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Bmore Historic Happy Hour
Village Learning Place
2521 Saint Paul Street, Baltimore, MD 21218
Friday, May 12, 6:00p-7:30p

Please join fellow old building lovers, history nerds, library geeks, neighbors, friends, and family for our Bmore Historic Happy Hour at the Village Learning Place (VLP). VLP is a unique, non-profit community library established by a group of Charles Village residents in 1997 in the former St. Paul Street Branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library. The charming 1896 brick building, designed by local architect Charles L. Carson, includes a handsome outdoor garden where we’ll enjoy an evening of refreshments and informal conversation.

If you’re interested in participating in the Bmore Historic unconference this fall, this happy hour is a great opportunity to meet the organizers, ask questions, and share your ideas for sessions:

Bmore Historic is also partnering with bLAMcollective to seek ideas for future #bLAMclass workshops:

The event is free but they will be accepting donations to cover the costs of refreshments and help support VLP. Please register!

Post-election LAM Solidarity
The Room
800 Saint Paul St., Baltimore
Saturday, November 12, 11:00a-2:00p

Post-election event where we — librarians, archivists, historians, educators, museum and cultural heritage professionals — discuss our roles in the areas of diversity, inclusion, and globalization in the coming four years. First of a series of talks.

Event on FB

#bLAMclass: Intro to GitHub
Impact Hub Baltimore
10 East North Avenue, Baltimore
Thursday, June 2, 6:00p-8:30p

GitHub is primarily thought of as web-based repository for sharing code and collaborating on computer programming projects. However, several museums, cultural heritage institutions, academic libraries, etc. are using GitHub as a platform for releasing datasets, providing documentation, and more. Eli Pousson of Baltimore Heritage will help us learn how GitHub is useful from a library, archive, and museum perspective.

This Intro to GitHub #blamclass will introduce you to GitHub’s initial functions. We’ll work with a repository as a group and explore what else GitHub offers.

Please note that this class is limited. Once all 25 seats are filled, we will start a wait list.

This workshop is for:

Citizen and professional archivists; librarians; artists; educators; curators; students of all majors, especially library and information science, humanities, and curatorial practice. Anyone interested in open source and open access.

Before the Workshop:

Please create a GitHub account.

Take a look at Eli’s notes if you’re interested in learning more about the workshop!

You’ll Need:

A computer (Mac/Windows), power cord, and a GitHub login.

Difficulty Level:

This is an introduction to GitHub. Beginners welcome!

#bLAMclass: Omeka Workshop
Baltimore Free School (inside Red Emma’s Bookstore Coffeehouse)
30 West North Avenue, Baltimore
Thursday, May 12, 6:30p-8:30p

This is the #bLAMclass workshop series kick off! is a web-publishing platform that allows anyone with an account to create or collaborate on a website to display collections and build digital exhibitions.

This workshop is for citizen and professional archivists; librarians; journalists; artists; curators; students of all majors, especially library and information science, humanities, and curatorial practice. Some understanding of metadata would be very helpful for this workshop.

Joe Tropea of the Maryland Historical Society and the Preserve the Baltimore Uprisingarchive will be the workshop leader.

RSVP on our Eventbrite

Bmore Wiki Event:

Come Back Open Edit Salon
Thursday, April 12, 6p
Red Emma’s Bookstore Coffeehouse
30 West North Avenue, Baltimore 21201
Requirements: Laptop

Bmore Wiki is back!
Help us add more Baltimore to Wikipedia: Join us for an open Wikipedia editing salon. We’ll eat, drink, and create or edit articles of our choice on Wikipedia. Anyone and everyone with basic knowledge of Wikipedia and laptop are welcome to join.

Add yourself to our meet up page:

Structure: Wiki-Salon: Edit/create articles of your choice.

March Happy Hour: bLAM at the Harbor for NCPH
Leinenkugels Beer Garden
34 Market Place, Baltimore
Thursday, March 17, 5:30p

This year the National Council on Public History is hosting its annual meeting in Baltimore! Leinenkugels is a 6 minute walk from the conference venue (Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel), so stop by after the sessions or after work Thursday.

