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Bias in Search Engines And Algorithms: Ways To Get Involved

A critical analysis of the explicit and implicit biases present in various search engines, databases, and algorithms that people regularly interact with in their daily lives

Students

  • Suggest changes/additions to subject headings directly to the Subject Authority Cooperative Program (SACO) here.
  • Raise awareness about bias in search engines and use critical thinking when evaluating information on the Internet. Who is benefiting? Whose voices are missing? 
  • Support organizations, like Black Girls Code, that empower marginalized groups to become computer programmers
  • Use unbiased search engines like DuckDuckGo

Librarians

  • Join the conversation about critical librarianship using the #critlib hashtag on Twitter.
  • Follow critlib.org for blog posts about critical librarianship as well as announcements about conferences, events, and meet-ups. (You can also host your own!)
  • Suggest changes/additions to subject headings directly to the Subject Authority Cooperative Program (SACO) here.
  • Engage with our patrons in an open dialog to find out their unique needs. Remember what Howard and Knowlton said: "Information anxiety is stress induced by student fears about accessing information. Stress may be caused by external factors such as unfamiliarity with a library's floor plan, or internal pressures such as fear of being judged when asking for assistance. These fears are compounded in academic libraries by architectural features and library workforces that present 'normative Whiteness.'"
  • Support organizations, like Black Girls Code, that empower marginalized groups to become computer programmers

Programmers