ALA Unit/Subunit: LLAMA
Meeting Type: Program
Cost: Included with full conference registration.
How do librarians achieve their values in a highly partisan information environment characterized by growing Ideological division?
The presenter will analyze arguments against Library Neutrality presented in the book Questioning Library Neutrality (2008), in the recent discourse of critical librarianship, and in ALA presentations such as “’But We’re Neutral!’ ” (SF 2015). Then, he will present a defense of Neutrality based on Wayne Bivens-Tatum’s book Libraries and the Enlightenment (2012), which traces the values of librarianship to ideals developed by 18th Century Enlightenment thinkers.
The goal is to generate debate about library ethics leading to deeper understanding in trying times.