Expertise and Interests:
Multi-cultural children's literature, children's services, school library media, social justice issues in youth library services, role of school librarians in education reform
B.S. (Early Childhood Education)
M.Ed. (Library Science), James Madison University
Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
In 1994 I moved from rural Virginia to Philadelphia to become the director of the Philadelphia Library Power project. Funded by the DeWitt Wallace-Reader’s Digest Fund, Library Power developed a new, challenging vision for school librarianship by ensuring that all learners in schools—adults as well as children—had the resources and support they needed to become effective users of information and ideas. The Philadelphia Library Power project was one of many programs administered by the Philadelphia Education Fund—a not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of public education for underserved youth throughout the Philadelphia region. As director of the project, I spent a great deal of time in Philadelphia public schools working with librarians, teachers, administrators, and students. My interactions, my observations, and the relationships I developed during the four years I led this project had a transformative impact on my life and the focus of my work.
Through my work, it became clear that public schools and public libraries are critical institutions for breaking the cycle of poverty and redressing social inequities. My reaction to all I saw and all I learned has been to embrace the social justice roots of librarianship and to focus my research on not only advocating for youth of color, and other youth who are marginalized, but also to telling their stories – to give “voice” to youth who often go unheard.
Courses Regularly Taught:
INLS 530: Young Adult Literature and Related Resources
INLS 534: Technology in Libraries for Youth
INLS 735: Youth Services in a Diverse Society
INLS 745: Curriculum Issues and the School Librarian
INLS 796: Field Experience for School Library Students
Awards and Recognition:
2014 Virginia Hamilton Essay Award Honor Citation for: Hughes-Hassell, S. (2013). “Multicultural Young Adult Literature as a Form of Counter-Storytelling.” Library Quarterly, 80(3), 212-228.
2013 Virginia Hamilton Essay Award Honor Citation for: Rawson, C.R. & Hughes-Hassell, S. (2012). “Rethinking the Texts We Use in Literacy Instruction With Adolescent African American Males.” The ALAN Review 39(3): 21-29.
ALISE Award for Teaching Excellence in the Field of Library and Information Science Education, January 2012
Faculty Teaching Award, School of Information & Library Science, May 2010 (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
Hughes-Hassell, S. & Harada, V. (Eds.) 2007. School Reform and the School Library Media Specialist: Principles and Practices. Libraries Unlimited. Named most important school library book of 2007 (TL, April 2008, p. 60)
Selected Publications, Papers, Presentations:
Hughes-Hassell, S., & Stivers, J. (2015). “Examining Youth Services Librarians’ Perceptions of Cultural Knowledge as an Integral Part of Their Professional Practice.” School Libraries Worldwide 21(1), 121-136.
Hughes-Hassell, S. (2013). “Multicultural Young Adult Literature as a Form of Counter-Storytelling.” Library Quarterly, 80(3), 212-228.
Hughes-Hassell, S., Overberg, E., & Harris, S. (2013). “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning (LGBTQ)-Themed Literature for Teens: Are School Libraries Providing Adequate Collections?” School Library Research (SLR), 16. http://www.ala.org/aasl/sites/ala.org.aasl/files/content/aaslpubsandjour...
Hughes-Hassell, S., & Cox, E. (2010). “Inside Board Books: Representations of People of Color.” Library Quarterly, 80(3): 211-230.
Hughes-Hassell, S., Barkley, H.A., & Koehler, E. (2009). “Promoting Equity in Children’s Literacy Instruction: Using a Critical Race Theory Framework To Examine Transitional Books.” SLMR, 12 (online). http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/aasl/aaslpubsandjournals/slmrb/slmrcontents/volume12/hughes_hassell.cfm
Agosto, D.E., & Hughes-Hassell, S. (Eds.) (2010). Urban Teens in the Library: Research and Practice. Chicago, IL: American Library Association. 208p.
Hughes-Hassell, S. & Harada, V. (Eds.) (2007). School Reform and the School Library Media Specialist: Principles and Practices. Libraries Unlimited. 204p.