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citation politics

black and white photo of an angora cat lying on a large wooden desk
From The Angora cat : how to breed, train and keep it / edited by Robert Kent James (1898)

109th chat, Tuesday July 10: citation politics
6 pm Pacific / 7 pm Mountain / 8 pm Central / 9 pm Eastern

moderated by @cslaughter & @alizaelk
Wakelet (compilation of tweets) by @violetbfox

suggested resources:

discussion questions:

  • Q1. How does citation work as a performative and reproductive technology of power? (i.e., how does it reproduce and embody existing power structures?)
  • Q2. How do our personal citational practices reproduce or upend existing exclusionary practices in teaching and research?
  • Q3. How can we address/redress the unequal politics of citation in our instructional work? (In research consultations? In institutional policy? In our own projects?)
  • Q4. What role can movements for open access play in redressing the unequal politics of citation? What are its strengths and limitations?
  • Q5. Can we/should we/do we challenge the use of citation counts as an academic performance metric? What does that look like? Are there existing alternatives?

additional resources:

reflective teaching practice

black and white photo of two Siamese cats, one looking directly at camera, one looking to the side
Mammals of other lands / Charles J. Cornish [and others] (1917)
108th chat, Monday June 18: reflective teaching practice
11 am Pacific / noon Mountain / 1 pm Central / 2 pm Eastern

moderated by @thebookinator@charbooth
Wakelet (compilation of tweets) by @violetbfox

suggested resources:

discussion questions:

  • Q1. What does it mean to have a reflective teaching practice? #critlib
  • Q2. Can critical pedagogy and reflective practice coexist? What does this look like? #critlib
  • Q3. Can we help promote critical reflectiveness in students through our own pedagogy/praxis? Is this important? #critlib
  • Q4. What have you done to be a critically reflective library professional? To help students critically reflect? #critlib
  • Q5. Do the phrases “Growth Mindset” and “Reflective Practice” go together?  Why/Why not? #critlib
  • Q6. On page 19 of their book Reflective Teaching, Effective Learning Char writes, “To exercise reflective practice, you have to maintain the desire to learn more about yourself as an educator and the intent to commit to iterative improvement.”  What does this statement mean to you? #critlib

public libraries and #critlib redux

drawing of a pale cat with its paw in a jar labeled jam
From Mee-a-ow!, or, Good advice to cats and kittens / by R.M. Ballantyne (1874)

107th chat, Tuesday June 5 2018: public libraries and #critlib redux
6 pm Pacific / 7 pm Mountain / 8 pm Central / 9 pm Eastern

moderated by @abigailleigh & @izag
Wakelet (compilation of tweets) by @violetbfox

discussion questions:

  • Q1. Public librarians engage in critical librarianship all the time, even if it’s not called #critlib. What does that look like in the public library? Where does it happen (in person and online)?
  • Q2. What topics of critical librarianship are public librarians discussing? #critlib
  • Q3. How can other (public, academic, school) librarians encourage public librarians/library staff to participate in the #critlib conversation? What might be some barriers for participation?
  • Q4. How can #critlib become a more all encompassing LIS conversation to include all types of librarianship (academic, law, school, public, etc)?

engagement / outreach / advocacy

black and white drawing of two kittens in a wicker basket
From St. Nicholas vol. 18 no. 5 / edited by Mary Mapes Dodge (1891)

106th chat, Monday May 21 2018: engagement / outreach / advocacy: critical community building
11 am Pacific / noon Mountain / 1 pm Central / 2 pm Eastern

moderated by @haylmail @bannedlibrarian @kellymce
Wakelet (compilation of tweets) by @violetbfox

suggested resources:

discussion questions:

  • Q1. What constitutes outreach? Engagement? Advocacy? How do they relate to one another?
  • Q2. What sort of critical engagement/outreach/advocacy projects have you either been involved in or have caught your interest lately?
  • Q3. How do you determine what outreach/engagement/advocacy needs doing in your community?
  • Q4. What impact do your social identities have on your work in outreach/engagement?
  • Q5. Who do you collaborate with in your communities? What’s next for you?

student wellness

drawing of a long haired white cat sitting on a surface
From The homœopathic veterinary doctor / by George H. Hammerton (1890)

105th chat, Tuesday May 8 2018: student wellness
6 pm Pacific / 7 pm Mountain / 8 pm Central / 9 pm Eastern

moderated by @midnorthwest @beastlibrarian @hailthefargoats
Wakelet (compilation of tweets) by @violetbfox

Students are under enormous pressure to perform well in college. In addition, systemic injustice is playing out on college campuses through income inequality, racism, sexism, xenophobia, and other –isms that directly and indirectly impact students. Given that libraries are not neutral, what obligation does the library have to address the secondary symptoms of trauma and injustice—anxiety, depression, stress, and feeling overwhelmed or hopeless? This #critlib chat will focus on student wellness in the academic library.

