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Integrating Intersectionality into Library Instruction & Programming: Critical Lib & Critical Info Lit

Presented at Library Instruction West 2018, Colorado Mesa University, Grand Junction, Colorado

What is critical librarianship? Critical information literacy?

"Critical librarianship has always been embedded in the library profession. It is the inflection of critical theory in library and information science. Librarians have engaged with critical librarianship within professional organizations and outside of it" (Garcia, 2015, "Keeping Up with...Critical Information Literacy")

"Critical information literacy asks librarians to work with their patrons and communities to co-investigate the political, social, and economic dimensions of information, including its creation, access, and use" (Tewell, 2016, "Putting Critical Information Literacy into Context: How and Why Librarians Adopt Critical Practices in their Teaching")


"Critlib is an informal gathering--discussion happens wherever interested library workers come together! The primary discussions have taken place on Twitter (using the hashtag #critlib; find our upcoming chats here and archived discussions here) and at conferences."



"The Journal of Critical Library and Information Studies aims to showcase innovative research that queries and critiques current and prevailing paradigms in library and information studies, in theory and practice through critical approaches and perspectives that originate from across the humanities and social sciences. JCLIS is committed to supplying a platform for the publication of rigorous inter-/multi-/trans-disciplinary research that might be otherwise marginalized from dominant discourses."


TILE: Toolkit for Inclusive Learning

Shannon Simpson at Johns Hopkins University developed TILE: Toolkit for Inclusive Learning.

Teaching Social Justice with Credo Webinar

To effectively engage in this form of activism, social justice warriors must be informed, and libraries play a key role in teaching them how to research social matters. In this webinar, Raymond Pun will be joined by Yale University librarian Kenya Flash to share resources and tips for best addressing the challenges of approaching social justice in a one-shot session. Users need to be able to navigate and evaluate information ranging from the current events unfolding in the headlines, to the foundational history and philosophy underpinning today’s social justice issues. Attendees will see how to incorporate resources like those offered by Credo into their instruction when teaching these skills."

Register to watch the webinar recording.