CritLib Chat - April 1

Some promotional tweets, introductions and RTs/MTs without added content have been removed. Other tweets have been rearranged loosely by question - I've tried to group convos as much as possible. The Storify search definitely did not pull all tweets tagged #critlib - apologies to anything left out!

  1. Plenty of buzz leading up to the inaugural critical library pedagogy chat:
  2. First in what will be an epic flood of tweets about #critlib, Tuesdays, 9-10pm EST, twitter convo about critical pedagogies in libraries!
  3. Interested in critical pedagogy in libraries? Join us tomorrow 8-9pm Central! Use #critlib & check our cheat sheet: 
  4. @pumpedlibrarian Lk wht GDocs told me:) "Wow, this file is really popular! Some tools might be unavailable until the crowd clears." #critlib
  5. For #critlib, you might read the introduction to Information Literacy and Social Justice by Gregory and Higgins: 
  6. Sitting outside for the first time this year with Spring food and a Spring beer, reading up for tonight's #critlib chat!
  7. A few people have told me they're planning to lurk on #critlib -- remember, participation is critical! (Sorry/not sorry for the pun...)
  8. Wrapped up a 30 min reference transaction on fish and gender as #eveninglibrarian, just in time for #critlib chat
  9. Chat started out with introductions [omitted for length]
  10. Aw yeah, it's time for #critlib #1! Welcome! Let's get started by introducing ourselves
  11. I love that lots of #critlib librarians are checking in from the front lines. That's dedication.
  12. Agreed! RT @librarianliss I love that lots of #critlib librarians are checking in from the front lines. That's dedication.
  13. Introductions continued to trickle in while we moved on to Question 1: How would you define critical pedagogy?
  14. Ok Q1: How would you define critical pedagogy? - your own def or discuss from rdg linked in cheat sheet  #critlib
  15. Q1 - crit pedagogy blurs student/teacher lines, encourages critical thinking, collaboration, participation #critlib
  16. @beccakatharine Agree but need something about how the crit thinking deals with privilege/inequality/oppression IMHO #critlib
  17. @CarlSHess Mm, agreed - by blurring teacher/student lines, you are challenging all sorts of hierarchies #critlib
  18. @beccakatharine Def agree though I think you can blur lines between teacher/student and leave other power structures unquestioned #critlib
  19. @beccakatharine agree, I would also add creation/production of new knowledge owned by students #critlib
  20. Q1: Critical pedagogy for me is about content: teaching structures of power, in the library as analogues to outside. #critlib
  21. Q1: And then another meaning, about teaching practice, engaging students. Have harder time thinking/practicing that part. #critlib
  22. Q1. Demos & interaction on how ideas become reality, ie relationship bw systemic racism, environmental justice n the food I eat. #critlib
  23. @CCIBoston Totally agree w you on this. Libraries are a great place to do this work, so material, so political. #critlib
  24. @catladylib @edrabinski I can't think critical abt the world but might not mean much if I don't connect it to my world. #critlib
  25. @CCIBoston @catladylib For me, my #critlib awakening was personal--not seeing queer stuff in the library, or in wrong places.
