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[How] Can there be non-compliance in UK HE librarianship? Or, in defence of ‘’68, or something’: A post-conference reflection

  • Katherine Quinn (a1)

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This paper explores differing notions and possibilities for non-compliance in UK HE librarianship. It considers the landscape of UK HE, different notions of non-compliance, and how they relate to questions of power and possibility, the individual and the collective. The author argues that in contrast to a ‘refusal of work’ definition, non-compliance can be considered softly and expansively, as everyday actions and critical reflections. In addition to collective organisation, these actions are reflected upon as vital for keeping optimism in radical, progressive change alive.

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[How] Can there be non-compliance in UK HE librarianship? Or, in defence of ‘’68, or something’: A post-conference reflection

  • Katherine Quinn (a1)

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