Critical systems librarianship

Simon Bowie, Andrew Preater

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe politics of theory and the practice of critical librarianship
EditorsKaren P Nicholson, Maura Seale
Publisher ‎ Library Juice Press
Number of pages27
ISBN (Print)9781634000307
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2018
Externally publishedYes


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