In multiple discussions, twitter chats, and conference presentations, the need for library work to understand, respect, and address issues of diversity is continually brought up. We talk about the need to not only re-design our cataloging methods but also questioning the underlying technology that drives discovery. This requires navigating, balancing, and integrating diverse aspects of academics, society, and technology. Value sensitive design (VSD) is one design approach to consider for tackling these challenges. VSD emphasizes identifying and respecting human values throughout the interactions of society and technology. Using a multidisciplinary perspective that draws on philosophy, social sciences, and engineering, VSD has been applied to many domains, including city planning, assistive technologies, and Internet privacy policies. Let’s explore its potential for innovation and progress in library work, especially in regards to critical librarianship.
Schumacher, Jaime, et al. “From Theory to Action: Good Enough Digital Preservation for Under-Resourced Cultural Heritage Institutions.” Digital POWRR White Paper for the Institute of Museum and Library Services. 27 August 2014. http://commons.lib.niu.edu/handle/10843/13610
This chat will help us define visual literacy within our contexts and look at the ways critical librarianship can address the unique way visual information can impact and influence critical perspectives on the culture we live in. From signage in the library to image use and creation in academia visual information wields significant power in our spaces. We’ll discuss how we teach ourselves how to identify critical issues in visual culture, how we raise awareness of these issues, and how we teach visual literacy alongside information literacy.
If you’re unfamiliar with visual literacy feel free to check out the ACRL visual literacy standards and the Hattwig et al. article below about the standards.
Q1. How do you define visual literacy and how does visual lit impact and influence our library spaces, intellectually/physically? #critlib
Q2. What are some critical issues related to visual info and how can #critlib raise awareness of these issues? #critlib
Q3. How have you learned of critical issues w/in visual culture/how do you share visual lit-related skills/concepts with colleagues? #critlib
Q4. How do you teach or address specific visual literacy concepts/issues within your community and library? #critlib (For example, critiquing persuasive or manipulative strategies in image production, meaning, message, cultural and historical factors relevant to production of image.)
Headed to ALA Annual 2016 in Orlando? Here’s a list of meetings and sessions that address #critlib ideas and issues—please feel free to add sessions you think might be relevant! And please join us during an informal gathering at the Zine Pavilion (exhibit hall booth 751) on Sunday at 4 pm.
#gsisc16 is the Gender and Sexuality in Information Studies Colloquium, happening this weekend (April 23) in Vancouver, British Columbia. We’d like to use Tuesday’s chat as a chance for presenters to share what they’ll be talking about, and for those who aren’t able to attend to share their experiences and thoughts on gender & sexuality issues in libraries and related fields. Please join us!
Q1. What are critical topics to address when we discuss gender & sexuality in information studies?
Q2. How do we see gender & sexuality issues play out every day at work?
Q3. How do we intervene when we see sexism at work in your library?
Q4. What should #gsisc16 attendees be sure to address with each other on Saturday?
Q5. Gender & sexuality in information studies #critpitch! [Share your ideas, upcoming projects/presentations, interesting resources, etc.!]
The “Women in Print” project through the Rare Book & Manuscript Library at the University of Illinois Press, a project that “explores the impact of the imprint in its original form and offers fresh insights into the reception history of books written by women”: http://womeninprint.press.illinois.edu/