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KARINA'S BLOG

Call for Chapters: Underserved Patrons in University Libraries: Assisting Students Facing Trauma, Abuse, and Discrimination

Call for Chapters: Underserved Patrons in University Libraries: Assisting Students Facing Trauma, Abuse, and Discrimination

We are seeking chapter proposals for a new volume, Underserved Patrons in University Libraries: Assisting Students Facing Trauma, Abuse, and Discrimination, edited by Julia Skinner and Melissa Gross and published by Libraries Unlimited.

We are seeking proposals from professionals across the field of librarianship, broadly defined. This includes professional librarians as well as graduate students, faculty, and paraprofessionals.

We are particularly interested in chapters that consider the intersection of theory and praxis, and which offer actionable advice to improve programs and services.

While case studies of individual programs will be considered, these should be contextualized within the larger discourse of the field (e.g. what gaps in service was this filling? How is this instance different from other offerings at other institutions? How does it relate to the literature, and how does sharing this case move the literature beyond where it is now?)

In all cases, our role as providers of information and resources, and creators of valuable programming is emphasized: We do not seek to situate library professionals in other professional contexts (such as counseling) that require duties they may not be qualified to perform. Subjects to cover include, but are not limited to, the following:

• Assisting students attending school after a period of incarceration

• Providing information services to sexual assault and abuse survivors

• Providing information services to survivors of domestic violence

• Information work with immigrants and refugees

• Information services for students with mental illness

• Information assistance for non-English speakers

• Working with students attending school while facing financial difficulties and/or homelessness

• Addressing the information needs of dual-enrolled high school students

• Serving international students in the academic library

• Serving older adult students in the academic library

• Offering meaningful library services to queer and trans* communities

• Working with patrons facing racial discrimination

• Stigma and the differently abled community on campus

• The importance of visibility and representation for underserved and marginalized communities in library programming, staffing, and collections

• Cultural competency: Information services for multicultural students

• Neurodiversity: Serving students on the spectrum

• Assisting patrons with HIV/AIDS and other stigmatizing illnesses

• When religious identification is a concern for students seeking information

• Critical illness

• First generation college students

• Serving student veterans

To submit a proposal:

Chapter proposals of roughly 250-500 words are due by January 15, 2019 and should address the chapter’s approach and structure, and how the chapter expands upon existing literature. Please also include a brief bio for each author.

Send completed proposals to JuliaCSkinner@gmail.com and mgross@fsu.edu

Authors will be notified of editor decisions by March 1st, 2019, and chapters will be due to the editors on November 1st, 2019.

About the Editors:

Dr. Julia Skinner received her Ph.D. in Library and Information Studies from Florida State University. She is involved in community work personally and professionally and emphasizes the intersection of theory and praxis in her teaching and research work. She is a member of the Georgia State Board for the Certification of Librarians, a former department director, and the owner of Root, a small business exploring the intersections between food and community. She has written 2 books,13 single-author articles and chapters, and 12 reviews, and co-authored 1 book and 3 articles. She has won numerous awards, including a Phyllis Dain dissertation award honorable mention, Beta Phi Mu membership, ALISE featured presentation, and Salem Press Best Newcomer Award (won in collaboration with the rest of the Hack Library School blogging team).

Dr. Melissa Gross is a professor in the School of Information at Florida State University and a past president of the Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE). She received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1998 and was awarded the prestigious American Association of University Women Recognition Award for Emerging Scholars in 2001. Dr. Gross has published extensively in a variety of peer reviewed journals including Library and Information Science Research, Library Quarterly, Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology, and College & Research Libraries. She has authored, co-authored, or co-edited nine books. Her forthcoming edited book, with co-editors Shelbie Witte and Don Latham, is Literacy Engagement through Peritextual Analysis (Chicago, IL: ALA Editions).

Digital and print bundles of FEMME FILTH ZINES are now available (and buttons too!)
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A DIGITAL bundle of issues #1-4 of FEMME FILTH, a queer femme zine about healing, mental health, and radical vulnerability, at a discounted price! Get yours here.

