#critlib 1/27/2015 Residency Programs and Diversity in Librarianship

Moderated by @ACRL_RIG , Background Reading: http://crl.acrl.org/content/58/6/528

  1. Few min to #critlib y'all! Tonight we will be talking about residencies and diversity in librarianship. More info at  http://tinyurl.com/critlibx 
  2. Introductions
  3. Intros! I'm Chris (@chrisdaaz ), former residency librarian in #scholcomm, current collections librarian in Chicago. #critlib Welcome!
  4. Hi #critlib I'm Emily in Brooklyn, in and out til the 6yo stays in bed.
  5. This is Jenna, tweeting for the Barnard Library. Pretty much only in this to hang out with @edrabinski #critlib
  6. Greetings from Portland! I'm Gina, and I volunteer at Oregon Historical Society's Research Library and at KBOO-FM's music library. #critlib
  7. Hello! Nik here. May 2014 Pratt SILS grad, paraprofessional at NYU, college reference librarian, and 2015 Emerging Leader #critlib
  8. Hello #critlib - I'm Christine, Instruction Design Librarian at Luther College in Iowa.
  9. Hi #critlib. I'm Annie, academic librarian in Chicago and former resident librarian.
  10. Jaime, librarian at large in Brooklyn. Prolly not paying much attention tonight because I'm reading an Atwood novel. #critlib #sorrynotsorry
  11. #critlib Stephanie, @LibraryJournal, former libarian, mainly just hanging out since I don't know much about residency programs.
  12. Re: LT, not only to hang out with @edrabinski. #critlib is a great community!
  13. Hey #critlib, I'm a Research & Learning librarian at the University of Arizona
  14. Howdy, #critlib -- I'm Kelly, outreach and instruction lib'n in Oregon, also gonna be #criticalpotato-ing tonight
  15. I'm Megan, Seattle instruction librarian (#GoSeahawks!), & am following #critlib while watching a very close tennis match #multitasking
  16. Hi #critlib! Ian, instruction librarian in not-so-snowy NYC
  17. Hi #critlib, ref/inst lib in SoCal. Commuting home now but will check in later
  18. @rowmyboat Can we talk about how I don't like Atwood's novels and think they're lazy? #critlib #critlit
  19. Hi #critlib, I’m Angela, an instruction librarian at a univ in GA
  20. howdy y'all. Ariana here, former resident librarian, current instruction librarian in Texas #critlib
  21. Hi #critlib! This is Jen in Boston, current #ndsr resident, coming atcha at the end of a long, arduous snow day of cat snuggles and tea.
  22. Oh also -- I have not been a resident librarian, but I have worked with some awesome ones, both at my institutions and in PD work. #critlib
  23. Good showing so far! Keep the intro's coming. Gonna start with Q1 soon. #critlib
  24. Hit #critlib, Ref/inst librarian with UW system, reporting to you live from a slow night at the reference desk.
  25. .@barnlib I like her sci-fi-ish dystopian ones, don't like the realistic ones. I'm reading MaddAddam at the moment. #critlib #critlit
  26. #critlib Lisa, coord for info lit + strategic planning at UIUC Library. supervisor of many grad assistants, interns, etc. no residency prog
  27. coming late to #critlib tonight; Ref. Lib @MHS1791, newly-appointed Inclusion & Diversity Coord. @NEarchivists. soaking up wisdom tonight.
  28. Q1: What does "diversity" mean in the context of libraries and librarianship?
  29. Q1. What does “diversity” mean in context of libraries and librarianship? #critlib
  30. A1 "diversity" in an institutional context usually means racial and ethnic diversity IMO. #critlib
  31. @catladylib A1 - I wish it also meant those with disabiltiies since I rarely see librarians like me, other than on the Internetz. #critlib
  32. A1: From what I gather - an ideal to continue to aspire to. #critlib
  33. A1: Diversity is about inclusion of anyone who does not represent the majority. Race and ethnicity are decidedly biggest factors. #critlib
  34. A1.1 Many things, but most important for #critlib might be racial, ethnic & class diversity of FT staff & admins, esp decision makers
  35. @sendaulas agreed. Increasing racial and ethnic diversity is v. important and it easier to "count" the numbers #critlib
  36. A1: I agree with @catladylib, but diversity should be defined broadly to include diversity in collections, and service orientation #critlib
  37. A1: Diversity is sometimes a way white people refer to the presence of non-white people. #critlib
  38. A1 Might also consider #diversity in all librarian positions, including admin. #critlib Primarily racial & ethnic, but others in context.
