Verity 214 – Walkin’ to Paris

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verityepisode214As the end of 2016 nears, we’ve come to our final classic Doctor Who story of season one. Join Deb, Erika, Liz, and Lynne as we talk about the season one finale (and whether it really deserves the term finale). Also, Lynne is in Chicago, Liz has some epic Happy Thing Flail, Deb uses the blessed term “fanthrpological”, and Erika mentions Lazy Doctor Who probably too many times.

What did you think of the Doctor’s first season, and of “Reign of Terror” in particular? Let us know in the comments!

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Why aren’t I asking for more SF/F author papers?

Friends and colleagues in the science fictional world may wonder why I have not been very aggressive of late with adding new author collections to the SFWA collections here at NIU.

In short, we’re out of space. Our building is finite (it is alas, not a TARDIS), and I have been allocated as much space as I’m going to get (seriously, they let me absorb a conference room) in the next 5 years or so, minimum, unless a kindly donor wants to build us a new building for offsite storage. (If you are that donor, please do get in touch. Seriously.)

I’ve had a “soft” moratorium going for a couple of years now, but it has Come Down Officially from my bosses in the library, so now I can talk about it publicly.

I will continue accepting additional materials from authors who already have deposited their collections with me, and for the Official SFWA Archive. This moratorium is on new collections only.

If you work in SF/F and would like your materials archived, please take a look at this list of my very fine colleagues doing similar work elsewhere, and get in touch with them. Or check out this SF/F collections wiki that shows you where your colleagues have archival materials.

Rest assured, we will continue to process and catalog the materials we have on hand, so please enjoy watching us catch up on our backlog in the nearish future.

Thanks for your understanding.

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You and I Remember Special Collections Very Differently…

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Black Widow reminds you that New Directions for Special Collections is now available for your reading and arguing pleasure!

We tried to put together a conversation about what special collections looks like in the “real world,” today, in academia as it is now. It’s not the apocalypse, but change is already here. How do you want to handle it? Non-ARL libraries. Unendowed positions. Shrinking budgets. Reorganization as positions are lost.

We may not have all the answers, but we sure have a lot of suggestions, and some hard-won experience to draw upon.

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Extra – Happy Things at Chicago TARDIS

Live from Chicago TARDIS!

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verityextract2016Chicago TARDIS was, once again, a delightful experience for Lynne and Erika. They are joined by honorary-Verity, Amber Ensign (Erika’s sister!) as they discuss what made this year’s con great.

Apologies if you were expecting a special live version of “In Defense Of”. We had a blast doing it on the main stage this year, but the tech gods were not with us, alas.

If you were there in person and would like to share some memories of the con, please feel free to do so in the comments!

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123 – Verity! Has the Power!

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verityepisode123It’s an animated discussion on this ep of Verity! Join Deb, Liz, and Tansy as they talk about “The Power of the Daleks”–the newly-animated version! (Apologies if you’re in the US and haven’t seen the whole thing yet.)

Did you/will you see it in the movie theatre with a bunch of fellow fans? Have you watched it at home? What did you think? Let us know in the comments!

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Do as Peggy Says… for the future of Special Collections

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Higher Further Faster More … Special Collections

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Captain Marvel agrees: you want to push special collections Higher Further Faster More?

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Doctor Song wants to know…

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Have you preordered your copy of New Directions for Special Collections yet?

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New Directions for Special Collections is here!

Well, November 30th. Technically.

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Batgirl and Belle agree that New Directions for Special Collections belongs in your library.

This project began in 2014. My contributor copies arrived this past week. New Directions for Special Collections is officially on sale November 30th, but I’m pretty sure you can order it right now direct from Libraries Unlimited.

What’s in it? So much that it got its own blog post. 21 chapters that showcase the way we work now, written by front-line practitioners in special collections and archives.

Collection development. Linked Data. RDA. Metadata. Ferguson. Rethinking outreach, education, and the reading room. Understanding life with volunteers. Working with donors. Assessment. Preservation. Copyright. Open access. And much, much more.

We tried to take a snapshot of the field. We hope we got enough into the frame.

I want to thank each and every person who submitted an abstract for a chapter, and all of our chapter writers. We could not have done this without you.

Thank you for being bold and forthright in discussing where our field is right now, and where it is going.

Thank you for sharing your knowledge with your peers, and future students.

Beth and I are both truly grateful for your insights, and your work in the field. Be very, very proud of your contributions. We certainly are.

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121 – Booming the Town

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verityepisode121Series 1 continues! Join Deb, Erika, and Katrina as we discuss a serious Slitheen, a crowded TARDIS, immature breakups, and more! “Boom Town” tends to be a bit of a forgotten episode, so we tried to give it its due.

How do you feel about this ep? Did you forget about it? Or do you find the personal drama exciting? Let us know in the comments!

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