The articles, books, reports, and presentations listed below were written by project team members and are relevant to Project READY’s goals. As additional publications related to the project are published, they will be added to this site.

If you are looking for a list of equity-related readings and other materials written by other scholars and activists, please visit or join our Zotero group, where we will keep track of the foundational materials for this project. 

Scholarly Articles

  • Hughes-Hassell, S., and 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., & Rawson, C.H. (2014). It’s time to act: Let’s focus on the well-being of African-American male youth. American Libraries, 45(1/2), 72.
  • Hughes-Hassell, S., & Rawson, C. H. (2013, December). From talk to action: Supporting the literacy development of African-American male youth. SRRT Newsletter, 185. Retrieved from
  • Hughes-Hassell, S. (2013). Multicultural young adult literature as a form of counter-storytelling. The Library Quarterly, 83(3), 212-238.
  • Rawson, C. H., & Hughes Hassell, S. (2012). Rethinking the texts we use in literacy instruction with adolescent African American males. The ALAN Review, 39(3), 21-28.
  • Hughes Hassell, S., Rawson, C. H., McCracken, L., Leonard, M. G., Cunningham, H., Vance, K. J., & Boone, J. (2012). Librarians form a bridge of books to advance literacy. Phi Delta Kappan, 93(5), 17-22.
  • Hughes Hassell, S. & Rawson, C. H. (2011). Closing the Literacy Gap for African American Males. School Library Monthly, 28(3), 15-17.
  • Rawson, C. (2011). Are all lists created equal? Diversity in award-winning and bestselling young adult fiction. Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults, 1(3). Retrieved from
  • Hughes-Hassell, S., Koehler, E., & Barkley, H. A. (2010). Supporting the literacy needs of African American transitional readers. Teach Librarian, 37(3), 18-23..
  • Boone, J., Rawson, C., & Vance, K. (2010). Getting it right: Building a bridge to literacy for adolescent African American males. School Library Monthly, 27(2), 34-37.
  • Hughes-Hassell, S., & Cox, E. J. (2010). Inside board books: Representations of people of color. The 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. School Library Media Research, 12.


  • Hughes-Hassell, S., Bracy, P., & Rawson, C. H. (in press). Libraries, literacy, and African American youth: Research & practice. Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited.
  • Agosto, D., & Hughes-Hassell, S. (2009). Urban teens in the library: Research and practice. Chicago, IL: ALA Editions.

Reports and White Papers

  • Braun, L. W., Hartman, M. L., Hughes-Hassell, S., & Kumasi, K. (2014). The future of library services for and with teens: A call to action. Young Adult Library Services Association. Retrieved from
  • Hughes-Hassell, S., Kumasi, K., Rawson, C. H., & Hitson, A. (2012). Building a bridge to literacy for African American male youth: A call to action for the library community [White paper]. Retrieved from

Presentations and Professional Development

For links to presentations and professional development tools developed by project team members, please see the Presentations page of the Equity in the Library website and the numerous resources linked from the Building a Bridge to Literacy website.