  39. Q1 Definitely racial / ethnic factors, but I've also heard this apply to backgrounds / skill sets. Both addressed in the article. #critlib
  40. A1 Would like to see more diversity in terms of religion, socio-economic background, in + to those mentioned (ethnicity & ability) #critlib
  41. A1. Diversity in literature, going beyond standard texts/reading materials to reflect a range of perspectives/lives lived. #critlib
  42. A1 Diversity means intervening in white supremacist structures in hiring, collections, class& cataloging, distrib of power. #critlib
  43. A1: Better, tho' is the idea of inclusion, particularly of those who are or have historically been oppressed or excluded. #critlib
  44. A1 People of all types of diversity, including class, need support, but don't want to disregard the impact of systemic racism. #critlib
  45. A1: The term diversity seems to be used too often as a way for white people to pat themselves on the back. #critlib
  46. A1: But often it is a shorthand for not-white. Worst is when it is used as an adjective. Like, these are our "diverse" librarians. #critlib
  47. @sendaulas @kellymce As a new manager, I wish that I had more background training on that so I can create an inclusive workspace. #critlib
  48. @barnlib I worry sometimes that some ppl think diversity in 'staff' positions takes care of things - don't need to bother w libs. #critlib
  49. @catladylib yes, racial and ethnic ... and sometimes gender. rarely (maybe never) more ... #critlib
  50. @catladylib Sometimes I feel sad that it's just counting numbers for some libraries, though. #critlib
  51. A1 others are saying gr8 things I won't duplicate, but there's also issue of visible vs invisible diversity, former easier to count #critlib
  52. A1:If we look at diversity from a demographic standpoint in libraries  http://www.ala.org/research/sites/ala.org.research/files/content/July13report.pdf  this is a helpful report to consult. #critlib
  53. @ibeilin Agreed! Having all support staff of color and all white professionals is NOT a solution. #critlib
  54. @pumpedlibrarian also, like: what is in the census? sometimes getting data is a form of visibility. #critlib
  55. A1. In theory, the "diversity" should mean an effort to inclusively reflect the diverse world around us. #critlib
  56. @kellymce #cringe every time. plus leads to burdening those individuals w responsibility for diversity e.g. representation on comms #critlib
  57. @sendaulas @catladylib Yeah -- the complexity (and intersectionality!) of identity is hard to count, in an authentic way. #critlib
  58. A1 I get thinking broadly abt what diversity means, but think there's a specificity to anti-black racism the prof needs to address. #critlib
  59. @kellymce Ugh. I will throw so. much. shade at the next person who refers to me as their "diverse" librarian/archivist. #critlib
  60. @jenlabarbera The question then becomes, what makes up the diverse world we live in? #critlib
  61. @elizabethskene @catladylib @kellymce The fact that you want to be more inclusive is a plus! We're just scared of being ostracized. #critlib
  62. @edrabinski I agree - and a history within the profession that needs to be looked at more carefully. #critlib
  63. @jenlabarbera agree. aiming to include many perspectives from ppl of all backgrounds. which often gets simplified to colors/numbers #critlib
