Library Trends 66 (2) Fall 2017: Hyperconnected Societies and Empowerment [Restricted Access]


Library Trends 66 (2) Fall 2017: Hyperconnected Societies and Empowerment. Edited by Antony Bryant.

for this issue of Library Trends, [Antony Bryant] was particularly keen to encourage contributions that developed this theme [of empowerment of "new voices and groups" in hyperconnected societies] by addressing ways in which what the report termed "our future information system" does or does not recognize, incorporate, and empower new voices and groups. As such, the Call for Papers made mention of submissions with a focus on Africa, Asia, and Latin America, and specific topics such as

  • the sense in which certain groups or forms of internet presence are "listened to," and whether this goes any further toward actual empowerment;
  • the extent to which certain groups are ignored, discounted, or worse;
  • empowerment and disempowerment—the upsides and the downsides of empowerment;
  • the struggles for control and openness across the internet;
  • the internet as a site for struggles around class, race, gender, and sexuality; and
  • issues for libraries and archives.

The four papers that now comprise this issue encompass many of these aspects, each deriving from specific studies that include university libraries, cell phone use in rural Africa, the social protest movement around the Dakota Access Pipeline, and the evolution of the information literacy curriculum in an American community college. Together they provide the basis for consideration of empowerment, hyperconnectedness, and the ways in which libraries, librarians, and librarianship are both adapting to and influencing a globalized, mobile, networked society.

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