Lumley, Risa M. (2019, January). The academic library and social justice: Exploring librarian attitudes at one HIS. Journal of Hispanic HigherEducation. (ePub in advance of print) (doi: 10.1177/1538192718823179) (Link:

Abstract: Librarians have the potential to influence the university’s representation of knowledge, making it important to understand the attitudes they bring to work each day. Results of this Q study indicate librarians may believe their profession’s ethos of neutrality renders debate over social justice within the library moot. Only a small number of librarians at this Hispanic-serving institution envision themselves positioned to promote social justice by empowering students to use the resources currently available within the library.

Risa M Lumley <> is a librarian at the Palm Desert Campus of California State University, San Bernardino, CA.

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