June 20, 2019

Journal Article/Case Report: “A Partnership Between Academic and Public Librarians: ‘What the Health’ Workshop Series”

The following article appears in the Journal of the Medical Library Association.

Title

A Partnership Between Academic and Public Librarians: ‘What the Health’ Workshop Series

Authors

Jessica A. Koos
Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY

Jamie Saragoss
Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY

Gregg A. Stevens
Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY

Salvatore Filosa
Port Jefferson Free Library, Port Jefferson, NY

Source

Journal of the Medical Library Association
Vol 107, No 2 (2019)
DOI: 10.5195/jmla.2019.564

Abstract

The Medical Library Association recently announced its commitment to diversity and inclusion. While this is a positive start, critical librarianship takes the crucial concepts of diversity and inclusion one step further by advocating for social justice action and the dismantling of oppressive institutional structures, including white supremacy, patriarchy, and capitalism. Critical librarianship takes many forms but, at its root, is focused on interrogating and disrupting inequitable systems, including changing racist cataloging rules, creating student-driven information literacy instruction, supporting inclusive and ethical publishing models, and rejecting the notion of libraries as neutral spaces. This article presents examples of the application of critical practice in libraries as well as ideas for applying critical librarianship to the health sciences.

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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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