a real spy movie hero person. Not going to lie, it's pretty cool. We then seque into another spy with Marvel's Agent Carter, which we are thrilled has been renewed for a second season. Yet amid all this good stuff, we are also frustrated by some of Marvel's choices with Ant Man when canonically, Wasp has been a much more important character.

Where Do We Put This? Teaching. Technology. It's a big, big part of what we do whether we are teaching WITH it or teaching how to use it. We discuss some of our strategies when teaching people who are terrified of it and also dealing with fellow librarians who seem to be struggling with it. And of course, we would love to hear your thoughts.

Links:

Spy
Marvel's Agent Carter
Ant-Man
Sense8
Prezi

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