Thursday, 14 September 2017

#LISprochat lead-in - topic & how to send questions for Mon Sep 18 2017 - 8:30pm ET

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TOPIC


GUEST CHATTERS: Community Outreach Projects in Libraries


9/18 8:30 EST #LISprochat will be hosting a special chat on Community Outreach Projects in Libraries. Two University of Pennsylvania librarians will be the guest chatters, Margaret Janz and Aman Kaur. Here’s some information about them and what they will be talking about:

Margaret Janz (@MargaretJanz) is the data curation librarian at Penn Libraries and a member of the Data Refuge team. She also participates in the Libraries+ Network, a network that grew from Data Refuge that's aimed at creating a sustainable backup curation solution for born-digital federal information.

Margaret will be talking about community outreach as it relates to the Data Refuge project and the associated Data Rescue events. From January through May the Data Refuge team at Penn and our partners worked tirelessly to support libraries and other organizations around the country and abroad organize Data Rescue events. These events were designed to create awareness of the importance and vulnerabilities of the federal environment and climate data and participants were able to help create copies of these data and contribute to other federal information archiving efforts.

Amanpreet Kaur (@akaur0) is the 2015 - 2017 Eugene Garfield Resident in Science Librarianship at the University of Pennsylvania, where she is based in the Biomedical Library. Aman has devoted the last stretch of her residency to Community Health Outreach (https://guides.library.upenn.edu/communityhealth) 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. 

The Community Outreach Committee formed earlier this year and has picked 3 initiatives to implement this year:


  1. Host two Outdoor Volunteer Days to give back locally. We have a Volunteer Day coming up (http://philadelphia.sla.org/blog/2017/07/29/mt-cuba-center-volunteer-day/)
  2. During the Chapter Annual Banquet last spring, Ancil George, the Community Outreach Librarian at the University of Pennsylvania, discussed the importance of school libraries and how we can continue to support elementary and high school students over a dozen public schools in West and South Philadelphia. by collecting books for school libraries in partnership with Penn Libraries and the West Philadelphia Alliance for Children (http://philadelphia.sla.org/blog/2017/08/10/support-school-libraries-in-philly/ )
  3. Earlier this year, chapter members were inspired by a national movement to save government web pages and datasets. We would like to host a Data Refuge event to add useful metadata to previously-rescued EPA files to make it easier for people to search for and find the datasets https://www.datarefuge.org/

Aman is excited to share her community outreach experiences at the Penn Libraries and with the SLA Philadelphia Chapter as well as learn about community outreach initiatives at your library and/or with your professional organization.


For this chat, please submit any questions that you have for Margaret and Aman to be asked during the chat as well as any community outreach questions or topics you would like to see covered to LISprochat@gmail.com Or feel free to ask your questions during the chat and share your community outreach experiences!


PLEASE CONSIDER JOINING IN ON TWITTER AT 8:30 PM ET MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 18 USING THE #LISPROCHAT HASHTAG. 

Monday, 28 August 2017

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

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TOPIC

Handling Microaggressions in the Library


Leigh has chosen a very timely and relevant topic for the next chat that I expect a lot of people will have a desire to chime in on. Her inspiration for the chat comes from an article over at Letters to a Young Librarian: Handling Microaggressions in the Library, by Amanda M. Leftwich.


JUST A HEAD'S UP - PLEASE REMEMBER THAT WE'RE CHANGING 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 Have you ever dealt with microaggression on the job? Please share your experience if you are comfortable.

Q2 What resources do you turn to in reference to handling microaggressions in the library?

Q3 What can libraries do better to combat microaggressions?

Q4 What advice can you share with others to handle microaggressions on the job?

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

Saturday, 12 August 2017

#LISprochat lead-in - topic & questions for Mon Aug 14 2017

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Side hustles & library professionals


I've found myself thinking lately of an idea I had a few years back for a side hustle that I never bothered to actually run with. And I know Leigh for sure, and loads of other library professionals out there have side hustles, those related to libraries and those not directly related. I want us to talk about these gigs and these ideas for gigs. Let's explore them together. My main inspiration article for this week is 7 tips to brand your side hustle like a pro from Ms. Career Girl, but you could equally say that my inspiration was also Kevin Sampsell's So You Want to Start Your Own Micro-press? at The Center for Fiction because it was what got me thinking of my old idea again.


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 Do you now/have you ever/do you want to at some point, have a side hustle/second gig? Is it LIS related?

Q2 What kind of LIS related side hustles do you think are out there for library and information professionals?

Q3 What tips and resources can you share with those out there who might be interested in starting a LIS related side hustle?

Q4 Do you think your side hustle makes you a better library professional in your day job? How so?

