Responsive Librarianship

Responsive Librarianship Lab

The USF iSchool Responsive Librarianship Lab (RLL) is the umbrella program for the delivery of therapeutic services to the USF community. Researchers at the RLL address key challenges at the intersection of people, information, and technology in an ecological way with a vision that drives our research to impact the everyday lives of our community.

What is Responsive Librarianship?

Responsive Librarianship is delivery of personalized library services in response to an exigence that produces a modification of the reader's situation. It is an ecological, integrated, and flexible therapeutic program that seeks to help those in our community using evidence-based reading lists, guided book talks, and community-based programming.

Resources for Librarians

Creating a Responsive Librarianship Program for your library doesn't have to be expensive or time-consuming. Below are some resources developed by researchers at the Responsive Librarianship Lab to help your library.

Resources for Educators

If you are interested in helping students and librarians learn about Responsive Librarianship, we have the right resources for you.

Resources for Providers

Resources for providers.

Resources for Student Workers

Graduate students and fieldwork opportunities.

Research and Publications

Responsive Librarianship is an evidence-based, data-driven initiative that seeks to understand how best to serve our community. We have a variety of resources that can help you learn more about this exciting new program.


Learn about the people in the Responsive Librarianship Lab.

Story Strong: How Libraries Build Communities

Learn about our collaboration with the Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library, Pasco County Public Library Cooperative, and the Temple Terrace Public Library. This project was funded under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Florida’s LSTA program is administered by the Department of State’s Division of Library and Information Services.

Pediatric Crisis Care Center

The Morton Plant Pediatric Library (MPPL) at the Morton Plant North Bay Hospital Recovery Center is a 72-bed, co-ed facility and the only freestanding psychiatric hospital in Pasco County, FL. The project is using Responsive Librarianship to the deliver personalized library services to children, pre-teens, and teens.

Women's Residential Treatment Center

With funding from LSTA and IMLS grants, the RLL designed a therapeutic library for the women residents at the Drug Abuse Comprehensive Coordinating Office, Inc. (DACCO) facility in Tampa, Florida. The DACCO Residential Treatment Library can be found on WorldCat and now offers services to the center and its residents that focus on providing therapeutic outcomes consistent with their treatment goals.