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AbstractSince the 1970s, advocates of neoliberalism have influenced American higher education to adopt a business model focused on quantifiable metrics. Market-driven solutions have become the new “common sense.” Yet these forces are largely invisible to academic librarians. Although some scholarship exists on the effect of neoliberal policies on libraries, little focuses on academic reference services. This exploratory content analysis examines discourse in reference-related articles in Journal...
AbstractThe purpose of this qualitative study was to understand the opportunities and desired outcomes of makerspaces in libraries from young people’s perspectives. A total of 21 young people at two library makerspaces were recruited. Data collection methods included field observations, individual interviews, photovoice, and focus groups. Findings showed that young people were driven to participate in makerspace activities for the opportunities to make, to learn, to hang out, and to engage in pe...
AbstractHow free is the public domain? What protocols govern its access and use? While debating the rights in traditional culture at the World Intellectual Property Organization in Geneva, delegates from developed countries have countered calls by Indigenous representatives for stronger access controls on Indigenous heritage, citing the importance of the public domain. In this article I critically assess this argument in light of how heritage institutions manage access to and reuse of public dom...
AbstractThe lack of diversity in the library profession means that the experiences of librarians of color are often ignored, and librarians from the dominant white cultural group are unaware of the challenges their colleagues face. In an interpretative phenomenological analysis study, the theme of uniqueness and difference emerged to describe the effects of the racial/ethnic identity of eight librarians of color on the lived experience of their work. Aspects of this theme are discussed in detail...
AbstractIn a politically charged social climate, many disciplines are inwardly grappling with historic ideologies and systems of oppression. In information science, critical librarianship seeks to disrupt normative approaches to library work by confronting these ideologies and systems, empowering both library workers and users to understand how these structures affect access and dissemination of information. In industrial design, critical design challenges the status quo by posing troublesome de...
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