Tuesday, April 4, 2017

April #publibchat: Privacy, moderated by Alison Macrina



I am very excited to announce that our April #publibchat will be all about privacy, just ahead of ALA's Choose Privacy Week in early May. Even more exciting is that Alison Macrina (@flexlibris) of the Library Freedom Project will be moderating our chat! Alison is a librarian, internet activist, founder and director of the Library Freedom Project, and a core contributor to The Tor Project. Library Freedom Project is a partnership among librarians, technologists, attorneys, and privacy advocates which aims to address the problems of surveillance by making real the promise of intellectual freedom in libraries.

Please join in on Thursday, April 27th at at 9pm ET / 8 CT / 7 MT / 6 PT to discuss the public library's role in privacy and how we can protect our patrons.

This is a chat not to miss! Please share widely and join us for the discussion.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

March #publibchat Storify: Tax Season Services and Resources

For those that couldn't make it, we had a small but awesome crowd for tonight's chat on Tax Season services and resources. Make sure to check out the end of the chat where I shared lots of #saveMLS action items.


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Upcoming #publibchat: Tax Season @ the Library

Please join us for the upcoming #publibchat on Thursday, March 23rd to talk about the how we can best serve the public during tax season. Come with tips or advice to share or just to learn what others are doing!




Also, check publibchat.org for the schedule of upcoming chats and let us know if you would like to suggest a topic or help moderate a chat!

Thank you! Hope to chat with you soon.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Questions for 3/23 #publibchat on Tax Season



Posting the questions for Thursday night's #publibchat! Hope you can join us!

Q1: What services does your library offer during tax season?

Q2: How do you publicize these services? Does it differ to how you spread the word about other services you provide?

Q3: Are these services utilized by your community? Are they popular?

Q4: What are your biggest challenges during this time?

Q5: Do you have any resources you can share?

Monday, March 6, 2017

Finally, the Updated #publibchat Schedule!

Here are the next several #publibchat dates and topics over the next few months. We hope you can join us!

Thursday, March 23- Taxes. Tax season can be hectic in the public library. Come share with us the services your library offers and how you handle this busy time of year.

Thursday, April 27- Privacy. Now more than ever we need to be protecting patron privacy and showing them ghow to protect themselves. What is your library doing? What more could we be doing? Please join us for this important discussion.

Thursday, May 25- Fines. Many libraries are getting rid of fines and fees. Has your library done so? Are you discussing it? Learn more about why this is a trend and how it might help your community.

Thursday, June 22- Summer Reading. Do you offer special summer programs for adults as well as youth? Do you follow any of the major summer reading themes available to you? What do you think of them? Come tell us about your summer!

All chats begin at 9pm ET / 8 CT / 7 MT / 6 PT.

If you would like to suggest a chat topic or moderate a chat, your input and help would be most appreciated! Please just contact us via our fancy new contact form or reach out to @radicalibrarian on Twitter.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Updated Chat Topic Schedule is Forthcoming!

We are taking a break from our regularly scheduled #publibchat tonight. However, please stay tuned for our upcoming chat schedule which will be released soon! Topics coming up include patron privacy, fines& fees, taxes, and more!

If you would like to suggest a chat topic, you can contact @wrk2lib or @radicalibrarian on Twitter. If you would ever like to help moderate a chat, we would welcome the help! Just let us know.

Thanks for everything! Stay tuned.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Feb 7 #publibchat Zines in Library Outreach Storify is Available!

Thanks to all that participated and shared with us and a big thanks to @GinaMurrell1 for leading the discussion! If you weren't able to participate, please check out the Storify of tonight's chat below.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Feb 7 #publibchat Questions: Zines in Public Libraries

Here are the questions for the February 7th #publibchat on zines:
  • Q1. How are you using zines in your library?
  • Q2. What are the challenges of using zines for outreach?
  • Q3. Why should zines be used in library outreach?
  • Q4. What advice can you give for using zines in libraries?
We hope you will join us!

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Feb 7th #publibchat - Zines in Library Outreach

Please join us on Tuesday February 7th for a #publibchat on Zines in the Public Library, moderated by @GinaMurrell1.




Zines in Public Libraries: Resources for Feb 7 #publibchat

Please add link/resource suggestions in the comments.

Books, Articles, Web Links:

San Francisco Public Library. "What Is a Zine?" Little Maga/Zine Collection.

