Library Instruction West 2020
Seattle, Washington
July 22-24
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Friday, July 24 • 11:00am - 12:15pm
North to the Future: Achieving Justice in an Age of Information Privilege

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We are now surrounded by information 24/365, so how is it that information privilege is on the rise? This session addresses the complex question of information privilege and highlights the goal of achieving justice through information-literacy instruction. After an introductory overview by the presenters, attendees will participate in a facilitated discussion to explore this topic and share methods and ideas from their own practice. The introductory overview will focus on our describing the unique aspects of life in Alaska: vast geography, a debilitating gap in access to technology; cultural and linguistic diversity.

The facilitated discussion will focus on questions such as:

-How do our library and local community environments exacerbate the injustice that lies at the heart of information privilege?
-How may national and international statements about access to information as a basic human right help in the quest for justice?
-How does the era of fake news impact our ability as professionals to bridge the gaps caused by information privilege?
-How do we address and overcome information privilege through our library instruction to bridge these gaps?
-How do we achieve best practices in an era of declining budgets?
Discussion around these questions by the facilitators and attendees, as well as other ideas from attendees will help to foster greater understanding of this complex issue.

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Toby Widdicombe

Professor, University of Alaska Anchorage

Friday July 24, 2020 11:00am - 12:15pm AST
HUB 337 (Seats 24)

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