The idea of deconstructing power and expectations was developed out of a group initiative at the University of Montana’s Mansfield Library. In collaboration with Natalie Bond, Jaci Wilkinson, and Ben Chiewphasa, we explored the ways that our expectations of student’s needs are built on systems of hierarchical power and can ultimately cause harm. To counter this harm, we utilized a user-centered design approach to determine what UM students valued in our library, what staff expected these students valued, and what students sought for a “future library.”
Here is the most recent presentation on the topic, created by Ben Chiewphasa and myself, from the Montana Library Association 2018 Conference. This topic is in continued exploration.