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Library Science and the Canonization of Jean Blackwell Hutson

When one thinks of science, one most likely imagines robots, inventions, or childhood nostalgia of watching Bill Nye the Science Guy, but never the community librarian that helped you locate the most current thriller to read. Yes, librarians are actually scientists! The requirement for a professional librarian is to obtain a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science. Library Science is “an interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary field that applies the practices, perspectives, and tools of management, information technology, education, and other areas to libraries.” Moreover, in the spirit of Black History Month, I wish to spotlight library scientist Jean Blackwell Hutson, who devoted her career to addressing and dismantling the hegemony of eurocentrism and historical revisionism in the application of library science theory.

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