The Critical Digital Librarian

Critical digital librarianship asks librarians to constantly reflect and re-examine what we consider to be our understanding about libraries as critical learning spaces and who our patrons are as individuals. Critical digital librarianship is an approach that fosters dialogue with patrons and promotes each patron’s own discovery of learning and self-actualization as each patron decides what libraries can mean to them. In this track, we will explore Freire’s concept of codification and decodification in our critical reflection of situations within our libraries (public, academic, P12 school). During this week’s community of practice, we will define what it means to be a critical digital librarian for ourselves, explore the connections to digital pedagogy and the pedagogy of care within libraries as we discuss topics of culturally sustainable libraries such as equitable open education resources, patron privacy, literacies, and intellectual freedom.

Participants will create an individual or collaborative strategic advocacy plan on how to foster more critical digital librarianship within their libraries with colleagues and share these ideas across communities.

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Laura Summers
Laura Summers is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Learning Design and Technology in the School of Education and Human Development at the University of Colorado Denver.
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