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

Publishing information

ISBN-13
978-1-913002-01-5
doi
10.14296/1218.9781913002015

Publishing information

ISBN-13
978-1-913002-00-8
Date of first publication
2018-12-13
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Synopsis

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?

Chapters

  • Introduction: Radical collections and radical voices
    Jordan Landes
  • 1. Radical or reactionary? James Wilkinson, Cork Public Library and identity in the Irish Free State
    Mairéad Mooney
  • 2. Beyond the Left: documenting American racism in print periodicals at the Wisconsin Historical Society, and theorising (radical) collections today
    Alycia Sellie
  • 3. ‘Mind meddling’: exploring drugs and radical psychiatry in archives
    Lucas Richert
  • 4. Cataloguing the radical material: an experience requiring a flexible approach
    Julio Cazzasa
  • 5. Decentring qualification: a radical examination of archival employment possibilities
    Hannah Henthorn and Kirsty Fife
  • 6. Enabling or envisioning politics of possibility? Examining the radical potential of academic libraries
    Katherine Quinn

This series