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critical librarianship and comics

black and white photo of a long haired kitten wearing a light-colored crochet sweater
From Kittens and cats : a book of tales / Eulalie Osgood Grover (1911)

94th chat, Tuesday November 28 2017: critical librarianship and comics
6pm Pacific / 7pm Mountain / 8pm Central / 9pm Eastern

moderated by @ohelmiller and @stephliana

Glossary:

  • graphic novel vs. comic: comic is the medium, graphic novel is a form more socially accepted.
  • minicomics: usually refers to handmade or micropress (creator-published/self-published or very small press) comics.
  • webcomics: comics created for and published on websites. May range from daily strips to full-length graphic novels. (Distinguished from digital comics, which are usually traditionally-published comics meant to live as print works but made available on digital platforms.)
  • sequential art: artwork that tells a story through sequential narrative (including storyboards, animation, and illustrated novels). Comics are sequential art, but not all sequential art is comics.
  • see also: BookRiot’s Glossary of Comic Terms

Suggested resources:

Discussion questions:
  • Q1. How have you used (or seen comics used) in library practice? How would you like to see comics used in libraries? #critlib
  • Q2. What programming ideas or experiences do you have that examine comics through a critical lens? That use comics AS a critical lens? #critlib
  • Q3. How do cataloging and/or shelving practices in your library affect the perception or discovery of comics? #critlib
  • Q4. Given institutional norms, how can we keep comic collections weird? #critlib
  • Q5. Comic suggestions for the new-to-comics-critical-librarian? #critlib

Radical Reference

black and white photo of five long haired kittens
From Our domestic animals, their habits, intelligence and usefulness / by Gos de Voogt (1907)

93rd chat, Tuesday November 14 2017: Radical Reference
6pm Pacific / 7pm Mountain / 8pm Central / 9pm Eastern

moderated by @mauraweb @Audrey_Sage_ @NicoleG_Haus
Storify by @violetbfox

Radical Reference is a collective of library workers and information workers who believe in and work towards social justice and equity (http://radicalreference.info/about). In the past RadRef provided online reference services to activists, journalists and researchers who requested help looking for information and resources, and supported protests and other street actions. The NYC chapter has recently reactivated, and we’d like to host a chat to think on and discuss what RadRef could be in these times.

Suggested resources:

Discussion questions:

  • Q1. Have you heard of or been involved with RadRef in the past? Where/when? What draws you to this work?
  • Q2. What are other activist library groups? Can you share some examples of activist library groups’ activities?
  • Q3. How can library/information workers contribute to and work with other activist groups?
  • Q4. How can we keep up the momentum and sustainability in our activist library work?
  • Q5. What would you like to see RadRef do or be? How can we make it happen?

radical empathy in archival practice

black and white photo of a tabby cat
From The diseases of the cat / by J. Woodroffe Hill (1901)

92nd chat, Monday October 23 2017: radical empathy in archival practice
11am Pacific / noon Mountain / 1pm Central / 2pm Eastern

moderated by @dinahhandel & @kellywooten
Storify by @lizahar

Suggested resources:

Radical Empathy (from the Caswell and Cifor article) is “a willingness to be affected, to be shaped by another’s experience, without blurring the lines between the self and the other.” Caswell and Cifor’s radical empathy posits that, “subjects are embodied, that we are inextricably bound to one another through relationships, that we live in complex relations to each other infused with power differences and inequities, and that we care about each other’s well-being. This emphasis on empathy takes bodies and the bodily into account.”

Caswell and Cifor propose that a feminist ethic of radical empathy shifts four key archival relationships: relationships between the archivist and the records creator, the archivist and records subject, the archivist and user, and the archivist and larger communities. Participants in a “Radical Empathy in Archival Practice” panel at the 2017 SAA meeting proposed a fifth responsibility, that of the archivist to the archivist.

