Radical Collections: Re-examining the roots of collections, practices and information professions
edited by Jordan Landes and Richard Espley
University of London Press, 2018
Paper: 978-1-913002-00-8
Library of Congress Classification Z665.R26 2018
Dewey Decimal Classification 020

Available as free PDF download at http://humanities-digital-library.org/index.php/hdl/catalog/book/radical_collections Do archivists ‘curate’ history? And to what extent are our librarians the gatekeepers of knowledge? Libraries and archives have a long and rich history of compiling ‘radical collections’- from Klanwatch Project in the States to the R. D. Laing Archive in Glasgow- but a re-examination of the information professions and all aspects of managing those collections is long overdue. This book is the result of a critical conference held at Senate House Library in 2017. The conference provided a space to debate the issues and ethics of collection development, management and promotion. This book brings together some key papers from those proceedings. It shines a light on pressing topical issues within library and information services (LIS)- to encompass selection, appraisal and accession, through to organisation and classification, and including promotion and use. Will libraries survive as victims of neoliberal marketization? Do we have a responsibility to collect and document ‘white hate’ in the era of Trump? And how can a predominantly white (96.7%) LIS workforce effectively collect and tell POC histories?
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