Library Trends 66 (2) Fall 2017: Hyperconnected Societies and Empowerment
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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Informed Asset-Based Pedagogy: Coming Correct, Counter-stories from an Information Literacy Classroom (Johns Hopkins University Press. The School of Information Sciences at Illinois. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign., 2017)The cultural assets and lived experiences of communities of color are surfaced through asset-based informed autoethnographic counterstories of students and teacher. These counter-stories often refute external narratives ...
(Johns Hopkins University Press. The School of Information Sciences at Illinois. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign., 2017)The struggle for environmental and social justice within American Indian communities is one that has been ongoing since the beginning of United States history, but the main catalyst to effect change and to promote and ...
(Johns Hopkins University Press. The School of Information Sciences at Illinois. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign., 2017)Hyperconnectedness, hyperconnectivity, or plainly put, connectivity, cannot be effectively/fully addressed without a sustained look into global connectivity since entire populations remain unconnected and unempowered. Indeed, ...
Providing Library Information Services through WeChat: A Study of Project 985 University Libraries in China The application of the popular mobile social media platform We- Chat in library and information services in China was examined. Thirty-two out of a total of thirty-nine university libraries of Project 985 had established ...