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 Seven - "You'll pry modern copyright from Mickey Mouse's cold, dead hands."

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This week, with special guests Mary Jinglewski, former classmate and current kickass librarian, and Matt Ruen, MAS/MLIS Candidate and future King of North America... 

Mind Grapes:
Sleepy Hollow and its special guest stars get a resounding endorsement; we learn about the Fate roleplaying system and its emphasis on character; the great Gilmore Girls rewatch continues; Divergent's place among the proliferation of US-based future dystopias.

Where Do We Put This?/Class Z(ed):
In a special hybrid segment this week, we talk issues of copyright, fan created content, and the inflation of corporate rights, with Star Trek Renegades as our jumping-off point.


  • Disney, corporate law, and the bloating of modern copyright
  • Star Trek and the birth of modern fandom
  • What librarians can and should do to raise awareness about the brokenness of copyright in the age of fanfiction, web series, and remix
  • Matt's post-graduation plans for continental domination.

Fate RPG
Star Trek Renegades
Matt and Mary on Twitter
Spock Enslaved!
The Oatmeal on Game of Thrones
Star Trek: Tik Tok
Starships: a multifandom space vid by bironic

Further reading/viewing on copyright:
CGP Grey on Copyright
The Electronic Frontier Foundation and Lawrence Lessig
RIP: A Remix Manifesto
The University of British Columbia Copyright Portal
An alternate viewpoint (from Matt's cousin!) - Freeloading: How Our Insatiable Hunger for Free Content Starves Creativity by Chris Ruen
The Battle to Define the Future of the Book in the Digital World by Clifford Lynch (2001)
Record Label Picks Copyright Fight - With the Wrong Guy

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