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
Instead of predetermined questions, the moderators will be hosting an informal discussion about how Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) are proposed and evaluated. Please read the chapter below and bring your questions and curiosity to the chat!
Q1. What should new or prospective students know about library school before they begin their programs? #critlib
Q2. What has been (or was) the most beneficial aspect of your library program? What aspect(s) of your library program experience could be improved? #critlib
Q3. How can library school students and new library workers work towards a more equitable and diverse librarianship? How are equity and diversity addressed (if at all) in your LIS courses? #critlib
Q4. Do you/did you have a mentor in library school? If so, what impact has it had on your school experience and/or your career? #critlib
Q5. What scares (scared) you the most about the job hunting process? If you’ve been through the job hunt and were successful, was there anything you feared that turned out not to be a big deal? #critlib
Q1. How would you define “health literacy”? How does promoting #healthliteracy fit into your library’s goals or into your own professional goals? #critlib
Q2. Health Literacy Month is in October, so Sept is a great time to ask if your library engages in #healthliteracy initiatives. If yes, what does your library do? If not, what would you like it to do? #critlib
Q3. Health literacy is important for the general public as well as for health science professionals. How can libraries encourage critical thinking & #healthliteracy skills in interactions between patients and healthcare providers? #medlibs #critlib
Q4. Where do you see an overlap between #healthliteracy and #critlib? #medlibs
On June 26, ALA Council voted to accept proposed revisions to the meeting room policy with little discussion. These revisions added language saying the “hate speech” and “hate groups” cannot be excluded if libraries provide meeting space for other religious, civic, or social groups. On July 8, Tyler Vachon discovered this addition and posted concerns about it on twitter. An outcry arose, and on July 9 the hashtag #NoHateALA was created to organize opposition. In response, James LaRue of OIF (ALA’s Office of Intellectual Freedom) posted an explanation and later, due to confusion about when this addition was made, added a timeline of events. After hearing continued member concerns, IFC (ALA’s Intellectual Freedom Committee) created a working group to begin drafting new revisions. Meanwhile, some Councilors began work to call for a vote to rescind the June 26 changes and revert to the 1991 language while IFC works on revisions. On July 20, the Executive Committee voted to authorize a vote to rescind the June 26 revision. ALA Council currently is debating this proposal, with a vote scheduled for August 9-16.