Op-Ed on DFO Library Closures in Partnership

My latest op-ed “Federal Library Closures and the Harper Government’s “Monoculture of the Mind”” has just been published in Partnership: the Canadian Journal of Library and Information Practice and Research. In it, I discuss the late 2013 closures of the libraries of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. The library and scientific professions were taken by surprise by the Harper government closing these libraries and consigning much of these collections to dumpsters. Official explanations that the closures were undertaken to save taxpayers’ dollars and that collections would be digitized were poorly-received, particularly when a memo marked “secret” obtained by Postmedia emerged in December indicating that the only articulated collections activity was “culling”. Critics and activists have been quick to conclude that the library closures are a part of a wider and longer-term strategy to suppress Canadian science. This article goes further, suggesting that the government’s actions in suppressing scientific and indigenous worldviews indicate no worldview of its own, only a handful of narrowly-defined “values” that will be incommensurate with the challenges facing Canada.

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