Introduction to Critical Digital Librarianship

$300.00

Dates: March 6 - April 16

Credits: 2.25 CEUs or 22.5 PDHs

This course explores major topics in critical digital librarianship, an emerging field relevant to all types of library roles that interact with unique digital collections. We will engage with material that bring feminist, antiracist, queer, and other critical frameworks to digital librarianship. Topics include ethical digital selection, responsible open data, reparative description, critical software review, and the role of training for future librarians. This course pulls from the instructor's first-hand experience with a wide variety of critically-engaged cultural heritage projects, as the co-founder of the #LDLasData Speaker Series and as editor of the Journal of Critical Digital Librarianship. The schedule of the course will be flexible to meet the needs and interests of the students. We will prioritize creating spaces of respect and appreciation for the work of our colleagues, and we will approach all critiques from a place of honest attempts for a healthier, more inclusive librarianship.

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Credits

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 explores major topics in critical digital librarianship, an emerging field relevant to all types of library roles that interact with unique digital collections. We will engage with material that bring feminist, antiracist, queer, and other critical frameworks to digital librarianship. Topics include ethical digital selection, responsible open data, reparative description, critical software review, and the role of training for future librarians. This course pulls from the instructor’s first-hand experience with a wide variety of critically-engaged cultural heritage projects, as the co-founder of the #LDLasData Speaker Series and as editor of the Journal of Critical Digital Librarianship.

The schedule of the course will be flexible to meet the needs and interests of the students. We will prioritize creating spaces of respect and appreciation for the work of our colleagues, and we will approach all critiques from a place of honest attempts for a healthier, more inclusive librarianship.

By the end of the course, students will have:

  • An understanding of the major themes of critical digital librarianship
  • Examined the ways unquestioned digital library structures perpetuate knowledge structures and historic assumptions about library users
  • Discussed examples of alternatives to contemporary digital library models Identified means of staying up-to-date with new developments in the field of critical digital librarianship.

Sophie Ziegler

Sophie ZieglerSophie Ziegler (they/them) is the founder and oral historian at the Louisiana Trans Oral History Project, which gathers, promotes, and preserves stories of Louisiana's transgender and gender nonconforming communities, as well as the Solidarity History Initative, which leverages historical research to elevante mission-driven organizations. They are also the founding editor of Journal of Critical Digital Librarianship. A librarian with over ten years' experience in archives and special collections, Sophie has worked with a wide variety of organizations to expand gender and racial representation in cultural heritage institutions. They hold an MA in Philosophy from Louisiana State University and an MSLIS from Drexel University.

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