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.
How to Cite:
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), eP1182. doi: https://doi.org/10.7710/2162-3309.1182