A year ago, the Librarian Parlor launched. After months of Zoom meetings and Slack messages, we (finally) decided on a color theme, and more importantly, on how we wanted this blog to work. It’s funny to look back on those meeting minutes — sometimes the minutes were so wrapped up in little things like fonts and logos, but there are also glimpses into the broader vision we were cultivating for this community.
What we’ve done
We have accomplished a lot in just a year. We have 43 posts, written by 35 writers. We’ve had over 21,400 views and 8,370+ visits to the site. Our topics have covered reflection, advice on research methods, the trials of publishing in journals, the process of becoming part of the LIS community, and more. Our writers have come from community colleges, liberal arts colleges, research universities, and funding organizations, and we are so thankful to them for their work.
Beyond our numbers, the first year of LibParlor was a whirlwind of trying new things and seeing what happened. We all love this project so much we’ve been constantly thinking of new things to try. A few months in we expanded our team by adding amazing contributing editors who write for 3 new columns, “Listen In”, “Book Reviews”, and “Spotlight On”, and continuously develop our Resources Page. We hope that by bringing new voices in, we can continue to expand our reach and meet the needs of our readers.
A priority for us during our first year was building an online community. Word of mouth got us started, but we also wanted to find other ways. We collaborated with #critlib to lead two chats, one on research through a critical librarianship lens and another on whiteness, publishing, and inequities. We also presented a poster on our year of work at ALA Annual in New Orleans.
What’s to come
Something we realized during our time in New Orleans is that our reach on Twitter only extends so far. We see Twitter as our creation ground, but now it’s time for us to figure out how to share LibParlor more broadly. As we look ahead to year two, we are hoping to continue building our momentum and expand the community through listservs, conference presentations, MLIS programs, and more. We are thrilled to have been accepted to present a paper on “The Librarian Parlor : Demystifying the Research Process through Community” at ACRL2019 in Cleveland. We hope to see you there!
We also have some crazy out there ideas. We’ve been considering how we might create a scholarship for early career or new-to-research library workers to attend conferences or other professional development opportunities to learn about how to do research. If anyone has any ideas for how we might make that happen, please send us an email! If you have any other ideas for things to improve on or try let us know those too!
We’d like to thank you for all your support during LibParlor’s first year. Thank you for writing for us, for helping us learn, for reading and sharing our content, and for letting us know how LibParlor has helped you. You are all amazing and wonderful and we couldn’t have done it without you.
Comment below or comment on Twitter about your favorite LibParlor moment of our first year.
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