After our energizing and illuminating Urban Librarians Unite conference, Dangerous Librarianship, Library Journal‘s Rebecca Miller mentioned us in her editorial “Fire in the Belly: Powering Advocacy with Passion“. We were particularly in love with this quote about Hooray for Social Justice!:
“Radical inclusivity,” they argued, demands a reset of our understanding of what is needed to support a democracy. It calls for services designed to foster a more equitable society, not just deliver equivalent services across the board. This struck me as inherently kind and mission aligned.
We reached out to Meredith Schwartz about taking all of our research and examples and turning them into an article. In June 2017 our article “Why Social Justice in the Library” was published.
Since, we’ve heard from colleagues throughout the east coast about the article being used in classrooms, bibliographies, and peer reading groups. We’re proud of the work, but it’s popularity might also be from the hunger for quality discussion on the topic. Discussion about how to do a better job, not whether or not it is our job.