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.
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
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
100 Twitter chats is something to celebrate! Since the first #critlib chat in April 2014, a vibrant community of people has formed to share ideas—let’s celebrate that community by getting to know each other better. If you’re new to critlib, this chat will be a fun, no-pressure chance to participate!
Q1. What podcast/song/album/video/TV show/movie/video game have you been digging lately? (Any audiovisual content is A-OK. No books!) #critlib
Q2. What would you like to be an expert in? #critlib
Q3. What do you give a damn about? #critlib
Q4. Imagine you have a no-strings-attached sabbatical from your job, and no debt/bills to pay, for one year. What would you do? #critlib
Q5. What do you want your legacy to be? #critlib
Q6. What would you like to ask the #critlib community?
The Librarian Parlor (LibParlor) is a blog for conversing, sharing expertise, and asking questions about the process of developing, pursuing, and publishing library research. This is the second of two #critlib chats moderated by members of the Librarian Parlor Editorial Team.
(A wrap-up blog post from the moderators, featuring highlights from the chat, is also available.)
Q1. How have you engaged with Wikipedia in the past week, month, or year (personally or professionally)? Is there anything that keeps you from engaging more than you do? #critlib
Q2. In general, how does Wikipedia supplement or enhance your work or that of your students, faculty/staff colleagues, or general library patrons? #critlib
Q3. Based on the readings about Wikipedia as activism and indigenous Wikipedia, what do you see as the potential for Wikipedia as a site for activism or eliminating information gaps about/for marginalized populations? #critlib
Q4. Based on your experience and the readings, how do you engage with Wikipedia an information resource, a community, or both? #critlib
Q5. How can we use Wikipedia more effectively as a tool to support global engagement among scholars, activists, information professionals, and people in need of open information resources? #critlib
The Librarian Parlor (LibParlor) is a blog for conversing, sharing expertise, and asking questions about the process of developing, pursuing, and publishing library research. In this first of two #critlib chats, the Librarian Parlor Editorial Team would like to explore the process and theory behind conducting research with a critical librarianship lens. We hope this chat provides insight on best practices for starting and doing this research, as well as provide perspectives and theories for further exploration. The LibParlor Editorial Team believes our mission of creating community and conversation to demystify research aligns with the mission of #critlib to engage in discussion on critical perspectives.
(A wrap-up blog post from the moderators, featuring some of the participants’ suggestions for resources, is also available.)
About a year ago, #critlib chats began to focus on what it meant to be an information professional in a hostile, fascist, and overtly racist political environment; and it’s become a tradition to host an annual reflective chat for the #critlib community to reconnect with why they do the work that they do. We recognize that 2017 has been a difficult year politically, and need for information works to organize and resist has never been greater. This week’s chat invites the #critlib community to reflect on the year, share what their struggles have been, what they’re grateful for, and how we can organize the collective for the upcoming year.
Q1. What has critical librarianship looked like for you this last year? #critlib
Q2. What is (or isn’t) welcome back in 2018? #critlib
Q3. What are you grateful for at the end of this year? What are you grieving or angry about? #critlib
Q4. What did you read this year that resonated? #critlib