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Opening Keynote, #WAAL2015 Conference (Pagowsky)

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Transforming our image through a compass of critical librarianship - opening keynote for the annual Wisconsin Association of Academic Libraries Conference (2015), Nicole Pagowsky

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Opening Keynote, #WAAL2015 Conference (Pagowsky)

  1. 1. Transforming our Image through a Compass of Critical Librarianship WAAL 2015 Opening Keynote Nicole Pagowsky, MLIS, MS 4.22.2015 #WAAL2015
  2. 2. Q: How many academic librarians does it take to change a lightbulb?
  3. 3. A: CHANGE ?!?!?!?! From Steiner & Jones, “Academic librarian self-image in lore: How shared stories convey professional identity” (p.56) in The Librarian Stereotype, ACRL Press, 2014 Q: How many academic librarians does it take to change a lightbulb?
  4. 4. Be Fearless
  5. 5. lisafrankfurtschool.tumblr.com
  6. 6. Outline 1. Our stereotypes 2. Campus perceptions 3. Critical librarianship 4. Onward
  7. 7. Outline 1. Our stereotypes 2. Campus perceptions 3. Critical librarianship 4. Onward
  8. 8. Our Stereotypes: Image of the Librarian
  9. 9. It is important that librarians assess the basic meaning of feminization and give precise attention to their early history, for the dominance of women is surely the prevailing factor in library education, the image of librarianship and the professionalization of the field. --Dee Garrison, 1972, p. 143
  10. 10. There is a clear relationship between the representation and treatment of women and the low status of the library profession. --Gary & Marie Radford, 1997, p.262
  11. 11. Outline 1. Our stereotypes 2. Campus perceptions 3. Critical librarianship 4. Onward
  12. 12. Campus Perceptions: Faculty & Students
  13. 13. A Harvard English faculty member’s view of librarians in Leigh and Sewny, 1960: “A librarian too often resembles a headwaiter showing one to a table in a large restaurant and too little resembles an artist having profound and passionate views of life, death and immortality.”
  14. 14. Faculty descriptions of librarians ● Orderly, meticulous ● Conforming, conservative ● Submissive ● Non-social attitudes and behavior ● Anxious, lack of self-confidence --Holbrook, 1968 (cited in Church, 2002)
  15. 15. Doctor / nurse relationship
  16. 16. Ithaka S+R Survey 2013
  17. 17. Within the academy, librarians generally feel second-class, even librarians with faculty status, even librarians with Ph.Ds. What I really want from faculty is advocacy and solidarity, more than kisses. --Jenna Freedman, 2014
  18. 18. Outline 1. Our stereotypes 2. Campus perceptions 3. Critical librarianship 4. Onward
  19. 19. Critical Librarianship
  20. 20. Shared humanity, equity, & social justice... should be motivating the work of librarians now more than ever. --Chris Bourg, 2014
  21. 21. savedbythe-bellhooks.tumblr.com
  22. 22. --Keesing-Styles, 2003, p. 2 Critical theory or practice (praxis): Collective action where individual effort is intimately linked to the social; focus on power structures Critical thinking: Aimed at the individual only, tends to ignore power structures and influence of hegemony Critical... Critical librarianship
  23. 23. Privilege Representation Language Who creates the acceptable norm?
  24. 24. #critlib
  25. 25. Scientists firmly believe that as long as they are not conscious of any bias or political agenda, they are neutral and objective, when in fact they are only unconscious. --Marion Namenwirth, 1986 (cited in Schroeder, 2014)
  26. 26. The Donut: 3 Spheres 1. The donut hole 2. The donut 3. The air around the donut Daniel Hallin on the journalist’s world, 1986
  27. 27. The Donut: 3 Spheres 1. The donut hole: “Sphere of Consensus” ● Unquestionable values ● Inherent Daniel Hallin on the journalist’s world, 1986
  28. 28. The Donut: 3 Spheres 2. The donut: “Zone of legitimate controversy” ● Issues up for debate ● “Objective” journalism ● “Reasonable” people’s topics Daniel Hallin on the journalist’s world, 1986
  29. 29. The Donut: 3 Spheres 3. The air around the donut: “Sphere of deviance” ● Marginalized topics, voices ● Press as gatekeeper Daniel Hallin on the journalist’s world, 1986
  30. 30. The press does not permit itself to think politically, but it does engage in political acts. Ergo, it is an unthinking actor, which is not good. When it is criticized for this it will reject the criticism out of hand, which is also not good. --Jay Rosen, 2009
  31. 31. Katy Perry #LeftistShark meme, Noam Chomsky quotes
  32. 32. Outline 1. Our stereotypes 2. Campus perceptions 3. Critical librarianship 4. Onward
  33. 33. Onward
  34. 34. Technical services & collections
  35. 35. “Why are Black people so…” Safiya Noble presenting her research on biased Google search results
  36. 36. Public services
  37. 37. ACRL Information Literacy Framework for Higher Education
  38. 38. In the simplest terms, we are critical educators when we compel ourselves and others to think about power and privilege, and we are feminist educators when we dig beneath the status quo of our content and identify justice-focused approaches to engaging learners in a process of safe /radical-self & system-examination. --Char Booth, 2014
  39. 39. Hiring, recruitment, & retention
  40. 40. School Library Journal, 2014
  41. 41. lismicroaggressions.tumblr.com
  42. 42. Rebranding from “McDonalds seeks its fast food soul,” The New York Times
  43. 43. Librarians need to develop a critical consciousness about libraries, by learning to ‘problematize’ the library. --James Elmborg, 2006, p. 198
  44. 44. Be Fearless
  45. 45. Thank you! Questions? Nicole Pagowsky Research & Learning Librarian University of Arizona Email - nfp@email.arizona.edu Twitter - @pumpedlibrarian (see #critlib, tinyurl.com/critlibx) WAAL 2015 Conference

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