• The Myth of Library Neutrality

    Author(s):
    Candise Branum (see profile)
    Date:
    2008
    Group(s):
    Library & Information Science
    Subject(s):
    Library and information science
    Item Type:
    Article
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6JP2R
    Abstract:
    Librarians have been publicly voicing dissent towards neutrality since at least the 1980s, when a number of radical librarians coming out of the climate of social upheaval in the 1960s-1970s began to call for a re-examination of the idea of library neutrality (Dick 220). Individuals on the margins have been writing on this topic for decades, but there is still a rift between librarians who desire a distant and professional objectivity and post-modern librarians who hope to bring an ethical edge to librarianship. In looking at the inherently political nature of libraries, the inability of the concept of “neutrality” to actually be neutral, and the move towards social justice in librarianship, this paper aims to address some of the faults of librarian neutrality and entice readers to begin thinking about the real role of libraries.
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