Social Justice and Cultural Competency
Essential Readings for School Librarians
by Marcia A. Mardis and Dianne Oberg, Editors
November 2019, 178pp, 7 x 10
1 volume, Libraries Unlimited

Paperback: 978-1-4408-7120-7
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This book examines how school librarians and educators can work together to address the moral purpose of schools.

Published in partnership with the International Association of School Librarianship, this work gathers together the latest and most important research on the topics of social justice and cultural competency in school libraries.

Education systems today are expected to advance national goals related to fairness, equity, and social cohesion. Comprising articles written and collected in the journal of the International Association of School Librarianship and new articles written especially for this anthology, this book documents both empirical research and promising practices to help school librarians and teachers work together to promote social justice and develop learners’ and educators’ cultural competence.

Both coeditors are experienced in working with authors from around the world and have participated in the development of effective and ethical standards and guidelines for school library practitioners. Brief real-life case studies of school librarians and teachers in action showcase efforts to improve the lives of marginalized or under-served students. School librarians inside and outside of the United States, school library educators and policymakers, and academic librarians building school librarianship collections will find this guide valuable.


  • Includes evidence-based approaches to dealing with challenges to the educational and moral purposes of schools
  • Features fresh perspectives on shared concerns from colleagues
  • Provides access to research and promising practices
Marcia A. Mardis is associate professor and assistant dean at Florida State University. Marcia was editor and lead writer of the AASL National School Library Standards and a contributor to AASL's Standards for the 21st Century Learner. Author of numerous peer reviewed research and practitioner articles on digital librarianship, open educational resources, school librarianship, and technical education, Marcia has also published four books with Libraries Unlimited. She is coeditor of School Libraries Worldwide, the scholarly journal of the International Association of School Librarianship.

Dianne Oberg is professor emerita at the University of Alberta, Canada. She served on the IFLA School Libraries Standing Committee for 12 years and has been an active member of IASL since 1982. She was founding editor of the peer-reviewed international journal School Libraries Worldwide, which she edited for 15 years. She coedited the IFLA School Library Guidelines, Second Edition.


"Suitable as a book-study selection, this collection is insightful and provocative and should spark considerable discussion among those serving students."—Booklist, February 7, 2020

"A noteworthy collection of essays that should appeal to all school librarians."—VOYA, April 1, 2020

"Librarians seeking to expand their pedagogy to better assist underserved student populations would do well to explore this trove of good advice and innovation."—American Libraries, January 4, 2021
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