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Five Things an OTW Volunteer Said

"There’s a ton of fan studies research happening on every topic, and much of that research contains important, new, or just plain interesting ideas that should find their way back to fans. However, it’s not always easy for people to find their way to fan studies work. That’s where we try to make a small difference."

In FiveThings, Nele Noppe discusses the purpose of Fanhackers, how she got into fan studies & making a difference https://goo.gl/qOnCYK
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Comiket volunteer Antonia does a Guest Post with OTW this month. She tells us what that role's been like and why she started http://goo.gl/yUOSXY
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A month of collaboration, with a new server to set up, new imports to AO3, and lots of new staffers at the OTW! https://goo.gl/VrHBxC
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This Week in Fandom: 2016 year in review, Tumblr edition! Also, when fandom helps us cope during hard times: https://goo.gl/1LRrzY
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OTW Celebrates


It's International Volunteer Day & both the OTW and you have many reasons to celebrate it -- nearly 600 in fact: https://goo.gl/is9aCX
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This Week in Fandom: Hallelujah is charting, Potterheads ponder new canon, and fans are big holiday spenders. https://goo.gl/cK6FcP
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Five Things an OTW Volunteer Said

In Five Things, Rrain Prior discusses working on Transformative Works and Cultures & how far back her fanfic goes https://goo.gl/pDw1uE
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Kitties, kindness, and fanfiction about complex Black women, this week in fandom: https://goo.gl/sjpUAT
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“When we were defining the Web Cultures collection, fan fiction and other kinds of fan works were identified as significant because fandom enacts so many of the key elements of folklore and vernacular culture. As a result, there are a range of fandom-focused sites that were selected for the collection. We were also interested in harvesting sites where communities had worked to synthesize, organize and collect examples of practice.”

Did you know that Fanlore is preserved by the US Library of Congress’ American Folklife Center? Their archive head tells us what their collection is about and why Fanlore is part of it: https://goo.gl/zRnERW

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