Critical systems librarianship

Barron, Simon and Preater, Andrew. 2018. Critical systems librarianship. In: Karen P. Nicholson and Maura Seale, eds. The politics of theory and the practice of Critical Librarianship. Sacramento, CA: Library Juice, pp. 87-113. ISBN 9781634000307 [Book Section]

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In this chapter we perform a meta-analysis and synthesize existing critical library and information studies work into a cohesive approach to critical systems librarianship, informed by diverse perspectives and ethical lenses. We seek to enable and facilitate a critically-informed, reflective, and reflexive approach to systems work with specific focus on how information technologies are applied in library work. Critical systems librarianship centrally involves critical reflection which allows systems workers to question the underlying values, assumptions, and power relations ingrained in their daily practices and the institutions within which they work: this is essential to both theoretical questioning and developing strategies to contest power imbalances.

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Critical systems librarianship, Library and information studies, Library systems

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March 2018Published

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