Femme Filth #1 is a 18-page, full-color, zine about radical vulnerability, living with borderline personality disorder & ptsd, celebrating queer femmes, healing, survival, recovery, resilience, and mental health.

Femme Filth #2 is a 28-page black-and-white zine about radical vulnerability, femme magic, and healing justice from the perspective of a perspective of a sick & disabled, queer femme, survivor. This zine addresses topics like protecting one's magic and energy; interdependence and community care; tangible, concrete ways to support femmes; art, idols, and idolization as a form of dehumanization; and the challenges and complexities of healing from sexual violence. 

Femme Filth #3 is a 20-page, full-color, digital zine about radical vulnerability, healing, and recovery. This zine explores how the author continues to nurture their healing process as they imagine futures for themselves, set intentions for 2018 and beyond, create affirmations for survivors, recommend readings and resources, and explore the joys of snail mail & penpalling.

Femme Filth #4: the healing issue is a 20-page, full-color, digital zine about radical vulnerability, femme magic, healing, mental health, and survivor solidarity from the perspective of a perspective of a sick & disabled, queer femme, survivor. This zine covers the politics of survivorship; thoughts on healing & vulnerability; guides on creating affirmation lists; helpful apps for survivors; things that have helped me heal; tips on supporting survivors in tangible & concrete ways; rants, musings, & scraps from my diary; and so much more! 

Trigger warnings and content warnings ARE provided.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Karina Killjoy is a sick & disabled high femme artist, archivist, & community organizer based in upstate New York. Their (art)work is centered around themes of radical vulnerability, healing justice, survivor solidarity, & queer femme magic. They are passionate about fatshion, critical theory, makeup, cats, & witchcraft.

PS: We’re offering B&W print bundles as well at a discounted price, as well as FEMINIST AND QUEER BUTTONS! Get yours here.

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Creating my dream life at Cornell

It’s been quite a while since I’ve posted here and since my last update, I’ve made some big moves towards living my dream life. In August, I moved to Ithaca, New York to accept a position as a Diversity Fellow / Assistant Archivist at Cornell University. I currently work in the Rare and Manuscripts Collection where I process collections for the Human Sexuality Collection; create metadata and catalog photographs documenting the birth of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force; and push for diversity, inclusion, and belonging advocacy efforts within both my division and the library system as a whole. I’m excited to be learning new skills like digital forensics and ArchivesSpace, as we make the switch from JSTOR Forum.  

I also adopted two kittens from the Tompkins County SPCA (the nicest SPCA I’ve EVER been to) when I moved here. They’re brothers, a Siamese-mix, and just turned 6-months old. Here’s my cuties: 

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The past few months have been brutal: flying around the country for interviews every week, sometimes twice a week, the rejections letters (including those extra special ones that misgender me!), moving to a new state, and as always, doing all of this while chronically ill, disabled, and crazy. It’s been no easy feat but I’m here putting down roots, building community, and feeling like I’m thriving, instead of merely surviving, for the first time in my life.

International Zine Month and the Zine Librarians (Un)Conference

"[Zines] are education and revelation, empowerment and healing, giddy secret and proud f-you” - Andi Zeisler

July is International Zine Month (aka IZM), a fantastic month dedicated to celebrating and creating zines with a rich calendar of events that feature ways to be involved each and every day. 

