Friday, 11 January 2019

#LISprochat lead-in - topic & questions for Mon Jan 14 2018 - 8:30pm ET

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TOPIC

Libraries, and the US Government Shutdown

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 Are you or anyone you know affected by the government shutdown? Please share.

Q2  Is your library doing anything to help with the government shutdown? Please share.

Q3 What resources can you provide relating to the government shutdown?

Q4 How can we as librarians and info pros advocate for issues related to the government at our jobs and in our community?



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Saturday, 15 December 2018

#LISprochat lead-in - topic & questions for Mon Dec 17 2018 - 8:30pm ET

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TOPIC

#LISprochat Winter Holiday Extravaganza part 2: Libraries and holiday customer service


As promised it's part 2 of our winter holiday extravaganza and it's all about the unique experience that can be customer service during the holiday season.


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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 your worst holiday-related customer service experience in the library

Q2 Tell us about your best holiday-related customer service experience in the library

Q3 Does your library have a required holiday greeting that you use? If so, what is it? If not, what holiday greeting do you use by default and why?

Q4 Do you feel like your library does a good job of providing inclusionary holiday related customer service overall? What do you think they need to change?



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Wednesday, 5 December 2018

#LISprochat lead-in - topic & questions for Mon Dec 10 2018 - 8:30pm ET

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TOPIC

#LISprochat Winter Holiday Extravaganza part 1: Libraries and holiday prep/programming


There are so many different holidays that take place in and around December. So Leigh and I want to wish everyone a happy holiday and we hope 2018 ends pleasantly for everyone! In honour of that fantastic diversity, let's take some time to find out what everyone does at their libraries for the winter holidays. We're going to do this in 2 parts as you can tell from the title. Part 2 will be all about the unique experience that can be customer service during the holiday season.


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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 What kind of prep does your library do for the winter holidays? Do you decorate - if so, is there one holiday that gets prioritised over the others? What are your thoughts about that if you feel comfortable sharing them.

Q2 What kind of holiday programming or community engagement does your library offer in December?

Q3 For my fellow academic library people, how does your library handle the end of the semester and the exam crunch?

Q4 Lastly, if you had complete control and cost were no object and you had infinite resources, how would you celebrate the winter holidays at your library?



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Saturday, 17 November 2018

#LISprochat lead-in - topic & questions for Mon Nov 26 2018 - 8:30pm ET - #GivingTuesday #GivingTuesday2018

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TOPIC

#GivingTuesday and Libraries & Literacy


We had such a good time with our Giving Tuesday (which is the day after the chat!) chat last year, that we decided to do it again this year!


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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 What are you planning to do for #GivingTuesday? What have you done in the past?

Q2 What creative ideas do you have for #GivingTuesday? Please share!

Q3 What resources do you turn to when trying to locate a library related charity or non-profit to support?

Q4 What advice do you have for supporting charities/Non-Profits?



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Sunday, 4 November 2018

#LISprochat lead-in - topic & questions for Mon Nov 5 2018 - 8:30pm ET

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TOPIC

Financing grad school


We decided to continue what's turned out to be a very good series of chats on applying to grad school. We've covered CVs, references and statements of purpose, so this week we thought we'd move onto the next logical topic - how to finance your MLIS?

On getting references:
Loans for Library School
ALA Scholarship Program
A Contract You Have to Take: Debt, Sacrifice, and the Library Degree
Alternative Ways To Pay For Graduate School


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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 What has been your experience funding grad school with student loans?

Q2 What has been your experience with searching for scholarships and grants for grad school?

Q3 What resources do you turn to for financing grad school?

Q4 What advice do you have for a grad school student who wants to go to grad school but money is tight?

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Saturday, 27 October 2018

#LISprochat lead-in - topic & questions for Mon Oct 29 2018 - 8:30pm ET

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TOPIC


Applying to grad school - writing your statement and asking for references


We had such a great conversation about CVs for grad school in the last chat and it was suggested that we should continue the topic by talking about application statements and finding references. I had been thinking about doing that before it was suggested, so that's what we're doing!

On getting references:
How Important are Letters of Recommendation for Graduate School Applications?
Dos and Don'ts for Requesting a Grad School Recommendation Letter
Graduate School - Letters of Recommendation
How do I get a reference letter?
Tips for seeking academic references

and for those of us who have long graduated before we apply:

How to Get a Letter of Recommendation After Graduation
NonTraditional Applicants to Grad School: 3 Tips for Getting Recommendations
How to convince your current boss to give you a letter of recommendation
How to Ask for Recommendations for Your Graduate School Applications (with tips on approaching a boss/mentor/supervisor)

On writing your statement:
How to Write a Statement of Purpose for Graduate School
11 Tips for Writing a Powerful Statement of Purpose 
Write a Graduate School Essay that Will Knock Their Socks Off
Writing the Statement of Purpose


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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 you apply/ied to grad, did you have all academic references or a mix of academic and professional? If professional, was it your current boss and how did you ask them? (Tell us if you applied straight out of undergrad or waited a few years before applying)

Q2 What kind of information do you think must ABSOLUTELY be included in a statement of purpose for a library school application?

Q3 Is it ever a good idea to cite the low cost of a given program as one of the extrinsic reasons that you're interested in a particular school? Why or why not.

Q4 What information do you think has absolutely NO place being in a statement of purpose for a library school application?

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Friday, 12 October 2018

#LISprochat lead-in - topic & questions for Mon Oct 15 2018 - 8:30pm ET

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TOPIC

CVs : Grad school applications edition

It's the time of year where a lot of people are starting to think about applying for admission to MLIS programs for September 29th. So let's talk about something that a lot of MLIS program applications as for. A CV. Many MLIS applicants may never have written a CV before. So let's discuss how to go from resume to CV. Let's also talk about the difference between a masters application CV and a job hunting CV. Here are some resources:

Writing a CV from SJSU's School of Information
Resources and Sample CVs from SJSU's School of Information
5 steps for an awesome CV for your masters application from MastersPortal.com
How to prepare a resume for a masters program from the University of South Carolina
4 Successful Graduate School Resume and CV examples from PrepScholarGRE
Creating your academic CV from the University of Toronto


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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 Did your program require a CV when you applied? Did you create it from scratch or did you convert your resume? If you converted, tell us how that went!

Q2 What resources and tips do you have for people looking to create their first CV?

Q3 What suggestions do you have for applicants who have been out working in the industry for a few years before applying to their masters program? Should they still highlight undergrad work? Should they try and do new research etc?

Q4 What do you think are the most important aspects of a CV designed for applying to grad school? How does this type of CV differ from a job application CV?

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