Handbook of Research on the Role of Libraries, Archives, and Museums in Achieving Civic Engagement and Social Justice in Smart Cities. Mohamed Taher, ed. Hershey, PA: IGI Global, 2022. 565p. $295.00 (ISBN: 978-1799883630).

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Organizations such as Libraries, Archives, and Museums (LAM) impact social justice (SJ) and civic engagement (CE) all over the world. This handbook explores these topics from different perspectives, uncovering the relationships between the LAM institutions and the communities they serve. The authors aim “to fill the gap with a sufficiently comprehensive critical overview of the role played by LAM in achieving SJ and CE,” examining the subject in a novel way, and on an impressive scale. The book is broken into four sections: the workplace, participation in the community, theory in the community, and smart cities. Each section includes chapters that look at how these institutions contribute to the life of the city from the perspectives of educators, archivists, curators, and librarians.

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