Archive for November, 2011

Jewish Women and the Feminist Revolution

November 28, 2011

I’ve blogged about the amazing resource the Jewish Women’s Archive in the past, and today I want to highlight a specific online collection: Jewish Women and the Feminist Revolution.

There are many ways in which site visitors can explore this diverse collection of resources. One can begin by searching the collection by several fields (including keyword, person, or topic), or browsing numerous themes (including “Feminism and Judaism” and “Foremothers”). There’s also an interactive timeline, which begins in the 1960s and ends in 1999.

The site wouldn’t allow me to link to sub-pages like I usually do- but seriously, check it it, my guess is that you’ll be as impressed with the high quality and control of the resources as I am.


Historical Census Browser

November 21, 2011

Since I became a librarian many a patron has come to me looking for historical U.S. Census data (which can be quite tricky to find online, if you’ve ever tried).

Luckily, the University of Virginia Library maintains a Historical Census Browser, which provides census data ranging from 1790-1960! Users can limit their searches by many variables including gender, age, education & literacy, housing…  Data is available both by state and by county. There’s also a fun “Map It!” feature which creates color-coded maps of the data you select.


A Short Post on What the OWS Library Has Meant and Continues to Mean to Me

November 18, 2011

Anyone who is a librarian and takes this identity seriously knows that it is not one which you crawl into when you get out of bed in the morning and habitually shrug off when you step out of the building at night. This becomes especially evident when you’re sleeping not in a bed, but on the ground in a tent, and the library you work in isn’t contained within a warm building, but is located outside in a park, and you work, nights, too.

If this is the case, and you sacrifice your ordinary comforts to work without any financial compensation to construct the most freely accessible library that NYC has ever seen, and you believe in the power of yourself and your comrades to enact radical political and social change, than you embody the truest and rawest principles of librarianship that I’ve ever witnessed.

And if after several months of living outside in the open air, and collectively running this library of the people, some unexpectedly come into the night, and destroy what you’ve created, and deface and steal all of this communal property… if you nonetheless are found the next day rebuilding your collection, and pulling carts of your remaining books around the city for all to access, and refusing to give in an ounce in the face of all of this adversity- you are the bravest librarians that I’ve ever known.

Cookies & my favorite coaster

Now Introducing – Somebody’s Podcasts!

November 14, 2011

I’ve been thinking a lot about podcasts lately, and their potential to positively impact the delivery of electronic content to my blog’s readership. I figured the optimal method to incorporate audio into my blogging would be to create a specialized podcast-specific blog via the free podcast hosting site Podbean, which I have named Somebody’s Podcasts. I’m eternally grateful to the developers of Audacity, an open source audio editor and recorder, as they make creating podcasts a reality for a whole lot of people!

At this point I anticipate to create one podcast on a biweekly basis, which I will also be sure to link to through a post on Somebody’s Autobiography.

Radical Reference Copyright Podcast

November 11, 2011

I’ve been meaning to blog about this excellent podcast for awhile now! Titled Compensation, Access, and Theft: Copyright in the 21st Century,  the podcast is a recording of a panel presented by Radical Reference at NYC’s 2011 Anarchist Book Fair.

The panel featured 6 people – Aliqae Geraci, Karl Fogel, Victoria Law, Melissa Morrone, Jim Fleming, and Craig O’Hara – and was created to address these questions (as quoted from the podcast’s website):

How can authors/illustrators be fairly compensated for their work, particularly by radical publishers? How can the above be accomplished while also maintaining broad access to authors’/illustrators’ work? How does current copyright law work with and against what you’re trying to do (whether you’re an author, a publisher, or a librarian)? How should digital versions/editions of work be treated?

Anyone interested in librarianship and publishing in general should definitely check it out- it’s a really useful resource to anybody interested in both learning more about and questioning a wide variety of copyright issues.

