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In a lineage of friends: What Asian Humanities gives to critical librarianship

By Brinna Pam Anan, Metadata Management Librarian and Collection Development Coordinator
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
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Sarah D. Calhoun, Reference & Instruction Librarian for Humanities & Digital Scholarship
Carleton College

Abstract

We, as academic librarians, have chosen to practice interdisciplinary collaboration in our work in service of introducing more outside perspectives into the field of librarianship. From Asian Humanities, we learned about the concepts of kalyāṇa-mittatā, an active practice of auspicious friendship, and paramparā, an active transmission of knowledge through a lineage. While working at very different institutions, we have found these two concepts useful in guiding our understanding of colonialist, predominantly white hostile systems within area studies and area studies librarianship; academia; and libraries writ large. Using our own background in Asian Humanities, informed by the work of scholars of critical librarianship and Relational-Cultural Theory, we offer another parallel solution: We seek to establish academic friendships that are mutually beneficial and based on an ethic of care, while also thinking critically about our specific place within the trajectory of librarianship. Continue reading In a lineage of friends: What Asian Humanities gives to critical librarianship