  26. Q1 For me, crit. ped. is connected to social justice and encouraging students to critically think abt. the world. #critlib
  27. Q1 It's also about confronting the myth of neutrality, acknowledging that we all have a point of view. #critlib
  28. Q1 @barnlib and definitely making sure students' point of view is respected and encouraged #critlib
  29. @barnlib This is something I really see my students struggle with #critlib
  30. Great responses so far, don't be afraid to chime in, none of us are claiming to be experts, all learning from each other #critlib
  31. Q1: I see critical pedagogy as empowering learners, esp. questioning information and making content relevant #critlib
  32. Q1 To me critical pedagogy involves humility, creativity, student empowerment, collaborating to build a more just society #critlib
  33. @pumpedlibrarian Thanks! And I don't mean humility in the OCLC "librarians-should-defer-to-professors" sense, FTR... #critlib
  34. Q1: it's about intentionally challenging the assumptions, structures, etc. that largely go unexamined #critlib
  35. Q1: I think of crit. ped. as teaching students to think about & question the ways information is produced & shared. #critlib
  36. Q1 I think critical pedagogy is about challenging norms, esp of oppressive power structures, & engaging in intellectual hospitality #critlib
  37. Crit lib is definitely NOT just adding active learning - it has to be intentional, related to power #critlib
  38. THIS RT @beccakatharine Crit lib is definitely NOT just adding active learning - it has to be intentional, related to power #critlib
  39. Though active learning is a big part - one of the things I struggle with is what it looks like in the classroom #critlib
  40. @beccakatharine and the classroom itself is one of those trad power structures that usu goes unchallenged #critlib
  41. PREACH RT @kyledenlinger and the classroom itself is one of those trad power structures that usu goes unchallenged #critlib
  42. @beccakatharine @kyledenlinger some of the young folk I know consistently challenge those structures, whether we listen... #critlib
  43. @beccakatharine @kyledenlinger lord knows there are tons of books abt young ppl authored by extremely few young ppl. #critlib
  44. @catladylib @edrabinski would argue that it is not just abt access 2info, also the info we validate &the info that won't b there. #critlib
  45. @CCIBoston @catladylib What forms of knowledge can be produced at all, and what knowledge we value. #critlib
  46. @catladylib @edrabinski for many ppl who come to this work, the work stems from the injustice they see and experience. #critlib
  47. Q1: I dig Elmborg's phrase - “find ways of being in the world and in our profession that are more rewarding and more humanizing” #critlib
  48. Q1: Also teaching goes marked and unmarked in our systems. How you can't search for info about white women bc they're just women. #critlib
  49. Q1 #critlib w/faculty, encouraging them to question legal structures of ownership that they often ignore.
  50. Question 2 moves on to the specific context of the library: What does critical *library* pedagogy mean to you?
  51. You can continue with Q1 if you so desire, but adding in Q2 now: What does critical *library* pedagogy mean to you? #critlib
  52. I can't keep up with all the awesomeness that is #critlib right now
  53. Q1/2 I try to get my students to look more in depth at why some studies are cited more often than others. #critlib
  54. Q2 following up on reflection, how do we get students to see beyond finding info to meet a need, to think critically abt that info #critlib
  55. Q2: lotsa things: how info is created (or not), who has access to it (or not), and why #critlib
  56. Q2 exploring the "messiness" of information production and consumption, the power & privilege involved, and how to confront/use it #critlib
  57. Q2 Reinforcing that the library is not the gatekeeper of knowledge. Exploring questions TOGETHER. #critlib
  58. Q2: Gah, I'm such a library student that I automatically answered Q1 with the library in mind! #librarydork #critlib
  59. Q2 Crit library pedagogy to me means teachings the skills to engage in broader world, and understand & create info sources in life #critlib
  60. I like the focus on engagement. MT @elliot_dw "teachings the skills to engage in broader world" #critlib
  61. Q2 questioning systems that deliver info, from scholarly publishing practices to search engines to LC and more #critlib
  62. @CarlSHess @barnlib The multiple perspectives is something I really like to emphasize, but students definitely struggle with it. #critlib
  63. @shiggin Loved this on tessellated thinking; perspective is crucial and everything is worth challenging  #critlib
  64. @barnlib And not only is objectivity a myth, but power derives from which narratives are privileged, marginalized, or unheard. #critlib
  65. Q2 why sports illustrated costs you $12/yr and why journal subs cost libraries $buxx #critlib
  66. Q2 I also try to get students to think about what they *can't* find and why that might be, who is being silenced? #critlib
  67. Q2: Critical *library* pedagogy: structures of knowledge, power. We're the nexus of that, I take the responsibility really srsly. #critlib
  68. Q2 our part then - make instruction connect to assignments, have students engage in critical eval in class sessions #critlib
  69. Q2 For me, crit. ped. challenges power structures in class+society, questions privilege, examines info from multiple perspectives. #critlib
  70. Q2: So a combo of showing students how to navigate structures of power so they can pass classes, encouraging their resistance. #critlib
  71. @edrabinski How do you feel about having to teach students how to navigate it for grades? #critlib
  72. @beccakatharine I want the students I teach to pass their classes, that's baseline for me. #critlib
  73. @pumpedlibrarian we're probably going to talk about info privilege explicitly--might as well start now. #critlib
  74. Q2: I think it also means moving beyond skills to teach habits of mind when using and creating information. #critlib
  75. Q2: questioning whose interests we (libraries) are promoting w/licenses, what laws we worry about, what level of risk we take #critlib
  76. Q2 Personally, it was helpful for me to realize that libraries and librarians are not neutral. It's our duty to be info activists. #critlib
  77. Q2: Spec., critical library pedagogy might mean asking why scholarly journals are still kept behind univ pay walls. Who benefits? #critlib
