Critical Theory for Library and Information Science

Exploring the Social from Across the Disciplines

Author: Gloria J. Leckie,Lisa M. Given,John Buschman

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 159158938X

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 326

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This text provides an overview of major critical theorists from across disciplines—including the humanities, social sciences, and education—that discusses the importance of these critical perspectives for the advancement of LIS research and scholarship. * A basic bibliography of the theorist's work follows each topic presentation; some chapters also include works of critical commentary on the theorist's writings * Indexes of key terms and concepts are provided throughout the chapters

Progressive Community Action

Critical Theory and Social Justice in Library and Information Science

Author: Bharat Mehra,Kevin Rioux

Publisher: Library Juice Press

ISBN: 9781936117659

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 382

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Social justice in library and information science (LIS) seeks to achieve action-oriented, socially relevant impacts through information work. This edited volume includes papers that explore intersections between critical theory and social justice in LIS while focusing on social relevance and community involvement to promote progressive community-wide changes. Contributors include LIS researchers, practitioners, educators, social justice advocates, and community leaders who identify theories, methods, approaches, strategies, and case studies that apply these intersections in mobilizing community action to deliver tangible community building and development outcomes. The frame of study is inclusive of (though not limited to) academic, public, school, and special libraries, museums, archives, and other information-related settings. An international context of analysis is included along with a focus on social impact and community involvement in LIS practice and research, education, policy development, service design, and program implementation.

Knowledge and Knowing in Library and Information Science

A Philosophical Framework

Author: John Budd

Publisher: Scarecrow Press

ISBN: 0810840251

Category: Education

Page: 361

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This landmark work traces the heritage of thought, from the beginnings of modern science in the seventeenth century, until today, that has influenced the profession of library and information science.

Social Justice and Library Work

A Guide to Theory and Practice

Author: Stephen Bales

Publisher: Chandos Publishing

ISBN: 0081017588

Category: Social Science

Page: 200

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Although they may not have always been explicitly stated, library work has always had normative goals. Until recently, such goals have largely been abstract; they are things like knowledge creation, education, forwarding science, preserving history, supporting democracy, and safeguarding civilization. The modern spirit of social and cultural critique, however, has focused our attention on the concrete, material relationships that determine human potentiality and opportunity, and library workers are increasingly seeing the institution of the library, as well as library work, as embedded in a web of relations that extends beyond the library’s traditional sphere of influence. In light of this critical consciousness, more and more library and information science professionals are coming to see themselves as change agents and front-line advocates of social justice issues. This book will serve as a guide for those library workers and related information professionals that disregard traditional ideas of "library neutrality" and static, idealized conceptions of Western culture. The book will work as an entry point for those just forming a consciousness oriented towards social justice work and will be also be of value to more experienced "transformative library workers" as an up-to-date supplement to their praxis. Justifies the use of a variety of theoretical and practical resources for effecting positive change Explores the role of the librarian as change agents

The Politics of Theory and the Practice of Critical Librarianship

Author: Karen P. Nicholson,Maura Seale

Publisher: Library Juice Press

ISBN: 9781634000307

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 276

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This book features original research, reflective essays and conversations, and dialogues that consider the relationships between theory, practice, and critical librarianship through the lenses of the histories of librarianship, intellectual and activist communities, professional practices, and underexplored epistemologies and ways of knowing.

Information Experience

Approaches to Theory and Practice

Author: Christine Bruce,Helen Partridge,Kate Davis,Hilary Hughes,Ian Stoodley

Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing

ISBN: 1783508167

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 368

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This book comprises innovative research on the information behavior of various age groups. It also looks at special populations such as ethnic minorities, indigenous peoples, and users with disabilities. The book presents research and reflections on designing systems that help the new generation cope with a complex knowledge society.

Libraries, Classrooms, and the Interests of Democracy

Marking the Limits of Neoliberalism

Author: John Buschman

Publisher: Scarecrow Press

ISBN: 0810885298

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 288

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In this volume, Buschman provides a history of marketing and advertising and their entanglements with democracy, education, and libraries. He then engages Democratic Theory and the framework it provides to critique neoliberalism’s influences. A final chapter traces the trajectory of neoliberalism and educative institutions on our democracy. Throughout, the book makes clear that issues concerning public educative institutions in a democracy are political. A provocative and engaging book, Libraries, Classrooms, and the Interests of Democracy should be required reading for anyone interested in the challenges facing libraries today.

