2020 FDL Conference: Snacks with Council

  • Duration: 60 minutes
  • Date Recorded: October 21, 2020


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2020 Federal Depository Library Conference


Title: Snacks with Council


During the 2020 Federal Depository Library Conference, several days will begin with a casual, 20-minute, open chat, where members of the Depository Library Council will lead discussions on specific topics.

Topic: Libraries Assisting Patrons with Voting

  • Wednesday, October 21, 2020
  • Facilitators: Laura Sare, Robbie Sittel, and Lisa Pritchard
  • Chat log

Duration: 20 minutes

Discussion Questions:

  • Tell us about the types of reference questions being asked regarding voting. Are you seeing an increase in voting
  • questions from previous years?
  • What kind of activities has your library undertaken to promote voting? Can you share how these activities have been received by the intended audiences?


Topic: Anti-Racism Programming


  • Thursday, October 22, 2020
  • Facilitators: Renée Bosman, Lisa Pritchard, and Jennifer Morgan
  • Chat log

Duration: 22 minutes

Discussion Questions:

  • What kind of anti-racism programming has your library or parent institution done this year?
  • If your organization has not yet facilitated any anti-racist programming, is there anything currently being planned? If so, can you share anything about the planning process?
  • What are some ways that Government information can incorporated into anti-racist programming at your organization? We encourage participants to share any anti-racism resources their libraries have compiled, both for staff and public audiences. Reading lists, podcast recommendations, etc. -- please share links in the chat!


Topic: Your Library’s Successes


  • Friday, October 23, 2020
  • Facilitators: Will Stringfellow
  • Chat log

Duration: 21 minutes

Discussion Questions:

  • While the past few months have been anything but normal, documents and information professionals continue to find ways to succeed. What are some of the successes and accomplishments you and your colleagues have achieved which you may not have if work from home or other workplace changes had not occurred?
  • Librarianship is considered by many to be a service profession, as Government document professionals, we take great pride as a professional community in serving our users and providing Government information to all, especially during challenging times. What are your stories of providing unique or above and beyond service during these challenging times?
  • Working from home may be new to a lot of documents and information professionals. While aspects of working during this unique time have been very different, this has also been an opportunity to learn new skills or take on new hobbies. What are some of the skills, hobbies, or other things you have learned or mastered during this unique time?
  • As part of working from home over the past few months, many of us have not only changed the location of our physical work spaces, but many have taken on new office mates and co-workers, who communicate by barks, meows, and whistles. Tell us about your new office mates. What experiences have you had with your new co-workers? What are your stories of working with your new “team members?”