Category Archives: Twitter chat

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

relevance of MLIS to 21st century librarianship

head and upper torso of a striped shorthair cat looking at viewer
From Bird friends : a complete bird book for Americans / by Gilbert H. Trafton

84th chat, Monday June 19 2017: relevance of MLIS to 21st century librarianship
11am Pacific / noon Mountain / 1pm Central / 2pm Eastern

Moderated by @mohamedberray

Note: Using “MLIS” for any information/library master’s degree (MLS, MSIS, etc.) for brevity’s sake.

Suggested readings:

Discussion questions:

  • Q1. What are the most valuable applications of an MLIS degree to librarian practice? #critlib
  • Q2. What aspects of librarianship can be performed without the need for an MLIS? #critlib
  • Q3. What alternatives to a full two+ year MLIS degree could provide an entry to the profession?  #critlib
  • Q4. What changes could be made to MLIS programs to make them more relevant/worthwhile? #critlib
  • Q5. How can library workers & library schools work together to ensure the value of MLIS programs? #critlib

 

queer communities in academic libraries

black and white photo of two tabby cats
From Our domestic animals, their habits, intelligence and usefulness / by Gos de Voogt (1907)

83rd chat, Tuesday June 6 2017: queer communities in academic libraries
6pm Pacific / 7pm Mountain / 8pm Central / 9pm Eastern

Moderated by @infinity_dots & @brinepond
Storify by @infinity_dots

Queer – we’re using the term queer as an umbrella term for anyone who identifies as LGBTQIA+.

Suggested readings:

Discussion questions:

  • Q1. What do you do (or plan to do) to support queer communities on your campus? #critlib
  • Q2. Looking @ Q1 who’s being left out? (due to race, ethnicity, age, socioeconomic status, non-trad students, +) #critlib
  • Q3. What can librarians do to show support for transgender students, fac, staff in particular? #critlib
  • Q4. Has anyone surveyed students, fac, staff to determine queer needs on campus?#critlib
  • Q5. Moving forward what do you consider to be a primary need for the queer communities on your campuses? #critlib

endangered data

white short-haired cat
From Mammals of other lands / Charles J. Cornish [and others], editors (1917)
82nd chat, Monday April 17 2017: endangered data
6pm Pacific / 7pm Mountain / 8pm Central / 9pm Eastern*
*note special Monday evening time

Moderated by @brandontlocke & @worldcatlady
Storify by @elotroalex

Endangered Data is data that is at risk of deletion, repression, mishandling, or lost, or data for which broad access is difficult or impossible.

Suggested readings:

Discussion questions:

  • Q1. What are some ways in which you are impacted by the collection & use of federal data? #critlib
  • Q2. What can we as information professionals do to preserve access to #endangereddata? #critlib
  • Q3. How do you define data literacy? #critlib
  • Q4. What skills & literacies are required for engagement w/ open data & data-driven news and policies? #critlib
  • Q5. Do you teach infolit in a civic/social justice context (civic hackathons, ‘Fake News’)? #critlib

the future of ALA

tabby cat sitting on a fence
From Children and gardens / by Gertrude Jekyll (1908)

81st chat, Tuesday April 4 2017: the future of ALA
6pm Pacific / 7pm Mountain / 8pm Central / 9pm Eastern

Moderated by @MaxRenewals @bembrarian @violetbfox
Storify by @elwags

Just a reminder that if you’re an ALA member, elections end Wednesday April 5th. Please vote!

Discussion questions:

  • Q1. What’s your ALA story? How do you feel about ALA and how has your journey caused those feelings?
  • Q2. Do you feel participation in ALA is a/an (explicit or implicit) requirement for library professionals? Should it be?
  • Q3. How could ALA be made more valuable for non-MLIS-holding library workers?
  • Q4. What would you like to see ALA do that it’s not doing now?

open access & the politics of knowledge sharing

tabby cat with a bow around its neck, sitting on a table
From Our domestic animals, their habits, intelligence and usefulness / by Gos de Voogt (1907)