  78. Question 3: How do you bring discussions of race, gender, and class privilege into your teaching?
  79. It's time for Q3 (omg time is flying): How do you bring discussions of race, gender, and class privilege into your teaching? #critlib
  80. The why we don't/can't have access conversation is always an enlightening one... for both parties. #critlib
  81. Q3: usually when discussing keyword synonyms, why some might provide more results than others & what that means in some situations #critlib
  82. @beccakatharine Interesting, I'll have to think about how to tie that in during a concept mapping activity #critlib
  83. @edrabinski You can't. But if we are only doing this in class & not at desk, in research guides, etc. it's a problem #critlib
  84. @CarlSHess Easier to discuss one on one, I think. Classrooms are not ideal spaces. #critlib
  85. Q3 Sort of an anti-microaggression, I like to choose women & POC for my search examples. Like always. #critlib
  86. Do we want to privilege ppl to narratives that serve to maintain structures? Cuz most info do that. So info privilege? #critlib
  87. Q3 Sometimes it's unavoidable. Students are researching feminist WOC, the subject terms are racist or inadequate. #critlib
  88. #critlib Q3 I have a section on cultural hegemony in my semester-long class to introduce how they function as systems of oppression
  89. .@barnlib ya! search examples like that in class and in tutorials are how I do #critlib, doing a tutorial/game on #prettyprivilege currently
  90. Q3: I've only taught one-shots, & I don't really know how to incorporate some of these issues into 30 mins. #critlib
  91. Q3: Like @barnlib, examples. The bias of our structures mirrors structural gender/race/class oppressions in the rest of the world. #critlib
  92. Q3 might be interesting to start w/ the demographic of the class and talk abt whiteness. #critlib
  93. Q3: one v limited thing: when people appear in my instructional materials, default to PoC, women. Even alter clipart. #critlib
  94. Q3: You can point to the insidiousness of white supremacy by noting that it isn't even named in our systems. Just 'normal.' #critlib
  95. .@barnlib #critlib I frequently choose women & POC-related search examples and get noticeably higher engagement from students when I do.
  96. @CCIBoston @pumpedlibrarian part of it. getting students to recognize their level of access, who else has access & who doesn't #critlib
  97. Q3 But with many librarians uncomfortable w dealing w/ our professional history can that happen? #critlib
  98. Q3 sometimes being deliberate in showing examples that highlight racism in results. Ex. searching "testimonio" vs. "oral history" #critlib
  99. @edrabinski if systemic oppression is foundational to critical pedagogy, can we afford not to? #critlib
  100. Q3 To understand difficulties in researching comm. of color, check out "Testimonio: Origins, Terms, and Resources" Opened my eyes. #critlib
  101. @siuhongyu My students write on an -ism of times they were a perpetrator, bystander, victim, & upstander. I share on bystander. #critlib
  102. A3: I ease students into discussions of privilege by recognizing we're all privileged-whether by race, gender, SES,(dis)ability,etc #critlib
  103. #critlib Q3: Maybe difficulty of doing this in a one-shot speaks to why it's a problematic format. Need moar epistemology.
