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Commodification of the information profession: a critique of higher education under neoliberalism

  The structures that govern society’s understanding of information have been reorganised under a neoliberal worldview to allow information to appear and function as a commodity. This has implications for the professional ethics of library and information labour, and the need for critical reflexivity in library and information praxes is not being met. A lack of theoretical understanding of these issues means that the political interests governing decision-making are going unchallenged, for example the UK government’s specific framing of open access to research. We argue that building stronger, community oriented praxes of critical depth can serve as a resilient challenge to the neoliberal politics of the current higher education system in the UK and beyond. Critical information literacy offers a proactive, reflexive and hopeful strategy to challenge hegemonic assumptions about information as a commodity.

  • Type:

    Article

  • Date:

    10 March 2015

  • Publication Status:

    Published

  • DOI:

    10.7710/2162-3309.1182

  • ISSN:

    2162-3309

  • Funders:

    New Funder

Citation

Lawson, S., Sanders, K., & Smith, L. (2015). Commodification of the information profession: a critique of higher education under neoliberalism. Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication, 3(1), https://doi.org/10.7710/2162-3309.1182

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