Critical Librarianship

Toni Samek, who teaches at the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Alberta, has written a new book: Librarianship and Human Rights: A Twenty-first century guide.  She also chairs the Advisory Board on Intellectual Freedom of the CLA.  

Her book is grounded in the idea of critical librarianship, which sees librarians and as active participants in struggles for human rights – especially those enunciated in the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

For Samek, the core values of librarianship are connected with information ethics and global information justice. Moreover, these values are necessarily linked with issues of intellectual freedom, intellectual property, censorship, academic freedom, workplace speech, and national security policies – to name a few. There’s an interview with Samek over at PLG Reads, in which she expands on these ideas.

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