Commodification of the information profession : a critique of higher education under neoliberalism
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The structures that govern society’s understanding of information have been reorganised under a neoliberal worldview to allow information to appear and function as a commodity. This has implications for the professional ethics of library and information labour, and the need for critical reflexivity in library and information praxes is not being met. A lack of theoretical understanding of these issues means that the political interests governing decision-making are going unchallenged, for example the UK government’s specific framing of open access to research. We argue that building stronger, community oriented praxes of critical depth can serve as a resilient challenge to the neoliberal politics of the current higher education system in the UK and beyond. Critical information literacy offers a proactive, reflexive and hopeful strategy to challenge hegemonic assumptions about information as a commodity.
Lawson , S , Sanders , K & Smith , L 2015 , ' Commodification of the information profession : a critique of higher education under neoliberalism ' , Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication , vol. 3 , no. 1 , eP1182 . https://doi.org/10.7710/2162-3309.1182
Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication
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