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Julie Winkelstein


Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Current Career

Julie Ann Winkelstein worked for 20 years as a public librarian in a range of positions, including jails and prisons, children's and young adult library services, bookmobile services, and family literacy. From 2013 to 2016, through a 3-year IMLS grant, she provided workshops and trainings for library staff on the topic of LGBTQ+ youth experiencing homelessness, the subject of her dissertation. She currently teaches, writes and presents on the role of libraries in addressing homelessness and poverty in all populations. She has been teaching at SIS for 10 years.


  • PhD, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • MLIS, San Jose State University
  • BA, University of California, Berkeley


  • Public libraries
  • Homelessness and poverty
  • LGBTQ+ youth
  • Children's and youth library services
  • Jail and prison librarianship
  • Diversity and libraries

Courses taught:

  • INSC 590 The Role of Libraries in Addressing Homelessness and Poverty
  • INSC 575 Valuing Diversity: International and Intercultural Resources for Youth
  • INSC 330 Books and Related Materials for Children
  • INSC 351 Race, Gender and Information Technology
  • INSC 310 Information Seeking: Resources and Strategies

My favorite thing about working at SIS is…

 “The opportunity to work with these wonderful students!” 

Professional memberships:

  • ALA
  • PLA
  • IFLA

Select Publications

  • Winkelstein, J.A. (2021). Libraries and homelessness: An action guide. Libraries Unlimited Inc.
  • Winkelstein, J.A. (2019). “The role of public libraries in the lives of LGBTQ+ youth experiencing homelessness.” In B. Mehra (Ed.), LGBTQ+ librarianship in the 21st century: Emerging directions of advocacy and community engagement in diverse information environments. United Kingdom: Emerald Publishing.
  • Winkelstein, J.A. (2017). “Social justice in action: Cultural humility, scripts and the LIS classroom.” In N.A. Cooke & M.E. Sweeney (Eds.), Teaching for justice: Implementing social justice in the LIS classroom. Sacramento, CA: Library Juice Press.
  • Winkelstein, J.A. (2017). “Libraries and LGBTQ* youth experiencing homelessness: Creating safe spaces through ethical librarianship.” In T. Samek & L. Shultz (Eds.), Information ethics, globalization and citizenship: Essays on ideas to praxis. Jefferson, NC: McFarland.
  • Shelton, J., & Winkelstein, J.A. (2014). “Librarians and social workers: Working together for homeless LGBTQ youth.” Young Adult Library Services, 13 (1).