One of the dominant strains in the history of librarianship in North America is how vital libraries are to an informed citizenry and, by extension, a healthy democratic society. A classic example of this was ALA President Nancy Kranich’s 2000/2001 initiative called “Libraries: The Cornerstone of Democracy”. This session will explore some of the political preconceptions (what is democracy and do we live in one?) and analyze the current state of librarianship from a critical perspective. Attendees will learn about the history of political thinking within librarianship and where current positions on intellectual freedom and community come from. They will also alternative political perspectives which might enable them to make change in their own library work and communities.
When: Thursday, Jan 31 | 3:45 pm - 5:00 pm