Critical Librarianship & Pedagogy Symposium






Welcome to the Critical Librarianship & Pedagogy Symposium (CLAPS)

Thanks for your interest in the Critical Librarianship & Pedagogy Symposium. Due to resourcing, we will not be holding a symposium in 2024. We are exploring options for collaborations with other institutions in the meantime and are optimistically planning to hold the next CLAPS in 2026. Keep an eye on this site or join our listserv (see instructions below) for future updates.

CLAPS together critical pedagogy discourse among academic librarians, critical pedagogy scholars, and teaching faculty. This biennial event has been hosted by the University of Arizona Libraries since 2016. CLAPS received a Special Certificate of Recognition and Appreciation from ACRL's Instruction Section in 2019. Find slides from our past conference presentations in the UA Campus Repository:

You can also view presentation recordings from our 2020 and 2022 conferences on our YouTube channel.

What is critical pedagogy?

Critical pedagogy recognizes that education is shaped by outside political and economic forces, often to the detriment of politically and culturally marginalized students. Those who practice critical pedagogy teach students how to recognize and critique the oppressive power structures inherent in educational systems.

Conference hashtag and mailing list

Take a look at tweets from the 2022, 2020, and 2018 conferences: #claps2022, #claps2020, #claps2018.

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