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July 1 – CanaZine Day! Buy, read, or share zines from Canada for Canada Day!
July 2 – Zine Rewind! Re-read your favorite zines and remind yourself why you fell in love with them in the first place.
July 3 – Teach a friend or family member about zines or even a stranger!
July 4 – AmeriZine Day! Explore marginalized voices in America. Buy, share, and read zines about racial justice and zines written by people of color.
July 5 – Review a zine online or write a review to share in your own zine.
July 6 – Zine Pride Day! Explore LGBTQIA zines! Buy, share, and read zines by people of marginalized sexual orientations and gender identities. Check out the Queer Zine Archive Project!
July 7 – Zine Distro Appreciation Day! Order zines from a distro to get yourself some reading material for IZM2018
July 8 – Cook with a recipe you found in a zine!
July 9  – Write a letter to a zine penpal
July 10 – Write a letter to a zine maker you don’t know
July 11- International Zine Day! Buy, share, or read zines from a country different than your own
July 12 – ZineWiki Day! Add to or update zinewiki.com
July 13 -Friday the 13th! Make up a zine superstition and share it (skip the 13th issue? Spin 3 times to prevent copier jams or avoid paper cuts? Let your best friend read your zine before anyone else?)
July 14 – ValenZines Day! Give yourself some zine love in whatever way it means to you! read zines in a bubble bath? Buy some new scissors? Let your zine friends know you care about them.
July – 15 Free Zine Day! Give zines away or leave zines in public place for a stranger to find
July 16 – Make a list of reasons you love zines and share it with others
July 17 – make a flyer for your zine to trade with others or to send out with zine orders and trades
July 18 – Zine trade Day! Ask someone to trade zines
July – 19 Send your zine to a distro for consideration in the distro
July 20 – Zine Shop Appreciation Day! Visit your local zine shop!
July 21 – Zine Library Day! Visit your local zine library. Don’t have one in your area? Why not start one?
July 22 – Send or drop off your zine to a zine library to be included in their collection
July 23 – Order zines from a different zine distro
July 24 -Teach yourself a new zine skill like a new binding technique or how to make a 1 page zine
July 25 –  Send your zine out for review to a website or magazine that does reviews
July 26 – Organize your zine collection
July 27 – Post online about some of your favorite zines!
July 28 – Plan or attend a zine event! Big or tiny!
July 29 – Take a photo of you with your zine or zine collection and post it online
July 30 – Write a letter or post about your IZM2018
July 31 – HallowZine! Remember zines and zinesters that are no longer with us.

Extra Credit:

  • Read a zine everyday

  • Attend or organize a zine event

  • Do a 24-hour zine. Sign up at 24hourzines.com

  • Draw a comic a day, then release a comic zine.

  • Write about our progress daily online.

This year for IZM, I’ve been tweeting about my participation on Twitter with the hashtag #IZM2018. I’ll also be attending the 2018 Zine Librarian (Un)Conference which is an informative and inspirational (and fun!) gathering of zine librarians, zinesters, and people who care deeply about zines and their ability to change lives for the better. I’ve been dreaming of going to this (un)conference for years; this year will be my first-ever time attending! I can’t wait to tell you about what I learn and experience this year.

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xoxo Karina
 

New Zine: Femme Filth #4 - The Healing Issue
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Femme Filth #4: The Healing Issue is a 20-page, full-color, digital zine about radical vulnerability, femme magic, healing, mental health, and survivor solidarity from the perspective of a perspective of a sick & disabled, queer femme, survivor. 

This zine covers the politics of survivorship; thoughts on healing & vulnerability; guides on creating affirmation lists; helpful apps for survivors; things that have helped me heal; tips on supporting survivors in tangible & concrete ways; rants, musings, & scraps from my diary; & so much more. Written in Aries season of Spring 2018 ♈️

Buy it here on my Etsy!

Apps I Love: PTSDCoach
 
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excerpt from Femme Filth #4: The Healing Issue

As many of you know, i suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder. PTSD is a debilitating mental health condition that some people develop after experiencing trauma, from life-threatening events such as combat, natural disasters, sexual violence, and even car accidents. The four types of symptoms of PTSD are:

  • Relieving the event (nightmares, flashbacks, bad memories)

  • Experiencing more negative beliefs and feelings (guilt, shame, inability to trust, loss of interest in activities you used to enjoy, a feeling the world is dangerous, numbness, an inability to experience happiness)

  • Avoiding situations that remind you of the event (avoiding places that remind you of the event, even talking or thinking about the event)

  • Feeling keyed up or experiencing hyperarousal (feeling jittery and on-alert, trouble concentrating or sleeping, sudden feelings of anger or irritability, increased startle response, unhealthy coping mechanisms such as drinking, smoking, substance use/abuse, and driving recklessly)

