“We are shown how to fashion masks of ennui and jaded irony at a young age where the face is fictive enough to assume the shape of whatever it wears. And then it’s stuck there, the weary cynicism that saves us from gooey sentiment and unsophisticated naïveté. Sentiment equals naïveté on this continent (at least since the Reconfiguration).”

Simon Bowie is a culture writer, open-source systems developer, critical librarianship advocate, and podcaster.

My writing on librarianship and digital culture has appeared in The Guardian, specialist library publications, and various other places online. I have written extensively about critical approaches to systems librarianship and library practice with a particular focus on advocating use of open-source systems in education.

My fiction has been published in various art publications and in New Scientist as the winner of their 2009 flash fiction competition.

I speak regularly at conferences and academic events about critical librarianship and open-licensing in education. My speaking on digital privacy and encryption in librarianship has helped inform the practice of several library services and the Carnegie UK Trust.

I am an editor for the Journal of Radical Librarianship, an open access journal publishing high quality, rigorously reviewed and innovative scholarly work in the field of radical and critical librarianship. I am also the server administrator for the journal’s Open Journal Systems site.

With my partner, I am the co-host of the popular comedy podcast, You Are Being Unreasonable, in which we examine the strange culture of Mumsnet’s Am I Being Unreasonable forum.

I have a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from The University of Manchester, a Master’s degree in Library and Information Management from Manchester Metropolitan University, and am currently studying for a Master’s degree in Cultural and Critical Studies at Birkbeck, University of London.

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Simon Bowie is a library systems worker based in the UK. He works on implementations and support of open licensing models in higher education libraries and advocates for the use of open-source software in librarianship. He writes and speaks on the subjects of ethical practice in librarianship, cryptography and encryption, open access in academic publishing, and opposition to digital surveillance. He’s also studying for an MA in Cultural and Critical Studies at Birkbeck, University of London.


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