#dearHLS: Save the Date for our Next Twitter Chat

Save the date! Hack Library School will host our second Twitter chat on Wednesday, 10/25, at 9PM EST.

The questions we’ll be discussing are:

Q1: What are your interests within the library profession?

Q2: What fears do you have about entering the profession?

Q3: What has frustrated you most about library school/your program?

Q4: What principle guides your view of what qualifies as an (un)acceptable use of library space?

Q5: How can libraries, and the profession as a whole, be more welcoming to individuals from marginalized backgrounds?

This year’s library students are a few weeks into the school year, and prospective students are applying to library schools and deciding where to attend. This Twitter chat will focus on student experiences and also issues within the library science profession.  If you are a current library student, know anyone who wants to apply to library school, or currently work in the profession, we encourage you to participate!

At 9PM EST,  we will post questions from our official @hacklibschool Twitter account using the hashtag #dearHLS. To participate, tweet out your answers to the questions, including the question number and the hashtag #dearHLS in your response so that others can see your thoughts. As the chat progresses, follow the #dearHLS hashtag to see what everyone is saying.

We will have 5 questions during the chat. We’ll focus on library school experiences, including the passions/reasons we entered library school, our fears and thoughts about entering the profession, and what we hope to see from our programs. We’ll also discuss what we can do to ensure everyone feels welcome in the profession and in library spaces.

We hope you’ll join us! To prepare, check out our first Twitter chat. We’ll post questions and resources for our upcoming chat soon. We also encourage you to check out previous posts on Twitter chats:

Twitter in Library School

Top Twitter Hashtags for Librarians

#critlib: Chatty Critical Librarianship on Twitter

Curating a Twitter Presence as a Library Student

We can’t wait to talk to you on the 25th!

Melissa DeWitt, Community Manager

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3 replies

  1. You could make more people feel “welcome in the profession” if you used the R word when appropriate. Welcoming people of all races (there, I wrote it!), as well as ethnicities and nationalities, is a commendable goal. Equating “marginalized” with “not white” is, at best, sloppy writing. If you *are* planning future Twitter chats on creating welcoming spaces for other marginalized groups–say, LGBT people or people with disabilities–why not say so? Thanks for considering this.


  2. Thank you for your comment and for pointing this out. I absolutely see where I equated “marginalized” with “not white.” When I originally posted this, we were intending to discuss whiteness in LIS as a primary focus. The questions evolved into a larger discussion beyond race in LIS, into, as you mentioned, creating welcoming spaces for multiple marginalized groups such as LGBTQ folks or people with disabilities. I should have reviewed the post before adding the questions and will update the post.


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