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November 19, 2016 / Charlie McNabb

Euzine Fest Accessions

Last weekend I picked up some new zines from Euzine Fest in Eugene, Oregon, to be added to the Zine Collection.

Nine zines on a table. "We Drew the First 151 Pokemon From Memory" with a Pikachu; "Harassment Friends" with an armadillo, a crow, a weasel, and a rabbit; "Introvert" with an orange sketchbook and pens; "Teen Zine" with a sneering punk's face; "Bending Spoons" with four spoons getting progressively bent; "Spot the Moment" with a real twig tied on with yarn and a picture of a sun; and "The Hedge Witch" with a woman crushing something in a mortar and pestle, with two more zines fanned out beneath it.

Taylor Dow and friends’ adorable “We Drew the First 151 Pokemon From Memory,” Krista Gibbard‘s “Harassment Friends,” Erin Nations‘ “Introvert,” M. Sabine Rear‘s “Teen Zine” as well as her updated “Bending Spoons,” Alexandria Vickery‘s “Spot the Moment,” and Katie Wheeler‘s feminist fairytale trilogy “The Hedge Witch,” “The Swan Stars,” and “The Tiger’s Wife.”

If you’re in the Salem, Oregon area, come visit to see these and many others!

October 8, 2016 / Charlie McNabb

Bigfoot Collection Accessions

The Bigfoot Collection continues to grow. This week, I accessioned a new encyclopedia, a toy, a newspaper clipping, and a zine. Read more…

August 27, 2016 / Charlie McNabb

New Steven McNabb Correspondence and Photos Accessioned

Last month, I had the opportunity to see my great aunt Vicki (my dad’s aunt) and she gave me several items to add to the Steven McNabb Collection! New accessions include three letters from childhood (1964-5) and one from adulthood (1994), and two photographs from childhood (1953 and c1958) and one from adulthood (c1994).

The childhood letters are so delightful that I’m sharing two of them here. Read more…

August 20, 2016 / Charlie McNabb

New Publication: Entry in Ethnic American Cooking

After the success of Lucy Long’s Ethnic American Food Today encyclopedia, in which I had an entry, Dr. Long created a cookbook based on the recipes: Ethnic American Cooking: Recipes for Living in a New World. Once again, I got to participate, by testing my recipe several times to make sure it was just right. If you like borshch (or, really, any kind of diaspora food), check the WorldCat link to see if your local library has a copy! Read more…

July 31, 2016 / Charlie McNabb

Universal Design for Learning Workshop

An open laptop next to a pad of paper and pen. Beyond, but out of focus, is a whiteboard with writing and sticky notes.

I recently had the opportunity to present a workshop on Universal Design for Learning. As an instruction librarian, I create a lot of learning material for my students: worksheets, digital learning objects, presentations, and more. It’s important to me that that material is accessible to the widest possible range of learners, so I use Universal Design best practices when I’m preparing materials. Read more…

July 20, 2016 / Charlie McNabb

Gender Inclusive Restrooms at Wheaton

Wheaton was a women’s college until 1988, and when men started to be admitted, most buildings didn’t change their restroom signage, opting for gender neutral restrooms with some exceptions. Gender neutral restrooms are not only safe havens for trans and gender nonconforming folks, but they are also very helpful for those busy times when there’s a line at one but not another.

While it’s great to have gender neutral restrooms, signage can be tricky. In my library, the signs showed the standard “female stick figure” next to the standard “male stick figure”. This excludes folks who don’t fit into the gender binary. With the support of my boss, I acquired some lovely new signs that are truly gender inclusive.

Bright blue sign with white text and images. Text reads "All Gender Restroom" and images show a toilet and an accessibility icon. There is braille at the bottom.

And just look at that active wheelchair user symbol!

Thanks to SmartSign for the free restroom signs!

Wondering what restrooms have to do with librarianship? See this brochure about the importance of gender-neutral bathrooms in libraries.