NELA 2017 Annual Conference

22nd to 24th October, 2017


22nd to 24th October, 2017 08:00 am - 09:00 pm

Website: NELA 2017 Annual Conference


Sheraton Burlington
870 Williston Rd
Burlington, VT 05403

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October 24, 2017, 1:30 pm

Never Neutral? Approaching Library Neutrality from Physical, Social & Cognitive Perspectives


Should libraries be "neutral" in their approach to information provision and services, or do they have a social responsibility to identify mis- and dis-information, and racist, homophobic and other materials that perpetuate oppression? Most arguments about library neutral approach the debate from an "all or nothing" standpoint. This presentation will consider library neutrality and the cases for or against it, from the perspectives of physical, social, and intellectual/cognitive aspect, ultimately making a case that these are different issues that require different philosophical approaches.

Hall: Diamond 2 Track: Diversity Type: