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Radical Collections: Re-examining the roots of collections, practices and information professions

Citation: Landes, Jordan and Espley, Richard (2018) Radical Collections: Re-examining the roots of collections, practices and information professions. University of London, London. ISBN 9781913002015


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Do archivists ‘curate’ history? And to what extent are our librarians the gatekeepers of knowledge? Libraries and archives have a long and rich history of compiling ‘radical collections’- from Klanwatch Project in the States to the R. D. Laing Archive in Glasgow- but a re-examination of the information professions and all aspects of managing those collections is long overdue. This book is the result of a critical conference held at Senate House Library in 2017. The conference provided a space to debate the issues and ethics of collection development, management and promotion. This book brings together some key papers from those proceedings. It shines a light on pressing topical issues within library and information services (LIS)- to encompass selection, appraisal and accession, through to organisation and classification, and including promotion and use. Will libraries survive as victims of neoliberal marketization? Do we have a responsibility to collect and document ‘white hate’ in the era of Trump? And how can a predominantly white (96.7%) LIS workforce effectively collect and tell POC histories?

Creators: Landes, Jordan (0000-0003-3433-7579) and Espley, Richard (0000-0003-0547-5454) and
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Subjects: Culture, Language & Literature
Digital Humanities
Keywords: library information services,LIS,archives,collections
Divisions: UoL Press
Senate House Library
Collections: Humanities Digital Library
  • 13 December 2018 (published)


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