Sandra Hughes-Hassell

Professor, UNC School of Information and Library Science
919/843-5276
smhughes@email.unc.edu
Manning Hall 203
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

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Faculty Expertise:

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

Project READY

Steinfirst Artist-in-Residency Program

Equity in the Library

Building a Bridge to Literacy for African-American Male Youth

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

Education: 
BS (Early Childhood Education)
MEd (Library Science), James Madison University
PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Professional Biography: 
Dr. Sandra Hughes-Hassell is a Professor and Coordinator of the School Library Media Coordinator Program at the UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS). Her research focuses on social justice issues in library services, culturally relevant practice in libraries, and diverse youth literature. She has published widely and presented locally and nationally on critical race theory, culturally relevant pedagogy, and the role of librarians in supporting the literacy needs of African American youth.

Personal Statement:
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 advocating for youth of color, and other youth who are marginalized.

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:
2017 President of Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)

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

Teaching Excellence Award, UNC School of Information & Library Science, May 2010

Selected Publications, Papers, Presentations: 
Books
Hughes-Hassell, S., Bracy, P.B., & Rawson, C.H. (2017). Libraries, Literacy, and African American Youth: Research & Practice. Libraries Unlimited.  256 p.

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.

Hughes-Hassell, S. & Mancall, J.C. (2005). Collection Management for Youth: Responding to the Needs of Learners.  Chicago, IL: American Library Association. 120p.

Book Chapters

Gibson, A. N., Hughes-Hassell, S., & Threats, M. (In Press). Critical theory in the LIS curriculum. In Sarin, L.C., Percell, J., Jaeger, P.T., & Bertot, J.C.  Re-Envisioning the MLIS: Perspectives on the Future of Library and Information Science Education. Bingley, England: Emerald Group Publishing

Hughes-Hassell, S. & Vance, K.J. (2016). “Examining Race, Power, and Privilege in the Youth Services LIS Classroom.”  In Cooke, N.A., & Sweeney, M.E. Teaching for Justice: Implementing Social Justice in the LIS Classroom (pp. 103-138). Sacramento, CA: Library Juice Press.

Gollop, C.J., & Hughes-Hassell, S. (2016). “What Will It Take to Move the Needle? An Examination of Diversity in LIS in Three Acts.” In Barlow, D.L., & Jaeger, P.T. Celebrating the James A. Partridge Award: Essays Toward the Development of a More Diverse, Inclusive, and Equitable Field of Library and Information Science (pp. 43-58). Bingley, England: Emerald Group Publishing.

Hughes-Hassell, S, & Rawson, C.R. (2017). “Literacy Education for African American Youth: A Social Justice Issue for Librarians.” In Hughes-Hassell, S., Bracy, P.B., & Rawson, C.H. Libraries, Literacy, and African American Youth: Research & Practice (pp. 3-30). Libraries Unlimited.

Brown, P.B., Hughes-Hassell, S., & Rawson, C. (2017). “Culturally Relevant Pedagogy and the Black Cultural Ethos.” In Hughes-Hassell, S., Bracy, P.B., & Rawson, C.H. Libraries, Literacy, and African American Youth: Research & Practice (pp. 31-48). Libraries Unlimited.

Brown, P.B., Hughes-Hassell, S., & Rawson, C. (2017). “Ethnic and Racial Development in African American Youth.” In Hughes-Hassell, S., Bracy, P.B., & Rawson, C.H. Libraries, Literacy, and African American Youth: Research & Practice (pp. 49-66). Libraries Unlimited.

Hughes-Hassell, S. (2017). “Cultivating Voice and Agency.” In Hughes-Hassell, S., Bracy, P.B., & Rawson, C.H. Libraries, Literacy, and African American Youth: Research & Practice (pp. 67-84).  Libraries Unlimited.

Hughes-Hassell, S., Rawson, C.H., & Stivers, J. (2017). “Stories Matter.” In Hughes-Hassell, S., Bracy, P.B., & Rawson, C.H. Libraries, Literacy, and African American Youth: Research & Practice (pp. 85-102). Libraries Unlimited.

Rawson, C.H., & Hughes-Hassell, S. (2017). “Characteristics of Effective Library Programs for African American Youth.” In Hughes-Hassell, S., Bracy, P.B., & Rawson, C.H. Libraries, Literacy, and African American Youth: Research & Practice (pp. 103-120) Libraries Unlimited.

Refereed Journal Articles

Gibson, A. N., and Hughes-Hassell, S. (In Press). We will not be silent: Amplifying marginalized voices in LIS education and research. Library Quarterly, 87(4), 317–329.

Rawson, C.H., & Hughes-Hassell, S. (2015) “Research by Design: The Promise of Design-Based Research for School Library Research,” School Libraries Worldwide, 21(2), 11-25.

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.

Rawson, C., Anderson, J., & Hughes-Hassell, S. (2015). “Preparing Pre-Service School Librarians for Science-Focused Collaboration with Pre-Service Elementary Teachers: The Design and Impact of a Cross-Class Assignment.” SLR 18, http://www.ala.org/aasl/slr/volume18/rawson-anderson-hughes-hassell.

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/aaslpubsandjournals/slr/vol16/SLR_LGBTQThemedLiteratureforTeens_V16.pdf

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