Document Type

Article

Publication Date

8-2015

Publication Source

Behavioral & Social Sciences Librarian

Abstract

Librarianship posits itself as a profession that strives for neutrality, particularly within customer service and information provision; however, factors such as political activity, conference programming, and disproportionate representations of specific viewpoints in the literature indicate that neutrality may be compromised. These factors may alienate librarians who do not subscribe to majority political opinions within librarianship.

A phenomenological study was conducted to understand the career experiences of academic librarians who identify as socially or politically conservative. Themes linking service provision, ethics, workplace relationships, and professional engagement emerged that demonstrate the professional impact politicized activity has on practicing librarians in all specialties.

Inclusive pages

129-157

ISBN/ISSN

0163-9269

Document Version

Postprint

Comments

The document available for download is the authors' accepted manuscript, provided in compliance with the publisher's policy on self-archiving. Permission documentation is on file.

Note: The author Kaetrena D. Davis also publishes under the name Kaetrena Davis Kendrick.

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

Volume

34

Issue

3

Peer Reviewed

yes