Social Justice @ Library DiscussionChat Archive:

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School and public libraries are democratic institutions of tremendous opportunity for the communities we serve.

In a world where knowledge and access to information and ideas hold tremendous power, social justice issues touch our work in libraries in many, varied ways.

On a personal and institutional level, what social justice issues face the community you serve? Who inspires you to act? What issues, successes and limits have you faced in your work as school or public librarian?

Join us on Monday March 7th, when TLChat moderator and elementary TL Craig Seasholes hosts a panel discussion with 3 guests.

Joquetta Johnson @accordin2jo is a HS Library Media Specialist in Baltimore Public Schools, as well as a Google Certified, PBS Digital Innovator, and Digital D.I.V.A. and member of the AASL Best Apps for Teaching and Learning Committee. Her website is and favorite #hiphoped and #edtech.

K.C. Boyd @Boss_Librarian is a 2015 Library Journal 'Mover & Shaker, a LIS doctoral student, lover of Street Lit and Lead Librarian for East St. Louis Public School District #189. Her website showcases her love of Street Lit and issues of social justice.

Jarah Botello is Teaching and Learning Specialist @Tolerance_org, an educational arm of the Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery Alabama. Dedicated to creating equitable school experiences for students and supporting educators their website offers a wealth of information and publications including "Perspectives for a Diverse America" a literacy-based curriculum that marries anti-bias social justice content with the rigor of the Common Core State Standards.

Join our conversation using #tlchat to discuss about what issues face your community, or to respond to Q's raised by the panel.
Q1: Who inspires you to “lean in” on issues of social justice in your community?
Q2: How can teacher-librarians help lead in their communities?
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