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Extending Shiyali Ramamrita Ranganathan in the 21st Century: Social Justice Laws of Librarianship

Extending Shiyali Ramamrita Ranganathan in the 21st Century: Social Justice Laws of Librarianship
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Author(s): Bharat Mehra (University of Alabama, USA)
Copyright: 2022
Pages: 18
Source title: Handbook of Research on the Role of Libraries, Archives, and Museums in Achieving Civic Engagement and Social Justice in Smart Cities
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Mohamed Taher (Canadian Multifaith Federation, Canada)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-8363-0.ch016

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Abstract

This chapter traces the actualities and possibilities of representing social justice and social equity concerns in LIS via extending Ranganathan's five laws of librarianship within today's contemporary neoliberal and geopolitical realities. Blinders in librarianship are identified in its resistance to intentional, systematic, action-oriented, community-engaged, and impact-driven strategies of social justice and real change owing to its White-IST (white + elitist) roots. These are speculated in relation to the profession's undervaluing of Ranganathan's contributions because of his South Asian (i.e., East Indian) origins as a result of the pedestalizing of its Anglo/Eurocentric components within the legacies of a colonized and imperialistic world order. A manifesto of social justice laws of librarianship is proposed to address past and recent lapses in LIS.

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