Discussion questions:

  • Q1. Reflect on the 4 relationships discussed in the article and share your experience with any that resonated with you. #critlib
  • Q2. How can we remain emotionally open and vulnerable yet remain grounded? Can we be both affective and effective archivists? #critlib
  • Q3. When do the tenets of our profession complicate or uplift our capacity to be radically empathetic? #critlib
  • Q4. How do we create a radically empathetic 5th relationship between archivists? How can we facilitate spaces for emotional education/actions? #critlib
  • Q5. How can we navigate conflicting responsibilities between all of our affective relationships? Which relationships do we prioritize? #critlib

open educational resources (OER)

black and white photograph of two cats sitting on a wooden chair with a padded seat
From St. Nicholas vol. 27 no. 10 / edited by Mary Mapes Dodge (1900)

91st chat, Tuesday October 3 2017: open educational resources (OER) 
6pm Pacific / 7pm Mountain / 8pm Central / 9pm Eastern

moderated by @zoh_zoh @aliversluis @eriksation @SarahEHare
Storify by @violetbfox

Suggested resources:

Discussion questions:

  • Q1. What critical questions and ideas are missing from current conversations about OER? #critlib
  • Q2. How does privilege intersect with making and using OER? #critlib
  • Q3. Are there any commonalities between critical information literacy and open pedagogy? #critlib
  • Q4. How is it harmful to frame OER as a simple solution to complex issues (educational, economic, etc.)? Have you seen this framing? #critlib
  • Q5. How does OER labor get rewarded (or not)? How does this differ across groups (librarians, instructional technologists, faculty)? #critlib

spatial justice

From Art and criticism : monographs and studies / by Theodore Child (1892)

90th chat, Monday September 18 2017: spatial justice: white supremacy in public art and architecture
6pm Pacific / 7pm Mountain / 8pm Central / 9pm Eastern*
*note special evening Monday time

moderated by @a_meeksie & @vin_alyssa
Storify by @violetbfox

Definitions:

  • spatial justice: Spatial justice brings together social justice and space. How space is organized (what and who occupies any given space) is a crucial dimension of human societies, reflecting social realities and (in)justices while also influencing social relations (Henri Lefebrve, 1968, 1972). This concept can be used as a guiding tool to understand and reflect on solutions to social injustices that are embedded in both space and society.
  • public art: art in any media that has been planned and executed with the intention of being staged in the physical public domain, usually outside and accessible to all.

Suggested resources:

  • Brook, Freeda, Dave Ellenwood, and Althea Eannace Lazzaro. “In pursuit of antiracist social justice: denaturalizing whiteness in the academic library.” Library Trends 64.2 (2015): 246-284. (especially section on “The racialized space of the academic library” pdf)

Discussion questions:

  • Q1. What is the function of public art and architecture where you work/live? #critlib
  • Q2. What narratives/whose history is dominant in and around lib*/archives in your community? #critlib
  • Q3. If lib* take an antiracist approach to cultivating culturally responsive spaces, what do we need to examine first and why? #critlib
  • Q4. How can we can work to counteract & subvert oppressive spatial elements, such as monuments that function as microaggressions? #critlib
  • Q5. What barriers might we encounter in trying to do this work in our profession & how can we overcome those barriers? #critlib

Additional resources:

the weight and worth of professionalism

black and white photo of a cat wearing cat-sized eyeglasses and a bonnet
From Kittens and cats : a book of tales / Eulalie Osgood Grover (1911)

89th chat, Tuesday September 5 2017: the weight and worth of professionalism
6pm Pacific / 7pm Mountain / 8pm Central / 9pm Eastern

moderated by @TheGnarrator
Storify by @lisahubbell

Suggested resources:

Discussion questions:

  • Q1. What is the culture of professionalism in your workplace? In your area of librarianship?
  • Q2. How do definitions of professionalism differ from the democratic and social values advocated by librarianship?
  • Q3. What are ways that professionalism is oppressive?
  • Q4. How can we cultivate acceptance of different attitudes towards professionalism/redefine professionalism to be more inclusive and accommodating of different experiences/identities?
  • Q5. How do you represent yourself authentically in the workplace or as a job seeker while navigating organizational expectations?

mentorship

black and white photo of a light long-haired cat looking off-camera
From Mammals of other lands / Charles J. Cornish [and others], editors (1917)
88th chat, Wednesday August 23 2017*: mentorship
11am Pacific / noon Mountain / 1pm Central / 2pm Eastern
*please note changed day/date (changed to avoid coinciding with eclipse!)

moderated by @zoh_zoh
Storify by @violetbfox

Suggested readings:

Definitions:

