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Cultural Humility
by David A. Hurley, Sarah R. Kostelecky and Lori Townsend
American Library Association, 2022
eISBN: 978-0-8389-4981-8 | Paper: 978-0-8389-4988-7
Library of Congress Classification Z711.8.H87 2022
Dewey Decimal Classification 027.63

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
This accessible and compelling Special Report introduces cultural humility, a lifelong practice that can guide library workers in their day-to-day interactions by helping them recognize and address structural inequities in library services.  

Cultural humility is emerging as a preferred approach to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) efforts within librarianship. At a time when library workers are critically examining their professional practices, cultural humility offers a potentially transformative framework of compassionate accountability; it asks us to recognize the limits to our knowledge, reckon with our ongoing fallibility, educate ourselves about the power imbalances in our organizations, and commit to making change. This Special Report introduces the concept and outlines its core tenets. As relevant to those currently studying librarianship as it is to long-time professionals, and applicable across multiple settings including archives and museums, from this book readers will 



  • learn why cultural humility offers an ideal approach for navigating the spontaneous interpersonal interactions in libraries, whether between patrons and staff or amongst staff members themselves;

  • understand how it intersects with cultural competence models and critical race theory;

  • see the ways in which cultural humility’s awareness of and commitment to challenging inequitable structures of power can act as a powerful catalyst for community engagement;

  • come to recognize how a culturally humble approach supports DEI work by acknowledging the need for mindfulness in day-to-day interactions;

  • reflect upon cultural humility’s limitations and the criticisms that some have leveled against it; and

  • take away concrete tools for undertaking and continuing such work with patience and hope.


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