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Paul T. Jaeger is associate professor and diversity officer of the College of Information Studies and Co-Director of the Information Policy and Access Center at the University of Maryland. Dr. Jaeger’s research focuses on the ways in which law and public policy shape information behavior, particularly for underserved populations. He is the author of more than one hundred and fifty journal articles and book chapters. This is his ninth book. His other recent books are Information Worlds: Social Context, Technology, & Information Behavior in the Age of the Internet (Routledge, 2010) with Gary Burnett; and Public Libraries and the Internet: Roles, Perspectives, and Implications (Libraries Unlimited, 2011) with John Carlo Bertot and Charles R. McClure; Disability and the Internet: Confronting a Digital Divide (Lynne Rienner, 2012); Public Libraries, Public Policies, and Political Processes: Serving and Transforming Communities in Times of Economic and Political Constraint (Rowman and Littlefield, 2014) with Ursula Gorham, John Carlo Bertot, and Lindsay C. Sarin; and Digital Literacy and Digital Inclusion: Information Policy and the Public Library (Rowman and Littlefield, 2014) with Kim M. Thompson, Natalie Greene Taylor, Mega Subramaniam, and John Carlo Bertot. His research has been funded by the Institute of Museum & Library Services, the National Science Foundation, the American Library Association, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, among others. Dr. Jaeger is Editor of Library Quarterly, Co-Editor of the Advances in Librarianship Book Series, and Associate Editor of Government Information Quarterly.
Natalie Greene Taylor is a doctoral candidate at the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland, where she also received her Masters of Library Science, specializing in e-government and school library media. She is a Graduate Research Associate at the Information Policy & Access Center (iPAC) where her research has focused on partnerships between libraries and government agencies and the role of school libraries in improving adolescent health and information literacy. Her research interests also include the role of policy in limiting or promoting youth information access, and her dissertation explores adolescents’ experiences with digital government health information. She has published articles in Library & Information Science Research, Public Library Quarterly, Information Polity, and International Journal of Public Administration in the Digital Age, among others, and co-authored the book Digital Literacy and Digital Inclusion: Information Policy and the Public Library. She is also an Associate Editor of Library Quarterly.
Ursula Gorham is a doctoral candidate in the College of Information Studies and a Graduate Research Associate at the Information Policy and Access Center (iPAC). She holds a law degree, as well as graduate degrees in library science and public policy, from the University of Maryland. She is admitted to practice law in Maryland and, prior to beginning the doctoral program, served as a law clerk in Maryland appellate and federal bankruptcy courts. Ursula’s work at iPAC has focused on e-government partnerships in public libraries and the role of libraries in public policy and political processes. Her research interests also include the accessibility of legal information and court documents, with an emphasis on self-represented litigants, and her dissertation will explore the use of technology to expand access to justice for low-income individuals in the United States. Her work has been published in Government Information Quarterly, Public Library Quarterly, Journal of Open Access to Law, Information Polity, and International Journal of Public Administration in the Digital Age. She is an Associate Editor of Library Quarterly.
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: The Historical Evolution of the Concepts of Human Rights and Social Justice
Chapter 3: The Current State of Digital Inclusion
Chapter 4: Libraries as Institutions Promoting Social Justice and Human Rights
Chapter 5: The Unspoken Roles of Libraries as Institutions of Social Justice and Human Rights
Chapter 6: Information Policies Related to Human Rights and Social Justice
Chapter 7: Arsenals of Human Rights and Social Justice
Chapter 8: From Fire, By Fire: Rights and Justice in Policy, Practice, and Advocacy
About the Authors
Overall, this book is an excellent piece of work. Thoroughly researched, it builds a strong case for libraries as social justice institutions supported by a wide range of statistics, evidence, and examples. . . .[It] paint[s] a compelling picture of libraries that could indeed become a rallying cry for professionals. The book would be a great addition to any LIS course with a focus on inclusion, social justice, outreach, or advocacy, or could be a supplemental text in a foundational course to provide a view of the potential for the profession to engage in social issues.
— Library & Information Science Research
Libraries, Human Rights, and Social Justice encourages librarians to pursue an advocacy role. The authors suggest that we fully recognize our efforts in this area and make them a stronger part of our profession, including providing training in library school, our professional associations, and daily work. If we join more closely with the contemporary movements for human rights and social justice, we may gain new allies and partners as well as help our users. This book provides a wide-ranging, research-based view of how these issues are important to libraries.
— Information Today