  • mentor: generally an experienced colleague who provides guidance and advice
  • mentee: the person being mentored
  • library workers: anyone who works in libraries in any capacity, including contingent/adjunct/part-time/classified labor
  • formal mentorship programs: mentorship programs organized by an employer, professional association, school/university, non-profit, or other institution
  • informal mentorship: mentoring relationships that are not administered by any outside organization

Discussion questions:

  • Q1. How do you define success in a mentoring relationship?
  • Q2. Have you ever participated in, or do you currently participate in, a formal mentorship program? If so, what is/was it? What was your experience?
  • Q3. What are some informal ways you have mentored, or been mentored by, other library workers?
  • Q4. What are some examples of strong mentorship programs outside of libraries? What can we adapt/change in library mentorship programs?
  • Q5. How can mentorship help surface and transform power structures in library professions?

Hip Hop Librarian Consortium

black and white photo of a tabby cat sitting on a tree branch
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)

87th chat, Tuesday August 8 2017: Hip Hop Librarian Consortium
6pm Pacific / 7pm Mountain / 8pm Central / 9pm Eastern

moderated by @KaiAlexisSmith @NicestLibrarian @maxmacias
Storify by @violetbfox

Hip Hop pedagogy is “an examination of the way hip-hop constructs discourse, the way it produces rhetorical meaning through its complex method of digital sampling, and how such a rhetoric functions within the scope of argumentation.” (Jeff Rice, “The 1963 Hip-Hop Machine: Hip-Hop Pedagogy as Composition”, College Composition and Communication (2003), p. 454. Available at: jstor.org/stable/3594173)

Suggested resources:

 

net neutrality

black Angora cat sitting on a stand
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)

86th chat, Monday July 24 2017: net neutrality
11am Pacific / noon Mountain / 1pm Central / 2pm Eastern

moderated by @mfgaede @bembrarian
Storify by @mfgaede

This chat is based around net neutrality, primarily focusing on the context of recent governmental decisions/stances and organizational responses regarding net neutrality laws, with net neutrality literacy and net neutrality education being primary themes/talking points. The goal of this chat is to show what libraries are actively doing and thinking now, and what next steps are needed to follow-up on these issues.

As an extension of December 2015’s “Privacy Education in Libraries” #critlib chat, we will also continue to gauge where libraries stand on privacy education, patron data, and vendor/technology relationships (and their transparency or lack thereof).

Suggested resources:

Discussion questions:

  • Q1. How does net neutrality relate to equity and how is it a social justice issue? #critlib
  • Q2. What is/should be libraries/library workers’ role(s) in the conversation about net neutrality? #critlib
  • Q3. What are effective resources for exploring/explaining net neutrality that have you have successfully shared in your library? #critlib
  • Q4. How do you balance providing service, using patron data for better service, and protecting users’ privacy? #critlib
  • Q5. How is data valued at your library? Do you know what your vendors do with your data? Do these factors affect vendor choice? #critlib

Additional resources:

privilege in the library job search process

From The Angora cat : how to breed, train and keep it / edited by Robert Kent James (1898)

85th chat, Tuesday July 11 2017: privilege in the library job search process
6pm Pacific / 7pm Mountain / 8pm Central / 9pm Eastern

Moderated by @kevinseeber @catladylib @ForgetTheMaine @modbrarian @christinemmoe
Storify by @kevinseeber

Jargon/concepts/shorthand to know ahead of time:

  • MPOW = “my place of work”
  • FPOW = “former place of work”
  • CV = “curriculum vitae”; these are frequently required for academic library positions in place of a resume.
  • cover letter = document to accompany to resume/CV that speaks to specific parts of the job listing.
  • job talk = also known as a “candidate presentation,” this is a common part of the interview process in which the person interviewing has to give a presentation to a room full of people.

Suggested readings:

Discussion questions:

  • Q1. How does the library job search process and hiring for “fit” reinforce hegemonic cultural expectations? #critlib
  • Q2. What should search committees/hiring authorities be doing differently when recruiting, interviewing, & hiring library workers? #critlib
  • Q3. Job searching involves lots of emotions. How can we address them in a healthy way, esp. given pessimism in the larger field? #critlib
  • Q4. What can experienced library workers do to help job seekers with less library experience? #critlib
  • Q5. If you started a new job in the last year, what advice can you offer job seekers looking for their first position? #critlib