Libraries Doing Justice


  • Edith A Campbell Indiana State University


social justice, teaching, library service, diversity, equity


Social justice, “justice at the level of a society or state as regards the possession of wealth, commodities, opportunities and privileges” can be found at almost every level of librarianships, from the core values stated by the American Library Association to the practices and principles established in school, public and academic libraries. While not always intentionally practiced, taking the time to be purposeful will allow libraries to continue to serve and learn their communities in ways that are mutually beneficial.

Author Biography

Edith A Campbell, Indiana State University

Edith Campbell is an assistant librarian in the Cunningham Memorial Library at Indiana State University. She is part of the Reference and Instruction team of librarians and serves as the liaison to the Bayh College of Education. She is a Faculty Affiliate to the Faculty Center for Teaching Excellence’s Multicultural Curriculum Learning Community. Edith currently serves as the Indiana State Ambassador for the United States Board on Books for Young People, Guidelines for Selecting Multicultural Materials Task Force of the Association for Library Services to Children. She is a past member of the WNDB Walter Award Committee, YALSA's Best Fiction for Young Adults selection committee and the CYBILS Nonfiction Awards committee. She has been elected to the 2018 Printz Award Committee. Edith received her B.A. in Economics from the University of Cincinnati and M.L.S. from Indiana University.