  64. Q2: What are some barriers preventing librarianship from becoming more inclusive and diverse?
  65. Q2 What are some barriers preventing librarianship from becoming more inclusive and diverse? #critlib
  66. A2: the self-replicating old librarians' club replicating its white self, unconsciously supporting & approving ideas like its own. #critlib
  67. A2 Guessing lack of support, shortage of allies calling people out for microaggressions #critlib
  68. A2 The same barriers that create issues with student retention in underrepresented groups in higher ed. #critlib
  69. Here at Penn State, civility is a major programmatic area of the diversity committee. We tackle things like class differences, etc #critlib
  70. A2 Most LIS diversity initiatives historically have focused on creating a pipelines for POC into lib schools. #critlib
  71. A2 Class & gender stereotypes. I feel like a lot of my cohort are white, middle-class women, which is very culturally "librarian" #critlib
  72. Re Q2: One of the biggest issues has to be the cost of the master's degree. #critlib
  73. A2 Barriers: Profession's general belief in inherent "neutrality of library" & "meritocracy." We need more reflection & praxis. #critlib
  74. @aripants Right. AND colors & numbers matter, too, right? I know I still count the other non-white faces when I walk into a mtg. #critlib
  75. A2 but we need to see people like ourselves in the library to show that it even is a possibility. #critlib
  76. Q2. Having been on a search committee recently, the need to have ppl with exp rather than be able to train on the job. #critlib
  77. Q2 Being competitive often requires volunteer work - the ability to work w/o pay privileges financially abled, not the skilled. #critlib
  78. A2 The cost of grad school. Especially paired with historical generational poverty resulting from white supremacy. #critlib
  79. A2 Becoming a librarian is expensive. Educational requirements exclude those with fewer resources while protecting the profession #critlib
  80. A2 From an economic perspective, cost. Even an "affordable" library school is expensive, limiting who can get an MLIS/MLS. #critlib
  81. A2 I have to say as a relatively new librarian, I've been kinda shocked at the flat out racism I've encountered in the profession. #critlib
  82. @MohamedBerray I ponder tho - "civility" can be used as frame to suppress voices of difference, esp speaking against oppression? #critlib
  83. Important: I am not dissing "old" librarians, just riffing on "old boys' club." I am a rapidly aging GenXer! #critlib @ibeilin
  84. @barnlib Yep, and it runs deep. Am on a hiring committee now & the undertow of implicit bias is constant #critlib
  85. @ibeilin @barnlib I feel this way w/r/t LGBT spaces - libraries are often safe spaces by default so people just assume they will be #critlib
  86. A2 Part of trouble is admitting a) there's a problem b) people in power can fix it &c) this means changing how we do things. #critlib
  87. @tmcgriffin Interesting. Do you think that's an actual need, or something that could be changed? #critlib
  88. I should have said "witnessed" rather than "encountered" #critlib
  89. .@tmcgriffin Ugh, yes, this. Which is a new thing in this neoliberal hellscape of an economy. #critlib
  90. @librarypj Definitely! Already a barrier to entry with a necessary undergrad degree. Degree is masters PLUS undergrad #critlib
  91. .@plutoHimself ya def, our glacial stereotypes have cre8d a culture that isn't so appealing to those who don't fit 'expectation' #critlib
  92. A2 The cost of the education is definitely a factor, but so is the whiteness of the schools and the profession #critlib
  93. @elizabethskene A lot of people suggest unpaid volunteering as a way to get experience. #critlib
  94. @rowmyboat @tmcgriffin agreed! I will say tho in our last round of hiring, we were more interested in fit & interests than exper #critlib
  95. @kellymce at this point taken case by case. the SC needs to have a clear understanding of what is not negotiable vs what is. #critlib
  96. A2.2 Also for many, if they don't see librarians who look like them, then they can't see themselves as ever being librarians. #critlib
  97. A2 There are abt a million. But one is this hard to describe structural white supremacy that the lib unconsciously reproduces. #critlib
  98. @nikdragggg Isn't a related issue the relatively low salaries of librarians? #critlib
  99. @sendaulas @MohamedBerray and I guess my real question is -- how do you keep it from being derailed from racial/class inequality? #critlib
  100. A2: barriers for academic librarianship: bachelor degree, library degree, and a subject speciality masters #critlib #3degreeclub
  101. A2 Also, intersection of race and class, + degree cost + expected salary. Is it attractive to those from lower soc-econ background? #critlib
  102. @christinemviv Do you see opportunities to directly or indirectly address diversity and inclusion in LIS curriculum? #critlib
  103. Q2 Like, the negative reactions to pointing out when I'm the only brown face, bringing up #ferguson as a thing in the world, etc. #critlib
  104. @rowmyboat the economy and profession outlook is definitely playing into this #critlib
  105. @MakeItHappenDay @barnlib that's a big Q we might need a whole chat for, this might be discussed a bit in the next question #critlib
  106. @pumpedlibrarian this ties into the intersectional issue of "people like me" that others have mentioned. #critlib
  107. @ibeilin @nikdragggg Yeah -- becoming a librarian is a risky investment, in many ways. #critlib
  108. @ibeilin I definitely think so. Two historical factors presenting real structural challenges for the profession and its evolution. #critlib
