Critical Concepts in LIS: Research, Teaching, and Practice

$175.00

Dates: January 4 - January 31

Credits: 1.5 CEUs or 15 PDHs

This course is an exploration of various concepts of criticalness in library and information science, paying special attention to how criticalness can and should influence our research, teaching, and practice. Concepts covered would include critical theory, critical pedagogy, and critical action in direct relation to research, teaching, and practice respectively. Other critical concepts will also be explored including critical librarianship, critical information literacy, and critical consciousness. These would all be explored from a BIPOC perspective and highlight minoritarian thought such as Black critical theory, feminist pedagogies, social justice work, etc. The critical theory unit, for instance, would explore why critical theory is important to LIS research and look to examples of research that exemplify the incorporation of other types of critical theory such as those that come from the Black radical tradition or Indigenous knowledge systems. While there are courses that discuss one or two of these concepts, this course is different in that it would provide an overview of several critical concepts and how they can be used to improve and advance LIS scholarship.

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1.5 CEUs or 15 PDHs

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We accept registrations through the first week of classes, unless enrollment is full, and unless the class was canceled before it started due to low enrollment.

Course Description

This course is an exploration of various concepts of criticalness in library and information science, paying special attention to how criticalness can and should influence our research, teaching, and practice. Concepts covered would include critical theory, critical pedagogy, and critical action in direct relation to research, teaching, and practice respectively. Other critical concepts will also be explored including critical librarianship, critical information literacy, and critical consciousness. These would all be explored from a BIPOC perspective and highlight minoritarian thought such as Black critical theory, feminist pedagogies, social justice work, etc. The critical theory unit, for instance, would explore why critical theory is important to LIS research and look to examples of research that exemplify the incorporation of other types of critical theory such as those that come from the Black radical tradition or Indigenous knowledge systems. While there are courses that discuss one or two of these concepts, this course is different in that it would provide an overview of several critical concepts and how they can be used to improve and advance LIS scholarship.

Participants will:

  • Understand how critical theory can be incorporated into their research
  • Understand how critical pedagogy can be applied to their teaching
  • Understand how critical action can inform their practice
  • Learn about critical theories, pedagogies, and actions that privilege minoritarian intellectual thought and perspectives
  • Explore other concepts of criticalness in LIS including critical librarianship, critical consciousness, critical information literacy

Jamillah R. Gabriel

Jamillah R. GabrielJamillah R. Gabriel is a fourth-year PhD student in the School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She holds a Master of Arts in Museum Studies from Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, Master of Library and Information Science from San Jose State University, Bachelor of Arts in Black Studies and Journalism from California State University Long Beach, and an Associate in Arts in English from Cerritos College. Her professional experience includes 17 years in public and academic libraries as a librarian and library paraprofessional, most recently as Black Cultural Center Librarian and Metadata Specialist at Purdue University. Her research focuses on issues at the nexus of information and race and interrogates how these issues, along with information and cultural heritage institutions and policies, impact Black people and communities. Jamillah is also the founder of Call Number, a book subscription box, and co-host of the podcast, LibVoices.

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