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Reaching Toward the Margins:
Critical Librarianship in Academia

Date: Friday, November 10, 2017

Location: Oklahoma State University-Tulsa
700 North Greenwood Avenue, Tulsa, OK 74106

You may have heard of critical librarianship before, but what does it mean? In simple terms, it’s the idea that the traditional models of library service need to be critiqued, in order to ensure that we are continuing to support and empower those we serve. CritLib asks questions like, “How do libraries address imbalances of power and privilege?” “What does the patron contribute to the information discovery process?” “How do gatekeepers like publishers, database providers, and libraries themselves hinder diversity?” and “Is neutrality ethical, or even achievable?”

Special Guest Speaker:
Dr. James K. Elmborg
Director of the University of Alabama’s
School of Library and Information Studies

James Elmborg became Director of the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Alabama in fall of 2017. Before moving to Alabama, he was Professor and past Director of the School of Library and Information Science at University of Iowa. His scholarship explores institutional practices in the changing cultures of universities and libraries, especially practices that define how we shape relationships with students and faculty. He is especially interested in questioning fossilized practices that no longer make sense but still are clearly defined in theory. He was an academic librarian for four years before becoming a SLIS faculty member. Before that, he was an English instructor at the high school and college levels.