May 17, 2022

Journal Article: “Analysis of Anti-Racism, Equity, Inclusion and Social Justice Initiatives in Library and Information Science Literature”

The article linked below was recently published by Reference Services Review.

Title

Analysis of Anti-Racism, Equity, Inclusion and Social Justice Initiatives in Library and Information Science Literature

Authors

Emily P. Jones
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Nandita S. Mani
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Rebecca B. Carlson
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Carolyn G. Welker
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Michelle Cawley
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Fei Yu
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Source

Reference Services Review
Ahead of Print
DOI: 10.1108/RSR-07-2021-0032


Abstract

Purpose

The objective of this study is to establish the current state of library and information science (LIS) scholarship pertaining to anti-racism, equity, inclusion and social justice initiatives.

Design/Methodology/Approach

Using comprehensive search strategies, three LIS databases were searched for relevant literature published in the last 10 years and results were exported and de-duplicated using Endnote. Citations were screened by two blinded, independent reviewers based on pre-defined eligibility criteria. Citations in the final data set were then hand coded by three reviewers using deductive coding. Subject terms for all citations were categorized and consolidated to identify major themes across the corpus of included publications. Results were analyzed using bibliometrics and thematic analysis.

Findings

A total of 691 unique citations were included in this analysis based on inclusion criteria. Publication productivity has generally increased from 2011 to 2020; findings show publications from 170 source titles and 944 authors representing 33 countries. Prevalent themes included access to information, multiculturalism and social justice. Various populations groups, areas of LIS practice, library types and social justice topics have been addressed in the literature. Over 15% of citations focused on anti-racism efforts in LIS.

Originality/Value

This study applied both bibliometric and thematic approaches to analyzing LIS literature at macro and micro levels regarding anti-racism, equity, inclusion and social justice.

Subject Topic Heat Map Source: 10.1108/RSR-07-2021-0032

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About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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