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Narrative Expansions : Interpreting Decolonisation in Academic Libraries, Paperback / softback Book

Paperback / softback


The demand todecolonise the curriculum has moved from a protest movement at the margins tothe centre of many institutions, as reflected by its inclusion in policies andstrategies and numerous initiatives in libraries and archives that have responded tothe call, and are critically examining their own historic legacies andpractices to support institutional and societal change. Narrative Expansions: Interpreting Decolonisation in AcademicLibraries explores the ways in which academic libraries are working toaddress the historic legacies of colonialism, in the context of decolonisingthe curriculum and the university.

It acknowledges and explores the tensionsand complexities around the use of the term decolonisation, how it relates toother social justice aims and approaches, including critical librarianship, andwhat makes this work specific to decolonisation. The book isinternational in scope, and considers the contextual nature of decolonisation,with discussion of the impacts of settler colonialism, and post-colonialcontexts with authors from Canada, the United States and Kenya, as well as universities in the UK. Split intotwo sections, the book first addresses experiential contexts, discussing theenvironment in which the academic library is enmeshed: legacy knowledgesystems, the neo-liberal university, the pervasive Whiteness of the highereducation sector, the global publishing industry - how these structures areconstitutive of coloniality and how they can be challenged.

It then brings together theory and practice featuring case studiesinterpreting what it means to 'decolonise' in information literacy, collectionmanagement, inclusive spaces, LIS education, research methods and knowledgeproduction through the lens of critical pedagogy, critical information literacyand Critical Race Theory (CRT).

The book also addresses the impact andimplications of the Whiteness of university library staffing.

Bringingtogether the theory and practice of an area of critical concern to the academy,this book is an important reference for academic librarians, educators andresearchers in LIS, education and sociology.



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