Reading List

This list contains a selection of articles that the group has read. The articles have been placed under broad headings (as the list was getting a bit long!) but we recognise that classification practices aren’t always perfect! Do let us know if you think there are mistakes.  A link has been provided to the article at the end of each reference, and in most cases this is an Open Access version. We welcome comments and suggestions for future readings

Classification and Cataloguing

  • Bates, J., & Rowley, J. (2011). Social Reproduction and Exclusion in Subject Indexing: a comparison of public library OPACS and LibraryThing folksonomy. Journal of Documentation, 67(3), 431-448 Read online

Democracy / Public Sphere / Commons

  • Buschman, John. (2006) “The Integrity and Obstinacy of Intellectual Creations”: Jürgen Habermas and Librarianship’s Theoretical Literature” Library Quarterly, 76 [preprint]. Read online
  • Duff, A.S. (2015). Cyber-Green: idealism in the information age. Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society. 13(2), 146-164 Read online
  • Grace, D. (2014, July). Illich in the library: putting theory into practice. Paper presented at iFutures, University of Sheffield Read online
  • Hansson, J. (2010). Chantal Mouffe’s Theory of Agonistic Pluralism and its Relevance for Library and Information Science Research. In G.J. Leckie, L.M. Given, J.E. Buschman (Eds.) Critical Theory for Librarianship and Information Science. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO LLC, pp 249-259


  • Kumbier, A., & Starkey, J. (2016). Access is not problem solving: Disability Justice and Libraries. Library Trends. 64(3). Read online

Information Literacy, Information Behaviour & Information Practice

  • Tewell, E. (2015). A Decade of Critical Information Literacy: A Review of the Literature. Communications in Information Literacy, 9(1), 24-43 Read online
  • Haider, J. & Bawden, D. (2007). ‘Conceptions of Information Poverty’ in LIS: a discourse analysis. Journal of Documentation, 63(4), pp.534-557. Read online

Teaching (critical) Information Literacy

    • Drabinski, E. (2014). Toward a Kairos of Library Instruction. Journal of Academic Librarianship, 40(5), 480-485. doi:10.1016/j.acalib.2014.06.002 Read online [Not OA]
    • Riedler, M., & Eryaman, M.Y. (2010). Transformative Library Pedagogy and Community-Based Libraries: A Freirean Perspective. In G.J. Leckie, L.M. Given & J.E. Buschman (Eds.) Critical Theory for Library and Information Science (89-100). Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited


Interrogating ‘Information’

  • Diaz Nafria, J.M. (2010). What is information? A multidimensional concern. Triple C: Communication, Capitalism and Critique, Journal for a global sustainable information society. 8(1) Read online

LIS in a neoliberal society

  • Huzar, T. (2014, August). Neoliberalism, Democracy and the Library as a Radically Inclusive Space. Paper presented at the IFLA General Conference, Lyon Read online
  • 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. 3(1). Read online
  • Stevenson, S. (2011). New Labour in Libraries: The Post-Fordist Public Library. Journal of Documentation, 67(5), 773-790. Read online [Not OA]

Power / Knowledge Production

  • Foucault, M. (1997). The Masked Philosopher. In P. Rabinow (Ed.) Ethics, Subjectivity and Truth: the essential works of Foucault 1954-1984 Volume 1. New York: New Press
  • Hussey, L. (2010). Social Capital, Symbolic Violence, and Fields of Cultural Production: Pierre Bourdieu and Library and Information Science. In G.J. Leckie, L.M. Given & J.E. Buschman (Eds.) Critical Theory for Library and Information Science (41-52). Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited

Race and colonialism

  • Honma, T. (2005). Trippin’ Over the Color Line: The Invisibility of Race in Library and Information Studies. InterActions: UCLA Journal of Education and Information Studies, 1(2) Read online
  • Hudson, D.J. (2016). On dark continents and digital divides: Information inequality and the reproduction of racial otherness in Library and Information Studies. Journal of Information Ethics, 25(1). Read online
  • Roy, L., Hogan, K., and Lilley, S. (2012).  Balancing Access to Knowledge and Respect for Cultural Knowledge: Librarian Advocacy with Indigenous Peoples’ Self-Determination in Access to Knowledge. In J. Lau, A.M. Tammaro & T. Bothma (Eds.), Libraries Driving Access to Knowledge (163-189). Berlin/Munich: De Gruyter Saur. Read online

Reflexivity / Positionality

  • Doherty, J. (2005). Towards Self-reflection in Librarianship: What is Praxis? Progressive Librarian, 26, 11-17 Read online
  • Tuominen, K. (1997). User-Centred Discourse: An Analysis of the Subject Positions of the User and the Librarian. The Library Quarterly, 67(4), 350-371 Read online


    • Lees, L. (1997). Ageographia, Heterotopia, and Vancouver’s New Public Library. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space15(3), 321 – 347 Read online