If you’re in the Baltimore area or headed to ACRL 2017 (Association of College & Research Libraries conference), join us at the critlib unconference 2017, March 22nd at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. Keep an eye on the #critlib hashtag on Twitter for extracurricular and social events. The unconference team has also put together this list of critlib-related sessions at ACRL 2017—check it out and add to it as appropriate.
Interested in the ethical dimension of classification? Here’s your chance to read one of the foundational texts!
Join the #critcat Slack group for a read along of Bowker & Star’s Sorting Things Out (1999). We’ll be reading the Introduction and Part I (pages 1-161) and have an asynchronous discussion on Slack during the week of October 17-23. If you’re short on time, just read chapter 4 (pages 135-161) on “Classification, Coding, and Coordination” and join right in.
There will also be a synchronous Twitter chat held with the new Digitial Humanities #infraclub group to discuss Sorting Things Out. The Twitter chat is scheduled for Monday 31 October, 5pm GMT/1pm US Eastern/10am US Pacific.
Sorting Things Out delves into topics such as classifying disease and racial groups—it’s truly a standard in understanding how classification affects our society. Please spread the word and join us in discussing this important work!
LIS Journal Club, a new LIS research article reading group, is hosting a critlib-themed discussion! Their September article is “On Dark Continents and Digital Divides: Information Inequality and the Reproduction of Racial Otherness in Library and Information Studies” by Dave Hudson. Discussion includes asynchronous commenting via a web annotation tool (Hypothes.is) as well as a live Twitter chat on Thursday September 22. Find more information at lisjournalclub.tumblr.com and follow along on Twitter with #LISjc!
Interested in critlib-inspired discussions of cataloging & metadata issues in a social justice context? Join the critcat Slack group, where there’ll be discussions and collaborations to enact change. To receive an invitation to the group, enter your email at critlib.org/critcat.