Thursday, 9 November 2017

#LISprochat lead-in - topic & questions for Mon Nov 13 2017 - 8:30pm ET

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TOPIC

Overcommitting yourself on the job and in the library field and learning how to say NO


This is something both Leigh and I have had to learn the hard way, and I'm sure many of you have too. So let's chat about it and see if we can help others avoid this pitfall. Check out Diana Kander's Help Your Team Stop Overcommitting by Empowering Them to Say No article over at Harvard Business Review (if you've got any free views for the month left, or want to pay $8.95...oh HBR...) or Emily Ford's How do you say no? over at In the Library with the Lead Pipe (free!) for a few takes on this topic.


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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 overcommitted yourself? Please share your experience.

Q2 What strategies do you take when deciding what to say yes or no to at work or in the field?

Q3 What resources do you turn to when dealing with overcommittment?

Q4 What advice do you have to share for those who deal with overcommittment and saying no on the job and/or in the field?


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Friday, 27 October 2017

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

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TOPIC

Imposter Syndrome in the Library Industry

It's a popular frequently written on topic that I am sure we have all heard of, and may even all of us have experienced at this point as well. I am talking about imposter syndrome. We see and hear about it more and more often lately. So that's the topic of the upcoming #LISProchat. Our main inspiration article is Jumping into the Deep: Imposter Syndrome, Defining Success, and the New Librarian by Sajni Lacey in Partnership: The Canadian Journal of Library and Information Practice and Research.

I've also compiled another list of relatively recent articles on the topic:

  1. Impostor Phenomenon and Graduate Students from the University of Waterloo
  2. The Five Types Of Impostor Syndrome And How To Beat Them by Melanie Wilding at The Muse
  3. Is impostor syndrome holding you back at work? by Marilisa Racco at Global News
  4. 19 People With Impostor Syndrome Told Us What It Feels Like by Kelly Oakes at BuzzFeed
  5. Breaking out of the imposter syndrome mentality by Emily Waitson in The Cord (the student Newspaper at the University where I work)


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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 Tell us about a time when you experienced imposter syndrome.

Q2 What external triggers do you think cause imposter syndrome? How about internal triggers?

Q3 How do you personally deal with overcoming your bouts of imposter syndrome?

Q4 What are your go-to resources for information and support related to overcoming imposter syndrome?

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Wednesday, 11 October 2017

#LISprochat lead-in - topic & questions for Mon Oct 16 2017 - 8:30pm ET

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TOPIC

Neutrality and the Library Industry


In the wake of everything that's happening in the US under the 45th President neutrality is a hot topic right now. I feel like this is especially true in the Library industry. David Lee King does a really good job of discussing the issue in his article Ugly Beliefs, Free Speech, and Libraries. I think the best part of the article is the quote from the Electronic Frontier Foundation:

“Protecting free speech is not something we do because we agree with all of the speech that gets protected. We do it because we believe that no one—not the government and not private commercial enterprises—should decide who gets to speak and who doesn’t.”


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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 agree that libraries should be completely neutral as per the library bill of rights? How are we doing with that?

Q2 Do you ever have trouble keeping your personal biases out of your professional decisions? How do you handle that?

Q3 How do you handle promoting and supporting materials/questions that make you feel morally uneasy?

Q4 What ideas/thoughts do you have about how we as a whole can do better at keeping our libraries neutral?

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Monday, 25 September 2017

#LISprochat lead-in - topic & questions for Mon Oct 2 2017 - 8:30pm ET

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TOPIC

Professionalism and the library industry


This is a topic I think a lot about, I have very strong opinions about "professionalism" as a concept. So instead of telling you about my personal opinion now (I figure that's better saved for the chat), I've got 4 inspiration articles for you with contrasting viewpoints on the idea of professionalism both in and out of the library industry:

  1. The Importance of Professionalism by Katie Clausen over at Hack Library School
  2. You Call It Professionalism; I Call It Oppression in a Three-Piece Suit by Carmen Rios at Everyday Feminism
  3. The Ten Commandments of Professionalism by Paula Black at Slaw.ca
  4. Librarianship Doesn’t Need Professionals by Sarah Crissinger at the ACRLog


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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 When someone says you need to look or act professionally what does that look like to you?

Q2 Do you think the concept of professionalism as it currently stands still works in our 2017 context? Or is it completely outdated?

Q3 How do you see professionalism at work in the LIS profession? Do you see any problems with it? What are they?

Q4 If we were to re-define the concept of professionalism for the current times what would it look like?

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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!


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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.


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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?

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Saturday, 12 August 2017

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

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TOPIC

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?

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