Reference Librarianship & Justice: History, Practice & Praxis exemplifies its call for an emphasis on social justice and shared ways of knowing in reference librarianship by incorporating contributors with diverse experiences with reference librarianship, as well as maintaining an inclusive definition of reference librarianship and a flexible organizational structure. The authors represent the experiences of reference services in academic, public, and prison libraries. Additionally, of particular interest for this journal’s readership, there is the inclusion of archives and museums. As a result, a broad definition of the work and responsibilities associated with reference librarianship takes shape in the volume, which maintains a loose structure that is identified by the editors in the introduction as consisting of three sections: History, Practice, and Praxis. Although the inclusivity of this title mirrors its stated values, it also results in its shortcomings by producing a narrative that is, at times, too broad and disjointed.
Porterfield, Julie M.
"Review of Reference Librarianship & Justice: History, Practice & Praxis,"
Journal of Contemporary Archival Studies: Vol. 7
, Article 2.
Available at: https://elischolar.library.yale.edu/jcas/vol7/iss1/2