Friday, February 19, 2016

Join me for #libleadgender!

Updated 2/24/2016 to include the chat questions!

Hello, friends of the Unified Library Scene!

Next Wednesday evening (2/24) at 8pm Eastern, I'm hosting a #libleadgender chat on building a more inclusive space in which to have the conversation about the intersection of gender and library leadership.

If you are interested in getting more information about the #libleadgender movement, you can start with this excellent article by Michelle Millet and Jessica Olin. You can follow it up with this blog post by Jessica. And, finally, you can search the hashtag on Twitter.

I hope you'll consider joining the chat on Wednesday evening. If you have questions that you'd like to ask--anonymously or otherwise--let me know!

Stay positive,

PS: The questions!
1. Gendered expectations for leaders is one version of performance. How else do we ask our leaders to perform?

2. How do you think the idea of "cultural fit" perpetuates bias within libraries? What do we look for when we consider "fit?"

3. How can we dismantle bias in our own organization without placing diversity work on the shoulders of our marginalized coworkers?

4. How could libraries give LIS students the opportunity to interrogate bias during a practicum experience?

5. (Submitted question!) What do you envision to be the difference between a feminist library and a library numerically dominated by women?

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