the weight and worth of professionalism

black and white photo of a cat wearing cat-sized eyeglasses and a bonnet
From Kittens and cats : a book of tales / Eulalie Osgood Grover (1911)

89th chat, Tuesday September 5 2017: the weight and worth of professionalism
6pm Pacific / 7pm Mountain / 8pm Central / 9pm Eastern

moderated by @TheGnarrator
Storify (pdf, html) by @lisahubbell

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Discussion questions:

  • Q1. What is the culture of professionalism in your workplace? In your area of librarianship?
  • Q2. How do definitions of professionalism differ from the democratic and social values advocated by librarianship?
  • Q3. What are ways that professionalism is oppressive?
  • Q4. How can we cultivate acceptance of different attitudes towards professionalism/redefine professionalism to be more inclusive and accommodating of different experiences/identities?
  • Q5. How do you represent yourself authentically in the workplace or as a job seeker while navigating organizational expectations?