8 Association of Research Libraries Research Library Issues 303 2022 ecosystem. As Loo and Mitchell explore in their article, a whole-society approach, deploying everything we know about psychology and the importance of the familiar to building trust in information messages, will be essential to redressing a now heavily polluted information ecosystem. Where does this lead our profession? We have been deliberately interrogating traditional assumptions of library as neutral party, fostering a far more complex conception of our role. The world around us seems to want to redefine and challenge the meaning of previously self-evident values at the heart of our professional work: truth, facts, and free speech, for example. And in the case of the latter, as Phillips indicates, this attempted redefinition frequently unfolds in bad faith contexts that do not genuinely seek to advance freedom of speech, but which often serve as vectors of misinformation. We are also challenged by Chu’s emerging concept of de- or sub-information, a disordered approach to information that silences or appropriates voices, or that relies on stereotypes to devalue the stories of certain communities. The opportunity is ours to pursue projects that preserve agency, a broader conception of knowledge, and that embrace appropriate regimes of information access: mindful of historic traumas and supporting culturally appropriate restrictions based on community values and Indigenous sovereignty. Truth Commissions and Roles for Libraries and Archives ARL and the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) have been exploring the connections between libraries and archives and national truth movements for several years, including in sessions at our recent Association Meetings. A fall 2017 session focused on the University of Manitoba’s response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada and the University of Virginia’s work to document the Charlottesville “Unite the Right” rally and the community response to that deadly event, along with increasing incidents of violence and violent threats by white supremacist, anti- government, and insurrectionist groups. A Spring 2019 Association
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