Monday, September 24, 2018

How easy do you make it for people to know the hashtags to share about your library?

I like it when hashtags are easy to find.  The top picture shows how the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney makes it easy for people to find their hashtag.  It is in various places through the gardens.  You can see how people are using #rbgsydney.

Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney
Sign in the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney showing the hashtag they are encouraging people to use
The picture below shows part of a page from Pompom, a knitting magazine, and each knitted item has its own hashtag.  Using the example of #ixchelpullover, you can see, as well as the magazine images, people sharing their own knitting.
hashtags in Pompom magazine
Picture of a page in Pompom magazine, where each knitted item has a hashtag.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

make sure your local studies collection is inclusive

There has been a lot of discussion about representation in knitting, on Instagram and twitter, following a presentation by Lorna Hamilton-Brown at the recent In the loop #intheloop10 conference.  Videos like the one below are an example of people sharing stories so that history is more accurate.  I am really enjoying these stories. I am hoping some libraries will collect them.
#blackknittersofinstagram it is so important that we capture our knitting histories as very little is written. Listen to my 86 year old mum talking about knitting in #jamaica and in #50s #britain. Ask your parents how they learnt to knit, what they made? Many of the men knitted to. Please share you finding with me do I can build on my research. Do not let these knitting stories go to the grave unheard. Do you have photos of items knitted my your parents. Please share these as well 💙 . #mothersanddaughters #blackgirlsknit #knittingwhileblack #diversknitty #blackpeopledoknit #caribbeanknitter #crocusbag #flourbag #oralhistory #hiddenhistory #blackdiaspora #nosubtitles #patois @jeanettesloan @ggmadeit @saharabriscoe #writinghistory #blackmenknit #blackgirlscrochet #knittersofinstagram #knittinghistory
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These stories may also be under represented in public libraries.  You may only be collecting local studies information about part of your community, and not, for example recent migrants, people with a disability, or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.  These are just some examples of people who may not be having their stories and histories included.

The talks from In the loop 10  will be available to watch online soon.

Also - are your library knitting groups inclusive?

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

How does your library acknowledge Indigenous people?

I am more frequently seeing signs like this outside banks, however, I am not consistently seeing acknowledgements at libraries. I was wondering how people are addressing this and how you are working with local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to do so?Acknowledgement