Social Justice in LIS Instruction: A Reading List

Today I am graduating with my master’s degree in Library & Information Science (MLISc)! To celebrate, I wanted to share this list of academic articles, books, libguides, monographs, and websites, all related to Social Justice in LIS Instruction. This list is a resource my friend Holiday and I shared with attendees of our round table discussion at the Hawaiʻi Library Association’s 2018 conference. Please comment if you have anything to add, or comments or questions.

Social Justice & LIS

Banaji, M. R., & Greenwald, A. G. (2016). Blindspot: Hidden biases of good people. New York: Bantam.

Baum, C. D. (1992). Feminist thought in American librarianship. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, Inc.

Beales, S. (2017). Social justice and library work: A guide to theory and practice. Oxford, UK: Chandos Publishing.

Berman, S. (1993). Prejudices and antipathies: A tract on the LC subject heads concerning people. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company.

Bowker, G. C., & Star, S. L. (2000). Sorting things out: Classification and its consequences. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Eddo-Lodge, R. (2018). Why I'm no longer talking to white people about race. London, UK: Bloomsbury Publishing.

Farkas, M. (2017). Never neutral: Critical librarianship and technology. American Libraries Magazine. Retrieved from:

Hildenbrand, S. (1996). Reclaiming the American library past: Writing the women in. Westport,

CT: Greenwood Publishing Group.

Hankins, R., & Juárez, M.(Eds.). (2015). Where are all the librarians of color?: The experiences of people of color in academia. Sacramento, CA: Library Juice Press.

Mehra, B., & Rioux, K. (2016). Progressive community action : Critical theory and social justice in library and information science. Sacramento, CA: Library Juice Press.

Nicholson, K., & Seale, M. (2017). The Politics of Theory and the Practice of Critical Librarianship. Sacramento, CA: Library Juice Press.

Noble, S. U. (2018). Algorithms of oppression: How search engines reinforce racism. New York: NYU Press.

Oluo, I. (2018). So you want to talk about race. UK: Hachette.

Sandel, M. J. (2010). Justice: What’s the right thing to do? London, UK: Macmillan.

Stockdill, B. (2012). Transforming the ivory tower: Challenging racism, sexism, and homophobia in the academy. Honolulu: University of Hawaiʻi Press.

LIS Curriculum

Adkins, D., Virden, C., & Yier, C. (2015). Learning about diversity: The roles of LIS education, LIS associations, and lived experience. The Library Quarterly, 85(2), 139–149.

Cooke, N., & Sweeney, M. E. (2017). Teaching for justice: Implementing social justice in the LIS classroom. Sacramento, CA: Library Juice Press.

Cooke, N. A., Sweeney, M. E., & Noble, S. U. (2016). Social justice as topic and tool: An attempt to transform an LIS curriculum and culture. The Library Quarterly, 86(1), 107–124.

Hathcock, A. (2015). White librarianship in blackface: Diversity initiatives in LIS. In the Library with the Lead Pipe. Retrieved from:

Irvin, V. (2016). Gazing the diversity stance in North America: Bringing practitioner inquiry into the LIS classroom. Journal of Education for Library and Information Science, 57(2), 151-160.

Jaeger, P. T., Cooke, N. A., Feltis, C., Hamiel, M., Jardine, F., & Shilton, K. (2015). The virtuous circle revisited: Injecting diversity, inclusion, rights, justice, and equity into LIS from education to advocacy. The Library Quarterly, 85( 2), 150-171.

Jaeger, P. T., Subramaniam, M. M., Jones, C. B., & Bertot, J. C. (n.d.). Diversity and LIS Education: Inclusion and the age of information. Journal of Education for Library and Information Science, 19.

Kumasi, K. D., & Manlove, N. L. (2015). Finding “diversity levers” in the core Library and Information Science curriculum: A social justice imperative. Library Trends, 64(2), 415–443.

Percell, J., Sarin, Lindsay C., Jaeger, P. T., & Bertot, J. C. (2018). Re-envisioning the MLS: Perspectives on the future of library and information science education (Advances in librarianship). Bingley, UK: Emerald Group Publishing.

Roberts, S. T., & Noble, S. U. (2016). Empowered to name, inspired to act: Social responsibility and diversity as calls to action in the LIS context. Library Trends, 64(3), 512–532.

Stanley, L. (1997). Knowing feminisms: On academic borders, territories and tribes. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Subramaniam, M., & Jaeger, P. T. (2011). Weaving diversity into LIS: An examination of diversity course offerings in iSchool programs. Education for Information, 28(1), 1-19.

