Call for Contributors – Cultural Humility in Libraries

Good Afternoon Colleagues!

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

Tentative Timeline

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  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, Medical University of South Carolina

Director, Network of the National Library of Medicine – Region 2

Medical University of South Carolina

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Beverly Murphy, MLS, AHIP, FMLA

Assistant Director, Communications and Web Content Management

Hospital Nursing Liaison, Duke Health System

Duke University Medical Center Library & Archives



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