Libraries, publishing, and the Internet are all parts of culture that are rich with contradictions and conflicting power dynamics. As you query these systems, bring your feminist toolkit with you! You'll need it.
Here are someof the big questions to consider as college students, researchers, and citizens.
- Where does Library of Congress classification hide women, gender and sexuality, and what do these categories tell us? How do Library of Congress subject headings work, and how do they fail to work well?
- How does gender intersect with libraries, books, and reading? How do those notions in popular culture collide with the way academics organize and reward research?
- How did book publishing become a feminized profession and why are men in publishing still paid so much more than women? What are the implications of ebooks for privacy, censorship, and the corporate control of culture? What are some sites of resistance? (Zines! Creative Commons! Open Access!)
- How can you outfox the system to coax useful articles out of databases? How do traditions of scholarly publishing work and why don't they don’t work sometimes? How has the commodfication of specialized knowledge affected libraries and scholarship and the academy itself?
- What are the major issues shaping the future of the Internet? What does the Internet offer for your research? What do you need to know to limit who gets your personal informaiton online through your browser?
- How open culture and the idea of “intellectual property” are clashing and what it means for both culture and for the individual scholar/citizen.
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