Renewals Reach: Library bureaucracy and Critical Race Theory

Nataraj, Hampton, Matlin, and Meulemans discuss cites librarianship as bureaucracy and its overreliance on traditionally structured work practices, which are perceived as neutral but instead reinforce the Whiteness of the LIS field. The authors apply Critical Race Theory (CRT) to surface how bureaucratic practices negatively impact Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) who work in library workplaces, and they mention the concept of deauthentication, which I first shared in a blog post as an emerging data point in my BIPOC academic librarian study (it was solidified and included in the 2019 published article [possible paywall]). Read their article

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