One of the advantages afforded to us by social media is the ability to engage others in our profession, across distances and in real-time. Tomorrow, Tuesday, September 30, 2014, from 9-10 p.m. Eastern time, #critlib and Uncivil LIS will be discussing the impact of the Salaita case at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. This is a great opportunity for members of library and information professions to engage with others on topics that are pertinent to our collective work. The focus of the discussion will be on matters of intellectual freedom, underlying power structures, and relevance of these to critical pedagogy, information literacy, and civic engagement.
I hope you will come join us on Twitter during the discussion time. If not, the #critlib hashtag will gather together all comments made.
A word (okay, paragraph) on full disclosure and Uncivil LIS: I am a member of Uncivil LIS. We are group of concerned graduate library school students at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. We came together because of the Salaita issue and have found common ground in the desire to engage our profession and our colleagues with matters of social justice and equity, especially those that affect us directly. We are individuals acting in concert and do not claim to represent any entity or group other than ourselves. In keeping with the intellectual activism of scholars who find a home in Women’s and Gender Studies, and similar departments, we are mindful and aware of difficulties that come with the conversations we propose. However, we do contend such opportunities for dialogue are crucial.
To gain a bit more on the perspectives we have, please read our open letter to our colleagues at the UIUC American Indian Studies program. Should you be moved to support us, our open letter is accepting signatures.
Should you have questions or concerns you’d like us to know about please don’t hesitate to drop us an email at uncivil.lis [at] gmail.com. We will respond in a timely manner.
Thank you. And I do hope to “see” many of you on Twitter tomorrow evening!