2021 FDL Conference: Snacks with Council

  • Duration: Varies
  • Date Recorded: October 19, 2021


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2021 Federal Depository Library Conference

Title: Snacks with Council

During the 2021 Federal Depository Library Conference, there were four casual, 50-minute, open chat sessions, where members of the Depository Library Council lead discussions on specific topics.

Topic: Current Working Conditions COVID

  • Tuesday, October 19, 2021
  • Facilitators: Renée Bosman, Will Stringfellow, and Laura Sare

Duration: 54 minutes

Discussion Questions:

  • How is your organization handling workplace arrangements? For example, are staff back in your building(s) full-time, working remotely, a mix? How are the work arrangements going?
  • How are you and your colleagues providing consultation, instruction, reference, and other library services for your users?
  • How are you and your colleagues providing consultation, instruction, reference, and other library services for your users?
  • What are your library’s or organization’s mask and physical distancing policies? How is your library or organization enforcing those policies?
  • What are the safety precautions your organization has implemented in the past year to protect staff? What precautions do you feel are effective and what are areas for improvement?
  • As the pandemic situation has changed over the past year and many work arrangements have shifted, such as staff returning to on-site and taking on additional or changing responsibilities, what are some of the successes and accomplishments you and your colleagues have achieved over the past year which you may not have accomplished if the situation were different?
  • What are some of the fun stories or experiences from your workplace over the past year? These can be either from interactions with fellow colleagues or users.

Topic: Promoting Collection Materials

  • Tuesday, October 19, 2021
  • Facilitators: Lisa Pritchard, Jennifer Morgan, Vicki Tate, and Jen Kirk

Duration: 51 minutes

Discussion Questions:

  • How does your library promote government documents/information?
  • If your library creates displays or exhibits of government documents/information, what have been some of your most popular topics?
  • How do you promote government information in your library instruction?
  • How does your library use online tools (webpages, LibGuides, blogs, social media, etc.) to promote government documents/information?


Topic: News from Your State


  • Wednesday, October 20, 2021
  • Facilitators: Jen Kirk, Rick Mikulski, and Allen Moye

Duration: 46 minutes

Discussion Questions:

  • What has the past year been like in your state or region?
  • Do you have current news to share?
  • Are there any exciting or important upcoming plans in your state or region?


Topic: Civic Engagement Literacy Opportunities in Your Communities


  • Wednesday, October 20, 2021
  • Facilitators: Aimée Quinn and Richard Leiter

Duration: 51 minutes

Discussion Questions:

  • What kinds of activities are you aware of in your community that gets young people involved with Government information?
  • How can libraries participate in teaching about Government? Our legal system?
  • What kind of civic engagement literacy efforts have you tried in your library?
  • What worked and what didn’t?
  • What would you like to try?

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