80th chat, Tuesday March 21 2017: open access & the politics of knowledge sharing
6pm Pacific / 7pm Mountain / 8pm Central / 9pm Eastern

Moderated by @ashleydfarley & @bree_uw
Storify by @ashleydfarley

Discussion questions

  • Q1. Do you agree or disagree that scientific research should be freely available? Include your reasoning. #critlib
  • Q2. Do librarians have a clear role in the open access movement? Why or why not? #critlib
  • Q3. Share a story where open access to research articles has impacted your personal or professional life. #critlib
  • Q4. Does your library support Open Access? If so, how? #critlib
  • Q5. Do you think librarians can become the sole disseminators of research? Should they be? #critlib

Suggested readings

teaching beyond the academy

black and white photo of a long-haired orange cat
From Mammals of other lands / Charles J. Cornish [and others], editors (1917)
79th chat, Tuesday March 7 2017: teaching beyond the academy
6pm Pacific / 7pm Mountain / 8pm Central / 9pm Eastern

Moderated by @esquetee & @Kirsten_Clair
Storify by @Kirsten_Clair

Discussion questions:

  • Q1. What do you think your role in the classroom is for preparing students beyond one-shot classes/assignments? #critlib
  • Q2. Are we preparing students to be lifelong learners? Why or why not? #critlib
  • Q3. Do you ever teach resources that are outside those provided by your institution? How could this change your teaching approach? #critlib
  • Q4. What is one thing would you change about your library instruction if you had a magic wand? Would you change anything? #critlib

business, professional, medical, health, & STEM education programs

three kittens in tiny rocking chairs
From Kittens and cats : a book of tales / Eulalie Osgood Grover (1911)

78th chat, Monday February 27 2017: critlib chat on business, professional, medical, health, & STEM education programs
11am Pacific / noon Mountain / 1pm Central / 2pm Eastern

Moderated by @librarianilana @kennygarciamlis @CaitlanMaxwell @JessicaJerrit
Storify by @kennygarciamlis

Discussion questions:

  • Q1. What education program or discipline do you work with? What unique challenges do you see in your discipline?
  • Q2. How are you using critical pedagogy or critical information literacy in your instruction?
  • Q3. Why have you adopted #critlib? How has using or reflection on #critlib affected your work?

first-generation library workers in the academy

oil painting of striped cat with closed eyes
From St. Nicholas vol. 11 no. 12 / edited by Mary Mapes Dodge (1884)

77th chat, Tuesday February 7 2017: first-generation library workers in the academy
6pm Pacific / 7pm Mountain / 8pm Central / 9pm Eastern

Moderated by @brinepond
Storify by @aliversluis

Suggested readings:

Discussion questions:

Note: first generation/working class abbreviated as “1G/WC”.

  • Q1. What difficulties do 1G/WC library/archive workers experience that others may not? #critlib
  • Q2. What things have 1G/WC had to learn that others may take for granted? #critlib
  • Q3. What tips/advice would you give to 1G/WC students/future students? #critlib
  • Q4. What are ways to address classism in libraries/archives/the academy? #critlib
  • Q5. How can we encourage everyone stand in solidarity with 1G/WC people on a tangible level? #critlib

Glossary:

  • First generation student: a college student whose parents/guardians have not completed a bachelor’s degree

validity of student evaluations on teaching

From The cat : a guide to the classification and varieties of cats / by Ruth Shippen Huidekoper (1895)

76th chat, Monday January 23: validity of student evaluations on teaching
11am Pacific / noon Mountain / 1pm Central / 2pm Eastern

Moderated by @Infinity_Dots
Storify by @Infinity_Dots

Suggested readings:

Discussion questions:

  • Q1. In information literacy settings do you perceive any bias towards you or coworkers? (either in student evals or in students’ reactions in the classroom)
  • Q2. How does this bias affect you or a coworker personally and professionally?
  • Q3. What emotional management (or self-care) strategies, if any, do you employ to cope with bias?
  • Q4. How do you evaluate the effectiveness of your IL instruction? How do you mitigate bias?
  • Q5. What forms of evaluation would you like us to further embrace as a profession?