About This Session:
This webinar will look at Critical Librarianship, often referred to as "Critlib," a growing movement within the library community. At the end of this webinar (followed by an optional interactive discussion on Slack), participants will be able to broadly define critical librarianship and situate it within the context of other progressive library movements. Two library professionals will share their research and experiences. Facilitator Kailey Brisbin is excited to welcome:
* Karen Nicholson, Manager, Information Literacy, at the University of Guelph
* Sam Popowich, Discovery and Web Services Librarian, University of Alberta
Join the Virtual Journal Club:
Please join the OCULA Virtual Journal Club (VJC) on Slack following this webinar. VJC webinars will be paired with relevant readings (both academic and non-academic in nature) and will be followed by a facilitated virtual discussion about the texts. We hope this discussion will provide participants with the opportunity to continue the conversation beyond the webinar, critically evaluate the relevant literature, and build communities of practice.
About the OCULA Free Webinar Series:
Within such a diverse sector, it can be difficult to keep up to date on all of the issues that arise. In response to the challenges faced by those working in libraries, and in an effort to share knowledge and increase awareness on current topics in academic libraries, we have developed a series of free webinars. Over the next year, OCULA will be partnering with experts on a variety of topics to offer four free webinars on topics that we think are important to librarians and library staff. In these webinars, several presenters will come together to share their unique perspectives on a topic with the audience. From exploring core theories to applications in practice, our presenters will share how academic library staff can get involved as well as discuss the challenges that they might encounter.
Participants will be able to articulate what critical librarianship is. Participants will have a better understanding of how critical librarianship applies to different areas of library work be able to identify personal entry points to apply tenets of critical librarianship to their professional practice. Participants will understand how Marxism can function as a critical theory within librarianship Participants will understand the intimate connection between theory and practice in Marxism.