Transformative Library and Information Work

Transformative Library and Information Work

Profiles in Social Justice

1st Edition - March 13, 2020

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  • Authors: Stephen Bales, Tina Budzise-Weaver
  • eBook ISBN: 9780081030127
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780081030110

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Intended to be an accessible guide to transformational information work, the book collects approximately thirty brief case studies of information related organizations, initiatives, and/or projects that focus on social justice related activities. Each case is a short narrative account of its particular subject’s history, objectives, accomplishments, and challenges faced. It also describes the material realities involved in the subjects’ day-to-day operation. Furthermore, cases include pertinent excerpts from interviews conducted with individuals directly involved with the information organization and will conclude with three-to-five bulleted takeaway points for information workers to consider when developing their own praxis

Key Features

  • Present useful guidance on transformative library and information science
  • Gathers real-world case studies of library and information practice relating to social justice
  • Gives takeaway points for readers to quickly apply in their own situation
  • Provides inspiration for the development of progressive library and information practice
  • Considers radical library and information science at a high level, offering recommendations for the future


Academic librarians, information professionals, public librarians, school and college librarians; paraprofessionals in the library space; postgraduate students in MLIS (Master of Library and Information Science) programs; researchers in library and information science; library managers; library administrators

Table of Contents

  • 1: Introduction
    2: Organize: Transformative Libraries and Archives

    1. ABC NO Rio Zine Library
    2. Anarchy Archives
    3. Barnard Zine Library
    4. Bellingham Alternative Library
    5. Conscious Kid
    6. Durland Alternatives Library
    7. East Side Freedom Library
    8. Estelita’s Library
    9. Interference Archive
    10. Provisions Library
    11. Slab City Library
    12. Southern California Library for Social Studies and Research

    3: Advocate: Transformative Library and Information Projects Reaching Out

    1. ATD Fourth World Street Libraries
    2. Awesome Foundation, Awesome Libraries Chapter
    3. Ferguson Municipal Public Library
    4. Freedom to Read Foundation
    5. Laundromat Library League
    6. Liberation Library
    7. Librarians for Social Justice
    8. Libraries Without Borders
    9. Library Freedom Project
    10. National Coalition Against Censorship
    11. Progressionista
    12. Street Books
    13. Whole Person Librarianship

    4: Connect and Transmit: Organizations For Professional Support And Outlets For Professional Communication

    1. Allied Media Conference: Radical Libraries, Archives, & Museums Track
    2. Feminist Task Force of the American Library Association Social Responsibilities Round Table
    3. Joint Conference of Librarians of Color
    4. Rainbow Round Table
    5. Urban Librarians Conference


Product details

  • No. of pages: 162
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Chandos Publishing 2020
  • Published: March 13, 2020
  • Imprint: Chandos Publishing
  • eBook ISBN: 9780081030127
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780081030110

About the Authors

Stephen Bales

Stephen Bales is Professor and Humanities and Social Sciences Librarian and Associate Professor at Texas A&M University Libraries, where he is the subject liaison for Philosophy, Religious Studies, Communication & Journalism, and Anthropology. He is also an Adjunct Lecturer at the School of Information Sciences, University of Tennessee. His research areas include the philosophy of libraries and librarianship, and ideology and the library.

Affiliations and Expertise

Humanities and Social Sciences Librarian and Associate Professor, Texas A&M University Libraries, USA

Tina Budzise-Weaver

Tina Budzise-Weaver is a Humanities & Social Sciences Librarian and Associate Professor at Texas A&M University Libraries. She is the subject liaison to Visualization, Dance, and Performance Studies. Her research investigates the underutilization of libraries, barriers to access information, and the creation of new services to address academic and professional success amongst her students, faculty, and fellow librarians.

Affiliations and Expertise

Texas A&M University Libraries, USA

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