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Towards a critical (art) librarianship: theories and practices

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Chelsea College of Arts, University of the Arts London (UAL)

16 John Islip Street

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Aim of the day

Libraries have long been concerned with ideas of social justice, and with supporting the potentially marginalised voice, and university libraries are now also collaborating with decolonisation movements in their institutions.

The aim of the day is to discuss theoretical perspectives on the notions of critical (and radical) librarianship and libraries as non-neutral spaces, to see how these ideas might provide frameworks to contextualise and support these critically engaged practices in libraries.

The practices shared are mainly from within art and design libraries, archives and special collections, but are not limited to that context.

This event is for anyone, librarian, archivist, activist, academic or student who is interested in discussing these ideas and sharing their practice.


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The venue is The Banqueting Suite, Block A, Chelsea College of Arts, and starts with registration from 09.00, and Welcome at 09.30 (Nearest tube is Pimlico)

The event is free, but booking is required.

A sandwich lunch is provided.

The day ends with a drinks reception from 4.30.

Speakers

Our Keynote speaker is Emily Drabinski, Coordinator of Library Instruction at Long Island University, Brooklyn.

Other external speakers include:

Katherine Quinn (University of Warwick) on Radical librarianship in the HE sector

Althea Greenan (Goldsmiths, University of London) on Critically informed practices relating to archives and special collections

Stephanie Moran (Iniva) on Perspectives on critical librarianship from the Stuart Hall Library

UAL Library staff will present some examples of our emerging practices that might be framed within a context of critical librarianship,

Image credit: (Alys Tomlison) Artist: Diego Ulrich

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