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We Will Not Be Silent: Amplifying Marginalized Voices in LIS Education and Research

Amelia N. Gibson: assistant professor at the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Gibson’s primary research interests center on health information behavior and on local communities and places as information systems. She is particularly interested in the effects of place, space, and community on the information worlds and information behavior, information needs, and information access of various populations. Her current work focuses on information poverty and how intersections of identity, place, space, and social and economic power and privilege influence information access and information behavior. Her most recent article is “Building a Progressive-Situational Model of Post-Diagnosis Information Seeking for Parents of Individuals with Down Syndrome” (2016) in Global Qualitative Nursing Research. E-mail: [email protected].

Sandra Hughes-Hassell: professor in the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Hughes-Hassell is also president elect of the Young Adult Library Services Association. In her current research, she focuses on social justice issues in youth library services, diverse youth literature, and culturally responsive professional development. She has written and presented extensively on culturally relevant pedagogy, critical race theory, and the role of libraries in serving youth of color. Her most recent book is Libraries, Literacy, and African American Youth (Libraries Unlimited, 2017), which she coedited with Pauletta B. Bracy and Casey H. Rawson. E-mail: [email protected].

This article focuses on the role of LIS faculty and researchers in the aftermath of the 2016 presidential election. Key points include our responsibility to educate ourselves about marginalization and silencing; to help our students build theoretical, practical, and ethical foundations for engaging with communities in ways that prioritize their needs and uphold the values of the profession; to amplify the voices of people systematically targeted by the presidential administration’s policies and actions; and to engage in public discourse about the implications of current administrative policies as related to the core values of LIS, such as the right to privacy, access, freedom of speech, and intellectual freedom. The article draws parallels between social oppression, as demonstrated in campaign rhetoric and presidential policy, and institutional oppression within library spaces.