How to Be a #critlib: Reflections on Implementing Critical Theory in Practice

Jacob Vangeest, Blake Hawkins


In recent years, there has been an increasing interest among groups of librarians regarding the use and implementation of critical theories in librarianship. As a result of these discourses, there has been a growth in engagement with topics such as social justice, race, gender, and sexuality which previously had been perceived as taboo or outside of the scope of the field. Social media, such as Twitter, has been integral in mobilizing knowledge and transnational heurism associated with this scholarly movement. One problem with this movement is that many librarians feel that they do not have the foreknowledge necessary to properly engage in these scholarly and professional dialogues. The purpose of this paper is to serve as an introduction to these spaces. Our hope is that through exposure to these spaces, librarians and library students will be more likely to engage in these spaces and discussion.


critical librarianship; instruction methodologies; critical pedagogy; library practice

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