Here's the list, in alphabetical order:
- Maria T. Accardi, Emily Drabinski, and Alana Kumbier, Critical Library Instruction: Theories and Methods
- Alma Flor Ada (She's written lots of things, but I'd like advice on her pedagogy writing.)
- Sara Ahmed, "Against Students"
- Andrea Baer, "Critical Information Literacy in the College Classroom: Exploring Scholarly Knowledge Production through the Digital Humanities"
- Stephen Eric Bronner, Critical Theory: A Very Short Introduction
- Lisa Delpit, Other People's Children: Cultural Conflict in the Classroom
- Michel Foucault, start with Discipline and Punish
- Avery Gordon, Ghostly Matters: Haunting and the Sociological Imagination
- Donna Haraway
- Sandra Harding
- bell hooks, Teaching to Transgress
- Kevin K. Kumashiro
- Carmen Luke and Jennifer Gore, Feminisms and Critical Pedagogy
- Toni Morrison, Playing in the Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination
- Bic Ngo
- Hope A. Olson
- Donald D. Palmer, Structuralism and Poststructuralism For Beginners
- Mary Louise Pratt, "Arts of the Contact Zone"
- Laura Rendón, Sentipensante (Sensing/Thinking) Pedagogy: Educating for Wholeness, Social Justice and Liberation
- Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak
- Joan Wink, Critical Pedagogy: Notes from the Real World
Also, here are some books that I've read that inform my perspective on librarianship. They tend to be a bit on the practical application side of things, but praxis is my jam, so... (Also, be warned: May Contain Some Misogyny.)
- Saul Alinsky, Rules for Radicals
The subtitle for this book, "A Pragmatic Primer for Realistic Radicals," should give you a hint of why it's on my list. Alinksy is considered by many to be a founder of modern community organizing.
- Pema Chodron, Start Where You Are
Chodron's writing was the beginning of my becoming a Buddhist. She talks about compassion, both for ourselves and for others. Compassion and kindness are core to the kind of librarian I've become.
- Chip Heath & Dan Heath, Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die
Practical application of epistemological theories (not that the authors talk about their work using that language, but that's what it is)...? Yes, thank you.
- Daniel Kahneman, Thinking, Fast and Slow
I'm of the opinion that anyone in a service oriented profession like librarianship needs to know some basic behavioral economics, and Kahneman won a Nobel for his work. Bonus: Kahneman's writing is accessible.
- Robert Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
This is the reason there's a misogyny warning on my list, but in my defense: it's really only in one chapter. This book covers topics like epistemology, emotive ethics, philosophy, and beyond. I don't agree with some of his conclusions, but his writing emphasizes the idea of broader context.
- Jack Zipes, Why Fairy Tales Stick
Zipes looks at fairy tales from what he calls an epidemiological perspective. I've spoken with some people who are better versed in epidemiology than me, and they took some issue with Zipes theories, but there's still something to be said for reading a book that talks about how memes and ideas spread. (He basically says that Little Red Riding Hood changes from culture to culture for the same reason that Darwin's finches had different beaks.) Caveat: he writes like an academic instead of like a person, but it's worth powering through to get to the ideas.
"I think you have too many books." "Don't talk to me until you apologize for that remark. I have a phylactery, I have a plan."— Evil Supply Co. (@EvilSupplyCo) December 17, 2014