A history of unquestioning faith

Vocational awe and the hope for a future of “bad” librarianship

Authors

  • Sam Vander Kooy Western University
  • Heather Hill
  • Danica Pawlick-Potts
  • Amber Matthews
  • Janet Allen

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.29173/cais1372

Keywords:

vocational awe, academia, institutional oppression, neutrality, martyrdom, responsible allyship

Abstract

Vocational awe is an emerging concept within LIS used to highlight how narratives and metaphors involving professional self-reverence and sacredness serve to absolve librarianship of accountability for the complex and problematic legacies of institutional oppression and exploitation.This panel explores the vocational awe narrative and its implications for LIS research in two ways. First, by sharing panelists’ experiences and struggles with vocational awe and second, by engaging the LIS research community in appropriate responses to vocational awe, such as advocating for library workers and responsible allyship with marginalized groups.

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Published

2022-08-06

How to Cite

Vander Kooy, S., Hill, H. ., Pawlick-Potts , D. ., Matthews , A. ., & Allen , J. . (2022). A history of unquestioning faith: Vocational awe and the hope for a future of “bad” librarianship. Proceedings of the Annual Conference of CAIS / Actes Du congrès Annuel De l’ACSI. https://doi.org/10.29173/cais1372

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