Recommended Reading

I LOVE to read, and while that’s not typical of all librarians, it is typical of this librarian. Here’s what I’ve been reading and what I’m reading now:


Settler Colonialism, Race, and the Law: Why Structural Racism Persists, Natsu Taylor Saito, 2020


“Books, Wayne State College” by Ali Eminov via Flickr, CC BY-NC 2.0



Thick: And Other Essays, Tressie McMillan Cottom, 2019

The Fire Next Time, James Baldwin, 1962

Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi (TAH-neh HAH-see) Coates, 2015.

The Black Elite: Still Facing the Color Line in the Twenty-First Century, 2d ed., Lois Benjamin, 2005.

Women, Race, and Class, Angela Davis, 1983

Racism Without Racists: Color-Blind Racism and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in America, 4th ed., Eduardo, Bonilla-Silva, 2014

Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness, and the Politics of Empowerment, 2d ed., Patricia Hill Collins, 2000

Teaching to Transgress, bell hooks, 1994

Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches, Audre Lorde, 1984

The White Racial Frame: Centuries of Framing and Counter-Framing, Joe R. Feagin, 2010

Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison, Michel Foucault, 1975


“White Librarianship in Blackface: Diversity Initiatives in LIS,” April Hathcock, In The Library With The Lead Pipe, Oct. 7, 2015

“Making a New Table: Intersectional Librarianship,” Fobazi Ettarh, In The Library With The Lead Pipe, Jul. 2, 2014

“White Institutional Presence: The Impact of Whiteness on Campus Climate,” Diane Lynn Gusa, Harvard Educational Review 80(4), 2010

“Access Is Not Problem Solving: Disability Justice and Libraries,” Alana Kumbier and Julia Starkey, Library Trends 64(3), 468-91, 2016

“The Quest for Diversity in Library Staffing: From Awareness to Action,” Jennifer Vinopal, In The Library With The Lead Pipe, Jan. 13, 2016

“Trippin’ Over the Color Line: The Invisibility of Race in Library and Information Studies,” Todd Honma, InterActions: UCLA Journal of Education and Information Studies 1(2), 2006

“Reproducing the Academy: Librarians and the Question of Service in the Digital Humanities,” Roxanne Shirazi, Jul. 15, 2014

“Soliciting Performance, Hiding Bias: Whiteness and Librarianship,” Angela Galvan, In The Library With The Lead Pipe, Jun. 3, 2015

“The Unbearable Whiteness of Librarianship,” Chris Bourg, Feral Librarian, Mar. 3, 2014

“Diversity Matters? Rethinking Diversity in Libraries,” ShinJoung Yeo and James R. Jacobs, Counterpoise 9(2), 2006

“Library Publishing and Diversity Values: Changing Scholarly Publishing Through Policy and Scholarly Communication Education,” Charlotte Roh, C&RL News 77(2), 2016

“Queering the Catalog: Queer Theory and the Politics of Correction,” Emily Drabinski, Library Quarterly 83(2), 94-111, 2013

“A Critical Take on OER Practices: Interrogating Commercialization, Colonialism, and Content,” Sarah Crissinger, In The Library With The Lead Pipe, Oct. 21, 2015

“In Pursuit of Antiracist Social Justice: Denaturalizing Whiteness in the Academic Library,” Freeda Brook, Dave Ellenwood, & Althea Eannace Lazzarro, Library Trends 64(2), 2015

“Whiteness as Property,” Cheryl I. Harris, Harvard Law Review 106(8), 1707-91, 1993

“White Fragility,” Robin DiAngelo, International Journal of Critical Pedagogy 3(3), 54-70, 2011

**For more great stuff on race, gender, disability, and religion, check out Jessica Schomberg’s list!