Social Justice

Of all the values librarians and social workers share, social justice is perhaps the most notable.

This bibliography highlights social justice as a shared value of public libraries and social work in general (not necessarily about how MSW interns intersect with this).

…And Social Justice for All: How Can Librarians and Social Workers Collaborate? (2015). Presented at the ALA Connect. Retrieved from

Alexander, O. D. (2008). Public Library Services to Underrepresented Groups: Poor & Unemployed, Emphasizing Danville, Virginia. Public Library Quarterly, 27(2), 111–133.

Buschman, J., & Warner, D. A. (2015). On Community, Justice, and Libraries. The Library Quarterly, 86(1), 10–24.

Chua, A. (2011). Public libraries and the homeless. Public Libraries, 50(6), 13.

Dankowski, T. (2018). Bringing libraries to WIC. American Libraries, June 2018, 24–25.

Giesler, M. A. (2017). A place to call home?: A qualitative exploration of public librarians’ response to homelessness. Journal of Access Services, 14(4), 188–214.

Gorham, U. (2016). Perspectives on libraries as institutions of human rights and social justice. Advances in Librarianship, 41, 1–12.

Gorham, U., Taylor, N. G., & Jaeger, P. T. (n.d.). Human Rights, Social Justice, and the Activist Future of Libraries. In Perspectives on Libraries as Institutions of Human Rights and Social Justice (pp. 419–427).

Hines, S. (2015). Connecting individuals with social services: the library’s role. IFLA.

Hinze, S. (2016). Librarians as Community Ambassadors. Young Adult Library Services, 15(1), 27–30.

Jaeger, P. T., Gorham, U., Taylor, N. G., Kettnich, K., Sarin, L. C., & Peterson, K. J. (2014). Library Research and What Libraries Actually Do Now: Education, Inclusion, Social Services, Public Spaces, Digital Literacy, Social Justice, Human Rights, and Other Community Needs. The Library Quarterly, 84(4), 491–493.

Jaeger, P. T., Shilton, K., & Koepfler, J. (2015). The Rise of Social Justice as a Guiding Principle in Library and Information Science Research. The Library Quarterly, 86(1), 1–9.

Jaeger, P. T., Taylor, N. G., & Gorham, U. (2015). Libraries, Human Rights, and Social Justice: Enabling Access and Promoting Inclusion. Lanham, Maryland : Rowman & Littlefield.

Jain, V., & Saraf, S. (2013). Empowering the poor with right to information and library services. Library Review. Great Britain. Forestry Commission, 62(1), 47–52.

Johnson, S. C. (2018). Utilizing MSW Interns to foster collaboration between public libraries and social workers. Poster presented at the NASW Annual Conference, Washington, DC. Retrieved from

Johnson, S. C. (2019). Partnering for social justice: Social work students’ placement at public libraries. In C. Smallwood (Ed.), Social Justice and Activism in Libraries: Essays on Diversity and Change. McFarland.

Library Journal. (2018, March 12). Chera Kowalski:  Movers & Shakers 2018 – Advocates. Retrieved from

Michel, T. A., Sabino, E. E., Stevenson, A. J., Weiss, E., Carpenter, A., & Rapkin, B. (2011). Queens Library HealthLink: Fighting Health Disparities through Community Engagement. Urban Library Journal, 17(1), 1–15.

Pateman, J. (n.d.). Public libraries and social justice. Farnham, Surrey, England ; Ashgate.

Public Libraries Online. (2018). Social Workers in Public Libraries – Serving Persons Experiencing Homelessness. Public Libraries Online [podcast episode]. Retrieved from

Quinn, M. (2017, Jan 9). For the poorest and sickest, librarians often play doctor. Governing the States and Localities. Retrieved from

Shelton, J., & Winkelstein, J. (2014). Librarians and social workers: Working together for homeless LGBTQ youth. Young Adult Library Services, 13(1), 20-24. Retrieved from

Social justice in libraries: social work roots and the progressive library mission. (2017, June). Retrieved from

Social Workers in Public Libraries. (2018). Public Libraries Online [podcast episode]. Retrieved from

Zettervall, S. (2017). Essay: Social Work for Librarians: Cultural Humility. SRRT Newsletter Social Responsibilities Round Table), (197), 1–1.

Zipkowitz, F. (1990). “No one wants to see them”: meeting the reference needs of the deinstitutionalized. The Reference Librarian, (31), 53–68.