Saturday, 3 February 2018

#LISprochat lead-in - topic & questions for Mon Feb 5 2018 - 8:30pm ET

TOPIC

Leadership skills & how to build them


I've been in my first leadership role at work since May of last year, and I just finished filling out my first performance review for this role. So to say I've been thinking a lot about how to improve as a leader lately is accurate. Leigh has been doing the same, she just came back from the SLA conference where they talked a lot about leadership. That's what we're going to do this week in our chat. I checked all of the articles on the first page of the Google results for "what makes a good leader" and here are the top 5 most commonly listed skills:

  1. Communication skills
  2. Knowing/understanding your team and making time for them
  3. Being able to focus on the positives
  4. Being able to learn from your weaknesses and mistakes
  5. Being able to motivate and persuade people
One that I feel is an important runner-up is a drive to continue to learn and improve, after all that's how you'll build your leadership skills. Here are a few articles with tips for just how to build those skills:



PLEASE REMEMBER THAT WE'VE CHANGED THE TIME TO 8:30PM ET!



While you're here please consider checking out our new feature for 2018: #LISPROCHAT Reads, our professional development book club. The first book club session will be running next Monday, February 26, at 8:30 pm ET.


QUESTIONS


We post the questions here in advance of the chat so you can decide whether or not this topic is of interest to you and/or prepare your answers in advance.

Q1 What skills do you think make someone a good and effective leader? Do you think being a good leader is the same as being a good manager?

Q2 What resources do you use in order to build your leadership skills at work?

Q3 What resources do you use to build your leadership skills outside of work?

Q4 Do you think that library schools are doing enough to help produce good and effective library leaders? How would you have them change if not?


PLEASE CONSIDER JOINING IN ON TWITTER AT 8:30 PM ET NEXT MONDAY, FEBRUARY 5 USING THE #LISPROCHAT HASHTAG. 

Friday, 2 February 2018

LISProchat Reads the #LISprochat #BookClub - February book pick!

LISprochat book club header
book image via Dave Dugdale

WHAT?

A book club! On Twitter! Where we read and discuss books to help us with our professional development in library land!

WHERE?

On Twitter, using the same hashtag we use for our chats! #LISprochat.

WHEN?

We'll announce the upcoming book in the last chat of the previous month and then have the discussion on the last Monday of the month regardless of whether it's a normal #LISprochat day or not.

WHY?

For a few reasons, Leigh and I thought it would be fun to have a book club. I mentioned that I was giving myself a new reading goal to try and read 1 professional book a month, and this is a good way for me to motivate myself to meet that goal through accountability!



February 2018 Book Selection




The chat will take place on Monday, February 26, 2018, at 8:30 pm. In recognition of black history month, this month's pick is about an African-American Librarian.

Title: The Original Black Elite: Daniel Murray and the Story of a Forgotten Era
Editor/Author: Elizabeth Dowling Taylor
Publisher: Amistad
Date Published: 2017
No. of Pages: 512 (ebook) 549 (hardcover)
Synopsis via Goodreads:

In this outstanding cultural biography, the author of the New York Times bestseller A Slave in the White House chronicles a critical yet overlooked chapter in American history: the inspiring rise and calculated fall of the black elite, from Emancipation through Reconstruction to the Jim Crow Era—embodied in the experiences of an influential figure of the time, academic, entrepreneur, and political activist and black history pioneer Daniel Murray.

In the wake of the Civil War, Daniel Murray, born free and educated in Baltimore, was in the vanguard of Washington, D.C.’s black upper class. Appointed Assistant Librarian at the Library of Congress—at a time when government appointments were the most prestigious positions available for blacks—Murray became wealthy through his business as a construction contractor and married a college-educated socialite. The Murrays’ social circles included some of the first African-American U.S. Senators and Congressmen, and their children went to the best colleges—Harvard and Cornell.

Though Murray and other black elite of his time were primed to assimilate into the cultural fabric as Americans first and people of color second, their prospects were crushed by Jim Crow segregation and the capitulation to white supremacist groups by the government, which turned a blind eye to their unlawful—often murderous—acts. Elizabeth Dowling Taylor traces the rise, fall, and disillusionment of upper-class African Americans, revealing that they were a representation not of hypothetical achievement but what could be realized by African Americans through education and equal opportunities.

