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23, engaged, and I refuse to feel bad about it.

So I just read a blog post called 23 Things to Do Instead of Getting Engaged when You’re 23, and you know what? I am not impressed. At all.

As someone who got engaged at 21, I am really not a fan of this article. Not because it encourages people from getting married later in life, but because it is rather scathing of people who DO get engaged young. The author seems to think that I should be marking my skin with a permanent tattoo, getting a pet which makes me sneeze, join a US-centric overseas social welfare organisation, make other people feel uncomfortable or bad about themselves, be selfish, convert to a different faith, eat a crap-ton of unhealthy food and flash myself at some poor unsuspecting passer-by (child-flashers anyone?). Continue reading

Blog June, Day One!

So, for some unknown reason, I have signed up to participate in Blog June. God only knows why. Just take a look back through my blogging history, and you will know I am hardly a regular poster. But I have put my name up for it, so I might as well stick with it.

A while back I posted about the difficulty in trying to devise a costumes for PAX Australia that is wheelchair friendly. In the end, Sam and I decided on generic steampunk for the both of us (that way we can reuse components from both our costumes for future expos and conventions). I have just ordered this amazing jacket from the Steampunk Emporium, and intend to match it with some white leggings and some black combat boots.

Black military jacket

Black military jacket

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PLWA Conference, 2013

On the 8th of March, I attended the biannual Public Libraries WA Conference for the second time. Not only do I find it very interesting, it was also a good opportunity for me to schmooze with some of the library managers (after all, when my contract at FPWA ends in two months, I will be once again out of work).

The day started with a lovely surprise, when I saw my old manager from, Kalgoorlie, Debra Hodges. Debra has known me as a child, as I used to spend many hours reading (and sleeping) on the library sofa as I was growing up. When I was a teenager, she employed me as a library shelver, which I worked after school while I completed my TEE studies. I left town after graduating, but regularly go back to visit the staff there. The last few times though, Deb hadn’t been there, so it was quite a surprise for her to see me with my wheelchair!

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Corporate records and Uni Prac

So for the last two and a bit weeks I have been doing my practicum placement for my degree at Curtin University. Although I am a librarian, my degree is in Information Management. That umbrella term includes libraries, as well as historical archives, and corporate records management. Archives is pretty fun, (what can I say, I am a history buff), but corporate records bores me to tears.

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Guest post: Autism in adults, and why you should respect us

Hey all,

Today I am going to turn my blog over to my partner, Samantha Davies, who has more than a few things to say about disability and mental illness, and the way it is regarded by our society. Sam is 28, and has high functioning Autism and Bipolar Disorder.

As librarians, all of us have had clients with physical and mental disabilities come through our library, whether we realise it our not. Some are obvious (like my wheelchair), but some are much more hidden. It might be the girl who never looks you in the eye (only at your left ear), or the man who takes a few too many sick days off work due to anxiety, or the child who screams his way through Story Time no matter how hard his parents try to shush him. Disability in libraries needs to not only be acknowledged  but catered for, and respected.

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Getting a job in the information industry with a wheelchair in tow

While this blog mostly focuses on aspects of librarianship that are a little outside the box, so far most of what I have written has been primarily on providing services to the LGBTI community. Today I want to do something a bit different.

Some of you may be aware I have difficulty with mobility. I have been using crutches to walk increasingly since the beginning of 2010, and have used a wheelchair as needed since March 2012.

My current employer, FPWA Sexual Health Services, does not have an issue with this. Considering one of the services FPWA offer is sexual health education for people with intellectual disabilities, and the promotion of sexuality and disability, I have never felt that there was a chance I would be discriminated against because I can’t shelve the returns on the top shelves..

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Being published as an undergrad: The fast track to academia

Originally posted of the Voices of The Pinnacle Foundation on August 13, 2012


As a gay teenager, growing up in regional Western Australia was not easy. It meant that my only resource, my only connection to the wider LGBTI community was though my local public library. Because of this, as a librarian, I am passionate about providing services for the LGBTI community though libraries.

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LGBTI ALMS 2012, Amsterdam, 2012: Day 3

Today began with a fantastic presentation  by Richard Parkinson  from the British Museum. They are doing a lot of work with their collection, and have developed a paper trail and web portal, which gets more than 1000 hits per month. He also expressed his frustration at how difficult it was for him to find artefacts relating to lesbian women in history.

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