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1st Edition

Practicing Social Justice in Libraries

ISBN 9780367764906
Published September 30, 2022 by Routledge
172 Pages 29 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Practicing Social Justice in Libraries provides practical strategies, tools, and resources to library and information workers and students who wish to drive change in their classrooms, institutions, and communities and incorporate social justice into their everyday practice.

With contributions from a diverse group of librarians, who have experience working in different types of institutions and roles, the book showcases the actions information professionals, largely from historically marginalized groups, are taking to create a more socially responsible environment for themselves and their communities. The chapters reflect on personal experiences, best practices for programming, professional development, effective collaboration, building inclusive community partnerships, anti-racist practices in the classroom, and organizational culture. Exploring how and why library workers are incorporating anti-racist and anti-oppressive work within their everyday roles, the book demonstrates that library workers are increasingly sending messages of protest and advocating for equity, justice, and social change. Highlighting their experiences of marginalization and exclusion, contributors also reflect upon the impact social justice work has on their mental health, careers, and personal lives.

Practicing Social Justice in Libraries is essential reading for library and information workers and students who are searching for practical ways to implement more inclusive practices into their work

Table of Contents


List of figures and tables

List of contributors


Introduction - Diana Moronta and Alyssa Brissett

1. Black Librarianship in the Times of Racial Unrest: An Ethnographic Study from Three Black Voices - Anthony Bishop, Jina DuVernay, Rebecca Hankins

2. Community-building, Empowering Voices, and Brave Spaces Through LIS Professional Conferences - Jennifer Masunaga, Aisha Conner-Gaten, Nataly Blas, Jessea Young

3. Information is a Two-way Street: How Libraries can learn from community outreach - Shaunda Vasudev

4. Libguides for Social Justice: Limitations and Opportunities- Stephanie Porrata

5. Weaving the Longhouse "Four Rs" in LibGuides: Indigenous teachings in library practice - Kayla Lar-Son, Karleen Delaurier-Lyle, Sarah Dupont

6. Bringing Diverse Library Exhibitions and Events to Life - Essraa Nawar

7. Environmental equity for students in the library and LEED buildings - Peggy Cabrera and Elizabeth Carroll

8. Adhocking It: Overcoming the Overwhelm to Start Creating Equitable and Inclusive Collections Now - Renae J. Watson, Khaleedah Thomas, and Kristine Nowak

9. Creating EDI Internships within the Academic Library: A Case Study - Sajni Lacey, Taya Jardine, Atmaza Chattopadhyay

10. Creating More Possibilities: Emergent strategy as a Transformative Self-Care Framework for Library EDIA Work - Stefani Baldivia, Zohra Saulat, Chrissy Hursh

11. Diversity Fatigue: Acknowledging and Moving Beyond Repetitious Emotional Labor - Joy Doan, Rahni B. Kennedy


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Alyssa Brissett is an academic librarian. Her research interests include critical library practice, organizational change and culture, and social justice in libraries. She graduated with her MLIS from Wayne State University and has a Master of Arts in childhood education from New York University.

Diana Moronta is an academic librarian. Her research interests include critical library instruction, open educational resources, and social justice in libraries. She graduated with her MSLIS from Pratt Institute and her BA from Hunter College, City University of New York.