On May 21, 2012 we had a conference call to discuss the future of Radical Reference and our services. Below you'll see some action items. Please take a look and let us know what you think--
Participants: James, Jim, Jenna, Julie, Lisa, Madeline, Heather, Melissa, Jessica
Action Items Coming Out of the Call:
+We all commit to do something by end of month with the website.
+A new informational letter will be drafted (Done 5/22-please see updated text here)
+Radical librarians conference organizing plan (Julie)
+Document example answers with strategies
(will be added to info letter above) (Done 6/6)
Intro who you are, how long in RR and if you ever answered a question.
Lia since near beginning, part of NY collective, then part of San Diego collective (too small of a group). Lia makes the RR shirts and has answered questions.
James from northern CA, used to be from SD, involved since beginning, home support for RNC, answered questions particularly gov doc qs.
Jim from UMaryland, used to answer lots of questions but staff cut backs make it harder. Involved/followed since 2004, nearing retirement age which might make it easier to give more time
Jenna involved since beginning, has answered questions
Jessica, lives in NY, from Bay Area, involved in last year, followed longer, answered questions for about 6 months
Julie, new to RR, following for a while, teach about RR in class, Jenna was a guest speaker through email, haven’t answered questions, in social justice doctoral program, would like to answer questions
Lisa from Cincinnati, following since library school (a few years), recently joined RR (last week) hasn’t answered qs yet
Madeline, just graduated from lib school, just signed up in past week too.
Heather, Boston collective organizes events, don’t answer questions
Melissa. Various activities with NYC collective. Written about RR. Has answered questions in the past.
Susie, Boston. Follower and user since 2006, answered questions while in library school in late 2000s.
Conference Call Process:
Agreed: Names will not be used in notes, but people will introduce themselves before speaking.
Background/Reason for Conference Call:
What is the future of RR? What should we or shouldn’t we spend time and energy on? People are still using online Q&A but we’re not putting a lot of effort into it. We are neither in a place to promote ourselves accurately or to do events/projects effectively. This call and questioning is not a bad thing. The project has existed for nearly eight years. It evolves and has evolved. It is a nearly eight year national online project. Time is due.