Information Services to Diverse Populations: Developing Culturally Competent Library Professionals

Author: Nicole A. Cooke

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 144083461X

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 166

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Filling a gap in the existing library and information science literature, this book consolidates recent research and best practices to address the need for diversity and social justice in the training and education of LIS professionals. • Addresses perennially important and emerging hot topics in librarianship, such as diversity, cultural competence, and social responsibility • Updates the ongoing discussion on cultural competence and diversity with new concepts, such as critical race theory • Authored by an expert who actively teaches and conducts research in the subject areas of library instruction and information literacy as well as diversity and social justice in librarianship

Re-envisioning the MLS

Perspectives on the Future of Library and Information Science Education

Author: Johnna Percell,Lindsay C. Sarin,Paul T. Jaeger,John Carlo Bertot

Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing

ISBN: 1787548856

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 264

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At the heart of any discussion about the future of libraries is the future of librarians—and how well our instructional programs, especially the Master of Library Science (MLS) degree, prepare them for their careers. This book continues the critical conversations around preparing future librarians.

Information Technology in Librarianship

New Critical Approaches

Author: Gloria J. Leckie

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 1591586291

Category: Computers

Page: 297

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A host of faculty and practitioners consider how and why information technology is vital to the future of the profession, as well as caveats against over/underreliance.

Critical Theory: A Very Short Introduction

Author: Stephen Eric Bronner

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0190692693

Category: Philosophy

Page: 168

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Critical theory emerged in the 1920s from the work of the Frankfurt School, the circle of German-Jewish academics who sought to diagnose -- and, if at all possible, cure -- the ills of society, particularly fascism and capitalism. In this book, Stephen Eric Bronner provides sketches of leading representatives of the critical tradition (such as George Lukács and Ernst Bloch, Theodor Adorno and Walter Benjamin, Herbert Marcuse and Jurgen Habermas) as well as many of its seminal texts and empirical investigations. This Very Short Introduction sheds light on the cluster of concepts and themes that set critical theory apart from its more traditional philosophical competitors. Bronner explains and discusses concepts such as method and agency, alienation and reification, the culture industry and repressive tolerance, non-identity and utopia. He argues for the introduction of new categories and perspectives for illuminating the obstacles to progressive change and focusing upon hidden transformative possibilities. In this newly updated second edition, Bronner targets new academic interests, broadens his argument, and adapts it to a global society amid the resurgence of right-wing politics and neo-fascist movements.

Critique of Violence

Between Poststructuralism and Critical Theory

Author: Beatrice Hanssen

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317835107

Category: Philosophy

Page: 320

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Critique of Violence is a highly original and lucid investigation of the heated controversy between poststructuralism and critical theory. Leading theorist Beatrice Hanssen uses Walter Benjamin's essay 'Critique of Violence' as a guide to analyse the contentious debate, shifting the emphasis from struggle to dialogue between the two parties. Regarding the questions of critique and violence as the major meeting points between both traditions, Hanssen positions herself between the two in an effort to investigate what critical theory and poststructuralism have to offer each other. In the course of doing so, she assembles imaginative new readings of Benjamin, Arendt, Fanon and Foucault, and incisively explores the politics of recognition, the violence of language, and the future of feminist theory. This groundbreaking book will be essential reading for all students of continental philosophy, political theory, social studies and comparative literature. Also available in this series: Essays on Otherness Hb: 0-415-13107-3: £50.00 Pb: 0-415-13108-1: £15.99 Hegel After Derrida Hb: 0-415-17104-4: £50.00 Pb: 0-415-17105-9: £15.99 The Hypocritical Imagination Hb: 0-415-21361-4: £47.50 Pb: 0-415-21362-2: £15.99 Philosophy and Tragedy Hb: 0-415-19141-6: £45.00 Pb: 0-415-19142-4: £14.99 Textures of Light Hb: 0-415-14273-3: £42.50 Pb: 0-415-14274-1: £13.99 Very Little ... Almost Nothing Pb: 0-415-12821-8: £47.50 Pb: 0-415-12822-6: £15.99

Encyclopedia of Information Science and Technology, Third Edition

Author: Khosrow-Pour, Mehdi

Publisher: IGI Global

ISBN: 1466658894

Category: Computers

Page: 10384

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"This 10-volume compilation of authoritative, research-based articles contributed by thousands of researchers and experts from all over the world emphasized modern issues and the presentation of potential opportunities, prospective solutions, and future directions in the field of information science and technology"--Provided by publisher.

The Library as Place

History, Community, and Culture

Author: John Buschman,Gloria J. Leckie

Publisher: Libraries Unltd Incorporated

ISBN: 9781591583820

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 260

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The Library as Place is an edited collection of 14 original papers, which provide diverse and wide-ranging perspectives on the role of the library as a physical, social and intellectual place.

