• Critical Design in Librarianship: Visual and Narrative Exploration for Critical Praxis

    Author(s):
    Shannon Marie Robinson (see profile)
    Date:
    2019
    Subject(s):
    Design, Library science
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    critical design, speculative design, librarianship
    Permanent URL:
    https://doi.org/10.17613/506j-0c22
    Abstract:
    In a politically charged social climate, many disciplines are inwardly grappling with historic ideologies and systems of oppression. In information science, critical librarianship seeks to disrupt normative approaches to library work by confronting these ideologies and systems, empowering both library workers and users to understand how these structures affect access and dissemination of information. In industrial design, critical design challenges the status quo by posing troublesome design problems that encourage reflection and discourse. Design works that fall under this category are reactions against consumerism, systemic biases, and heedless scientific and technological development. In librarianship, critical design may be employed to help us explore current paradigms and approaches to library spaces, services, and technologies, as well as to uncover assumptions about what a library is and what a librarian does. Prototypes and narratives derived from critical design can make visible the normative constructions and problems heartedly debated in librarianship.
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