NCPH / Society for History in the Federal Government Conference program

FB event page

bLAM will be at this event:

The Mid-Atlantic Regional Moving Image Archive (MARMIA) & foundscapes present…
Mixtapes for the Masses
Blue Pit BBQ & Whiskey Bar
1601 Union Avenue, Baltimore
Monday, March 21, 6p-10p

You spent hours making and listening to them: we want to take a few hours to respect and document that effort! Bring in your old audio cassette mixtapes and we will photograph them and their artwork, document their song list, and hear about what each meant to you. We will even provide opportunities for free digitization! These tapes were created by and for individuals, but when viewed through a larger lens, they provide a record of trends in remix culture, regionalism, and mood of the era. Don’t have your mixtapes anymore, or never made one? Stop by anyway: we’ll have some classic mixtape technology to play around with, and of course there’s always great food and drinks at Blue Pit BBQ (we’ll be upstairs–and Happy Hour lasts all night)!

foundscapes aims to map the cultural zeitgeist of the early 1970s through the late 1990s by collecting, preserving, and analyzing mixtapes.

MARMIA (Mid-Atlantic Regional Moving Image Archive) is dedicated to the preservation and access of the Middle Atlantic’s moving images and recorded sounds.

February Meeting: Say Hello Happy Hour
Mount Vernon Marketplace
520 Park Avenue, Baltimore
Thursday, February 25, 5:30p

bLAM’s February meet up will be a regular ol’ happy hour.
It would be cool to discuss:

  • Spring workshops
  • Developing a community calendar
  • Resurrecting Baltimore Wikipedians Wiki Salon meet ups

But really, this meet up is for catching up and saying hello 🙂

FB event page

Event at the Baltimore Museum of Art:

African American Artists at the Baltimore Museum of Art
Baltimore Museum of Art
10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore
Saturday, February 13, 2:00pm – 5:00pm

African American Artists at the Baltimore Museum of Art is the first editathon taking place at the Baltimore Museum of Art. It will take place on Saturday, February 13, 2016, from 2:00pm-5:00pm. The focus of this event is to create, update, and improve Wikipedia articles pertaining to the lives and works of African American artists in the BMA collection. Instruction on how to edit/create articles will take place from 2:00pm through 3:00pm, drop-in editing thereafter until 5:00pm.

bLAM organizer Jenny Ferretti will be leading the instruction session of the editathon.

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January Meeting: Meet MARMIA
Pen & Quill
1701 North Charles Street, Baltimore
Thursday, January 28, 5:30p (discussing to start around 6p)

bLAM and MARMIA are teaming up for the next meeting! We’ll talk about MARMIA’s efforts to preserve AV materials and setting up AV digitization community events in Baltimore. MARMIA is available to help with any type of AV, from your personal home movies, to oral history programs, to local newsfilm.

We’ll get the discussion going around 6p, but feel free to drop by any time! Pen & Quill’s Happy Hour is from 5p-7p.

The Mid-Atlantic Regional Moving Image Archive is dedicated to the preservation and public access of the moving images and recorded sounds of the United States’ Middle Atlantic area. We offer affordable services for regional non-profits and individuals holding audiovisual materials made in, by residents of, or about this geographic location and its culture.

FB event page

Let’s Talk About Tech Workshops
Blue Pit BBQ & Whiskey Bar
1601 Union Avenue, Baltimore
Wednesday, October 28, 2015, 7pm

bLAMcollective is interested in offering free tech-based workshops on topics such as data and information visualizations, Photoshop for post-digitization, AV collections (born-digital & analog), mapping and GIS, personal digital archiving, and more.

Let’s talk in person about what we want out of these workshops and how they should be planned. Workshop leader suggestions as well as other topic ideas would be appreciated!

Help make #bLAMclass what you want.

#bLAMclass Survey:

Bmore Historic 2015 Happy Hour with bLAM
Mick O’Shea’s Irish Pub
328 N. Charles Street, Baltimore
Friday, September 25, 2015, 5pm-7pm

Join us for a tour and happy hour following the Bmore Historic 2015 unconference (see below) on public history and historic preservation! This happy hour is co-hosted by bLAM and Baltimore Heritage. We’ll be gathering in the back room at Mick O’Shea’s (328 N. Charles St.) starting at 5p. Hope to see you!

