Book Review: Topographies of Whiteness: Mapping Whiteness in Library and Information Science, edited by Gina Schlesselman-Tarango

Bartlomiej A. Lenart
2018 Canadian Journal of Academic Librarianship  
As North American society continues to tackle racism, it is crucial to work on weaving diversity into the cultural fabric. Homogeneity, however, and whiteness in particular, impede pluralism. Librarians, by virtue of being at the centre of intellectual exchange, have the ability to emphasize diverse ideas, experiences, and points of view and enable social change. While many librarians are activists for a number of noble causes such as the democratization of knowledge, unrestricted access to
more » ... icted access to information, intellectual freedom, and a pluralistic approach to knowledge creation and dissemination, librarianship as a profession is homogenous in many ways. Librarians working in a homogenous and a predominantly white profession cannot properly ensure pluralistic approaches to knowledge, enable democratization or access, or identify with and serve the needs of a pluralistic society. The LIS profession will benefit from having diverse voices and perspectives.
doi:10.33137/cjal-rcbu.v4.30492 fatcat:dcxyqr5ywvfrjcf3j65pjogaw4