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Critical Pedagogy Symposium

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Academic librarians, Online social networks -- Library applications, Social justice, Foregrounding, Twitter -- Social aspects, Libraries and community


Academic librarians have often been hesitant to foreground real time engagement with social justice in our public facing library guides. The guides, more often than not, serve merely to provide access points to “academic” materials and traditional news sources. Perhaps there is a different path. Driven by the events of the past year (though these issues are not new), I have been working on ways to point patrons towards the real conversations happening outside (and sometimes inside) academia that are missed when we rely on traditional news sources. The real critical engagement with social justice issues such as race and technology, or migrant justice, is happening right in front of our eyes on Twitter. In this short talk, I highlight how adding Twitter feeds to LibGuides can be part of a larger program to engage library’s (and our students) in critical race theory and the foregrounding of traditionally marginalized voices.


The Critical Pedagogy Symposium is a collaborative project of ACRL/NY, LILAC, and METRO with additional support from Library Juice Press and NYU Libraries.

Anders Tobiason holds an M.A. Library Science and a Ph.D Music Theory. He has written and presented on topics ranging from non-assimilation in Schubert song to narrative and accessibility. His other research interests include the intersections of race, technology, and social justice, and applying critical theory to library and information science.

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