I forgot to mention yesterday that this week is Preservation Week, shame on me! The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) division of the American Library Association (ALA) sets aside one week per year to highlight the importance of preserving our collections.
Happy New Year from the Harvey Mercheum! What a busy year 2017 was! Looking back, some of the highlights of 2017 that stand out to me include:
- Switching web hosting to a more reliable company
- Getting the Harvey Mercheum website on the Cloudflare Content Delivery Network (CDN)
- Providing true date archive navigation of the Mercheum Blog by creating the Harvey Mercheum Editorial Calendar on Google Calendar
- Being interviewed in Intelligent Collector magazine
- Formalizing the “Special Days” calendar
- Coining the new term Harveyana
- Analyzing the JA-RU rack toy collection
- Posting the 100th exhibit
- Posting 27 exhibits in the 2017 calendar year
I would say, looking at this list, that 2017 was a good year for the Mercheum. Here’s hoping that 2018 is even better!
Today starts Banned Book Week. Given the current political climate in the United States, our right to read is more precious than ever. Banning extends to comic books as well, and the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is there to help defend our rights. They have released a handbook with more information, go to their website and read or download it now!
I am not sure what made me start acknowledging “special days”, but I have been doing it almost since the start of the Mercheum Blog. While working on the big project gathering data on every post made, I decided to make a list of what days I had acknowledged. I then summarized the list, and broke the result into two categories:
Acknowledge every year
- World Intellectual Property Day
- Free Comic Book Day
- International Museum Day
- World Wide Web Day
- World Photo Day
- Museum Day Live!
- National Comic Book Day
- Local Comic Shop Day
Acknowledge with related exhibit
- Record Store Day
- International Tabletop Day
- National Pin-back Button Day
- Official holidays, such as Valentine’s Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving etc.
I intend to use these lists to help keep me on track with posting in the future. Are there any days you feel should be included that are not? Should I stop acknowledging special days? Let me know what you think in the comments below!
This would be a particularly appropriate day to visit the World Wide Web Foundation, and learn about how they are working for a world where everyone has the same rights and opportunities online.