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201: Librarians Are Not Groomers (w/Heath Umbreit)


Derek Beres, Matthew Remski, Julian Walker

Social Sciences, Religion & Spirituality, Philosophy, Spirituality, Society & Culture, Science

4.21.6K Ratings

🗓️ 11 April 2024

⏱️ 80 minutes

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When Moms For Liberty attacks libraries with demands to ban books about MLK Jr and age-appropriate sex education, and claims that librarians are grooming their children into the trans agenda, they’re enacting the worst forms of neo-fascist bullying. But they’re also paradoxically defending a troubled American legacy against a librarian culture attempting to course-correct towards greater inclusion. To discuss this problem, Matthew talks to Heath Umbreit, a reference librarian who works at a public library in the northeastern U.S. Mis- and disinformation has been a professional and personal interest of theirs for several years; Heath's study of the phenomenon focuses on a critical examination of popular narratives about disinformation, the concept of epistemic supremacy, and the ways in which information and disinformation intersect with systemic power differentials in American society. Show Notes Derek gives the Keynote Address at the 2023 Oregon Library Association's Annual Conference Library Bill of Rights | Advocacy, Legislation & Issues Students, authors fight censorship in PA schools Kuo & Marwick, "Critical Disinformation Studies" Morales & Williams, "Moving Toward Transformative Librarianship: Naming and Identifying Epistemic Supremacy" danah boyd, "You Think You Want Media Literacy... Do You?" PEN America, 2023 Banned Books Update: Banned in the USA Kelly Jensen, Trauma, Book Bans, and Libraries: A Resource Guide for Library Workers, Library Supporters, and Beyond Kristen Browde, Who's Making News for Sex Crimes Involving Children? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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