Freedman, Jenna, and Alycia Sellie. "Zines 101." Presentation at Queens Library, March 9, 2010.

Austin Public Library. "Zines: Resources."

Barnard Zine Library. "Cite This Zine." 2010. (PDF)
Chattanooga Public Library. "4th Floor Launches Chattanooga Zine Library."

Coleman, Kevin. "Emerging Careers in Librarianship: Zines! (Yes, zines!)." Hack Library School, June 28, 2012.
Katanic, Sonja, and Emma Cohen. "How to Start a Zine." Cicada Magazine, Sept/Oct 2015.

New York Public Library. "Zines at the New York Public Library."

Oregon Library Association. "Zine Scene at Multnomah County Library: An Interview with Emily-Jane." OLA Quarterly, Vol. 16 No. 1, Spring 2010, p. 21-25. (PDF)

Society of American Archivists. "Word of the Week: Zine." Dictionary of Archives Terminology.

We Make Zines. "We Make Zines: A Place for Zinesters - Writers and Readers."
ZineLibrarians.info. "ZineLibrarians.info: Welcome!"


Zines Libraries and Archives on Twitter:
Barnard Library: @barnlib
Crustacean Zine Library: @CrustZineLibe
Papercut Zine Library: @papercutzinelib
Queer Zine Archive Project: @qzap
UK Zine Librarians: @UK_ZineLibsVassar Zine Library: @VassarZines
Zine Archive & Publishing Project: @ZAPPSeattle
Zine Pavilion: @zinepavilion

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

January 24 Weeding & Conflict Chat Questions

Here are the questions for the January 24th chat!

  • Q1 Have you or your library ever dealt with someone upset about a weeding decision or the weeding process? How did you resolve it?
  • Q2 Do you think technology (reports, etc.) have a place in the weeding process? 
  • Q3 If you weed, are you allowed to use your own judgement in addition to other measures?
  • Q4 What do you wish you could change about your library's policy on weeding?

We hope you will join us!

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Weeding and Conflict - Resources for January 24 #publibchat

Please add link/resource suggestions in the comments.

American Libraries - Weeding without Worry: Transparency and communication help ease weeding woes

The New Yorker - Weeding the Worst Library Books

Library Journal - The Art of Weeding | Collection Management

Awful Library Books - Why We Weed

PLA - Collections Management Resources

TX State Library - CREW: A Weeding Manual for Modern Libraries

ALA - Weeding Library Collections: A Selected Annotated Bibliography for Library Collection Evaluation

ALCTS - Culling Your Collection: The Fine Art of Weeding: An ALCTS webcast (free)

Recycled Reads - Sprouting Green Weeding Practices: Web-Based Training

Endnotes - Greening the Library: Collection Development Decisions

OCLC - Weeding and deselection bibliography

Weeding Conflicts in the News

January 24 #publibchat - Weeding and Conflict

Tuesday January 24 #publibchat
9pm ET / 8pm CT / 7pm MT / 6pm PT

You’ve seen it in the newspapers, maybe seen it in your library. Weeding requires balancing many factors, and misunderstandings or problematic policies can result in conflicts. Let’s talk about it.


#publibchat January 12, 2016 Storify: Sexual Harassment of Library Workers


Thursday, January 12, 2017

January 12 Sexual Harassment of Library Workers Chat Questions

Here are the questions for the January 12th chat! 

Q1 What measures are in place your work to protect you? Support you? Are they adequate?

Q2 Are incidences of sexual harassment openly discussed at your work? What would you like to change?

Q3 If/when you raised a concern, how was it handled?

Q4 How do you support your colleagues?

Due to the nature of the topic, if you would prefer to tweet anonymously during the chat, you can use an anonymous Twitter relay, created by @metageeky.  Use this form, type your comments, and hit “Tweet”. You (and everyone else following the #publibchat hashtag) will then see your tweet posted via the @CritLib_anon account.

We look forward to discussing this important topic and are excited to partner with our #critlib friends for this chat. 

We hope you can join us!

Saturday, January 7, 2017

January 12 joint #publibchat #critlib - Sexual Harassment of Library Workers

Our next topic is a joint chat between #critlib and #publibchat:

Sexual Harassment of Library Workers

Join us Thursday January 12 at  9pm ET / 8 CT / 7 MT / 6 PT


sexual harassment of library workers