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fundraising and development

From Hill’s album of biography and art / by Thomas E. Hill (1887)

128th chat, Tuesday April 21 2020: fundraising and development
6 pm Pacific / 7 pm Mountain / 8 pm Central / 9 pm Eastern

moderated by @shhh_librarian & @evangelestia
Wakelet (compilation of tweets) (pdf) by @violetbfox

discussion questions:

  • Q1. How does your library define fundraising and what critical functions does it entail? Who does that type of work in your library?
  • Q2. Who gets a say on who funds your library? Who doesn’t get a say? What challenges does that entail?
  • Q3. In efforts to fundraise for your library, what works in creating relationships? What hasn’t worked?
  • Q4. How can we adapt our fundraising efforts to integrate diversity, equity, and inclusion into our operations?
  • Q5. How can we build structures that strengthen the future of fundraising for libraries?

continuing the conversation around accountability

From Biggle pet book : a collection of information for old and young whose natural instincts teach them to be kind to all living creatures / by Jacob Biggle (1900)

127th chat, Tuesday April 14 2020: continuing the conversation around accountability
6 pm Pacific / 7 pm Mountain / 8 pm Central / 9 pm Eastern

moderated by @MUEngLib @meganjwatson @mckensiemack
Wakelet (compilation of tweets) (pdf) by @violetbfox

The second critlib chat (info about the first) facilitated by members of the ACRL President’s Program Planning Committee. The committee partnered with social justice organizer and facilitator McKensie Mack in planning a workshop around accountability for ALA Annual, but with Annual’s cancellation due to COVID-19, we are thinking about how we might engage our community in this important work online. We are both looking to start that conversation here and solicit your feedback for generative paths forward.

All library workers and LIS folks are invited to participate in this chat!

suggested resources:

discussion questions

  • Q1. How is the pandemic impacting the ways you think about accountability, within your workplace, the profession, and/or your larger communities? #critlib
  • Q2. How does your privilege impact the ways you think about accountability, particularly during this time of crisis? #critlib
  • Q3. How can we balance compassion and care during this period of community trauma with the need to hold ourselves and others accountable for the harm we do? #critlib
    Q4. A refrain/reframing for this moment: “If we get this right, we’ll never go back to normal.” What transformations in our relationships to accountability do you hope to see emerge? #critlib
  • Q5. How can we foster and facilitate an online community around developing practices of accountability? #critlib

intro to disabilities in LIS

black and white photo of a sitting Persian cat
From Pets : their history and care / by Lee S. Crandall (1917)

126th chat, Monday April 6 2020: intro to disabilities in LIS
11 am Pacific / noon Mountain / 1 pm Central / 2 pm Eastern

moderated by @librariankqm @GailBetz @LochNessLibro
Wakelet (compilation of tweets) (pdf) by @violetbfox

This is a joint chat with the newly formed #CripLib, focusing on library workers with disabilities. Find information about #CripLib at criplib.wordpress.com.

Everyone is welcome to participate in this chat! To post anonymously during the chat, please use the #CripLib anonymous posting option. Feel free to just use the #CripLib hashtag during the chat.

discussion questions:

  • Q1. What are your lived experiences with disability in the library or archival workplace? For the purposes of our discussions, we’re using Kumbier & Starkey (2016) definition of disability as an experience that is “shaped by social, cultural, historic, political, and economic factors…[that] impact people’s lived experience of impairment”.  #CripLib #CritLib
  • Q2. How has disability informed your work in libraries and archives? #CripLib #CritLib
  • Q3. How can we build and foster a community of library and archives workers with disabilities? #CripLib #CritLib
  • Q4. What sort of support are you looking for out of a community dedicated to disability in library and archives? #CripLib #CritLib
  • Q5. How can all library and archives workers contribute to an accessible profession? #CripLib #CritLib

impact of COVID-19 on library workers with disabilities

black and white etching of a striped tabby cat in profile
From The natural history of Selborne / by Gilbert White (1847)

125th chat, Tuesday March 17 2020: impact of COVID-19 on library workers with disabilities
6 pm Pacific / 7 pm Mountain / 8 pm Central / 9 pm Eastern

moderated by @librariankqm @GailBetz @LochNessLibro

This will be the inaugural #CripLib chat, focusing on the impact of COVID-19 on library workers with disabilities. Find information about #CripLib at criplib.wordpress.com.

Everyone is welcome to participate in this chat! To post anonymously during the chat, please use the #CripLib anonymous posting option. Please use both hashtags if possible; if not, prefer #CripLib.

discussion questions:

  • Q1. How are you doing, emotionally and physically, during the coronavirus pandemic? #CripLib #CritLib
  • Q2. How are you managing the pandemic in conjuncture with your disability? #CripLib #CritLib
  • Q3. Has your institution allowed you to take appropriate precaution? #CripLib #CritLib
  • Q4. How have accommodations impacted your ability to take precaution measures? Both if you have them and if you do not have them. #CripLib #CritLib
  • Q5. How can we better support library workers with disabilities in emergency situations? #CripLib #CritLib

generous accountability in libraries

black and white photo of two longhair cats sitting on a table covered by a rug
From Persia past and present : a book of travel and research / by A. V. Williams Jackson (1906)

124th chat, Tuesday January 21 2020: generous accountability in libraries
6 pm Pacific / 7 pm Mountain / 8 pm Central / 9 pm Eastern

moderated by @itsuhLEEsuh @alwaysreed @A_meeksie
Wakelet (compilation of tweets) (pdf) by @violetbfox

The first critlib chat from members of the ACRL 2020 President’s Program Planning Committee. The committee is looking for feedback to inform the directions the program will take at the ALA Annual conference in June 2020.

