Faculty workshop | Deconstructing the Library (Part 1)

Academic and public libraries are often celebrated as providers of valuable collections and services, an example of successful public infrastructure and a commons or third space. From the early days of textuality, libraries were depositories of priceless knowledge and artistry. Yet libraries also first emerged within imperial and colonial regimes, upholding their autocratic knowledge hierarchies and beliefs. Today’s libraries serve more people than ever, but many of the structural issues inherited from this past survive even as new concerns emerge.

This workshop will introduce participants to several critical discussions underway in the library and information studies field, examining topics such as classification and knowledge organization, surveillance, access and the monetization of publishing. Participants will investigate ways of creating or adapting assignments to engage students in a more nuanced interaction with the library, encouraging critical approaches to library research and exploratory uses of the space and collection.

Instructor: Emily Coxe

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After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. It is planned for this workshop to be recorded and accessible to others.

Wednesday, October 20, 2021 at 6:30pm to 8:00pm

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Workshop, SEI Event, SEI Workshop


Academic Affairs, SEI - Social Equity Inclusion Initiative

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