Questioning Library Neutrality

Questioning Library Neutrality

by Alison Lewis
     
 

Questioning Library Neutrality: Essays from Progressive Librarian presents essays that relate to neutrality in librarianship in a philosophical or practical sense, and sometimes both. They are a selection of essays originally published in Progressive Librarian, the journal of the Progressive Librarians Guild, presented in the chronological order of their… See more details below

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Questioning Library Neutrality: Essays from Progressive Librarian presents essays that relate to neutrality in librarianship in a philosophical or practical sense, and sometimes both. They are a selection of essays originally published in Progressive Librarian, the journal of the Progressive Librarians Guild, presented in the chronological order of their appearance there. These essays, some by academics and some by passionate practitioners, offer a set of critiques of the notion of neutrality as it governs professional activity, focusing on the importance of meaningful engagement in the social sphere.

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Library neutrality, which means not favoring one agenda over another, is often assumed in library materials selection, programming, and patron services. This collection of essays first published in Progressive Librarian not only provides a solid history on the concept and philosophy of library neutrality, it also offers evidence that even libraries striving to create a politically neutral environment often fall short owing to the restrictions of the information framework in place. Progressive Librarians Guild cofounder Mark Rosenzweig's 1991 opening essay, "Politics and Anti-Politics in Librarianship," provides an excellent entry point to understanding why the profession should be concerned with library neutrality. Arranged chronologically, the essays dip into key issues and events surrounding library activism and social responsibility. Highlights are Ann Sparanese's response to being "the librarian [who] saved [Michael Moore's] Stupid White Men" ("Activist Librarianship: Heritage or Heresy") and Joseph Good's closing observation, "The Hottest Place in Hell: The Crisis of Neutrality in Contemporary Librarianship." As there is little scholarship in this area, this title provides a much-needed overview. Editor Lewis is the coordinator for the American Library Association's Social Responsibilities Round Table and faculty member at Drexel University's College of Information Science and Technology. Recommended for all library professionals, as well as library school faculty and students.
—Dodie Ownes

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ISBN-13:
9780977861774
Publisher:
Litwin Books
Publication date:
04/01/2008
Pages:
156
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.33(d)

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