PLEASE CONSIDER JOINING IN ON TWITTER AT 9 PM ET MONDAY, AUGUST 14 USING THE #LISPROCHAT HASHTAG. 

Saturday, 22 July 2017

#LISprochat lead-in - topic & questions for Mon Jul 24 2017

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TOPIC

Summer Reading & Summer Reading Programs


It's summer, and in LibraryLand that means summer reading and summer reading programs are upon us. This week that's what we're going to talk about, our inspiration article is Read A Book And Win A Ferrari! It’s The Summer Reading Club! by Roz Warren over at HuffPost. If you're at all like me and your library doesn't do summer reading for adults, you might be interested in the BookBub Summer 2017 Reading Challenge, I'm doing this one with my student assistant at work. My library card is getting a good workout lately thanks to it.


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 Are you running a summer reading program at your library, or have you in the past? If not, do you have interest?

Q2 What types of activities are you doing for summer reading and for what age groups?

Q3 Where have you been the most successful? The least successful?

Q4 What advice/resources can you share for future summer reading programs?

PLEASE CONSIDER JOINING IN ON TWITTER AT 9 PM ET MONDAY, JULY 24 USING THE #LISPROCHAT HASHTAG. 

Friday, 7 July 2017

#LISprochat lead-in - topic & questions for Mon Jul 10 2017

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TOPIC

#LISprochat annual SLA and ALA post-conference chat


This is a yearly feature we run to help those of you who went to either SLA Annual or ALA Annual share what you learned with your colleagues who for whatever reason could not/did not attend.


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 Did you go to a conference this year? If yes, what conference and what was your reason for attending?  If not, why not?

Q2 What are your takeaways from  #SLA2017 or #ALAAC17 or other conferences and what did you enjoy the most?

Q3 Tell us about someone who you’ve met at #SLA2017 or #ALAAC17 or other conferences and why are they awesome?

Q4 What did you like least/what you’d like to see change about #SLA2017 or #ALAAC17 or other conferences for next year?

PLEASE CONSIDER JOINING IN ON TWITTER AT 9 PM ET MONDAY, JULY 10 USING THE #LISPROCHAT HASHTAG. 

Saturday, 17 June 2017

#LISprochat lead-in - topic & questions for Mon Jun 19 2017

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TOPIC

Moving between types of libraries/from libraries to information work or vice versa


This week's chat topic is inspired by Becky Yoose's "Fitting” into the Big Tent: The Role of “Fit” and Moving Between Library Types at Letters to a Young Librarian. I chose this week's topic because transferable skills are always an important thing to talk about and because it's always interesting to think about the differences between types of libraries and between libraries and information work.


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 Have you switched between library types or between libraries and info work? which types of libraries? What type of info work?

Q2 What do you think are the most transferable skills a library professional can have?

Q3 How do you sell yourself and your transferable skills to employers?

Q4 What advice do you have for building skills for a new type of library/info work when your day to day job is very different?

PLEASE CONSIDER JOINING IN ON TWITTER AT 9 PM ET MONDAY, JUNE 19 USING THE #LISPROCHAT HASHTAG. 

Friday, 2 June 2017

#LISprochat lead-in - topic & questions for Mon Jun 5 2017

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TOPIC

Dealing with difficult library users


Having recently had a situation myself where I wasn't sure exactly how to navigate the issue I was having I thought that a chat on dealing with difficult patrons might be timely. Whether it's grumpy patrons, people who don't want to follow policy, people who make you uncomfortable for whatever reason, or even just vocal people with very different viewpoints to yours we've all had at least one encounter with a patron that could have been labelled as difficult. There are a lot of articles out there about dealing with difficult people in a customer service role, here are 4 that directly relate to the issue in libraries:


  1. MLA2010: Black Belt Librarians: Dealing with Difficult Patrons by Brian Herzog at Swiss Army Librarian
  2. The #@%& Joys of Library Work by Roz Warren in Metropolis
  3. Dealing With Difficult Patrons by Jessica Olin at Letters to a Young Librarian
  4. How to Deal with the Grumpy Patron by Gina Martinez in Library Worklife


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 How do you deal with an angry/belligerent patron who is argumentative during your interaction with them?

Q2 Have you ever been made to feel physically unsafe/uncomfortable during an interaction with a patron? How did you deal with it? What changes were made to policies if any because of it?

Q3 What do you do if a patron is loudly espousing a belief of an inflammatory nature in a public space that could make you or other patrons upset?

Q4 How do you deal with disrespectful patrons? i.e. the patrons who don't respect libraries or library workers for whatever reason.

PLEASE CONSIDER JOINING IN ON TWITTER AT 9 PM ET MONDAY, JUNE 5 USING THE #LISPROCHAT HASHTAG.