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 (pdf, html) 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


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