Su Friedrich Lecture

November 8, 2011

Believe it or not, I initially learned that avant-garde feminist filmmaker Su Friedrich is giving a talk at my workplace, Sarah Lawrence College, from a garbage can. Well, to be completely honest, I think it was a recycling can, and it was being used as a temporary bulletin board to advertise an exciting presentation by Friedrich called “How to Drag Your Private Life Kicking and Screaming into the Public: Looking back at thirty-two yeras of filmmaking.

The presentation is free and open to anyone and will be happening this Thursday, Nov. 10th, from 5:30-7:30PM in Donnelley Lecture Hall in the Heimbold Visual Arts Center. For anyone located in NYC who is unsure that they want to make the train trip out to Westchester- IT WILL BE VERY WORTH IT! If you don’t believe me just watch Hide and Seek.

See you there- I’ll be in the front row with a smile and a women writer’s mug.

The Emma Goldman Papers

November 7, 2011

Ever since Occupy Wall Street began -which at this point was nearly two months ago- I’ve periodically thought about how much I wish that Emma Goldman was here to experience and participate in this movement. I want to dedicate today’s blog post to her, and write about a project of the UC Berkeley Digital Library staff –  The Emma Goldman Papers.

photo by bighop

photo by biphop (Flickr)

Since 1980, the Project has “collected, organized, and edited tens of thousands of documents from around the world by and about Emma Goldman (1869-1940), a leading figure in American anarchism, feminism, and radicalism.” The Project offers researchers a wealth of digital primary resources, such as selections from her writings and documents (e.g. personal correspondence and pamphlets).

I’m going to end with a quote I love (and derive great inspiration from) describing Goldman from an article on the project website: “She gazed contemplatively in the bottom of the empty coffee cup, as though she saw in imagination the ideal State, already an actuality.”

Dennis Cooper & Eileen Myles Reading

November 4, 2011

My friend Charlotte gave me some exciting news the other day – authors Dennis Cooper & Eileen Myles will be giving a reading at McNally Jackson Books on Nov. 14th! The reading will begin at 7PM- Cooper will read from his book The Marbled Swarm and Myles will be reading from Inferno: A Poet’s Novel.

I haven’t read Marbled Swarm yet, but I loooooved Inferno. (I bought it for my library’s collection as soon as it was published).  Hope to see you there! 🙂

NYC Feminist Zinefest

November 3, 2011

I am thrilled to announce that my zine-copilot/illustrator friend extraordinaire Elvis Bakaitis and I are organizing a NYC Feminist Zinefest! We co-hosted a feminist zine event at Bluestockings a few months ago and it went so well that we were inspired to organize a larger event. The zinefest will be held on February 25th at Brooklyn Commons, a community space located close to the Atlantic-Pacific subway station.

Created by Elvis Bakaitis

We are currently seeking feminist zinesters to table at the event- $5 gets you a 4′ table space to cover with zines and art.

We recently created a blog for the event which we will start posting to frequently. You can also reach us at!

We are both so excited about this and hope you are, too! 🙂

Feminist Art Resources in Education

November 2, 2011

I love feminist art. I keep a Carolee Schneemann book on hand to browse through when I need some brain coffee. Earlier this year I saw Lynn Hershman Leeson’s film !WOMEN ART REVOLUTION and I’m still talking about it constantly- which leads me to The Feminist Art Project, maintained by gender studies powerhouse Rutgers University.

According to its website, “The Feminist Art Project is an international collaborative initiative celebrating the Feminist Art Movement and the aesthetic, intellectual and political impact of women on the visual arts,art history and art practice, past and present.” It includes a searchable calendar of feminist art events across the world as well as my favorite part of the site – Feminist Art Resources in Education (FARE).

In order to access FARE, you need to create an account with the site – it only takes a minute and it’s 100% free. Once you create the account and log in, you can access a wealth of educational resources on feminist art, including downloadable lesson plans, multimedia resources, and adult education resources.