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#critlead: Practicing Critical Librarianship from Positions of Power

Monday, May 2

This course is now full.

Monday, May 2 – Sunday, May 29, 2022

In this unique course designed for library leaders with an appetite for change and social justice, Emma Karin Eriksson, Meredith Farkas, and Chelsea Jordan-Makely will unpack the potential uses of theory in undoing the harmful aspects of library culture that stand as obstacles to transformative change. To do so, we’ll examine the roots of librarianship in scientific management and capitalism, and then look to ideas that will be useful in undoing the outdated social constructs that shape library work and cause harm to the communities we purport to serve. Our goal is to give participants a more complete view of the big picture and tools to lead their organizations toward transparent, collaborative, and values-driven practices, and to bring forth radical change in librarianship and our respective communities. This course will feature readings and other resources that have been helpful to the instructors in their development as leaders and empaths attempting to “unlearn” colonialism and white supremacy. Each week, we’ll offer prompts and create space for critical reflection, and encourage participants towards action. By the end of the course, participants will be better able to identify and describe bureaucracy in their organizations and be able to apply critical theory and slow librarianship to dismantle, reform, or propose alternatives to these structures. Moreover, participants will have gained more perspective and tools to continue their praxis in their work environments and personal lives.

CALL SPONSORED: CALL is offering a limited number of free seats to California library staff in this Library Juice Academy course. Please use the link above to register for one of these no-cost seats. In order to gain the most impact from learning events sponsored by the CALL grant we ask that all participants engage fully (attend, participate, discuss and share). If you are unable or not willing to agree to this, please be kind and leave a seat or place for someone else.


Library Juice Academy
#critlead: Practicing Critical Librarianship from Positions of Power