LIS 697 Identity and Culturally Relevant Practice

Bulletin Description: This course will cover intersectionality, or overlapping identity categories, and their impact on social, cultural and professional interactions. Discussions will cover ways that identity categories impact experiences and work in libraries, archives, and cultural heritage institutions, as well as the ways in which work in these spaces produces knowledge. Students will develop cross-cultural competence necessary to work in diverse environments where all identities are welcome, and individuals’ needs are met. Topics such as feminist theory, culturally responsive pedagogy, the production of identities, queering library practices (archiving, cataloging), subcultural literacy practices, and issues of identity and power in cyberspace will be covered. Course work will culminate in the development of an intervention that promotes dialogue, equity and critical practice.

Current Syllabus: Fall 2016