Leading with love and hospitality: applying a radical pedagogy to LIS

Nicole A. Cooke

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Purpose: This paper aims to suggest that classroom instructors should reflect and revise their pedagogy to lead a classroom designed to produce future information professionals who will be prepared to serve their communities in a radical way. Design/methodology/approach: The paper reviews the literature related to radical and humanizing pedagogies and then features an auto ethnographic case study which details how the author implemented some of the strategies. Findings: Formal study of pedagogy can improve the library and information science (LIS) teaching and learning process. Practical implications: Examining pedagogy in a formal way yields concrete suggestions for improving classroom management and content delivery. Social implications: Using a radical pedagogy can improve relationships between teachers and learners, and learners will be able to model the classroom strategies in their own professional practice. Originality/value: The study builds upon current examples of radical practice in the field and examines how such practices can be instilled even earlier in LIS graduate classrooms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)119-132
Number of pages14
JournalInformation and Learning Science
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Jan 23 2019


  • Autoethnography
  • Graduate education
  • Humanizing pedagogies
  • Library and information science
  • Pedagogy
  • Teaching and learning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Library and Information Sciences


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