Libraries Engaging BIPOC Communities with STEMM: A Scoping Review

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Academic and research libraries historically lack intentional engagement with Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) communities. This scoping review examines how academic and research library literature address social justice issues by engaging BIPOC with science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and/or medicine (STEMM) disciplines in North America. The review included published and unpublished literature by all types of library workers from varying education levels and used resources found within education databases and sources known as “grey literature.” Findings identified a prevalence of BIPOC engagement via health topics with off-campus communities in comparison to limited interaction with BIPOC college and university students. A variety of engagement strategies and activities are discussed as unique opportunities and avenues for libraries to address issues related to social justice, diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.
Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalIssues in Science and Technology Librarianship
Issue number105
StatePublished - Mar 29 2024


  • Engagement
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, Math and/or Medicine (STEMM)
  • Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC)
  • Research library
  • Academic library


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