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At the Margins of Epistemology: Amplifying Alternative Ways of Knowing in Library and Information Science
Monday, 01/Nov/2021:
4:00pm - 5:30pm

Location: Salon I, Lobby Level, Marriott

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ID: 228 / [Single Presentation of ID 228]: 1
90 minutes
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Topics: Library and Information Science
Keywords: Epistemology, epistemicide, and epistemic injustice; equity, diversity, inclusion and justice; data, information, and knowledge; library and information science; paradigm shift

At the Margins of Epistemology: Amplifying Alternative Ways of Knowing in Library and Information Science

Beth Patin1, Tami Oliphant2, Danille Allard2, LaVerne Gray1, Rachel Clarke1, Jasmina Tacheva1, Kayla Lar-Son3

1Syracuse University, USA; 2University of Alberta, Canada; 3University of British Columbia, Canada

This panel argues a paradigm shift is needed in library and information science (LIS) to move the field toward information equity, inclusion, relevance, diversity, and justice. LIS has undermined knowledge systems falling outside of Western traditions. While the foundations of LIS are based on epistemological concerns, the field has neglected to treat people as epistemic agents who are embedded in cultures, social relations and identities, and knowledge systems that inform and shape their interactions with data, information, and knowledge as well as our perceptions of each other as knowers. To achieve this shift we examine epistemicide --the killing, silencing, annihilation, or devaluing of a knowledge system, epistemic injustice and a critique of the user-centered paradigm. We present alternative epistemologies for LIS: critical consciousness, Black feminism, and design epistemology and discuss these in practice: community generated knowledges as sites of resistance and Indigenous data sovereignty and the “right to know”.