About this Session:
Intellectual freedom is a topic that reaches across and affects all facets of libraries and librarianship, in each case presenting us with unique challenges and opportunities.
In this OCULA webinar, we bring together some of these perspectives, with the intention of broadening our thinking about this topic.
Nailisa Tanner will present an overview of some recent critiques of the current model of intellectual freedom in the Library and Information Studies field, with particular attention on the “marketplace of ideas” frame of civic engagement.
Myron Groover peers deep into the problem of diminishing support for archival preservation and the possible impact this will have on intellectual freedom. He will present webinar attendees with big questions that flow out of issues of reduced record keeping and archival funding: will this have unforeseen consequences for intellectual freedom? How do they condition the questions we are able to ask of our own past?
Kirsten Wurmann will speak from her experiences as a librarian volunteering inside prisons for the past 12 years. Within a prison, there exists not only information poverty but also a fundamental clash between prison policy and library values, including intellectual freedom.
This session will be followed by an optional Virtual Journal Club discussion on Slack. See below for more information.
About the Presenters:
- Nailisa Tanner is the Collections and Outreach Librarian at the OISE Library, University of Toronto Libraries.
- Myron Groover is the Archives and Rare Books Librarian at McMaster University Library.
- Kirsten Wurmann is Branch Head Librarian for the Winnipeg Public Library, and the Chair of the Manitoba Library Association's Prison Library Committee.
OCULA Virtual Journal Club (VJC)
Following the OCULA Free webinar, participate in a virtual discussion on Slack about relevant texts to continue the conversation, critically evaluate the literature, and build communities of practice.
For instructions on how to join the conversation, follow this link: http://bit.ly/VJC-slack-instructions
This time around, we will be reading the following texts:
Heckart, R. J. (1991). The Library as a Marketplace of Ideas. College & Research Libraries, 52(6). https://doi.org/10.5860/crl_52_06_491
Wurmann, K. (2018). The Right to Read: a Prison Story. Freedom to Read. https://mla.mb.ca/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/The-Right-to-Read-A-Prison-Story.pdf
About the OCULA Free Webinar Series:
Within such a diverse sector, it can be difficult to keep up to date on all of the issues that arise. In response to the challenges faced by those working in libraries, and in an effort to share knowledge and increase awareness on current topics in academic libraries, we have developed a series of free webinars.
Over the next year, OCULA will be partnering with experts on a variety of topics to offer four free webinars on topics that we think are important to librarians and library staff.
In these webinars, several presenters will come together to share their unique perspectives on a topic with the audience. From exploring core theories to applications in practice, our presenters will share how academic library staff can get involved as well as discuss the challenges that they might encounter.