Dan Grace

Email: dpgrace1@sheffield.ac.uk
Information School, Regent Court

PhD title

Creating a convivial library: crisis, the commons and community resilience


Andrew Cox
Jo Bates

Project description

We live in a time of intertwined economic, environmental, and political crises. This project seeks to understand what place a library has in addressing these crises. It comprises an autoethnoraphic account of the praxis of creating a convivial library. The project seeks to investigate this process of praxis (the flow from theory to practice and back again) through my own attempts to realise a convivial library in Sheffield. Specifically, the theoretical perspectives engaged with are primarily drawn from the work of Ivan Illich on convivial institutions and the commons, and Jason W. Moore's work on world-ecology.

Research interests

Public libraries, convivial tools, information as a commons, theories of knowledge/information, critical theory, world-ecology, marxism, anarchism.

Funding and awards

WRoCAH PhD studentship


Journal articles


  • Webber SA, Andrews P, Chapman E, Elmore J, Grace D & Nunn E (2018) Reflections on Running a critLIS Reading Group In Nicholson KP & Seale M (Ed.), The Politics of Theory and the Practice of Critical Librarianship (pp. 167-179). Sacramento: Library Juice Press. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Grace D (2014) Reading for a Better Future: Books For A Better Future (BFABF) and Sustainability Literacy in a U.K. Public Library In Morrone M (Ed.), Informed Agitation: Library and Information Skills in Social Justice Movements and Beyond (pp. 45-54). Sacramento, CA: Library Juice Press. RIS download Bibtex download

Conference proceedings papers

  • Grace D (2014) Illich in the library: putting theory into practice. https://conferencepapers.shef.ac.uk/index.php/iFutures/2014/schedConf/presentations. The University of Sheffield, 22 July 2014 - 22 July 2014. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download