Social justice librarianship timeline
Equality, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion have been addressed in many ways by people-centred approaches to librarianship that aim to transform lives and create social justice.
This timeline has been created by CILIP’s Community, Diversity and Equality Group and The Network as a way of capturing and recording some key points in the development of community-focused librarianship over the last 50 years or so.
From 1972-1986, a group of library workers produced a regular newsletter – looking, for example, at class, sexism, children’s rights – and a selection is available online.
From 1994-2001, the ISC collective produced regular journals and also organised seminars and conferences, sometimes in association with other progressive organisations such as LINK and the Black Radical and Third World Book Fair. The journals are available – there is a list of contents at:
Margaret Sloan and John Vincent. Library services for older people – good practice guide. The Network.