AuthorPerry, Gerald Jerry
AffiliationUniv Arizona, Univ Arizona Lib
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PublisherMEDICAL LIBRARY ASSOC
CitationPerry, G. (Jerry). (2020). The activist health sciences librarian. Journal of the Medical Library Association, 108(1). https://doi.org/10.5195/jmla.2020.859
RightsCopyright © 2020 Gerald Perry. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
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AbstractAt the remove of 2019, it is hard for many to imagine the sense of apocalypse that was palpable throughout the gay community during the 1980s and much of the 1990s. My professional career was launched at the height of the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) pandemic, and at the time, saving lives through librarianship was my mission. This Janet Doe Lecture presents my personal story of activism and advocacy as a lens through which to consider the larger story of activism around social justice issues for the Medical Library Association, by groups such as the Relevant Issues Section, now the Social Justice Section, and by the work of past Doe Lecturers Rachael K. Anderson, AHIP, FMLA, and Gerald Oppenheimer. It is also the story of an association that has at times been deeply conflicted about the role of such activism in our niche of librarianship. With anchors in poetry and prose, this is a story of hope through justice, conveying a message of the essentialness of our work as librarians and health information professionals to the mission of saving lives.
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