  109. Great #critlib tweets tonight to lead into #ALISE2015 -- follow the hashtag.
  110. re: inclusivity. lack of understanding of what "diversity" means, plus entrenched attitudes of who we might call "old-timers" #critlib
  111. @tmcgriffin The way hiring happens in big institutions can limit -- if you have a checklist of qualifications, less wiggle room. #critlib
  112. @ibeilin @nikdragggg Many ppl from underrep backgrounds also bound by economic conditions. Why pay so much money for a low pay job?#critlib
  113. @kellymce Unfortunately, I think some LIS programs also don't do enough to make their grads marketable and successful. #critlib
  114. @nikdragggg I have to believe we can find a way! We have to demonstrate that diversity is more than an "intiative." #critlib
  115. A2ish: Hire, support & mentor student workers of color in the library. White librarians question/fight natural biases. #critlib
  116. @tmcgriffin I think job ads place too much emp on "jobs you had before" rather than "skills/abilities necessary for this job" ... #critlib
  117. @kellymce Yes, but it still bias toward the norm which is not diverse.#critlib
  118. A2: The myth about librarianship as a vocation also contributes. If it is a hostile profession AND you're supposed to love it?? #critlib
  119. I feel like all hiring committees need anti-oppression training, or something. #critlib
  120. @christinemviv It's an interest of mine. Heading to #ALISE2015 tomorrow and hope to engage on this topic. #critlib
  121. @Wribrarian i'm SO interested to see how #alise2015 does this. LIS programs talking abt social justice!? it's like a fantasy. #critlib
  122. @catladylib That has come up a lot in campus discussions that came out of #Ferguson protests, faculty experiences here. #critlib
  123. @catladylib good lord I hope this isn't based on a true story (afraid it might be)... #critlib
  124. Q3: What are some challenges in diversity recruitment? How can we avoid stigmatization?
  125. Q3 What are some challenges in diversity recruitment? How can we avoid stigmatization of "diversity residents"? #critlib
  126. Q3 well for crying out loud, don't call your resident a librarian an intern and treat them w/respect like any other colleague. #critlib
  127. @catladylib while we're at it tho - let's treat interns etc. w respect too! #critlib
  128. Q3 Get away from idea that diversity res just there to do some diversity stuff then move on, include in internal decision making #critlib
  129. @ACRL_RIG I hope someone didn't actually say that but they probably did... #critlib
  130. @nikdragggg I hope you enjoy #ALISE2015 and find some people who are interested in this as well. It's so important! #critlib
  131. I've just been in so many hiring committees and we always always always get it wrong. Colorblind arg is strong in those contexts. #critlib
  132. @plutoHimself it honestly happens more than you think. And yes, it happened to me! #critlib
  133. @christinemviv Maybe a colloquium model could address diversity in the field and prof dev. Current coursework is decentralized. #critlib
  134. @edrabinski we have more and more required trained Search Advocates on SCs -- it's no anti-oppression training, but it is a start #critlib
  135. A3: Promote/create fellowships opportunities for part-time MLIS students/full-time parapros/LAs where they are working ... #critlib
  136. A3: I don't think deprofessionalizing librarianship (killing the MLS & add'l masters in some cases) is the answer. Find other ways. #critlib
  137. @ACRL_RIG GAH!!! So A3: Too many people say things like that, and it needs to stop. Ages ago. #critlib
