Libraries, Power, and Justice: Toward a Sociohistorically Informed Intellectual Freedom
CitationSeiter, Alessandra. 2018. "Libraries, Power, and Justice: Toward a Sociohistorically Informed Intellectual Freedom." Progressive Librarian, 47: 107-117.
AbstractThis paper critically examines the concept of intellectual freedom (IF) and the central role it plays in the U.S. library and information science (LIS) profession, challenging the concept’s assumed basis in neutrality and demonstrating the active barrier it presents in its current implementation to existing and future social justice efforts. Thee paper argues that if LIS is to move from making ineffective calls for equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) to actively working for justice within and beyond the field, then it must adopt an understanding of IF that fundamentally considers the sociohistorical context of power in LIS, the United States, and the world.
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