Critical Concepts in LIS: Research, Teaching, and Practice

(5 customer reviews)

$300.00

Dates: June 6 - July 17
February 6 - March 19

Credits: 2.25 CEUs or 22.5 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 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 are all explored from a BIPOC perspective and highlight minoritarian thought such as Black critical theory, Indigenous thought, feminist pedagogies, queer theory, disability studies, social justice work, etc. Each unit looks to examples of research that exemplify the incorporation of critical theory emerging from marginalized voices. While there are courses that discuss one or two of these concepts, this course is different in that it provides an overview of several critical concepts and how they can be used to improve LIS scholarship while interrogating inequitable systems of power within LIS.

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2.25 CEUs or 22.5 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 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 are all explored from a BIPOC perspective and highlight minoritarian thought such as Black critical theory, Indigenous thought, feminist pedagogies, queer theory, disability studies, social justice work, etc. Each unit looks to examples of research that exemplify the incorporation of critical theory emerging from marginalized voices. While there are courses that discuss one or two of these concepts, this course is different in that it provides an overview of several critical concepts and how they can be used to improve LIS scholarship while interrogating inequitable systems of power within LIS.

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 Jamillah R. Gabriel is Critical Pedagogy Research Librarian at Harvard University and a 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 and a Master of Library and Information Science from San Jose State University. Her professional experience includes 21 years in public and academic libraries as a librarian and library paraprofessional. 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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5 reviews for Critical Concepts in LIS: Research, Teaching, and Practice

  1. TaChalla

    As a librarian of color, I come across many DEI workshops that seem to speak more to my caucasian colleagues. I really appreciate the collection of reading Jamillah provided which helped me find similar literature and engage in DEI discussions with my LOC colleagues.

  2. Ana Ramirez Luhrs

    I really enjoyed the readings and variety of assignments in this course. I appreciated the instructor’s encouragement, feedback and their knowledge of criticality in librarianship. I would recommend this course to any librarian interested in DEI in libraries or critical librarianship.

  3. Annie Larson

    This was a wonderful course that provided a solid structure for exploring critical topics. We had opportunities to discuss topics across the profession, and the instructor was incredibly supportive and encouraging in our discussions.

  4. Jennifer Hadley

    The instructor provided an excellent introduction to the topic through her lectures, well-chosen readings, and assignments. Her insightful feedback in the class discussions challenged us to think even more deeply about the material and how we can carry our learning back into the profession.

  5. Sonia Pacheco

    A very well-planned and executed course with the right combination of theory and praxis. The assignments were directly applicable to the course content and to the LIS field.

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