As she makes clear, these well-educated and wealthy elite were living proof that African Americans did not lack ability to fully participate in the social contract as white supremacists claimed, making their subsequent fall when Reconstruction was prematurely abandoned all the more tragic. Illuminating and powerful, her magnificent work brings to life a dark chapter of American history that too many Americans have yet to recognize.

Friday, 19 January 2018

#LISprochat lead-in - topic & questions for Mon Jan 22 2018 - 8:30pm ET

via WOCinTech on flickr

TOPIC

Common Interview Questions, the Hidden Meanings Behind them and How to Answer Them


It can be very difficult sometimes to interpret what an interviewer means when they ask a certain question. You want to be sure you're giving them the answers they're looking for, but you don't always know what they're trying to get at with a given question. Because of that, it can also be hard to figure out how to prepare to answer even the most common of job interview questions.


PLEASE REMEMBER THAT WE'VE CHANGED THE TIME TO 8:30PM ET!



While you're here please consider checking out our new feature for 2018: #LISPROCHAT Reads, our professional development book club. The first book club session will be running next Monday, January 29, at 8:30 pm ET.


QUESTIONS


We post the questions here in advance of the chat so you can decide whether or not this topic is of interest to you and/or prepare your answers in advance.

Q1 What are some common interview questions that you have been asked?  Or if you have been part of a search committee, what are some common interview questions that you have asked?

Q2 Give some examples of common interview questions that you have asked or been asked and what the meaning was behind each question.

Q3 Why or why not should common interview questions be used in the hiring process?

Q4 Choose a common interview question and give advice and tips on how to answer it.



PLEASE CONSIDER JOINING IN ON TWITTER AT 8:30 PM ET NEXT MONDAY, JANUARY 22 USING THE #LISPROCHAT HASHTAG. 

Friday, 5 January 2018

#LISprochat lead-in - topic & questions for Mon Jan 8 2018 - 8:30pm ET

via geralt at Pixabay


TOPIC

Net Neutrality and Libraries


What a relevant topic right now, and not just in the US (thanks to the farcical efforts of Ajit Pai), but in Canada and Europe as well. Leigh has pulled together some great resources for the chat including a Verge article on what public libraries stand to lose without net neutrality; a piece from Hello Giggles which is also about net neutrality and public libraries; and a what do we do now article from the Central Minnesota Libraries Exchange.


PLEASE REMEMBER THAT WE'VE CHANGED THE TIME TO 8:30PM ET!



While you're here please consider checking out our new feature for 2018: #LISPROCHAT Reads, our professional development book club.


QUESTIONS


We post the questions here in advance of the chat so you can decide whether or not this topic is of interest to you and/or prepare your answers in advance.

Q1 What are your thoughts on net neutrality in reference to libraries?

Q2 Are you getting any questions/comments from patrons about net neutrality, how are you handling?

Q3 What are you doing as a librarian to advocate on the issue of net neutrality?

Q4 What resources are out there/can be shared on the topic of libraries and net neutrality?



PLEASE CONSIDER JOINING IN ON TWITTER AT 8:30 PM ET NEXT MONDAY, JANUARY 8 USING THE #LISPROCHAT HASHTAG. 

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

LISProchat Reads the #LISprochat #BookClub - NEW FEATURE ALERT! - Starting January 2018!

LISprochat book club header
book image via Dave Dugdale


As mentioned at the end of last night's chat, Leigh and I will be introducing a new feature starting with a trial run in January. We're hosting a book club! And you're all welcome to join us!

WHAT?

A book club! On Twitter! Where we read and discuss books to help us with our professional development in library land!

WHERE?

On Twitter, using the same hashtag we use for our chats! #LISprochat.

WHEN?

We'll announce the upcoming book in the last chat of the previous month and then have the discussion on the last Monday of the month regardless of whether it's a normal #LISprochat day or not.

WHY?

For a few reasons, Leigh and I thought it would be fun to have a book club. I mentioned that I was giving myself a new reading goal to try and read 1 professional book a month, and this is a good way for me to motivate myself to meet that goal through accountability!



January 2018 Book Selection




This will be our inaugural book and discussion, the chat will take place on Monday, January 29, 2018, at 8:30 pm.

