Politics of Libraries V: Intellectual Freedom and Democracy
The Politics of Libraries V Speaker Series was held in March and April of 2023 and aimed to interrogate the connection between intellectual freedom and democracy in librarianship. The theme for this series was developed in light of the growing politicization of libraries, particularly in relation to collections and services. This collection includes recordings from some of the speakers, including the keynote address by Sam Popowich.
Items in this Collection
- 4Politics of Libraries
- 3Intellectual Freedom
- 12SLGBTQ+ Materials/Collections
- 1Climate Change
- 1Intellectual freedom
This presentation responds to the increasing trend wherein library materials which feature 2SLGBTQ+ people and their experiences are disproportionately challenged, censored, or subject to harassment. By giving library workers information on cisheterosexism, and stressing the health and...
The Politics of Libraries V Keynote Address by Sam Popowich critically examines the relationship between intellectual freedom and democracy. The talk examines how liberal democratic views citizens as fungible and reduces intellectual freedom to a private good. In contrast, an alternative view...
In late 2022, a challenge was brought to the Lethbridge Public Library board regarding the library’s policy on the privacy of teen membership records. This prompted us to ask ourselves: Should parents have access to teen members’ library records? What role does privacy play in relation to those...
In numerous recent climate liability lawsuits, free speech emerged as a common legal defense used by fossil fuel companies. This is the latest example of an ongoing epistemic strategy undertaken by these companies, one which has contributed to inaction on climate change. What implications might...