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. 

Sunday, 21 May 2017

#LISprochat lead-in - topic & questions for Mon May 22 2017

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TOPIC

Dealing with gaps in your resume


Just a reminder Leigh will be hosting the chats for the month of May, Lauren is currently adventuring in England. For the second chat of the month, she's chosen the topic of dealing with resume gaps. Her inspiration is Gaps in Your Resume: Addressing an Interruption in Your Career Path by John Lehner on LIScaeer.com. 

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 had to deal with a gap on your resume, please share your experience!

Q2 If asked in an interview, how do you explain a gap on your resume?

Q3 Do you do anything different on your resume to deal with a gap? What do you do?

Q4 What advice do you have for handling a gap on a resume?

PLEASE CONSIDER JOINING IN ON TWITTER AT 9 PM ET MONDAY, MAY 22 USING THE #LISPROCHAT HASHTAG. 

Friday, 5 May 2017

#LISprochat lead-in - topic & questions for Mon May 8 2017

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TOPIC

Ageism in the Workplace


Leigh will be hosting the chats for the month of May. For the first chat of the month, she's chosen the topic of ageism in the workplace. Her inspiration is Baby Face in the Workplace by Veronica Leigh Milliner on INALJ. This is a really interesting topic because it affects us all, we feel it early in our career when we're young, and we feel it when we're late into our careers as well. 

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 had to deal with ageism in the workplace? Please share your experience!

Q2. What kind of work still needs to be done regarding patron’s biases towards librarians and within libraries themselves?

Q3. What steps are you taking in your library or community to address ageism?

Q4. What advice do you have for librarians and info pros on handling ageism in the workplace?


PLEASE CONSIDER JOINING IN ON TWITTER AT 9 PM ET MONDAY, MAY 8 USING THE #LISPROCHAT HASHTAG. 

Sunday, 23 April 2017

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

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TOPIC

Libraries, LIS pros & the Open Movement


I’m currently taking the Introduction to OERs course that Library Juice Academy (#LJAOER) offers because Open Educational Resources and the Open Movement, in general, are becoming big topics of conversation in my workplace and in my entire province. Given the discussions happening in my course I can tell it’s happening elsewhere too so I thought we could have this week’s chat be about the open movement and libraries. Our inspiration article/source, therefore, is The Open Movement: What Libraries Can Do a 2015 conference presentation by Sheila Corrall. Another source you can check out is my Notes from #ONOERlibrarians day @ Ryerson University during the one-day conference I attended in March.

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 do you already know about the open movement? (e.g. Open Access, Creative Commons, Open Data, Open Source & OERs)

Q2. Is your library/are you specifically already involved with any part(s) of the open movement? Which parts? What are you doing?

Q3. What do you see being the role of libraries and library professionals being in the future of the open movement?

Q4. What suggestions/resources do you have for library pros looking to learn more about/get involved with the open movement?


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