Category Archives: upcoming chats

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

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

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

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