There should be a requirement to learn about homeless populations in LIS curriculum
Outreach & partnerships with qualified professionals (like social workers)
People like the ideas of hiring social workers for libraries (what about a joint social work/LIS masters program/degree?) ⇐ There are at least 2 universities that do actually have a dual degree, MSW and MLIS
Everyone likes the idea of hands-on experience while in LIS programs
Requirements in LIS curricula? How is it related to the digital divide? Big social questions related to information vs. technical requirements
Everyone likes that 610 looks at social issues (it’s “nourishing”)
Can more courses combine what they cover?
601 combined with databases
Digital instruction combined with something else… etc.
Do classes NEED to be 5-7:30PM? It’d be better if it was an hour or two earlier or later
We need more discussion-based classes - it keeps us thinking and engaged
EVERYONE agrees on this
Gives us time to process and get new ideas, broaden our perspectives
Improves our thinking
Move from “sage on a stage” to coaching & “a good teacher is always in the middle but never in the way”
Someone said they wish the coffee talks were a class :) ⇐ Holiday agrees!
Everyone likes 691 because it’s sort of conversational and covers things that we don’t need a whole class on but works perfectly for a workshop format
The program is great but there is a lot that can be improved on
A lot of classes “exist” in our program but are not always offered
More critical theory too
Asking people in the field what they need in their employees in 5 years to figure out what skills are valuable in this program (such as instructing, ability to improvise, think on your feet) - they might already do something like this?
Soft skills should be prioritized
We should apply aspects of social justice to every course - there might already be an SLO that addresses it (and maybe offer a focused class for those who wish to learn about it in more depth) - there is a tie-in with discussion and social justice questions
How can we get people involved in the student groups? Some people think offering a credit would be enticing and others don’t
We should all be working together to same time and energy
One student thinks maybe a senate? One rep from each student org
They want to know exactly what would be the time commitment, responsibilities, etc. (maybe we can post this on the board and email it out?)
People don’t know/understand/remember what all the clubs are - at orientation it’s overwhelming - they want blurbs again about each group (they recommend putting it on the fridge)
What about virtual meetings? On Discord
Make the book clubs or coffee talks like a podcast so people could listen to it later
PLG meeting (conference call) with main group first Saturday of every month
November 30 at 1 PM is next faculty meeting
Topics we didn’t cover in coffee talks but would want to:
Grant writing (maybe more like a workshop)
Or other workshops
The ethics of publication (how only the publishers are getting the $, not the writers or editors)
The elitism/barrier to entry of requiring an MLISc/MLS degree
How universities evaluate scholarship (related to open access - like requiring faculty to edit or be published for promotion)
Everyone can always email us any ideas they have! :) firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
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