We are co-editors for an upcoming book tentatively titled, “Cultural Humility in Libraries” from Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. We are seeking chapter authors for the book and would like to invite you to share your work in this area.
Cultural humility is a process of self-reflection. This book will provide a discussion of the "sense" of cultural humility in regard to awareness, consciousness, observation, perception, and recognition. Using the backdrop of impactful issues related to the “isms” (racism, sexism, ableism, etc.), health literacy, bias, power dynamics, and more, the book will attempt to unpack the concept and convey the challenges libraries and librarians face when attempting to create culturally humble environments for staff and patrons.
This volume is a call to action for readers to look inward to assess the role and impact of cultural humility in their own lives. Specifically, readers are encouraged to deliberately reflect and think critically about how their thoughts, words, and actions impact the people around them.
Each chapter should be no more than 9-10 double-spaced pages; Times New Roman, 12pt font; Citations in APA style. Authors are encouraged to include tables, graphs, case studies, images, and citations when appropriate.
Part I: What is Cultural Humility?
Section 1 will explore the historical perspective of cultural humility as well as the importance and relevance of the role it has played in healthcare.
Chapter 1: Historical Perspective
Chapter 2: Cultural Humility, Cultural Competence, & More: What’s the Difference?
Chapter 3: Role of Cultural Humility in Health Care
Chapter 4: Health Literacy: Bridging the Gap
Part II: Applications in Libraries
Section 2 will feature lessons learned, practical strategies, development opportunities, and challenges faced when integrating cultural humility in library settings.
Chapter 5: Overview of Cultural Humility Literature and Research
Chapter 6: Exploring Identities to Improve Library Practice
Chapter 7: Strategies for Increasing Humility
Chapter 8: Building Connections, Crucial Conversations & Cross-Cultural Relationships
Chapter 9: Humble Leadership [Sample Chapter]
Chapter 10: Professional Development & Training
Part III: Voices from the Field
Section 3 will unpack the application of cultural humility through the eyes of information professionals who will share their stories of what cultural humility has meant in their lives, how they have applied it in their work, and what challenges they have faced in doing so.
Chapter 11: Power & Privilege
Chapter 12: Race or Class and Medicine
Chapter 13: Antiracism
Chapter 14: Health Disparities
Chapter 15: LGBTQ+ Health
Chapter 16: Trans Inclusivity
Chapter 17: Refugee Health
Chapter 18: Native/indigenous Health
Chapter 19: Rural/Urban Health
Chapter 20: Accessibility & Disability
June 1, 2021 – January 31, 2022
Authors write their chapters
February 1, 2022 - April 30, 2022
Editors edit chapters
May 1 – July 31, 2022
Final edits between editors and authors
If you're interested in contributing to this work, please complete the Proposed Chapter Submission Form at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ch-jones-murphy by July 1, 2021.
Acceptance of your submission proposal will be contingent upon approval of our book going to contract.
We hope that you will consider sharing your stories, experiences, and wisdom for the book.
Thanks in advance for considering this invitation!
Shannon D. Jones, MLS, M.Ed, AHIP
Director of Libraries & Professor
Medical University of South Carolina
843-792-8839 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Beverly Murphy, MLS, AHIP, FMLA
Assistant Director, Communications and Web Content Management
Hospital Nursing Liaison, Duke Health System
Duke University Medical Center Library & Archives