Event on Facebook

bLAM members will be at this Baltimore Heritage event:

Bmore Historic: Baltimore’s Public History & Preservation Unconference
Maryland Historical Society’s France Hall
201 W. Monument Street, Baltimore
Friday, September 25th, 8:30am-5pm (welcome & scheduling begins at 9:00am)

Bmore Historic is a participant-led unconference for scholars, students, professionals and volunteers who care about public history, historic preservation and cultural heritage in the Baltimore region. Bmore Historic is an opportunity to connect with local historians, humanities scholars, preservation advocates, museum professionals, archivists, and anyone interested in exploring the vital intersections between people, places and the past in Baltimore and Maryland. We’re bringing people together and you set the agenda.

Bmore Historic site
Bmore Historic Facebook Event Page
Baltimore Heritage

bLAM Happy Hour: An Oral History Discussion with Joshua Clark Davis
Mick O’Shea’s Irish Pub
328 N. Charles Street, Baltimore
Thursday, September 17, 5pm-7p (discussion will start at 5:30p)

Joshua Clark Davis, Assistant Professor of History at the University of Baltimore, will discuss his NEH-funded project, “Media and the Movement: Activist Community Radio in the American South,” an extensive series of oral histories and digitization efforts designed to document and provide access to the history of community activist radio in the South.

Among other topics, Josh will discuss the scholarly importance of oral history, his collaboration with UNC Libraries on the project, and the challenges he as encountered with presenting oral history online in engaging ways. His remarks will begin around 5:30.

You can read more about “Media and the Movement” here:

Find the event on FB.

Baltimore #critlib Inaugural Meeting
Red Emma’s Bookstore Coffeehouse
30 W. North Avenue, Baltimore
Tuesday, August 4, 7p-9p

bLAM will be joining the Baltimore #critlib meeting to discuss the introduction (and any chapters you’d like to read) of Information Literacy and Social Justice, edited by Lua Gregory and Shana Higgins. From their event page:

“Welcome to Bmore #critlib! We want to create a community for those interested in critical theory, social justice, and libraries. We’ll start with a discussion of “Information Literacy and Social Justice,” edited by Lua Gregory and Shana Higgins. Please join us!

Please read the introduction and any other chapters you’re interested in or would like to discuss.

Date subject to change depending on Red Emma’s event schedule.”

bLAM Happy Hour: Say Hello
The Brewer’s Art
1106 N. Charles Street, Baltimore
Thursday, July 23, 5:30p

bLAMcollective is hosting a happy hour (#bLAMhh) to get to know our local colleagues. We’d love to hear what you think bLAM should be and offer to the community. Open to all, please share!

Say hello anytime after 5:30p. We’ll be upstairs at Brewers.

Find the event on FB.

bLAM Happy Hour (#bLAMhh): A Discussion About Diversity
Red Emma’s Bookstore Coffeehouse
30 West North Avenue, Baltimore
Thursday, June 25, 6:00p

Discussions about diversity within libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural heritage organizations seem to (rightly) focus on patrons, collections, and programming. As professionals within these types of workplaces, bLAMcollective is interested in discussing diversity amongst staff.

Join bLAM for a discussion about diversity, particularly the points Angela Galvan brings up in her recent article “Soliciting Performance, Hiding Bias: Whiteness and Librarianship.” We’ll discuss her definition of whiteness, barriers of entry to the profession, and her ideas on how to interrogate the hiring process.

We recommend reading the article in general, but there is no requirement to do so.

This discussion can apply to any profession at any level; there is no professional requirement.

RSVP using this one question/click survey so we have an idea of how many people to expect. You can also RSVP on Facebook.

Thursday 05/28

Project Share Happy Hour: Baltimore Uprising Omeka Project with Professor Denise Meringolo (UMBC)

Liam Flynn’s Ale House
22 West North Avenue, Baltimore
Thursday, May 28, 5:30p

Professor Denise Meringolo (UMBC) will discuss what inspired her to create an Omeka site to collect media and stories about the Baltimore Uprising. Denise has teamed up with Joe Tropea of the Maryland Historical Society so that they may add media they’ve received after their call for media from the public.

RSVP using this one question/click survey so we have an idea of how many people to expect.

Project Share Happy Hour structure: The purpose is to highlight a current project involving a range of topics related to digital humanities, LIS, cultural heritage, interesting partnerships, etc. This is a great opportunity for an open, face-to-face dialogue in an informal environment. As attendees we’ll ask questions, provide feedback, hopefully gain some inspiration or learn something new, and generally partake in social information sharing.


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