  138. Ugh sorry #critlib for all my typos. I cut my thumb last night and I can't type very well!
  139. @catladylib I'm torn about this. At times Im approached by someone who wants intern-b/c not programmatic for me - no way to get $ #critlib
  140. A3 That's a consequence of more emphases on the race/ethnicity of residents and less about their abilities #critlib
  141. @catladylib But, I can give my time to supervise even if out of programmatic scope. So, I say yes bc approached by person. #critlib
  142. A3: Recruit and mentor people BEFORE they get their MLIS. Like, young people. #critlib
  143. @catladylib That was an eye opener in the article. Hopefully this has diminished since '97. #critlib
  144. A3 Library schools: lower tuition, come up with some fucking funding, and recruit those students who might not come on their own. #critlib
  145. Q3 Encourage diversity of representation in media esp of #librarians. The eponymous show - 1 Asian, everyone else is white. #critlib
  146. @edrabinski Yikes. This is interesting (er, sad) since I've never been on a hiring committee. #critlib
  147. Q3. Residency is still training. Have a goal for residency skills beyond the residency. Have a marketable outcome for them. #critlib
  148. @lisalibrarian yeah, it's very hard to get the funding and students need to get experience. I was totally willing to work for free. #critlib
  149. A3 What if diversity were articulated as core library value rather than just local initiative? Thinking "Racism w/o Racists" here… #critlib
  150. @barnlib I’m torn here. I hear so often from staff colleagues that the MLS=“professional” thing makes them feel unvalued (1/2) #critlib
  151. Q3 the stigma itself is part of the challenge in recruitment. possibility of being labelled as the "diversity hire" or an intern #critlib
  152. @MakeItHappenDay Sometimes it's about knowing when to step back and let/support someone else. Really hard to do. #critlib @pumpedlibrarian
  153. @pumpedlibrarian The concept of the 1-2 year "tryout" for a permanent position was also interesting. #critlib
  154. A3: Really, white (and abled and cis- and....) librarians, if we make librarianship hostile, it is our problem to fix. #critlib
  155. @lisalibrarian @catladylib Can they get course credit if still in school? That’s a form of compensation for interning. #critlib
  156. @nikdragggg True, but I think so much coursework also represents only white, middle-class culture, and that's a problem. #critlib
  157. A3 if POC can't even get respect as full profs (see many blogs of late), why would want to doubly go to professn not respected much #critlib
  158. A3 Also, don't assume Residency/Fellowships= you're hired because you're brown. Some really talented ppl are in these programs. #critlib
  159. A3: Keep fighting for funds from university to maintain professional development to increase skills of staff and/or hire interns. #critlib
  160. A3: conference organizers also need to be sure to use their power in this regard. #critlib
  161. @nikdragggg yeah that is a bit irksome... it seems like not a full commitment to diversity? #critlib
  162. A3 Heeeey maybe library schools should hire a more diverse set of profs, too. #critlib
  163. @nikdragggg The coursework needs to step outside of that "traditional" librarian world-view and offer alternatives. #critlib
  164. @LibrarianAngie @catladylib If they want. Separate Q. May not want to spend $ for tuition if dont need credits. #critlib
  165. Basically decided I am unable to contribute, so just going to listen. #critlib
  166. @barnlib & as such, they feel this prof isn’t here for them. And here we are alienating a statistically more diverse pool (2/2) #critlib
  167. @meganjwatson The MLS needs to be better, more rigorous in terms of theory & practice, something to be proud of. #critlib
  168. @foureyedsoul I'm interested in where diversity -- meaningful, change-making diversity -- might fit in a strategic plan. #critlib
  169. @catladylib Totally agree. I spend lot of time getting small grants, allocations, etc. so can pay - but thats when is programmati. #critlib
  170. @catladylib I saw your post about imposter syndrome today - wonder if/how much feeling tokenized contributes to this. #critlib
  171. @foureyedsoul that "library neutral" principle that rears its ugly head again. Need to question "default" thinking aswellas 1/2 #critlib
  172. @foureyedsoul 2/2 differentiating between neutrality in practice & neutrality in administration. #critlib
  173. A3 White librarians, re: the colorblind argument, we need to admit that race exists and that even librarian lives affected by it. #critlib
  174. Q4: How does a library residency/fellowship fit in the hierarchy of librarianship? Is this conducive to a diverse and inclusive workforce?
