Category Archives: Twitter chat

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

100th chat celebration

black and white drawing of a striped cat ringing a bell
From The wonderful kittens / R. Worthington, publisher ([1883?])
100th chat, Tuesday February 20 2018: 100th #critlib chat celebration
6pm Pacific / 7pm Mountain / 8pm Central / 9pm Eastern

moderated by @violetbfox & @thebookinator
Storify (pdf, html) by @violetbfox

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!

Discussion questions:

  • 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?

publishing, whiteness, and inequities

black and white drawing of two Siamese cats looking at each other
From Cats and kittens ABC / published by Raphael Tuck & Sons Co., ([between 1890 and 1899])
99th chat, Tuesday February 6 2018: publishing, whiteness, and inequities
6pm Pacific / 7pm Mountain / 8pm Central / 9pm Eastern

moderated by @chelseaheinbach @CharissaAPowell & @CharlotteRock
Storify (pdf, html) by @violetbfox

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.)

Suggested resources:

Discussion questions:

  • Q1. What are some historical and current inequities in publishing? #critlib
  • Q2. How have you seen these inequities play out in your work in libraries? #critlib
  • Q3. How can library workers strive to make publishing more equitable in our role as purchasers, authors, and influencers? #critlib
  • Q4. How can library workers strive to make publishing more equitable as researchers themselves? #critlib
  • Q5. How will you actively work against these inequities using what you learned in this chat today? #critlib

Wikipedia, open access, and social justice

black and white drawing of two cats sitting near an empty plate
From The fireside sphinx / by Agnes Repplier (1901)

98th chat, Monday January 22 2018: Wikipedia, open access, and social justice
11am Pacific / noon Mountain / 1pm Central / 2pm Eastern

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

This chat will happen during the #1Lib1Ref campaign, an effort to encourage all librarians to get involved in editing Wikipedia.

suggested resources:

discussion questions:

  • 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

doing critlib research

drawing of anthropomorphic cat holding feather quill and writing on paper
From Letters from a cat : published by her mistress for the benefit of all cats and the amusement of little children / by Helen Hunt Jackson (1880)

97th chat, Tuesday January 9 2018: doing critlib research: a #libparlor #critlib mashup
6pm Pacific / 7pm Mountain / 8pm Central / 9pm Eastern

moderated by @hailthefargoats and @libraringkat

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.)

Suggested resources:

Discussion questions:

  • Q1. How did you get involved with critlib and what kind of #critlib-related research are you working on right now or hope to work on soon?
  • Q2. How does #critlib pedagogy influence your research and how do you incorporate critical approach in your research?
  • Q3. What’s the most influential #critlib theory/book/article you’ve read and how has it impacted your research and day to day work as a librarian?
  • Q4. Have you received any pushback from colleagues about doing #critlib-related research? How have you handled these conversations? How would you hope to handle them if this happened to you?
  • Q5. What do you hope to achieve with #critlib research?