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

chapter |3 pages


ByAlyssa Brissett, Diana Moronta

chapter 1|10 pages

Black Librarianship in the Times of Racial Unrest

An Ethnographic Study from Three Black Voices
ByAnthony Bishop, Jina DuVernay, Rebecca Hankins

chapter 2|14 pages

Community-Building, Empowering Voices, and Brave Spaces Through LIS Professional Conferences

ByJennifer Masunaga, Aisha Conner-Gaten, Nataly Blas, Jessea Young

chapter 3|12 pages

Information Is a Two-Way Street

How Libraries Can Learn from Community Outreach
ByShaunda Vasudev

chapter 4|12 pages

LibGuides for Social Justice

Limitations and Opportunities
ByStephanie Porrata

chapter 5|16 pages

Weaving the Longhouse “Four Rs” in LibGuides

Indigenous Teachings in Library Practice
ByKayla Lar-Son, Karleen Delaurier-Lyle, Sarah Dupont

chapter 7|14 pages

Environmental Equity for Students in the Library and LEED Buildings

ByPeggy Cabrera, Elizabeth A. Carroll

chapter 8|17 pages

Adhocking It: Overcoming the Overwhelm to Start Creating

Equitable and Inclusive Collections Now
ByRenae J. Watson, Khaleedah Thomas, Kristine Nowak

chapter 9|16 pages

Creating EDI Internships within the Academic Library

A Case Study
BySajni Lacey, Taya Jardine, Atmaza Chattopadhyay

chapter 10|12 pages

Creating More Possibilities

Emergent Strategy as a Transformative Self-Care Framework for Library EDIA Work
ByStefani Baldivia, Zohra Saulat, Chrissy Hursh

chapter 11|9 pages

Diversity Fatigue

Acknowledging and Moving Beyond Repetitious Emotional Labor
ByJoy Marie Doan, Rahni B. Kennedy