• Homelessness, communities, and libraries
  • Unhoused LGBTQ+ youth and public libraries
  • Libraries as welcoming and accessible spaces


Julie Ann Winkelstein is a visiting instructor, beginning January 2021. Before earning her PhD, Julie spent 20 years as a public librarian, working in family literacy, in jails and prisons, and in a branch as both a children’s and young adult librarian. Julie is passionate about public libraries as active participants in addressing societal challenges, such as homelessness and poverty, with a focus on the many ways in which these challenges are intersectional. Julie has taught a range of courses, including “Race, Gender and Technology” and “The Role of Libraries in Addressing Homelessness and Poverty,” and has authored several books chapters. She is the co-editor of the Social Responsibilities Round Table (SRRT) newsletter and the co-chair of SRRT’s Hunger, Homelessness and Poverty Task Force (HHPTF). She has presented internationally on the intersection of social justice and libraries. Her book, Libraries and Homelessness: An Action Guide, is forthcoming in 2021.


  • Ph D, Communication and Information, University of Tennessee School of Information Sciences, 2012
  • MLIS, San Jose State University, 2005