The Neoliberal Library

Seale, Maura . The Neoliberal Library., 2013 In: Information Literacy and Social Justice: Radical Professional Praxis. Library Juice Press, pp. 39-61. [Book chapter]

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English abstract

Information literacy, from its emergence to its recent formulation, has and continues to uncritically adopt and reproduce neoliberalism within a closed discursive system that works to deny alternative conceptions of library pedagogy and instruction. The knowledge produced by librarianship and information literacy discursive practices is an enactment of power that naturalizes and authorizes neoliberalism and constrains the questioning of inequalities. Library instruction and pedagogy specifically and librarianship more generally need to begin promoting an awareness of the fields' embeddedness within a neoliberal political and economic context, and engaging critically with that context.

English abstract

Item type: Book chapter
Keywords: information literacy, social justice, critical theory, neoliberalism
Subjects: A. Theoretical and general aspects of libraries and information. > AB. Information theory and library theory.
A. Theoretical and general aspects of libraries and information. > AC. Relationship of LIS with other fields .
B. Information use and sociology of information > BC. Information in society.
B. Information use and sociology of information > BD. Information society.
C. Users, literacy and reading. > CE. Literacy.
Depositing user: Maura Seale
Date deposited: 25 Oct 2013 00:00
Last modified: 02 Oct 2014 12:28
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10760/20497

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