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“Politic Talks” in Academic Libraries of the South to Address a Global Democracy Recession in the United States: An Exploratory Website Analysis

Libraries and the Global Retreat of Democracy: Confronting Polarization, Misinformation, and Suppression

ISBN: 978-1-83982-597-2, eISBN: 978-1-83982-596-5

ISSN: 0065-2830

Publication date: 4 November 2021

Abstract

This chapter explores “politic talks” (also known as political information) on the websites of academic libraries in land-grant state universities of the South in the context of a global retreat of democracy that emerged during former President Trump’s regime as the 45th President of the United States. The exploratory qualitative evaluation applies website content analysis of seven information offerings in three categories that include: (1) information sources (collections, resources), information policy and planning (assigned role, strategic representation), and connections (internal, external, news and events). Promising practices and illustrative examples of “politic talks” representation on academic library websites show how they are serving as significant providers of political information during current politically turbulent times. The discussion of these findings in relation to each state’s voting likelihood based on trends since 2000 has significant political implications in enhancing the role of academic libraries moving forward.

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Mehra, B. and Winberry, J. (2021), "“Politic Talks” in Academic Libraries of the South to Address a Global Democracy Recession in the United States: An Exploratory Website Analysis", Taylor, N.G., Kettnich, K., Gorham, U. and Jaeger, P.T. (Ed.) Libraries and the Global Retreat of Democracy: Confronting Polarization, Misinformation, and Suppression (Advances in Librarianship, Vol. 50), Emerald Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 183-210. https://doi.org/10.1108/S0065-283020210000050008

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