Extra! – Gallifrey One Love

New Verity! Extra!


verityextragally2017It’s our annual recorded-live-in-person Gallifrey One Extra! Join Deb, Erika, and Katrina as we tiredly gush over how lovely this year’s Gally has been.

Were you at Gally this year? Please share your fond memories in the comments!


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Verity! Episode 129 – The Doctor as a Valentine

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verityepisode129No, we’re not talking about the Black Guardian, it’s (just past) Valentine’s Day! Join Deb, Erika, Lynne, and Tansy as we celebrate the holiday-of-love by discussing the Doctor as a romantic figure. Not all of us are equally comfortable with that notion, but as always, that leads to a fascinating discussion.

What are your thoughts on the Doctor as a heart-throb? Let us know in the comments!


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Bonus links:
Erika’s Gally schedule
Kat’s Gally schedule

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Episode 128 – Lynne’s Love: Frocks and Fireplaces

New Verity! In which I GUSH about Girl in the Fireplace, my fave story ever.


verityepisode128It’s high time we started on the love part of our year of love and lasts. Join Deb, Erika, Liz, and Lynne as we cover Lynne’s love, “The Girl in the Fireplace”. Liz and Deb do some LJ fanthropology, Erika has a change of heart, and Lynne gushes about France and frocks. Of course we do our usual random-tangent thing too. X-men fighting leprechauns, anyone?

What did (and do) you think of this ep? Do you love it like Lynne or hate it like an old-school Rose/10 shipper? Or somewhere in between? Let us know in the comments!


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Book review: Valentine Rogues

Valentine RoguesValentine Rogues by Cindy Holbrook

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Finished this yesterday.

Once in a while, I will read an Old Skool style romance to remind me of why I prefer newer, more inclusive romance. This collection of novellas from around 2000 (which I totally grabbed from my pile of free stuff from a friend because LOOK AT THAT COVER) is a good example. It’s mostly fine, but there are little things that kick me out because the stuff I tend to prefer Doesn’t Do That Anymore.

So, for instance, secondary characters in a couple of these were kind of cardboard. I tend to enjoy the any-point-of-entry group series (sets of siblings or friends who all get their own books), so thin secondary characters irritate me now.

Slutshaming– having a flirtatious character (the sister of our protag) who is acting out referred to as “whorish” really did not work for me. Yes, she crossed the line (that was her plot job). But having the hero call her a whore is not really what I would have gone with in the scenario where you want me to LIKE him. There are ways to express social displeasure with out doing that.

Stereotypical “high drama Italian courtesan” was really not my cup of tea, although I’m glad her character got rehabilitiated after our main couple got together. Also, there was some deeply classist stuff that just threw me off.

Again, most of this was perfectly passable, and each contained an Important Valentine’s Day Ball Scene with Lovely Frocks. But the things that kicked me out outweighed the things I stay for.

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Special Collections in Non-ARL libraries: Our List So Far

Reminder! I am still seeking rare books and special collections from organizations that aren’t members of the Association for Research Libraries!

Confessions of a Curator, Editor, Geek

Earlier this year, I launched a crowd-sourced listing of libraries that work with rare books and special collections, but are not members of the Association for Research Libraries. A lot of our literature surveys ARL libraries because a list exists. My thought was that we should have a list of NON-ARL libraries that could be surveyed about their experiences, too.

Here is the list of institutions so far.

American Bookbinders Museum
Amherst College
Archdiocese of Philadelphia
Autry Museum of the American West
Barnard College
Beloit College
Benedictine University
Berea College
Bowdoin College
California State University, Chico
Carleton College
Carson-Newman University
Chemical Heritage Foundation
Claremont Colleges Library
Clark University
Colby College
Colgate University
College of Physicians of Philadelphia
Congregational Library and Archives
Connecticut College
Davidson College
DePaul University
Drexel University College of Medicine
Earlham College
Fairfield Museum and History Center
Folger Shakespeare Library
Free Library of Philadelphia
George Mason University

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Our First Repeat! – Episode 46 – Communication Breakdown



verityepisoderepeat46Because of the emotional ups and (mostly downs) of the last week in the world, the Verities did not have it in them to do a podcast–about love or anything else. Instead, we’re releasing our first re-run. Join Deb and Erika as we give a short intro explaining why we’ve chosen to re-release this particular episode. At this time in history, we feel it’s really important.

The conversation Deb talks about in the intro starts at 49:12, so feel free to skip to that if you only want to hear the truly relevant bit. We hope you enjoy!

As always, comments are welcome–especially messages of hope, perseverance, and love.


As published July 16, 2014

This week we do lots of talking about villains who don’t. Join Deb, Erika, Lynne, and Tansy as we discuss what makes silent villains so creepy and effective. We also discover just how many Moffat-baddies are…

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Extra! – In Defence Of … The Gavel Edition

New Verity! Extra! IN DEFENSE OF!


verityextraido6As promised, we’re starting off the year’s Extras with some fun! Join Deb, Erika, Katrina, and Tansy for another edition of Verity!’s most popular gameshow–“In Defense Of”! We do our best at defending the indefensible within Doctor Who…with varying results. It’s certainly a hoot though!


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Verity! 127 – Goodbye Martha Jones

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verityepisode127We start our year of love and lasts with the last (regular) appearance with one of the most underrated new Who companions, Martha! Join Deb, Erika, Katrina, and Lynne as we talk about Martha as a companion and how much we all love (or learn to love) how she said goodbye to the Doctor. We also spend a good deal of time talking about why.

How do you feel about Martha and her send-off? Let us know in the comments!

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Book Review: Too Dangerous for a Lady by Jo Beverley

Too Dangerous For a Lady (Company of Rogues, #16)Too Dangerous For a Lady by Jo Beverley

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Enjoyed this as a Regency Undercover Cop tale. Sort of.

Trying to prevent a revolution, Mark Thayne accidentally endangers Hermione Merriweather.

Shenanigans ensue. This was enjoyable, and I liked the characters’ constant concern for each others’ safety, and that they built a community as they went.

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On Stepping Down as a Social Media Liaison

[Library neepery ahoy!]

As of the ALA Midwinter meeting, I have officially stepped down as a Social Media Liaison for the RBMS web team. I will no longer be responsible for helping to run the RBMS twitter feed or Facebook page.


I have been doing this for just about 8 years. Holy crap! That is a LONG time in internet time. I’m glad to step back and let other folks have a go. I will still be around on Twitter & FB, just not in an official capacity for RBMS.

I am grateful to RBMS (and ALA/ACRL by extension) to have had this opportunity. Most involvement in RBMS requires showing up twice annually. My life and financial situation didn’t really allow for that. The social media liaison role meant that I could remain active in RBMS at a time when I had zero travel funding from my institution. This fed into my tenure portfolio as well–thank you, NIU for recognizing that this role indeed constituted a big service commitment, and giving me credit for same!

I hope that RBMS, ACRL, and ALA will continue to look at ways to make the organization accessible to folks through remote participation like this. Library budgets continue to be slashed across the country, often hitting the institutions that were chronically underfunded to begin with the hardest. Remote participation means that our colleagues in this situation can continue drawing upon  support from their professional community of practice. It also means that our professional organizations are made stronger by not leaving our underfunded colleagues behind.


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