  104. Q3 Wikipedia is often my entré to this conversation, given who edits & creates most of the entries. We discuss "neutral POV." #critlib
  105. @jacobsberg I just did this in an advanced historiography class! It was a great discussion on "neutrality" and source crit #critlib
  106. @librarybell @jacobsberg trying to use it head on with a class on women & computer music this semester;writing/researching articles #critlib
  107. Q3 I usually work a pre-chosen topic into the class which I make sure allows for discussion #critlib
  108. @EamonTewell How can we pre-select topics and still learner-centered? #critlib
  109. @CarlSHess True! I choose a subject to demo/get students started and later in the session move to their own topics #critlib
  110. @EamonTewell Then next step is how to add the #critlib to working with their topics. It's hard and has few easy answers.
  111. Big thanks for the examples (like sample topics & searches) of incorporating #critlib in instruction!
  112. Q3 always try to raise issues of affordability, accessibility, safety/power/risk differences, when tlkg abt tech +/- policy choices #critlib
  113. Q3 Also, I don't do canned searches in info lit session, I take suggestions from the audience. Where I work, that's primarily WOC. #critlib
  114. @jacobsberg See, I'm at a heavily white institution, though a near even men/women split #critlib
  115. @kyledenlinger Yes. Like in many other places, power on Wikipedia is "path dependent," and self-reinforcing. #critlib
  116. @CCIBoston Right. W/o shared political understanding & vocab, where do we hang critical action. It's like trying to climb an egg. #critlib
  117. @siuhongyu I find sharing a bystander story shows vulnerability&humility w/out misinterpretion that can accompany perpetrator story #critlib
  118. @CCIBoston yes, agreed. Do you think shared vocab can be developed on something like twitter? #critlib
  119. @edrabinski #critlib is there a shared political vocabulary in crit ped and should there be? What are the consequences?
  120. @edrabinski critical axn needs 2happen everyday. But I guess I have to ask what the goal? #critlib
  121. If the goal is liberation, then one of us winning still means we all lose. #critlib
  122. @CCIBoston Agree. Those shared vocabs are built in context, through diff kinds of work together than chat, in my experience. #critlib
  123. Question 4: How else have you used critical library pedagogy in your work, including outside of instruction? How might you?
  124. Q4 How else have you used critical library pedagogy in your work, including outside of instruction? How might you? #critlib
  125. Q4: I don't know yet! But I do know that everytime I have to talk about what makes a source scholarly i need pnts in the karma bank #critlib
  126. Q4: I actually think about crit. lib. ped. to help me understand attitudes and info flow in my tech classes. #critlib
  127. Q4 Some sites of critical ped outside the classroom are what materials we choose & how we describe them: collections & cataloging. #critlib
  128. @catladylib This is good stuff. I'm glad y'all are here for the *library* part of this discussion. Learning a lot. ;) #critlib
  129. Q4 i've informally mentioned reddit's r/scholar sub to demo ways one might subvert trad access channels #critlib
  130. Q4 I am always trying to learn about #critlib and find ways to incorporate it in my daily life. Info is part of everything we read/see.
