Communities of Conscious Design: Planting and Pruning Your Way to an Effective Online Community webinar notes

Host: Steven Bell, Blended Librarian, 2012-2013 President of ACRL

Speaker: Naomi House, Founder of INeedALibraryJob (INALJ) – TwitterFacebookLinkedIn

Here are my notes from the conversation:

  • INALJ = +1million views, 871 found jobs
  • INALJ = community of +180 volunteers
  • INALJ = wanting to have and share jobs all in one location
  • runs 2-3 job-related articles per day, written by many
  • being regular when updating a community
  • need to clarify boundaries – ex: no trolling, no comment features, able to block (if/when necessary)
  • surprises – started as jobs page, but has morphed into community space
  • blended librarians on the job hunt
    • Keywords for job searching feature (hint: it’s below the PayPal button)
      • Ex: User Experience title is new for us, but also often new for the organizations looking for them
      • includes many other jobs beyond “librarian” – we need to be adaptable
  • this is one service – you ought to be signed up for listservs or
  • government contractors tend to just market jobs to local library school listservs, local communities
  • concerns about having more tech/non-library-focused jobs may partially stem from the perceived devaluation of more traditional positions
  • #Altac – alternative academic movement for those in the Humanities who aren’t able to find tenure track jobs – similarly, #altac is a growing community to help those reconsider their career path
  • data is hot right now
  • training, training, training – interactive design is a skill universities, corporations, and others need

My takeaways

  • not what i expected, perhaps because i’ve been spending so much time considering developing online communities for online programs
  • happy to find an awesome project like this – complements the broader undefined work I’ve done with doing more job posting and promotion for Health Sciences Librarianship through MAC Messages
  • another resource to refer to the many library folks I end up finding throughout the funny journey that is life

Next webcast

  • Open Access movement and collaboration of departments (traditional and untraditional) in mid-May-ish (don’t quote me on this)



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