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A Practical Framework for Social Justice Research in the Information Professions

Bharat Mehra (, School of Information Sciences , University of Tennessee , 1345 Circle Park Drive , Knoxville , TN 37996.  
Kendra S. Albright (
), Department of Information Studies, University of Sheffield , 211 Portobellow Street, Sheffield S1 4DP , UK  
Kevin Rioux (, Division of Library and Information Science, St. John’s University, 8000 Utopia Parkway, Queens, NY 11439.

ASIS&T Annual Meeting - 2006 (ASIS&T 2006)
Austin, Texas, November 3-9, 2006


This paper proposes a practical framework for social justice research in the information professions by sharing examples from three qualitative studies, each of which represents an information service and/or application of social justice ideals for meeting the needs of a particular underserved population. In order to develop the framework and to encourage consideration of the social justice angle within mainstream LIS discourse and practice, the three studies are examined in light of social justice elements and principles. What is common to these studies is an underlying need to bring about a change in existing power dynamics between who we as information professionals consider central and who we consider peripheral in our teaching, research, and service missions.

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