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About juliemstill

Julie Still has a B.A. in History and an M.A. in Library Science from the University of Missouri, and an M.A. in History from the University of Richmond.  She is currently enrolled in Penn State Harrisburg's doctoral program in American Studies. Librarian by trade, writer by choice, once (and future?) Girl Scout leader and community participant, she reads history (all kinds), science fiction / fantasy (ranges from Scalzi to McKillip), mysteries (varied), and more.

A Few Notes on Fantômette

The blog post is intended to provide some context and background to the article I wrote on Fantômette that was recently published in Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures.  Fantômette, a French media character, appears in 50+ books, 2 television series, … Continue reading

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Amazing Stories

In today’s diverse world the saying “if you can’t see it, you can’t be it,” refers to the importance of representation.  While the wording may be modern, the sentiment is perennial.  Trailblazers, however flawed or rudimentary they might be, provide … Continue reading

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Buffy to Batgirl book

It’s out!  It’s out!  The proceedings volume for the 2014 Buffy to Batgirl conference has been published by McFarland, co-edited by Zara Wilkinson and myself.

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Economic and Business History Society

The Economic and Business History Society met for its annual conference in Detroit, June 5th through 8th, 2019.  As always, this was a fun conference.  There were several people named Erik / Eric in attendance.  At one session there was … Continue reading

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An Interview in Russian

You meet the most interesting people at CCAHA conservation workshops!  I was at a workshop on preserving photographic scrapbooks and met Irina Glick, who has a website in Russian.  She has been interviewing Special Collections librarians, posting the interviews in … Continue reading

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Eastern American Studies Conference

Conference Report:  Currents of American Culture and Its Study (Eastern American Studies Association), March 29-30, 2019, Harrisburg, PA   Like most small regional conferences this one is welcoming to all comers and a place to present and hear people present … Continue reading

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Bike Routes Project Information

This blog post serves as a guide to information mentioned at the 2018 Mid-Atlantic Popular Culture Association conference in Baltimore.  My presentation is “Trips Awheel:  A Nineteenth Century Bicycle Travel Blog.” Here are some useful links: Bicycle Routes Project (https://libguides.rutgers.edu/historicalbikeroutes) … Continue reading

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A Brief Research Note on the Railroad

This is a brief research note on the history of the railroad, not of the mechanical aspects of it (for that see the wonderful Library of Congress page), but more of a cultural viewpoint, specifically literary.  References to works aren’t … Continue reading

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Advice on Interview Presentations

A relatively new librarian going for job interviews recently asked me about interview presentations.  This is an edited version of my response.   Presentations are often the most important part of an interview (no pressure!).  You want to have simple … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Genius of Birds

The Genius of Birds, by Jennifer Ackerman.  NY: Penguin, 2016 How smart are birds?  Are they bird-brains in the derogatory sense?  Not all of them, according to Ackerman.  She writes about New Caledonian crows that have been observed making and … Continue reading

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