  175. Q4 How does a residency/fellowship fit in the hierarchy of librarianship? Is this conducive to a diverse and inclusive workforce? #critlib
  176. A4 Hiring diverse candidates to these "prestigious" "fast track" (true?) positions seems like a good career boost. #critlib
  177. @barnlib Agreed. In this case it’s more ppl-w/an-MLS giving librarianship a bad rap, & why go get one if this is what we’re like? #critlib
  178. aside: so many good reading recommendations coming from tonight's #critlib !!
  179. @elizabethskene @catladylib oohh. this is a great question. i'd say a lot? i know it played a big role for me. #critlib
  180. @barnlib gets back to @catladylib’s of treating all colleagues as worthy contributors & welcoming them into community of practice #critlib
  181. A4: The majority of job postings I have ever seen for residencies/fellowships are marketed to people fresh out of library school. #critlib
  182. @kellymce Seems very odd that even tho diversity is a _written_ ALA core value it's still clearly a problem in practice. #critlib
  183. @ibeilin make a point of inviting diverse speakers even on topics other than diversity. Emphasize unique viewpoint presented. #critlib
  184. @christinemviv True! Project work that highlights diverse cultural heritage institutions helps, I think! #critlib
  185. @ibeilin Even if not as well known or published value can be found beyond longevity or citations #critlib
  186. A4: with as few opportunities as there are for new librarians, these are at least "better than nothing" for some. #critlib
  187. @kellymce Guess I mean "articulated" more as "put into practice" (physical movement) rather than idealistic, (empty?) rhetoric. #critlib
  188. @meganjwatson @catladylib Agreed! Do librarians know the names of all the public safety staff? Talk to support staff regularly? #critlib
  189. A4: On top of the often awkward and misguided language of diversity in job descs, residencies are precarious, temporary labor. #critlib
  190. This #critlib has me considering #diversity in #librarianship in ways other than just practice. Administration is so tricky! #mlis
  191. @catladylib @elizabethskene more like i think my impostor syndrome was increased approx tenfold bc i'm also the token brown/queer. #critlib
  192. A4 I think diversity resident programs like the one at the Univ of Utah is a step in the right direction.  https://utah.peopleadmin.com/postings/37781  #critlib
  193. @foureyedsoul I'm sure it isn't the only ALA value that has that problem. That's the nature of bureaucracies, eh? #critlib
  194. Q4 can be seen diff ways...organizationally, differs bw programs. the whole profession? don't know...how do non-residents see this? #critlib
  195. @sendaulas I abhor the Pokemon, "gotta catch 'em all" trivializing of diversity, which empties experience out into boxes on forms #critlib
  196. @kellymce A4: one issue about residencies is the fear that you might not be treated as an equal, part. as a "diversity" hire. #critlib
  197. @kellymce Some really good residents have been retained where there is funding and vacancy #critlib
  198. @jenlabarbera @elizabethskene right, and internalizing microaggressions yr entire life isn't going to help w/that either. #critlib
  199. @barnlib @catladylib to start combating this at MPOW, we’re planning a potluck w/our facilities staff. Can’t wait! :) #critlib
  200. A4: Don't diversity residencies ask people to choose a short-term opportunity over a chance at a more permanent position? #critlib
  201. @MagpieLibrarian @pumpedlibrarian I'm constantly paranoid of seeming too "gay" in dress or mannerism, especially on interviews. #critlib
  202. @barnlib @meganjwatson @catladylib yes, so important. The AUL who I first worked for knew the names of everyone in the whole bldg. #critlib
  203. @aripants if thats unclear, i mean residents in individual org structures vs the overall "hierarchy of librarianship" (or whatever) #critlib
  204. @foureyedsoul Yeah -- I think the reactions to the BCALA statement about the conf in FL demonstrate some of that tension. #critlib
  205. @catladylib @barnlib @meganjwatson She totally, totally was. She set the bar for me -- and set a really good example. #critlib
  206. @christinemviv That's what I didn't apply to any. And I didn't want to be jobhunting again in a year. #critlib
  207. @barnlib @meganjwatson @catladylib I'm sure I could do better but ... yes, I do. Our lib has 500 employees in 26 campus buildings. #critlib
  208. @librarypj Yes -- the way it is seen in the larger institution is so important. #critlib
  209. @christinemviv I would say, that is the only downside w/residencies. They're all short-term. #critlib
  210. @sendaulas Yes! I think that's a common reaction to them. Who would want to look again a year later? That's hard!! #critlib
  211. @kellymce It appears to actively encourage professional growth for new librarians from underrepresented backgrounds. Also... #critlib
  212. @kellymce @foureyedsoul there are probably good intentions there, but road, paved w good intentions, leading to nowhere etc #critlib
  213. A4 Also find "hierarchy of librarianship" interesting. Such a rigid structure; hopefully committees can improve communication. #critlib
