The Social Justice Collaboratorium: Illuminating Research Pathways between Social Justice and Library and Information Studies

Rashauna Brannon, Laverne Gray, Miraida Morales, Myrna E. Morales, Mario H. Ramírez, Elnora Kelly Tayag

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Purpose This chapter introduces an initiative of the Spectrum Doctoral Fellows to build an online resource that engages the Library and Information Studies (LIS) community in a discussion of social justice initiatives within the field. This tool further develops a social justice framework that raises awareness of and integrates social justice methodologies into LIS curricula and library practices. This framework facilitates community building and the empowerment of the populations they serve. Methodology/approach Using an iterative approach to user-centered design, the Social Justice Collaboratorium (SJC) development process consists of input from a community of engaged users to inform the wireframe, prototype, testing, and development phases. This includes gathering substantial qualitative and quantitative data such as surveys of LIS faculty, practitioners and students, as well as tracking web analytics once the tool is live. Practical implications The SJC allows for the confluence of research, resources, networks, best practices, and LIS school models in a centralized medium. Designed for LIS practitioners, faculty, staff, and students, as well as those interested in project management, resource development, and collaborative work, the SJC supports different approaches to social justice in LIS. Originality/value The SJC will be accessible to a distributed community of social justice LIS scholars, practitioners, students, and activists. Contributions from the community of users throughout every stage of the development process ensures participation, stewardship, and intentionality. In this way, the SJC will be a transformative tool for the LIS community as a vehicle for promoting equity and social change.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)303-327
Number of pages25
JournalAdvances in Librarianship
StatePublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Social justice
  • collaborative work
  • collaboratorium
  • resource development
  • spectrum
  • user-centered design

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Library and Information Sciences


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