Pushing the Margins: Women of Color and Intersectionality in LIS

Pushing the Margins consists of seventeen essays centered around the question: “what does it mean to be a woman of color in librarianship?” The responses reframe the discussion of the goals of librarianship to focus on inclusion and social justice within the profession. The volume is informed by the theory of intersectionality and cites the feminist practice of consciousness-raising as a model for its conception. Topics covered include how to understand the unique pressures faced by women librarians of color, the need for recognition of the contributions of women of color to the profession, the value of mentorship for career success, the importance of collection development, and the need for contributions to archival collections from marginalized groups. Though focused on the specific experiences of librarians of color, the essays would prove enlightening for any information professional that seeks a clearer understanding of the issues they raise.