Social Justice Design and Implementation in Library and Information Science presents a range of case studies that have successfully implemented social justice as a designed strategy to generate community-wide changes and social impact.

Each chapter in the collection presents innovative practices that are strategized as intentional, deliberate, systematic, outcome-based, and impact-driven. They demonstrate effective examples of social justice design and implementation in LIS to generate meaningful outcomes across local, regional, national, and international settings. Including reflections on challenges and opportunities in academic, public, school, and special libraries, museums, archives, and other information-related settings, the contributions present forward-looking strategies that transcend historical and outdated notions of neutral stance and passive bystanders. Showcasing the intersections of LIS concepts and interdisciplinary theories with traditional and non-traditional methods of research and practice, the volume demonstrates how to further the social justice principles of fairness, justice, equity/equality, and empowerment of all people, including those on the margins of society.

Social Justice Design and Implementation in Library and Information Science will be of great interest to LIS educators, scholars, students, information professionals, library practitioners, and all those interested in integrating social justice and inclusion advocacy into their information-related efforts to develop impact-driven, externally focused, and community-relevant outcomes.

chapter |15 pages


ByBharat Mehra

part I|28 pages

Emerging new responsibilities

chapter 1|11 pages

Libraries Fighting for Social Justice During the COVID-19 Pandemic

ByNicole A. Cooke, Cyndee Sturgis Landrum, Jocelyn Pettigrew

chapter 2|15 pages

Role of Rural Libraries in Supporting Social Well-Being in their Communities

Participatory research to promote social justice 1
ByEli M. Guinnee, Margo E. Gustina

part II|56 pages

Reflective case practices

chapter 3|15 pages

Understanding the Librarian Identity

The common agency within the diversity of public librarianship
ByVanessa Irvin

chapter 5|14 pages

A Public Library's Response to Substance Abuse Recovery

Blount County recovery court life skills program
ByKaurri C. Williams-Cockfield

chapter 6|14 pages

Digital Archives and Inclusion of Underrepresented Groups

Case studies of the Voices Out Loud and Black in Appalachia projects
ByScott Sikes

part III|72 pages

Reaching out

chapter 7|13 pages

Positioning Social Justice in a Black Feminist Information Activist Community Context

A case study of African American activist-mothers in Chicago's public housing
ByLaVerne Gray, Yiran Duan

chapter 8|17 pages

Everyday Information Practices of Migrant Latinas Living in Boston

ByMónica Colón-Aguirre, Janet Ceja Alcalá

chapter 9|22 pages

Conceptualizing Co-Mapping Knowledges to Promote Social Justice Outcomes with Aboriginal Communities through Design Pedagogy

ByJulie Nichols, Jia Tina Du, Stefan Peters, Darren Fong, Angelica Harris-Faull, Ning Gu, Anna Leditschke, Jannatul Fardous

chapter 10|18 pages

Multidisciplinary Perspectives for an Integrative Critical Gerontology Information Framework

ByJoseph Winberry, Bharat Mehra

part IV|78 pages

Transforming LIS education

chapter 11|15 pages

The Mis-Education of the Librarian

Addressing curricular injustice in the LIS classroom through social justice pedagogy
ByBeth Patin, Melinda Sebastian, Jieun Yeon, Danielle Bertolini, Alexandra Grimm

chapter 12|12 pages

Creating Accessible Learning Environments and Informing Social Justice through Inclusive Course Design

ByClayton A. Copeland, Kim M. Thompson

chapter 13|16 pages

The Social Responsibility of Libraries to Address Community Homelessness

Social justice actions in two LIS courses
ByJulie Ann Winkelstein

chapter 14|18 pages

Indigenous-Engaged Education

A Canadian viewpoint
ByToni Samek

chapter 15|15 pages

Designing for Social Justice in the MLIS Curriculum

A case study of the University of Maryland
ByMorgan Adle, Paul T. Jaeger, Ursula Gorham

part V|48 pages

Instruments of action and change

chapter 16|17 pages

An Autoethnographic Narrative of Institutional Injustice

Queer resilience through use of evidence and memory
ByDonna Braquet

chapter 17|13 pages

Inspiring Information Communities to Advance the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Information action briefs for social transformation
ByKendra S. Albright, Clara M. Chu, Jia Tina Du, Bharat Mehra

chapter 18|16 pages

Implementation of Social Justice Design in Developing International Guidelines for LGBTQ+ Library Resources, Services, and Programming

ByRachel Wexelbaum, Julie Ann Winkelstein, Michael David Miller