Critical Librarianship

Critical Librarianship: Moving from Practice to Praxis

4 July 2017

12.00pm-1.00pm QLD, NSW, ACT, Vic, Tas
11.30am-12.30pm NT, SA
10.00am-11:00am WA

Online Via Zoom: Simply click on the following link and follow the prompts to install Zoom and participate:

The materials from the session are now available: recording (40 mins, audio only or audio & video options available) and PowerPoint Slides

As librarians our work takes us to the nexus of communities, information, and power. Critical Librarianship is a movement within the profession that calls on us to develop a praxis of librarianship by looking closely at how our work impacts and is impacted by structures of domination. Using a range of methodologies often marginalized within mainstream LIS literature, Critical Librarianship examines the political economy of information, the history of LIS, and our practices to develop new narratives about the profession and to define new potentials for the future direction of librarianship. Drawing on transdisciplinary theoretical work about structural inequality, critical pedagogy and race studies, First Peoples perspectives, feminisms and queer theories, Critical Librarianship seeks to build a discourse within the profession that can move us beyond the politics of practicality and the narrow focus on empiricism that has largely defined our literature and practice.


Mandy Henk is a librarian, writer, and activist. A founding member of the People’s Library at Occupy Wall Street and author of Economy, Ecology, Equity: The Path to a Carbon Neutral Library, her work focuses on the political economy of librarianship and the intersection between neoliberalism, the profession, and libraries. She currently lives in New Zealand.


For those not able to attend the seminar, you can follow along via Twitter at #lisraproject