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Critical Librarianship In Health Sciences Libraries: An Introduction, Claire Sharifi, Jill Barr-Walker Jan 2019

Critical Librarianship In Health Sciences Libraries: An Introduction, Claire Sharifi, Jill Barr-Walker

Gleeson Library Faculty and Staff Research and Scholarship

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 …