Care, Code, and Digital Libraries: Embracing Critical Practice in Digital Library Communities

I just saw this great article written by Kate Dohe in In the Library with the Lead Pipe. She presents a thorough dissection of the limiting and restriction of digital resources along existing hierarchies of power and oppression within knowledge organization structures.

“The digital library landscape,” she asserts, “has become a re-enactment of local power dynamics that privilege wealth, whiteness, and masculinity at the expense of meaningful inclusive practice and care work.” In response, she proposes a more “user-first” system of governance and an overhaul of digital library management with the principles of inclusion, transparency, and intersectionality.

-Owen Cobey, LIS 653-01

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by Hugh McLeod

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