Sari Feldman, current Publisher’s Weekly columnist, former ALA and PLA President, and former director of the Cuyahoga County Library System in Ohio will join us to talk about messaging, advocacy, and public library support in a pandemic. Joining her is Hallie Rich and Galen Schuerlin.
We’ve done two months worth of conversations with folks like Matt Finch and the Doctors Green. When we started we planned to go through April, but is there interest in adding more sessions through May or just keep it going? Please fill out the form below.
March 26, 2020
Intellectual Freedom and Censorship My talk will concern how intellectual freedom and social justice sometimes clash in such situations as hate speech. I will use a recent example, from the Urbana, IL Free Library, of the controversy over the use of sex/gender terminology and dialogue re: LGBTQ people. The questions: Should libraries allow programs with speakers who do not accept the current definitions and activities of transgender people? What should libraries do with books and articles that are now deemed outdated in their definitions? How can a library uphold its ethical principles and still include all people in their selection of information and programming?
Østergård, director of Aarhus discusses libraries as Democratic Infrastructure.
Thursday, April 23
de Boer will discuss libraries and librarians in relation to data privacy, use of the Data Detox Kit, ways to engage patrons but also the general public to build awareness regarding these topics.
Thursday, April 16
Chad Mairn, a librarian at St. Petersburg College will discuss how librarians can use extended realities (VR/AR/MR/360/3D) to help enhance learning.
Slides can be found here: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1XIGGbqgLzl9V6ncHo_xCjszjv9Bwr6jlupeDfN_gqXU/edit?usp=sharing
Tuesday, April 14
Stuart Hamilton, Head of Libraries Development in Ireland is coordinating NAPLE’s information gathering on the COVID-19 situation with libraries in Europe, as well as working with IFLA on the global public library overview, and the National Library overview as well. He will provide a roundup of where they are at in terms of services open or closed, and what new things are coming up in response to the situation.
For those who can’t join the Real Time sessions and want to talk, we’ve set up a Real Time After Dark session for our colleagues in the Eastern Hemisphere. No scheduled guest, but an informal get together where we can talk about the last weeks sessions or librarianship in general. Here are the details:
Monday 30 March at 9am Eastern Australia Time
In yesterday’s Real Time session with Matt Finch the topics of freelancers and consultants came up. In times of crisis and economic downturn we worry about our paid staff. However, the library ecosystem also relies on experts such as consultants and freelancers to move our libraries forward.
These folks can be helpful in professional development, strategic planning, human resource issues, technology projects, and much more.
As a small effort to highlight the work of these folks librarian.SUPPORT is putting together a page listing freelancers, speakers, and consultants available to help libraries both during the pandemic and after.
If you are a consultant that wants to be listed, please fill out the form here or at https://librarian.support/consultants/
As we get entries we will be listing them on the same page. So library community please check it out often.
Please note that a listing is not an endorsement.