Today marks 9 years that the OTW launched, and we have some celebrations and activities planned this month to celebrate!
This September we will be putting the spotlight on our Open Doors project, discussing the importance of preserving fanworks and fannish history. This will include our Five Things series where we talk with OTW volunteers about the work they do for us. We’ll also have a Guest Post with Versaphile, an archive owner whose sites have been imported into the AO3 by Open Doors.
In addition to the announcement about the Sinful Desire archive there will be several more announcements from Open Doors this month about archives that will be imported to AO3, so keep an eye out!
And on Sunday, September 18th from 17:00-19:00 UTC (check when that is in your timezone) we’ll be doing a live chat to which you are all invited! Three librarians who work with popular culture, science fiction and fantasy collections, all of which include fanworks, will be available to answer questions about their work, their collections, and preserving fannish history.
Our panelists will be
- Peter Balestrieri, Curator of the University of Iowa’s Science Fiction and Popular Culture Collections
- Jeremy Brett, Curator of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Research Collection at Texas A&M University
- Nancy Down, head of the Browne Popular Culture Library at Bowling Green State University
The chat will be held in our Public Discussion chatroom.