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Embracing the Feminization
of Librarianship
Shana Higgins, University of Redlands
Gender & Sexuality in Information Studie...
Anderson,R.(2013,January31).InterrogatingtheAmerican
libraryAssociation’s‘CoreValues’statement|peertopeer
review.LibraryJo...
Our Feminized Labor
Mierle Laderman Ukeles, "Transfer: The Maintenance of the Art Object" (1974),
triple portrait of maint...
Feminine-Coded Masculine-Coded
relationships
responsibilities
situational
empathy
expressiveness
community
rules
rights
ab...
Fox, M., & Olson, H. A. (2013). Essentialism and care in a female-intensive
profession. In Feminist and Queer Information ...
Feminine-Coded Masculine-Coded
relationships
responsibilities
situational
empathy
expressiveness
community
---------------...
The “Feminine” as Resistance
durangofoodnotbombs.wordpress.com/2011/07
References:
Anderson, R. (2013, January 31). Interrogating the American Library Association’s ‘Core
Values’ statement | pe...
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  1. 1. Embracing the Feminization of Librarianship Shana Higgins, University of Redlands Gender & Sexuality in Information Studies Colloquium April 23, 2016
  2. 2. Anderson,R.(2013,January31).InterrogatingtheAmerican libraryAssociation’s‘CoreValues’statement|peertopeer review.LibraryJournal. “I found myself dividing the list of values into three categories: those that strike me as representing fundamental principles, those that represent subordinate principles, and those that (bear with me now) we might do well to question as core values of librarianship at all.” “What are the deepest and most basic purposes of the library?” “…two things can be simultaneously good and mutually incompatible. If our profession’s formally-declared values statement is going to be defensible, it must be coherent.”
  3. 3. Our Feminized Labor Mierle Laderman Ukeles, "Transfer: The Maintenance of the Art Object" (1974), triple portrait of maintenance person, Ukeles, and museum conservator. See “Manifesto for Maintenance Art, 1969! Proposal for an exhibition ‘Care’”
  4. 4. Feminine-Coded Masculine-Coded relationships responsibilities situational empathy expressiveness community rules rights abstract unemotional individual economic liberty Gendering of Values
  5. 5. Fox, M., & Olson, H. A. (2013). Essentialism and care in a female-intensive profession. In Feminist and Queer Information Studies Reader. Sacramento, CA: Litwin Books.
  6. 6. Feminine-Coded Masculine-Coded relationships responsibilities situational empathy expressiveness community -------------------- social responsibility the public good politically engaged interdependent rules rights abstract unemotional individual economic liberty ------------------- access service objective independent Gendering of Values: The “Feminine” as Resistance social responsibility + access = accessibility
  7. 7. The “Feminine” as Resistance durangofoodnotbombs.wordpress.com/2011/07
  8. 8. References: Anderson, R. (2013, January 31). Interrogating the American Library Association’s ‘Core Values’ statement | peer to peer review. Library Journal. Collins, P. H. (1989). The social construction of Black feminist thought. Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, 14(4), 745-773. Dean, G. (2015). The shock of the familiar: Three timelines about gender and technology in the library. Digital Humanities Quarterly 9(2). de Lauretis, T. (1989). The essence of the triangle, or taking the risk of essentialism seriously. differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies, 1(2), 3-37. Fox, M., & Olson, H. (2013). Essentialism and care in a female-intensive profession. In P. Keilty & R. Dean (Eds.), Feminist and Queer Information Studies Reader. Gilligan, C. (1986). Reply by Carol Gilligan. Signs, 11(2), 324–333 Goodman, R. T. (2013). Gender work: Feminism after neoliberalism. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. Hesford, V. (2013). Feeling Women’s Liberation. Durham: Duke University Press Kittay, E. F.. (2001). A Feminist Public Ethic of Care Meets the New Communitarian Family Policy. Ethics, 111(3), 523–547. Shirazi, R. (2014, July 15). Reproducing the academy: Librarians and the question of service in the digital humanities. Ukeles, Mierle Laderman. “Manifesto for Maintenance Art, 1969! Proposal for an exhibition ‘Care.’”

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