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In critical theory circles, one of the ways “critique” functions is by exposing the assumptions made by proponents of a particular theory or worldview. Sometimes these assumptions are unconscious, but whether they are consciously-held or not, they are always withheld or not made explicit by the discourse in question. This...

It’s been a while since I’ve written a blog post on technology or programming, but this week I returned to some legacy code I wrote when I arrived at University of Alberta and inherited a programming project. The details of the project are unimportant; what I found interesting returning to...

“When a seller has no choice about selling, it should be called pillage, not purchase.” Cicero. In Confronting the Democratic Discourse, I argued that two of the main precepts of liberal-democratic thinking librarianship are: that lives are protected, and that there is all the time in the world for debate...

(NOTE: I have gone into the question of intersectionality and identity in more detail in chapter 2 of Confronting the Democratic Discourse of Librarianship on “Vectors of Oppression”). I don’t pay much attention to OLA’s OpenShelf, but when John Pateman’s post on identity politics and intersectionality was sent to me,...

As my PhD research on Intellectual Freedom in Canadian libraries evolves, it is moving away from ethical and political-economic questions towards what should more properly be described as political theory. One thing I am trying to do is to situate the IF transphobia incidents at VPL and TPL within larger...