Information Systems

Process and practice

Author: Christine Urquhart,Faten Hamad,Dina Tbaishat,Alison Yeoman

Publisher: Facet Publishing

ISBN: 1783302410

Category: Computers

Page: 288

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This new book takes a holistic view of information architecture to offer information professionals a vital critical analysis of library and information service architecture with discussion of methods, tools, techniques, and trends. The editors argue that library assessment literature has primarily dealt with performance measurement and change management strategies, leaving little on the ways of looking at the process architecture of library and information services and on methods for business process analysis. Information Systems: Process and practice aims to fill that gap with a combination of theory and supporting case studies, written by an international line-up of contributors. This book: discusses research and methods that help libraries and information services work from strategic business objectives through to the organisation of processes that support the information services offeredopens a new area of research/investigation on the link between information behaviour research and information systems and architecture, illustrated by case studies and projectsuses introductory sections and chapter commentary from the editors to draw the discussions together. This will be essential reading for researchers in Information Science, specifically in the areas of digital libraries, information architecture and information systems. It will also be useful for practitioners and students in these areas seeking to understand research issues and challenges and to discover how they have been handled in practice elsewhere.

Critical Theory

Current State and Future Prospects

Author: Peter Uwe Hohendahl,Jaimey Fisher

Publisher: Berghahn Books

ISBN: 9781571812360

Category: Philosophy

Page: 208

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The retirement of the distinguished philosopher Jürgen Habermas from his chair at the University of Frankfurt signalled an important caesura in the history of Critical Theory: the transition from the Habermasian project, to different forms of inquiry in the work of the next generation. This change-over happens at a time when it has become clear that Habermas's systematic exploration of communicative rationality has reached the point where both its achievements and its limitations had become evident. The essays collected in this volume address the problems connected with this transition, partly by returning to the insights of the first generation (Adorno and Benjamin), partly by focusing on questions raised by Habermas's work. Whatever the difference in the authors' positions, this collection gains its unity through their common interest in the significance and value of Critical Theory today and in its future as a philosophical project.

Theory Development in the Information Sciences

Author: Diane H. Sonnenwald

Publisher: University of Texas Press

ISBN: 1477309063

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 343

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Emerging as a discipline in the first half of the twentieth century, the information sciences study how people, groups, organizations, and governments create, share, disseminate, manage, search, access, evaluate, and protect information, as well as how different technologies and policies can facilitate and constrain these activities. Given the broad span of the information sciences, it is perhaps not surprising that there is no consensus regarding its underlying theory—the purposes of it, the types of it, or how one goes about developing new theories to talk about new research questions. Diane H. Sonnenwald and the contributors to this volume seek to shed light on these issues by sharing reflections on the theory-development process. These reflections are not meant to revolve around data collection and analysis; rather, they focus on the struggles, challenges, successes, and excitement of developing theories. The particular theories that the contributors explore in their essays range widely, from theories of literacy and reading to theories of design and digital search. Several chapters engage with theories of the behavior of individuals and groups; some deal with processes of evaluation; others reflect on questions of design; and the rest treat cultural and scientific heritage. The ultimate goal, Sonnenwald writes in her introduction, is to “encourage, inspire, and assist individuals striving to develop and/or teach theory development.”

Critical Theory and Social Media

Between Emancipation and Commodification

Author: Thomas Allmer

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317612310

Category: Social Science

Page: 214

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Social media platforms such as Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter are enormously popular: they are continuously ranked among the most frequently accessed websites worldwide. However there are as yet few studies which combine critical theoretical and empirical research in the context of digital and social media. The aim of this book is to study the constraints and emancipatory potentials of new media and to assess to what extent digital and social media can contribute to strengthen the idea of the communication and network commons, and a commons-based information society. ? Based on a critical theory and political economy approach, this book explores: the foundational concepts of a critical theory of media, technology, and society users’ knowledge, attitudes, and practices towards the antagonistic character and the potentials and risks of social media whether technological and/or social changes are required in order to bring about real social media and human liberation. Critical Theory and Social Media examines both academic discourse on, and users’ responses to, new media, making it a valuable tool for international scholars and students of sociology, media and communication studies, social theory, new media, and information society studies. Its clear and interesting insights into corporate practices of the global new media sector will mean that it appeals to critical social media users around the world.

The Oxford Handbook of Critical Management Studies

Author: Mats Alvesson,Todd Bridgman,Hugh Willmott

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 0199237719

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 582

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Critical Management Studies (CMS) has emerged as a movement that questions the authority and relevance of much mainstream thinking and practice. Critical of established practices and institutional arrangements, it challenges many orthodoxies in management and organization studies. This Handbook maps the terrain of CMS today.