  214. Q5: What is needed to diversify librarianship? How might residencies play a role?
  215. Q5 What is needed to diversify librarianship? What might actually work? How might residencies play a role? #critlib
  216. Q5. community outreach and programs starting young. Like high school. #critlib
  217. A5: Align residency appointments with institutional needs. This makes residents relevant. #critlib
  218. Riffing on @librarypj -- what if res. was marketed more like fancy fellowships? Perception from other staff can shape experience. #critlib
  219. A5: Hard to say the definitive. Seems to vary by institution and even supervisor. Do residencies need rules? #critlib
  220. @tmcgriffin Most people don't even realize how to be a librarian! Librarian career day! just reading? but compsci too! #critlib
  221. @catladylib Yes, I wonder if that doesn't lead to some of the other problems mentioned here tonight. #critlib
  222. @kellymce Also, the assigned projects focusing on tech, teaching, reference, design & collaboration skills look highly impressive. #critlib
  223. Q5 Honestly, until ppl with real power make noise, good intentions and mentoring fall short - need to dismantle structural racism. #critlib
  224. @pumpedlibrarian @kellymce And #critlib praxis hopefully helps get us to think beyond "intention" and into larger structures & effects.
  225. Q3: It would help if all the "enduring commitments to diversity" in academic libraries endured for more than 2-year residencies. #critlib
  226. @MagpieLibrarian @pumpedlibrarian YOU certainly don't need to apologize :) but it's part of curse of "professionalism" in general #critlib
  227. Q5 This is a hard question. We have so much work ahead of us to begin this path. #critlib
  228. A5: Also don't put residents in categories different from other librarians. Grant them full status even if it's temporary. #critlib
  229. @plutoHimself but it helps to get the seed planted young when they are still receptive. High school may even be too late #critlib
  230. @nikdragggg I didn't realize how bureaucratic libraries were until I got my first internship. #critlib
  231. A5 And promote residencies widely. The RIG is a vital channel because schools don't keep track of them all. #critlib
  232. @plutoHimself When I was Head of UG Lib here, we would pay any undergrad stud worker up to 2 hrs to talk to librn re lib careers #critlib
  233. @christinemviv residency proposal I'm working on hoping to target undergrads considering LIS; short-term more feasible for students #critlib
  234. @aripants @sendaulas That makes sense!. I was thinking more in terms of opportunity rather than location, but that matters, too! #critlib
  235. .@MohamedBerray Yes! And generally flatten the organizational chart. Root out those power structures everywhere. #critlib #anarchy
  236. A5: On a small part, let your co-workers know that real diversity matters to you. If you hear something racist, speak up. #critlib
  237. Oh and the complement to this: when *you* say something racist and someone else is generous enough to let you know? Make it right. #critlib
  238. This morning I realized I hadn't been explicit about that, but, you *will* mess up, so be ready to respond with grace and humility. #critlib
  239. And thank anyone who takes the risk to let you know you messed up. They didn't have to do that. #critlib
  240. A5 Mentoring, financial scholarships/awards, and a network in place to encourage (and reward) professional development. #critlib
  241. @sendaulas Definitely! Seems especially profound in faculty status environments.. #critlib
  242. @christinemviv @catladylib Some people talk about that temporary/new hire problem in digital humanities positions, too… #critlib
  243. A5: Better outreach is where we start. Marketing work of librarianship as diverse as we are + not sitting behind a desk anymore. #critlib
  244. @elizabethskene And I didn't realize there would be committees for everything, even making changes to a website. Sigh. #critlib
  245. @lisalibrarian Esp for UG. Can diversity expand this kind of program or too "pointed"? same idea as residency,channeling into prof? #critlib
  246. It's like, "I am permanently committed to changing my diet, and so I'll cut out carbs and fried food for 6 months." O_o #critlib
  247. @christinemviv @catladylib It's cruel to expect the least established new hires to produce rapid change against entrenched probs. #critlib
  248. A5: We need to demonstrate that we care abt authentic diversity, not just in words. We need to stand up for that & act on it, too. #critlib
  249. A5 It is a shared responsibility to create an actually welcoming environment. Do your part, small and large. #critlib
  250. @pumpedlibrarian FYI FWIW offering to *ALL* student workers recruited more racial/ethnic diverse to librnshp than targeted program #critlib
  251. #critlib pitch: We haven't had an access services themed chat. Anyone have an idea about & interested in moderating one?
