LITA President Thomas Dowling welcomes Dr. Safiya Noble, who will speak about how the landscape of information is rapidly shifting as new imperatives and demands push to the fore increasing investment in digital technologies, despite the consequences of increased surveillance and lack of privacy, which are changing our information engagements. Increasingly, critical information scholars are demonstrating how digital technology and its narratives are shaped by and infused with values that are not impartial, disembodied, or lacking positionality. Technologies consist of a set of social practices, situated within the dynamics of race, gender, class, and control. In this talk, Safiya Umoja Noble, Assistant Professor in the Department of Information Studies at UCLA, will discuss the importance of the library community to offer models of intervention through research, practice, and teaching. Her research examines the linkages to power struggles over representation on the web and in the digital library, and the consequences of marginalization and misrepresentation in commercial information platforms like Google search, particularly for communities living under increasing surveillance and precarity. This talk is co-sponsored by ALA’s Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services and the Black Caucus of the American Library Association.
Meeting Type: President's Program
Interests: Emerging Technologies, Technology, Trends and Forecasting, Diversity, Social Change
Type of Library: Academic, Consortium, Library School, Nonprofit, Public
Cost: Included with full conference registration.
Department of Information Studies in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at UCLA