Presentation Title

Algorithms, Authority and Race on the Web: Consciousness Raising Through Information Literacy Instruction

Location

Room 1002

Type of Presentation

Individual paper/presentation (20 minute presentation)

Target Audience

Higher Education

Abstract

How can librarians align information literacy instruction with academic department learning goals stressing the importance of thinking critically about race and ethnicity? While discussion of problematic racial taxonomies has long been a way to integrate librarian expertise into these courses, a good next step is to include activities and conversations around the growing body of research discussing the racial implications of new technologies as they apply broadly to information sharing and seeking. Topics can include digital colonialism, algorithm bias, and the development of new technologies in the global north that may be ill-suited for knowledges produced in the global south. This presentation offers strategies for working with these topics under the frame “Authority is Constructed and Contextual,” based on work done in courses for the departments of Africana Studies and Latino and Caribbean Studies at Rutgers University.

Presentation Description

How can librarians align information literacy instruction with academic department learning goals stressing the importance of thinking critically about race and ethnicity? While discussion of problematic racial taxonomies has long been a way to integrate librarian expertise into these courses, a good next step is to include activities and conversations around the racial implications of new technologies as they apply broadly to information sharing and seeking. This presentation offers strategies for working with these topics under the frame “Authority is Constructed and Contextual.”

Keywords

Framework for Information Literacy, Race, Algorithm Bias, Digital Colonialism

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Sep 15th, 4:15 PM Sep 15th, 5:30 PM

Algorithms, Authority and Race on the Web: Consciousness Raising Through Information Literacy Instruction

Room 1002

How can librarians align information literacy instruction with academic department learning goals stressing the importance of thinking critically about race and ethnicity? While discussion of problematic racial taxonomies has long been a way to integrate librarian expertise into these courses, a good next step is to include activities and conversations around the growing body of research discussing the racial implications of new technologies as they apply broadly to information sharing and seeking. Topics can include digital colonialism, algorithm bias, and the development of new technologies in the global north that may be ill-suited for knowledges produced in the global south. This presentation offers strategies for working with these topics under the frame “Authority is Constructed and Contextual,” based on work done in courses for the departments of Africana Studies and Latino and Caribbean Studies at Rutgers University.