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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.
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.
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.