For this conversation, we are adapting the World Health Organization’s definition of health to define student wellness. Student wellness is defined as both freedom from physical, mental, and emotional malaise, and the capacity to take appropriate measures to address the challenges of being a student in this current sociocultural, economic and political moment.

Suggested readings

Discussion questions

  • Q1. What do you consider to be the primary student wellness need for students on your campus?
  • Q2. What populations are often overlooked in conversations about student wellness?
  • Q3. What is something you find frustrating about how student wellness is discussed (or not discussed) on your campus or at your library?
  • Q4. Should librarians be trained to support student wellness? Alternatively, should libraries make student wellness a priority?
  • Q5. What do you do (or plan to do) to support student wellness on your campus?

bias in web searching

black and white drawing of four cats wearing Elizabethan ruffled collars
From Bits of talk, in verse and prose, for young folks / by Helen Jackson (1904)

104th chat, Tuesday April 24 2018: bias in web searching
6 pm Pacific / 7 pm Mountain / 8 pm Central / 9 pm Eastern

moderated by @IamLibrarianSam and @metageeky
Storify (pdf, html) by @violetbfox

suggested resources:

discussion questions:

  • Q1. What are some examples of problematic bias in web searching? What harm is done by bias in searching? #critlib
  • Q2. As creators of information, how can we be sure problematic biases don’t make their way into our own creations and work? #critlib
  • Q3. How can we thoughtfully perform bias analyses on our own systems? #critlib
  • Q4. What can we do to help our communities understand the biases that exist in web searching? #critlib

tribal libraries

black and white photo of white Angora cat with buff spots
From The Angora cat : how to breed, train and keep it / edited by Robert Kent James (1898)

103nd chat, Thursday April 12 2018: tribal libraries
8:30 am Pacific / 9:30 am Mountain / 10:30 am Central / 11:30 am Eastern

Storify (pdf, html) by @violetbfox

A special event in partnership with ALA’s Washington Office, this chat will take place concurrently with the Broadband Connectivity in Tribal and Rural Communities panel in Washington DC, moderated by Elayne Silversmith.

Terms and organizations to know:

  • ATALM (Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums) @tribalalm:  non-profit, Native-led organization that provides culturally relevant training and services to the nation’s 519 tribal libraries, archives, and museums. ATALM was established in 2010 with support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
  • E-rate: the nickname for the Federal Communications Commission’s universal service Schools and Libraries Program, which provides discounts to help eligible schools and libraries in the United States obtain affordable telecommunications and internet access
  • Tribal Connect Act: bill introduced in December 2017 that aims to improve broadband connectivity in Indian Country by increasing access to E-rate program #TribalConnect

Suggested resources:

Additional resources:


vendor relations

close up black & white photo of a blue Persian cat
From Our domestic animals, their habits, intelligence and usefulness / by Gos de Voogt (1907)

102nd chat, Monday March 19 2018: vendor relations
11 am Pacific / noon Mountain / 1 pm Central / 2 pm Eastern

moderated by @greenarchives1 @_cageorge @gngrlibrarian
Storify (pdf, html) by @violetbfox

Suggested resources:

Discussion questions:

  • Q1. What obligations do vendors have to end-users of their products? What obligations do vendors have to library workers? #critlib
  • Q2. What obligations do library workers have regarding ethical considerations in their relationships with vendors? (as information/product gatekeepers? as people who maximize access to information and rely on vendors to those ends?) #critlib
  • Q3. What obligations do professional organizations have in maintaining ethical relations with vendors? #critlib
  • Q4. How do we ensure library workers are able to engage in discussion about the ethical use of vendor products? #critlib

patron privacy

black and white photo of orange and white cat sitting on a plate decorated with lilies
From St. Nicholas vol. 30 no. 4 / edited by Mary Mapes Dodge (1903)

101st chat, Tuesday March 6 2018: patron privacy
6pm Pacific / 7pm Mountain / 8pm Central / 9pm Eastern

moderated by @zoefisher_
Storify (pdf, html) by @violetbfox

Previous critlib chats about privacy:

Suggested resources:

Discussion questions:

  • Q1. Does your library have a public statement about patron privacy? How was it created? How is it used? #critlib
  • Q2. How is the concept of privacy culturally constructed? What stereotypes about privacy do we attach to certain cultures or groups of people? #critlib
  • Q3. From your perspective, what risks to patron privacy are acceptable in order to provide library services? #critlib
  • Q4. How are library workers complicit in eroding and compromising patron privacy? #critlib
  • Q5. What are some steps taken by your library to uphold patron privacy? What projects/initiatives around patron privacy would you like to develop at your library? #critlib