  131. Q4 recent convos abt #cancelcolbert got me thinking about privilege, satire, and race. How do we have constructive convos abt this? #critlib
  132. @catladylib That would be a really interesting convo starter on authority! #critlib
  133. @catladylib Using current events like that for discussion then search to find more info are great ways to get students involved #critlib
  134. @catladylib Maybe by recognizing up front there's not one right answer. Then we can proceed to talk about privilege & perspective. #critlib
  135. @dankrutka oh exactly!! That's so major. Ppl see issues in black+white, but many SJ issues are intersectional. #critlib
  136. @catladylib I work with a lot of classes on "mapping controversy" -- talking about the value of satire vs "facts" #critlib
  137. @kellymce I had so many people tell me what satire was on Fri. I couldn't roll my eyes enough. #critlib
  138. Q4 critical pedagogy easily applies to reference, but I'm curious to take it to work as faculty liaison, in college committees #critlib
  139. @librarybell It would be important to have the convo when discussing assignments, readings, etc. with teaching faculty #critlib
  140. @librarybell I'm preparing for this conversation with our critical identity studies department. We should trade notes. #critlib
  141. Q4 think a big part of #critlib is also inspiring action in students so getting them to have a stake and move beyond classroom is important
  142. Q4 I am working on how I can bring #critlib into working w/ student employees - how to make their work meaningful for them
  143. Q4 It is imperative to demonstrate as a librarian that we take action, too. #critlib
  144. My students are underprivileged - isn't that different than teaching privileged students? #critlib
  145. Q4 I do lots of e-learning stuff, which itself is problematic w/r/t privilege. #critlib
  146. If ppl were to call us racist, sexist, ableist, classist, homophobic, would they be wrong? Do we have the tools to self reflect? #critlib
  147. Q4 is hard 4 me. As a POC, there are certain exp. that I cannot convey to others in a classroom, espec. if it's a 1-shot. #critlib
  148. @catladylib Not always necessary to convey exp, IMO -- can be more important to hint at the Qs/complications. #critlib
  149. .@hrheingold talks about "crap detection" w ex of MLK site run by racist group that shows in search results:  #critlib
  150. @dankrutka @hrheingold that one's (too?) well-known in our library circles. most of their hits prob come from us teaching it. #critlib
  151. .@dankrutka @hrheingold was using that site as an example too, but started to worry about triggers, trying to be more cognizant of #critlib
  152. Q4 another outside the classroom approach to critical pedagogy is hiring: POC, parents returning to workforce, etc. #critlib
  153. Q4 think a big part of #critlib is also inspiring action in students so getting them to have a stake and move beyond classroom is important
  154. Question 5: What are some resources you'd recommend for future readings? Or resources in general?
  155. Keep convo going! But adding in Q5 as a side note: What are some resources you'd recommend for future readings? Or resources in gen #critlib
  156. Q5: Seale, M. (2013). The Neoliberal Library. Information Literacy and Social Justice: Radical Professional Praxis, 39–61. #critlib
  157. I have to head out -- I loved this and y'all are great. Thanks for the inspiration and ideas! #critlib
  158. Q5 FYI, I'll be collecting these recs into the Zotero group #critlib
  159. Q5 bell hooks, henry giroux, jacques rancière, paolo freire, saul alinsky are all people I think of when I think of #critlib and pedagogy
  160. Wrapping up with some pitches and a round of thanks:
  161. Also, keep eye on our cheat sheet for future updates  + next chat = next week, then ev oth week from now on! #critlib
  162. Thanks so much for chatting/participating, or even lurking this hour! Great convos, we will see you next week! #critlib
  163. Thanks to the awesome folks of #critlib for my daily dose of faith in humanity. Tune in next week!
  164. And Community Change Boston concluded with some important food for thought:
  165. Q6: does anyone ever have 2b accountable 2 the ppl most affected by the work? #critlib
  166. Not really q6. Not trying to coopt permutate or mutate anything here. #critlib
  167. My quarrel with twitter for nuanced convos: Built for assertions, not inquiry. Character limit encourages me to STATE FIRMLY. #critlib
  168. @CCIBoston I want to increase access to structures of power by sharing knowledge about how those structures work. I think. #critlib
  169. It is important to remember: you don’t have to dismantle white supremacy in a single one shot. But you can find ways to critique. #critlib
  170. so @CCIBoston is talking critical librarianship. Might the homie @SeerGenius be behind some of this awesomeness? #critlib
  171. @kellymce It's fun to imagine dismantling white supremacy with a one-shot library instruction, though. :) #critlib #mightylibrarians
  172. No, we can't dismantle white supremacy in a single shot. But it does require us to invest in our de(con)struction. Can we do that? #critlib