New year – same fabulous you! PD for 2021

For our first #auslibchat of 2021 we will be talking about your professional development plans for the year.  How do you plan to keep up with your fabulousness? 

  1. Does your workplace have a budget for PD and/or planned PD opportunities.
  2. What was the most valuable PD you have done in the past year?
  3. What skills are better learnt through formal learning, and which on the job?
  4. How do you keep on top of changes that might impact your work – for example standards and guidelines, international developments? Do you consider this PD?
  5. Is it important to you to be seen as a professional or para professional? Would maintaining your professional recognition encourage you to do PD?

Join us for #AusLibChat on 2 February at our daylight savings time.

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#AusLibChat – The stereotypical librarian in life, fiction and media

Let’s face it, librarians have their stereotypes. How do these stereotypes carry across to popular culture? In December’s #AusLibChat we will expose the stereotypical librarian, look at how they are portrayed in literature, film and TV and then try to come up with our own version of the 21st-century librarian.

Questions:-

  1. Who’s your favourite librarian portrayed in a film, TV or literature? Least favourite? Were there any that made you want to become a librarian?
  2. So you’ve seen Dude Perfect’s Stereotypes (if not they’re here), if they did one on Librarians, what would be in it?
  3. What do you do in your day that isn’t stereotypical?
  4. Do stereotypes hurt our profession? How or how not?
  5. How would you have a librarian portrayed in a book or film (apart from them saving the world)?

Join us for #AusLibChat on 1 December (remember it’s daylight savings times)!

Would you rather: Self promote or swim with sharks

Self-promotion is an unavoidable part of the workforce. From education and training applications, to job applications, interviews and performance development reviews we are asked to describe our performance throughout our careers. Are you comfortable with this aspect of the workplace or would you rather secure your next opportunity by jumping in with a tank of sharks? 

Questions:-

  1. Do you consider yourself a good self-promoter? Is this something that comes naturally or have you worked at it? If you don’t, is this something that you are working towards?
  2. What forms of self-promotion are you comfortable using? Would you rather discuss your performance subjectively or demonstrate it with stats and figures?
  3. Are you more comfortable promoting your library/organisation or yourself personally?
  4. Have you seen others self-promote in a way that you would like to try. Is there anything holding you back from doing so?
  5. Is there such a thing as bad self promotion? Can you give examples?

Join us for #AusLibChat on 3 November at the new daylight savings times!

Physical and digital collections (6/10/20)

Miss this chat? Catch up with the Wakelet here

Though the end of print has long been predicted, many library professionals and clients maintain a dedication to physical books. COVID-19, and the associated closure of many physical libraries, has refocused our attention to digital collections and the necessity of both print and digital in ensuring equitable access to information.

Questions

  1. Physical or digital, do you have a preference? If so, why? Does it differ for different resource types?
  2. Has the composition of physical and digital material in your library’s collections changed due to COVID? How?
  3. Accessibility is vitally important to a library’s collection. What considerations should be made in regards to physical and digital resources?
  4. Do you think libraries should have both physical and digital formats for all resource types? Is there a type of resource where one format is more suitable?
  5. Budget-wise, things are likely to be getting tough for libraries. How can libraries financially sustain a model of providing both physical and digital collections?

So, join us for #AusLibChat on the 6th October. And, remember daylight savings will be introduced the weekend prior, so take note of the updated times!

Education (7/7/20)

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Join us for a chat about education, hosted by the Curtin Information Studies Club on Tuesday 7th July at 9pm AEST.

Missed the chat? Take a look at the Wakelet here.

Questions:

  1. ALIA released a statement on the changes to university fees including consideration of the faculties relevant to a LIS degree. Do you consider LIS an Arts/Humanities or Industry/Science degree?
  2. Should an Information Studies degree/diploma etc. be a requirement for staff in Information Studies institutions? And why?
  3. What positive change have you seen in LIS education? And what would you change about LIS education if you could?  
  4. Our industry is part of the broader discussion surrounding representation, diversity and inclusion. Do you feel that these issues are adequately covered in LIS education?
  5. How do you feel about online learning, especially in the wake of COVID-19?

New to #AusLibChat? Find more information here.