Title: Out Behind the Desk: Workplace Issues for LGBTQ Librarians
Editor/Author: Tracy Nectoux (Editor)
Publisher: Litwin Books, LLC
Date Published: 2010/1
No. of Pages: 294
Synopsis via Goodreads:

Out Behind the Desk: Workplace Issues for LGBTQ Librarians is an anthology of personal accounts by librarians and library workers relating experiences of being gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, or queer at work. A broad spectrum of orientations and gender identities are represented, highlighting a range of experiences of being and/or coming out at work.

Friday, 8 December 2017

#LISprochat lead-in - topic & questions for Mon Dec 11 2017 - 8:30pm ET

via Jukka Pennanen

TOPIC

Library advocacy - what does that mean and what does it do?


I'm two weeks into a new volunteer role that I took on in the evenings when I get home from work. I volunteered to become the new Library Advocacy Researcher for the Harry Potter Alliance. So this topic is definitely informed by that new gig. I've been doing a lot of thinking about what library advocacy actually is, what library advocates do, and where to find any resources that exist for them. Especially outside of America, most of the advocacy efforts I see and hear about relate to American libraries and/or the ALA - EveryLibrary comes to mind immediately when I think of library advocacy for example. There's a great primer article from June of this year by Shannon Maughan on Publishers Weekly called Library Advocacy Efforts Gain Steam.



PLEASE REMEMBER THAT WE'VE CHANGED THE TIME TO 8:30PM ET!



QUESTIONS


We post the questions here in advance of the chat so you can decide whether or not this topic is of interest to you and/or prepare your answers in advance.

Q1 What does library advocacy mean to you? What are some areas of library land we need to specifically advocate for?

Q2 What are your go-to resources for finding out information about library advocacy issues and activities?

Q3 Have you ever been directly involved in library advocacy? How? Where? What did you do?

Q4 What library advocacy communities if any are you a part of?



PLEASE CONSIDER JOINING IN ON TWITTER AT 8:30 PM ET NEXT MONDAY, DECEMBER 11 USING THE #LISPROCHAT HASHTAG. 

Friday, 24 November 2017

#LISprochat lead-in - topic & questions for Mon Nov 27 2017 - 8:30pm ET - #GivingTuesday

via Penn State on Flickr


TOPIC


#GivingTuesday and Libraries & Literacy with a special guest chatter


Personally, I love the idea of Giving Tuesday (which is the day after the chat!). I'm a donator anyway, but I like to do it on Giving Tuesday because there's almost guaranteed to be a great matching program going on at one or all of the charities I choose. Leigh has invited #LISprochat regular Amanpreet Kaur (@akaur0) to be our guest chatter for this philanthropic topic to help promote the Community Outreach Initiatives she has been working on with SLA Philly.

Amanpreet is currently and newly the Community Health and Engineering Librarian at the University of Penn. She was the 2015 - 2017 Eugene Garfield Resident in Science Librarianship at the University of Penn as well. Aman (for short), has devoted the last stretch of her residency to Community Health Outreach and will be piloting an information prescription program to encourage credible health information seeking behaviors among patients in Sayre Health Center in West Philadelphia. This pilot program builds upon the existing health corners initiative, the Biomedical Library's partnership with the School of Nursing and the Free Library of Philadelphia. In addition, Aman serves as the 2017 Special Libraries Association (SLA) Philadelphia Chapter Community Outreach Committee Chair.


PLEASE REMEMBER THAT WE'VE CHANGED THE TIME TO 8:30PM ET!


QUESTIONS


We post the questions here in advance of the chat so you can decide whether or not this topic is of interest to you and/or prepare your answers in advance.

Q1 What are you planning to do for #GivingTuesday? What have you done in the past?

Q2 What creative ideas do you have for #GivingTuesday? Please share!

Q3 What resources do you turn to when trying to locate a library related charity or non-profit to support?

Q4 What advice do you have for supporting charities/Non-Profits?


For this chat, please submit any questions that you have Aman to be asked during the chat as well as any topics regarding Supporting library and literacy-oriented organizations as well as other non-profit organizations you would like to see covered to LISprochat@gmail.com  Or feel free to ask your questions during the chat and share your ideas/experiences.

Also Aman created this awesome editable and shareable Google Doc of #GivingTuesday Suggestions, add some more ideas here!
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1WPPf9XdC0mN7LnoYoCEEQ0nuj_9rR2bg-I3cn7Vr2SA/edit


PLEASE CONSIDER JOINING IN ON TWITTER AT 8:30 PM ET NEXT MONDAY, NOVEMBER 27 USING THE #LISPROCHAT HASHTAG.