Needless to say, it's not a pleasant experience. Thankfully, there's an app called PTSDCoach which can help you manage your symptoms! PTSDCoach is an amazing, FREE, app developed by the VA to support trauma survivors. You can learn about PTSD and professional care; take weekly self-assessments to track your symptoms over time; and use symptom management tools developed for specific emotions (i.e. you can select "reminded of trauma", "unable to sleep", "disconnected from reality", "angry", and so on) to provide you with coping mechanisms to address the distress you're experiencing. There is also a list of specific tools you can utilize without inputting your symptoms (for example, if you feel numb, dissociative, and don't know how you're feeling). Some of these skills include deep breathing, changing perspective, grounding, and positive imagery (to name a few) and you can find professional care and support through the app as well. You even have the ability to set up your own personal support network!

If you're in intense distress and thinking about harming yourself, please reach out for support and call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255. You can also text HOME to the Crisis Text Line at 741741 for help.

Wishing you the best in your healing process!

xoxo Karina Killjoy

A Tarot Spread for Healing

I recently did a tarot spread for healing from Ultimate Tarot with my Slutist deck.  The spread was incredibly validating, affirming, and revealing.

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The first card I drew (bottom center) is the Prince (or Knight) of Cups and reveals the greatest emotional block / trauma / issue from my past.  The Prince of Cups represents romance & charm; a lover who swept you off your feet (and leaves just in time to break your tender, femme, heart); and/or when your life was so chaotic and intense that you were too sensitive to get involved with someone. This really resonates with me, as a survivor of sexual & interpersonal violences.  I have wanted to enter the dating & kink & relationship world again, to engage with my sexuality in healing & sustainable fashions, but felt unable to because of my trauma history. 

The second card I drew (bottom left) is the Three of Cups which represents how my emotional block has affected my past relationships.  This card is about friendship and community, something I’ve struggled with since I was raped six years ago. My trauma has made connection difficult and thus, so has been receiving the the love, support and compassion I have needed to heal.

The third card I drew (bottom right) is the Seven of Cups which reveals how my emotional block is affecting my present relationships, as well as how it is affecting my personal growth. The Seven of Cups is associated with fantasy, imagination, wishful thinking, and illusion.  I interpret this card to mean that my emotional block is affecting my ability to imagine new futures, new possibilities, and new endings for my story (as well as new friendships; friendships that are built on love, care, and sustainability).

The fourth card I drew (middle left) is the World which reveals what new things can be learned from the current exploration of your hidden emotional blocks. The World is associated with completion, accomplishment, and integration. While i have endured challenges and profound trauma, I have also gained immense strength, great wisdom, and experiences that have transformed me into the gentle, compassionate, fierce, and genuine femme I am today. My past has taught me the importance of showing up, interdependence, and supporting my family, friends, and communities. The things I once needed are what I now offer to those I share solidarity with because our struggles are all intimately connected.

The fifth card I drew (middle right) is the Crone (otherwise known as the Hermit) which gives suggestions and advice as to what might be done, emotional or otherwise, to get past your own personal blocks & encourage healthy emotional growth.  The Crone generally represents soul-searching, being alone, inner guidance, and introspection. I believe this card is telling me that the path to get past my personal blocks and to encourage healthy emotional growth is to spend more time with / by myself, to engage in introspection, focus inward, and look for the answers I need. I have everything i need within myself already to move past my traumas.

The sixth card I drew (top) is the Nine of Cups which examines the spiritual lesson that can be learned from the current exploration of your hidden emotional blocks. The Nine of Cups represents completion, personal integrity, and the final stage of development. It is a sign that I have paved my own way on the path to success. This card also refers to the strengthening of relationships, something I need to continue to work on. It also shows that happiness, joy, and abundance are well within my grasp (in fact, I probably already have them and now I need to take the time to enjoy life, to feel my emotions, and see the wonder all around me - not just the pain). 

I highly recommend using this spread if you are interested in exploring your healing process and emotional blocks. Another fantastic spread is the I Believe You: A Tarot Spread for Femme Survivors by Poplar Rose.  

Do you use tarot as a part of your healing process?