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

Author(s): 
Edited by Jordan Landes and Richard Espley
Publication date: 
13 December 2018
Number of pages: 
90
Dimensions: 
229 × 152
ISBN: 
978-1-913002-00-8
Paperback
£15.00
Formats available : 
Description: 
Available as free PDF download at http://humanities-digital-library.org/index.php/hdl/catalog/book/radical_collections

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?