Law Library Neutrality in a Time of Political Upheaval

Recorded On: 07/16/2020

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However unachievable, neutrality is often viewed as a core value of our profession. Does neutrality serve today's libraries, or does it do harm by limiting our conversations and ability to take action? According to Jennifer A. Ferreti, "critical librarianship is not neutral." In the current times, where libraries are contending with issues such as escalating prices, diminished bargaining power, and contentious political upheaval, it may be time to reconsider neutrality as the best way forward for our patrons, our institutions, and ourselves as professionals. This panel will discuss critical librarianship and conflicts of neutrality. This program is sponsored by the LISP-SIS.

Recorded at the 2020 AALL Virtual Conference. Please note the opinions shared during the programs represent the views of the speakers and not of AALL.


Policymakers, attorneys, publishers, vendors, and managers; firm, government, and academic librarians, especially those who actively review and select vendors and manage vendor relations; managers, administrators, and policy makers who want to anticipate neutrality conflicts and make sound policies for their staff and libraries.


  1. Attendees will be able to describe the concept of "critical librarianship."
  2. Attendees will be able to apply information ethics and legal ethics to a case study based on a neutrality conflict.
  3. Attendees will be able to describe two recent neutrality conflicts in law libraries.


  • Sarah Lamdan, CUNY School of Law
  • Todd Melnick, Fordham University School of Law


  • Rebecca Sherman, US Courts Library, 9th Cir., Oregon


  • Nicole P. Dyszlewski, Roger Williams University School of Law Library

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Law Library Neutrality in a Time of Political Upheaval
Recorded 07/16/2020
Recorded 07/16/2020