  252. A5.2 Also, don't be afraid to hire someone who doesn't "look like a librarian." #critlib
  253. @sendaulas @christinemviv oh it was a great opportunity that i'm glad I did! also I applied for a lot of residencies #critlib
  254. @catladylib Nope! Just follow their good work! Glad they seem to be assessing value and outcomes for these opportunities. #critlib
  255. A5 I know that sounds super Pollyanna, but...there you go. #critlib
  256. Alright here's my #critlib #critpitch. But am I really an activist? Dealing with imposter syndrome:  http://bit.ly/1DfgRkj  via @ala_apala
  257. Also, if you're coming to #alamw15 in Chicago, please say hi to me! #critlib
  258. @barnlib @plutoHimself We wanted to make exploring librarianship feasible for those w/o resources to do it on their own. #critlib
  259. A5: I echo what others said abt mentoring. I wouldn't be a librarian without the encouragement from my boss at first shelving job. #critlib
  260. @plutoHimself Our data showed more effective to be inclusive in this program than when targeted. #notclearwhy #critlib
  261. Whoa, that was fast. Thanks everyone for hanging out in the #critlib chat! Keep an eye out for the storify!
  262. @foureyedsoul @christinemviv @catladylib DH is so new that enthusiastic "newcomers" are challenged to justify their&its worth #critlib
  263. #critlib pitch: thx @ACRL_RIG for moderating! this was an awesome chat tonight! join us on feb 10th for @lisalibrarian & assess! #critlib
  264. Double down #critlib pitches: @chrisdaaz and I are talking about residency programs and diversity at #acrl2015 if you're gonna be there.
  265. Also, do we have a volunteer to Storify tonight's chat, #critlib?
  266. Ooh I actually have a #critlib pitch, kinda. I'll be at the Conf on the First Yr Experience in Dallas next weekend....anyone else?? #FYE15
  267. Last pitch, an exciting one: @kellymce's & my CFP for critical ped book is now up!  http://critlib.tumblr.com/CFP  + that link goes to #critlib blog!
  268. @jimmykingpin Wow to the number of librarians at retirement age, but not intending to reitre. #critlib
  269. And #critlib pitch pt 2: the #critlib tumblr exists, for when you have more to say than fit in today's chat:  http://critlib.tumblr.com 
  270. Arg. Now what I am going to do for the rest of my train ride. #critlib is over!
  271. Thanks #critlib - this was the first Twitter chat I've stopped lurking and started participating in! Looking forward to moar!
  272. @aripants I'm not, but that sounds like a great conference. Hope there are more #critlib viewpoints there, even if they're not in our chat!
  273. @kellymce @chrisdaaz and there are two poster sessions, that I know of, about residency programs at #acrl2015 (mine and others) #critlib
  274. Looking forwrd to moderatng Feb 10: assessment+#critlib in context of accred, program review+other stndrds! @ACRL_RIG set high bar tonight!
  275. Thanks to @ACRL_RIG and @chrisdaaz behind the curtain for facilitating an excellent #critlib!