Join us for a web gathering on our Webinar series from Bookworm, Goa. These series are designed to enable teachers, library educators, book people, and academics to engage more deeply with matters of the library.
Libraries are about many things and many matters but at the heart of the library is the collection. The library supports a concept of the commons and should therefore provide access to as much as possible, both past and present. But there is a finite amount of resources that a library can provision, a philosophy, an ideology, a framework that often informs a selection and its consequent access.
Libraries are social institutions and believe in intellectual freedom but often that is constrained by views, either personal or ideological and often drawing on current trends and understanding. Yet libraries are premised on the law of commons and freedom of choice , so who decides what makes a collection ?
What becomes the role of the library and its personnel ( librarians, library educators, library workers) in such situations ? Does the absence of an honour in the professionalisation of the librarian / library educator as a selector of material weigh upon book withdrawal decisions or banning material in the library ? How does the library continue to honour its intentions and purpose while also examining its own prejudices, bias and limitations.
Join us for a Dialogue held by Radha Gopalan on July 29th from 11.30 – 1.00 pm over zoom where we will talk and listen to our collective experiences around censorship to imagine a way forward for each of our own practices and our community.
To register, email us at [email protected]. This webinar is open to all and free of charge.