All library workers and LIS folks are invited to participate in this chat!

suggested resources:

discussion questions:

  • Q1. How do you interpret or define “generous accountability”? How does the use of the word “generous” change the connotation of the term “accountability,” and why? #critlib
  • Q2. What does generous accountability, to ourselves and our communities, look like as a daily practice? #critlib
  • Q3. How can we build and foster a culture of accountability into our workspaces? What conditions need to be in place to build this? #critlib
  • Q4. When we hold ourselves or each other accountable, how do we balance intentions and impact with care and generosity? #critlib
  • Q5. How do we decenter whiteness in the process of setting up systems of accountability? #critlib

toxic work environments

woodblock illustration of a striped mother cat nuzzling two kittens
From The life and labors of Charles H. Spurgeon / by Geo. C. Needham (1884)

123rd chat, Tuesday December 10 2019: toxic work environments
6 pm Pacific / 7 pm Mountain / 8 pm Central / 9 pm Eastern

moderated by @GingerReads
Wakelet (compilation of tweets) (pdf) by @violetbfox

discussion questions:

  • Q1. What is a toxic work environment? Is that a useful term? Why or why not?
  • Q2. How do toxic work environments impact efforts to dismantle oppression in libraries?
  • Q3. How can individuals cope with a toxic work environment?
  • Q4. If you could offer advice to administrators/leaders/managers trying to shift a toxic work culture to a positive one, what would you say?
  • Q5. If you could offer advice to non-managerial workers trying to shift a toxic work culture to a positive one, what would you say?
  • Q6. What fundamental changes could be made to librarianship to prevent toxic work cultures from forming?

school counselors and library workers

black and white photo of a kitten with a distinctive black patch on its face
From The diseases of the cat / by J. Woodroffe Hill (1901)

122nd chat, Wednesday December 4 2019: school counselors and library workers collaboration
5:30 pm Pacific / 6:30 pm Mountain / 7:30 pm Central / 8:30 pm Eastern

moderated by @AngCleveland @lieberrian @kiddcounselor15

Collaborative chat with #scchat focusing on how librarians and school counselors can partner to support future-ready students. Please use the #scchat hashtag to collocate tweets during this chat!

discussion questions:

Q1. Let’s kick off #SCCHAT by sharing your favorite book OR a book you are reading right now!
Q2. What are school counselors and librarians doing to support college or career readiness?
Q3. How are the roles of school counselors and librarians similar?
Q4. Describe ways that school counselors and librarians can collaborate.
Q5. How can school counselors and librarians foster positive relationships between educators, families, and students?
Q6. Share a resource for social emotional learning.
Q7. School counselors, what advice do you have for librarians?
Q8. Librarians, what advice do you have for school counselors?
Q9. School counselors and librarians are often supporting others. Share your best self-care tips.

distressing materials in libraries

drawing of cat with arched back and mouse in front of a jar and plate
From Reading-literature first reader / adapted and graded by Harriette Taylor Treadwell and Margaret Free (1911)

121st chat, Tuesday November 19 2019: distressing materials in libraries
6 pm Pacific / 7 pm Mountain / 8 pm Central / 9 pm Eastern

moderated by @lizdecoster and @LenaGluck
Wakelet (compilation of tweets) (pdf) by @violetbfox

suggested resources:

discussion questions:

  • Q1. What is the role of library records, especially archival descriptions, in documenting atrocity in relation to intergenerational trauma(s)? #critlib
  • Q2. Have members of your community ever expressed concern to you about upsetting visuals? Either displayed in the library or turned up in library books or databases? How have you responded? #critlib
  • Q3. How have you incorporated content warnings with your community to contextualize images that could be dehumanizing or distressing? What has gone well, or what might you try differently next time? #critlib
  • Q4. How does PTSD and other trauma-related disability impact the experience of education and work in archives, libraries, and similar institutions? #critlib

alternatives to policing in libraries

drawing of a long-haired light-colored cat's face
From Cyclopedia of farm animals / edited by L. H. Bailey (1922)

120th chat, Tuesday October 22 2019: alternatives to policing in libraries
6 pm Pacific / 7 pm Mountain / 8 pm Central / 9 pm Eastern

moderated by @LenaGluck
Wakelet (compilation of tweets) (pdf) by @violetbfox

thanks to @ayoola_crayola for help with drafting questions

Note: Some of these questions may be difficult to answer candidly in a public forum like Twitter. Participants are encouraged to tweet anonymously if it seems prudent.

suggested resources:

suggested resources for low spoons / visual sharing:

discussion questions:

