For immediate release | July 26, 2023

New from ACRL - “The Critical Librarianship and Pedagogy Symposium: Reflections, Revisions, and New Works”

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “The Critical Librarianship and Pedagogy Symposium: Reflections, Revisions, and New Works” edited by Yvonne Mery and Anthony Sanchez, an anthology that provides a toolkit for critical library pedagogy that recognizes how knowledge is created within historical and deeply politicized contexts.

Academic librarianship is due for a major paradigm shift in response to the existential threats facing the library profession and higher education, and library workers are leading this shift with new ideas about community, feminism, education, and social change.

"The Critical Librarianship and Pedagogy Symposium" collects expanded and updated presentations given at the Critical Librarianship and Pedagogy Symposium (CLAPS) held biennially at the University of Arizona Libraries. Authors working in library or disciplinary teaching fields explore intersections between information literacy and critical pedagogy and provide current thinking, assessment, and reflection on their practices of teaching students how to recognize and critique the oppressive power structures inherent in educational systems. The work done by librarians is analyzed to reveal the socioeconomic frameworks that drive the costs of our labor.

Divided into five parts—Critical Pedagogies in the Classroom, Feminist Library Practices, The Labor of Librarianship, Practices of Care, and Community Archives—chapters include explorations of the advent of neoliberalism in higher education, social justice, white fragility, supporting neurodivergence in education, and disability rights activism. They use lenses such as queer, intersectional, feminist, and critical race theory to examine subjects, and include practices for sustainable teaching, facilitating dialogue in the classroom, and using tools such as user experience or empathic design. "The Critical Librarianship and Pedagogy Symposium" offers ways to incorporate critical pedagogy theory into your own practices as educators, both within the library and in higher education.

“The Critical Librarianship and Pedagogy Symposium: Reflections, Revisions, and New Works” is available for purchase in print and as an ebook through the ALA Online Store; in print through; and by telephone order at (866) 746-7252 in the U.S. or (770) 442-8633 for international customers.


The Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) is the higher education association for academic libraries and library workers. Representing nearly 8,500 individuals and libraries, ACRL (a division of the American Library Association) develops programs, products, and services to help those working in academic and research libraries learn, innovate, and lead within the academic community. Founded in 1940, ACRL is committed to advancing learning, transforming scholarship, and creating diverse and inclusive communities. Find ACRL on the web, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.


Erin Nevius

Content Strategist