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Talk to Men? November Webinar
November 2019's SLA Education division's webinar featured Dr. Kristen Schuster, a Lecturer in Digital Curation in the Department of Digital Humanities at King's College London. Her primary areas of research explore systems and standards for knowledge organization and metadata management, information and metaliteracy in diverse, multicultural contexts and gender issues in the library profession. These three areas may seem rather distinct, but they do come together to inform critical and ongoing conversations about identity, representation and inclusion.
Dr. Schuster uses
critical analyses of historical research
on gender politics in the library profession
to contextualize her argument
that, even though the library profession has continuously discussed and debated gender issues
these debates have privileged a particular socio-
economic point of view: White, middle class, women
on men in the library profession
generally relies on survey data
hile this data provides information about salaries and job titles it does not really reach out to men and engage in critical, difficult and ongoing conversations about identity – both personal and professional.
To address this gap, she discusses data from
a pilot study involving
British men who identify as librarians
discusses ways we can
engage in debates about library history to
reach out to men and include them in conversations about
the future of
Here is her PPT:
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