  • Q1. How does the presence of police, security officers, or other security personnel affect Black, Indigenous, and other people of color’s ability to freely and safely access your library’s resources and materials? What would have to be the case for BIPOC to be and feel safe in libraries? #critlib
  • Q2. How have you handled situations of sexual harassment, sexual assault, stalking, abuse, or other gendered violence (including anti-LGBTQ violence) in the library without involving security/police in the past? In an ideal workplace, how would you and other library staff handle these situations? #critlib
  • Q3: How have disability and health issues (including visible or audible symptoms, mental or physical health emergencies, perceived addiction or alcoholism, etc.) been criminalized in libraries where you have worked, and what is a health-based response that could have been used instead? #critlib
  • Q4. There have been increased threats of organized white nationalist and anti-LGBTQ violence in the past couple decades, including everything from verbal harassment to mass shootings. In the event of supremacists or a mass shooter targeting your library, what would have to be the case for you to feel safe and prepared without relying on police? #critlib
  • Q5. If you have succeeded in starting conversations with coworkers, or supervisors about alternative means to maintain library safety and behavioral boundaries without calling police, how did you do it? What was well received and what wasn’t? #critlib

 

image description of Alternatives to Police Poster Series:

[A series of posters in bold, bright colors with black text overlaid. 

The first is red and reads, “Some folks are on benches in the park. Imagine… …A city employee comes by and checks in to see if they need a place to sleep, food, water, or health care. An hour later, those who want a different place to sleep have one. Isn’t that public safety?”

The second is purple and reads, “Someone is talking to themselves on the bus. Imagine… …They ride the bus without being bothered. An hour later they are at their destination and going on with their day. Isn’t that public safety?” 

The third is yellow and reads, “Someone is behaving erratically & in harm’s way. Imagine… …Texting a number & an unarmed urgent responder trained in behavioral and mental health comes within 5 minutes. An hour later that person is safe & getting the support they need. Isn’t that public safety?”

The fourth is green and reads, “You don’t realize but your brake lights aren’t working. Imagine… …A city employee signals for you to pull over & says ‘Hey, how about I replace those lights for you right here so no one gets hurt?’ An hour later, both lights work & you’re at home. Isn’t that public safety?

The fifth is pink and reads, “You are experiencing intimate partner violence. Imagine… …Texting a number & a trauma informed crisis intervention specialist meets you in a safe place. An hour later you are working together to make a plan that will keep you safe long term. Isn’t that public safety?”

The sixth is green and reads, “Someone is selling drugs to youth who are overdosing. Imagine… …Being connected to a substance use service that intervenes in harmful drug transactions. Youth are supported in healthy outcomes & the seller takes accountability for harm. Isn’t that public safety?”

The seventh is orange and reads, “Your friends are intoxicated & fighting but you don’t want them to get in trouble. Imagine… …You call +311 and a crisis intervention team comes to your door. 1 hour later, your friends are sleeping it off at home. Isn’t that public safety?” 

The eighth is teal and reads, “Incidents of gun violence are rising in the neighborhood. Imagine… …A trauma informed crisis intervention team works with community activists to disarm and deescalate conflicts. People doing harm are connected to services that address the underlying problem. Isn’t that public safety?” 

The ninth is violet and reads, “You are experiencing a mental health crisis & afraid. Imagine… …You call +311 & a first responder trained in mental health comes to your door. 1 hour later, you are in a safe place with your consent, with plans for follow up care. Isn’t that public safety?”

The tenth is red and reads, “Someone seems to be snooping in car windows on your block. Imagine… …Calling your neighbors who are trained in self-defense & deescalation & approaching the person. An hour later the conflict is resolved & the person responsible is getting the support they need. Isn’t that public safety?”

End image description]

Melvil Dewey

drawing of two cats holding sticks, both wearing bows
From St. Nicholas vol. 27 no. 2 / edited by Mary Mapes Dodge (1899)

119th chat, Tuesday October 1 2019: Melvil Dewey
6 pm Pacific / 7 pm Mountain / 8 pm Central / 9 pm Eastern

moderated by @kevinseeber
Wakelet (compilation of tweets) (pdf) by @kevinseeber

This chat will be a chance to reflect on the recently published Slate article on Melvil Dewey and his professional legacy from a critlib perspective.

acronyms explainer:

  • DDC = Dewey Decimal Classification
  • MD = Melvil Dewey

suggested resources:

discussion questions:

  • Q1. When did you first learn about Melvil Dewey’s racism/anti-semitism/misogyny? How did you learn about it? #critlib
  • Q2. In addition to the DDC, Melvil Dewey made a huge impact. In your daily work in libraries, or when you study libraries, where do you see evidence of his influence? #critlib
  • Q3. How can we address Dewey’s ongoing influence in libraries and repair some of the harm he caused? #critlib
  • Q4. Dewey was censured during his life, though librarianship continued to revere him (his name was attached to the ALA Lifetime Achievement award until 2019). Why is librarianship only just now coming to terms with this legacy? #critlib
  • Q5. The example of Melvil Dewey indicates that librarianship often ignores its history. What resources would you recommend to help people learn more about how librarianship got to where it is today? #critlib