Libraries and special collections devolp an important narrative to history and the role of social justice. By emphasizing equity and the importance of education and knowledge for all, this allows greater understanding in communities and literacy. 

  • "Digital information has become central for education, employment, and civic participation in many places. The vast array of roles that the Internet and related technologies play in the everyday lives of individuals around the world has highlighted issues of information access, literacy, and inclusion."

- Page 1, taken from The Rise of Social Justice as a Guiding Principle in Library and Information Science Research

  • "All too often the library is viewed as an egalitarian institution providing universal access to information for the general public. However, such idealized visions of a mythic benevolence tend to conveniently gloss over the library’s susceptibility in reproducing and perpetuating racist social structures found throughout the rest of society."

—Todd Honma, 2005, p. 2  (From Anti Racist Social Justice- Denaturalizing Whiteness)

  • "Social justice “is activated as librarians work to provide all community members with inclusive services” (McCook 2011, 67). Libraries have long served vital roles in ensuring access and equity in their communities." 

- Page 2, taken from The Rise of Social Justice as a Guiding Principle in Library and Information Science Research

  • "The importance of digital literacy and digital inclusion emphasizes the social justice role that public libraries and other cultural heritage institutions play."

- Page 1-2, taken from The Rise of Social Justice as a Guiding Principle in Library and Information Science Research

Footnotes: 

  • Jaeger, P. T., Shilton, K., & Koepfler, J. (2016). The Rise of Social Justice as a Guiding Principle in Library and Information Science Research. Library Quarterly, 86(1), 1–9. https://doi-org.ezp.scranton.edu/10.1086/684142

  • Brook, Freeda, Dave Ellenwood, and Althea Eannace Lazzaro. “In Pursuit of Antiracist Social Justice: Denaturalizing Whiteness in the Academic Library.” Library Trends 64, no. 2 (Fall 2015): 246–84. https://doi.org/10.1353/lib.2015.0048.