Libraries and social justice

John Vincent of The Network and Anne offer training on the role of libraries in supporting social justice. This training is suitable for public library staff and students of librarianship, for UK and international audiences.

This training is designed around clients’ and delegates’ needs, so contents are variable. Typical programmes include:

  • social justice and the role of libraries
  • library provision for young people, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds
  • refugees, asylum seekers, migrant workers and other new arrivals, and the impact on libraries
  • library services to lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgendered people

The training is very participative with opportunities throughout to share ideas and good practice. Case studies are provided. Delegates receive extensive handouts, including background information, websites and publications, and links to additional case studies.

The photograph shows members of the 2012 CILIP Libraries Change Lives Award, Skipton Rewind Club, making a presentation to a seminar on libraries and social justice delivered to University of Missouri doctoral and masters students.

What people say about this training

Very informative and applicable. Presenters provided a wealth of information that broadened my understanding of the issues facing libraries.

A really helpful and amazing presentation. I really appreciated the discussion of marginalised groups and building bonds with other organisations to serve community needs. The further reading resources will be so helpful.

Great seminar! I learned a lot. The use of small groups and discussion points was very effective.

Fantastic! It is so helpful to compare and contrast library and social justice issues between the UK and US. There is so much we can learn from each other.

This was amazing! As a teen librarian, I found it very relevant. I appreciated hearing the teens present.

All of this - the entire workshop - was excellent and provided valuable techniques and ideas to consider in providing library services to all information seekers (and potential seekers …. and non users).

It was great to hear from young people on issues that are relevant to teens and what libraries can do to engage that part of the community.

This workshop was so interesting and related so closely to the work I am doing in my library in the States. I know that teens and LGBT groups are extremely underrepresented in our collections and appreciate learning ways to combat it.

This should be used as a staff training model in libraries as well as other civic centres across the world.