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Studying, Meditating, Attending Satsang, Avoiding Bad Company:

"So to develop this love, we must first obey His commandments, second weed out all imperfections, and third devote time to the spiritual practices. You should also have the company of somebody who just reminds you of your ideal. Avoid the company of all others in whose society you are attached to the world or forget Him. If you cannot have the company of those who can help you to remember Him, then it is better to live alone. Live with the Masters speaking through books, through the scriptures. You will be better off. A further symbol that in your love you are drawing closer to Him, is that you will feel separation. You will hanker to see Him. When you hear about Him, your heart will become full and tears will roll down from your cheeks. These are the symptoms to show that the fruit is ripening. These things are the blossoms. Ultimately, when the fruit comes, you are for the Master, and the Master is for you. These are the steps and we have now to judge where we stand."

—  Kirpal Singh, from, Morning Talks, published by Ruhani Satsang USA

OUTGROUP (a webcomic about robots and twelve-year-olds) is only two weeks away from the first update! Here is a really cool robot lady named Orrin who is the #1, purple-haired reason you should read the comic.

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Suraj Sharma audition…he’s so young and sweet

alana-maraj said:

Hi! I'm in my first semester of MLIS and I'm interested in special collections. I've been trying to research what working w special collections would be like, specifically technology-wise, but since my university library doesn't have a special collections department I'm reaching out to a bunch of people. If you have any insight into the specifics of working with special collections i'd love to hear from you!

Hi there! Congratulations on starting your MLIS degree!

Working in special collections is a very unique and interesting experience. I’ve been working here as a graduate assistant for about four months and what I’ve discovered is that working here is halfway between working in a museum and a typical library. On the one hand, we really work hard to preserve these materials as artifacts, which is why we have rules about handling the materials and close our stacks. On the other hand, we preserve them in order for the public to have access to them, so we really want people to come and use the material. Every decision we make is about balancing these two ideas and trying provide access as broadly as possible while preserving them for future generations. 

Because our collection is smaller and more focused than most libraries, we end up having a pretty thorough knowledge of what exactly is in our collections. Special collections librarians themselves are often great resources for patrons with questions. I’ve also found that reference is a lot more intensive here than it is for other libraries. Every patron who comes to us goes through a reference interview. As a closed stacks library, patrons are not able to just browse and find what they want – we have to bring it to them, meaning we need to talk to them and see what their needs are. It’s actually really neat, because you get to hear about a lot of really interesting research projects.

The most important thing about working in special collections is that there is no such thing as a typical day – expect the unexpected! 

As for what technology we use, I’ve found that what you work with in special collections really depends on what kinds of materials are being collected and preserved. There is a lot of basic computer software that we use; Microsoft Office Suite and Adobe Photoshop are the most heavily used. More specialized software includes Adobe Dreamweaver and WordPress for building and editing websites, and Voyager for cataloging. Starting this fall, we’re going to be using Omeka for digital exhibits. While we are fortunate to have a digitization department at UWM Libraries that takes care of intensive digitization projects, we keep a flatbed scanner up here for interlibrary loan scans, online outreach, and other quick projects. If you are interested in going into special collections, I would recommend learning how to use a photo-manipulation program, learning basic web design and coding skills, and having an understanding of content management systems. These are all great skills to learn for working in any library, but we use them very frequently in special collections, especially since we put on a lot of exhibits. There are lots of arts and crafts projects - who knew being able to use paper-cutters was a life skill?

Now our sister department, uwmarchives, uses some other technologies that you might be interested in learning about. Archives and special collections generally work closely together; most universities actually house them in the same department. (We’re a little strange that way.) Downstairs, they use software including ContentDM, Oxygen, Archivematica, and HistoryPin for content management, coding finding aids, and digital preservation. These are all highly useful tools as well. 

I hope this information is useful for you! Good luck with your degree, and let us know if you have any further questions!

-Hayley J. 

RADHASOAMI E Library Online: The Writings of Soami Ji Maharaj (Sant Radhasoami Sahib, Shiv Dayal Singh) of Agra:


Nicki performed “Anaconda” backstage at Alexander Wang’s spring 2015 fashion show. She taught (tried to teach) models Irina Kravchenko, Ewa Wladymiruk, Valery Kaufman, and Aleah Morgan the dance from her viral music video.