Vinopal, J. (2016). The Quest for Diversity in Library Staffing: From Awareness to Action. In the Library with the Lead Pipe. Retrieved from:

Wertheimer, A., & Asato, N. (2018, November). Going beyond technical requirements: The call for a more interdisciplinary curriculum for educating digital librarians. International Conference on Asian Digital Libraries, 348-355.

Critical & Feminist Pedagogy

Accardi, M. T. (2013). Feminist pedagogy for library instruction. Sacramento, CA: Library Juice Press.

Accardi, M., Drabinski, E., & Kumbier, A. (2010). Critical library instruction: Theories and methods. Sacramento, CA: Library Juice Press.

Agarwal, R., Epstein, S., Oppenheim, R., Oyler, C., & Sonu, D. (2010). From ideal to practice and back again: Beginning teachers teaching for social justice. Journal of Teacher Education, 61( 3), 237-247.

Critical Librarianship:

Freire, P. (2000). Pedagogy of the oppressed. Anaheim, CA: Continuum.

Fritch, M. E. (2018). Teaching as a political act: Critical pedagogy in library instruction. Educational Considerations, 44(1).

hooks, b. (1994). Teaching to transgress: Education as the practice of freedom. New York: Routledge.

Kishimoto, K. (2018). Anti-racist pedagogy: from faculty’s self-reflection to organizing within and beyond the classroom. Race Ethnicity and Education, 21(4), 540–554.

Leckie, G. J., Given, L. M., & Buschman, J. (Eds.). (2010). Critical theory for library and information science: Exploring the social from across the disciplines. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.

Pagowsky, N., & McElroy, K. (2016). Critical library pedagogy handbook. American Library Association.

Tejeda, C., Espinoza, M., & Gutierrez, K. (2003). Toward a decolonizing pedagogy: Social justice reconsidered. Pedagogies of difference: Rethinking education for social change, 9-38.

Specific to Hawaiʻi

Goodyear-Kaʻopua, N., Hussey, I., & Wright, E. K. A. (Eds.). (2014). A nation rising: Hawaiian movements for life, land, and sovereignty. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.

Holt, G. (2016). Maʻo Organic Farms: E hānai lāhui (Feeding the Nation). Unpublished. Retrieved from: e45a546/1466927613586/Farms+%26+Libraries.pdf.

Okamura, J. Y. (2014). From race to ethnicity: Interpreting Japanese American experiences in Hawaiʻi. Honolulu: University of Hawaiʻi Press.

Progressive Librarians Guild UH Mānoa Student Chapter:

Project Mālama Kahoʻolawe. (2008). Mālama Kahoʻolawe Teacher’s Guide Grades 7-12. Project Mālama Kahoʻolawe. Retrieved from: ---4-------0-1l--11en---malama+kahoolawe--00-3-1-000--0-0-11000.

Rohrer, J. (2016). Staking claim: Settler colonialism and racialization in Hawaiʻi. Tucson: University of Arizona Press.

Rohrer, J. (2010). Haoles in Hawaiʻi. Honolulu: University of Hawaiʻi Press.

Shaindlin, V. B. (2018). Ruth Horie: An oral history biography and feminist analysis. (Master’s Thesis). University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Available from ProQuest Dissertations and Theses database.

Stannard, D. (2008). The Hawaiians: Health, justice, and sovereignty. In Fujikane, C., & Okamura, J. Y. (2008). Asian settler colonialism: From local governance to the habits of everyday life in Hawai‘ i (pp. 161-169). Honolulu: University of Hawai‘i Press.

Trask, H. K. (1999). From a native daughter: Colonialism and sovereignty in Hawaiʻi. Honolulu: University of Hawaiʻi Press.

UHM LIS Program Diversity Council: Ulukau: The Hawaiian Electronic Library:

Information Literacy & Fake News

American Library Association. (2017). Resolution on access to accurate information. American Library Association. Retrieved from: n.

American Library Association. (2005). Resolution on disinformation, media manipulation, and the destruction of public information. American Library Association. Retrieved from:

Cooke, N. (2018). Fake news and alternative facts: Information literacy in a post-truth era. Chicago, IL: American Library Association.

Downey, A. (2016). Critical information literacy: Foundations, inspiration, and ideas. Sacramento, CA: Library Juice Press.

Gregory, L., Higgins, S., & Samek, T. (2013). Information literacy and social justice: Radical professional praxis. Sacramento, CA: Library Juice Press.

Never Neutral:

Saunders, L. (2017). Connecting information literacy and social justice: Why and how. Communications in Information Literacy, 11(1), 55-75.

Sullivan, M. (2018). Why librarians can’t fight fake news. Journal of Librarianship and Information Science.

Our presentation:

Vega, H., & Shaindlin, V. B. (2018, November 17). Social Justice in Library Instruction. Roundtable discussion presented at the Hawai‘i Library Association Annual Conference.

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