LIS Social Justice Organizations

Social Justice Resources 

This is a collective effort to provide resources from, Information Professionals inn various area of Social Justice, so add to this by contacting DICE co-leaders on the SLA member Connect site.  This resource is a product of labor by many folks, we thank them for their effort and we have attempted to cite or list creators of these resources.  These resources lead you to works that are created by even more folks that have added to our understanding of these issues and the actions behind them.

Please use and add to these bibliographies, resource kits, LibGuides, directories, and more; all focused on LIS and social justice!






Directory of LIS Social Justice Organizations
These organizations/publications are created by, and populated with LIS folks with a focus around an issue(s) of social justice.


The purpose of LibRev is to provide a place where anyone who works in libraries is welcome to discuss how to to improve libraries for workers and communities.

We believe it's important to confront the concept of resilience in libraries and archives, which has often been used as a way to encourage workers to do more labor with less support and resources. It's time to reject that narrative and start working together to boldly tackle the threats and opportunities that await us as a field in a transformed world.


AfricArXiv is a community-led digital archive for African research communication. We provide a non-profit platform to upload working papers, preprints, accepted manuscripts (post-prints), presentations, data sets to any of our partner services.

Archives For Black Lives - A4BLiP
Archivists responding to Black Lives Matter
Archives for Black Lives in Philadelphia (A4BLiP) is a loose association of archivists, librarians, and
allied professionals in the Philadelphia and Delaware Valley area responding to the issues raised by the Black
Lives Matter movement. One of its working groups, the Anti-Racist Description Working Group, is addressing
anti-oppressive archival description. Th e project was inspired by Teressa Raiford, a Portland-based activist and
founder of the organization Don’t Shoot PDX, who collaborated with A4BLiP on a conference presentation at the
Society of American Archivists Annual Meeting in Portland, Oregon in 2017.

Black Archives
Black Archives is a gathering place for Black memory and imaginations. Founded in 2015, by Renata Cherlise, Black Archives is a multimedia platform that brings a spotlight to the Black experience. Through an evolving visual exploration, Black Archives provides a dynamic accessibility to a Black past, present, and future.

The Black LGBT Archivists Society of Philadelphia
‘The Archivists Society’ was established in March 2007 as a vehicle for creating, collecting, preserving and exhibiting a rich and unedited history of Black/African-American lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities in Philadelphia, PA.
The Archivists Society is committed to documenting, preserving and exhibiting items that speak to the experiences of Black LGBT populations in the greater Philadelphia region, and working with diverse communities that are interested in these experiences. It serves as a novel idea for developing local Philadelphian’s identities and roles as historical archivists and experts on different aspects of Philadelphia’s rich history. It also functions as a local storehouse dedicated to community education through loaned and donated items.

DocNow - Documenting the Now 
Documenting the Now responds to the public's use of social media for chronicling historically significant events as well as demand from scholars, students, and archivists, among others, seeking a user-friendly means of collecting and preserving this type of digital content. Documenting the Now has a strong commitment to prioritizing ethical practices when working with social media content, especially in terms of collection and long-term preservation. This commitment extends to Twitter's notion of honoring user intent and the rights of content creators. 

Prison Library Support Network
The Prison Library Support Network is an information-based collective founded in 2016 to support incarcerated people by organizing networks for sharing resources and building community around prison abolition in libraries, archives, and other knowledge-based institutions.

Progressive Librarians Guild
Radical views on library & info issues.
Formed in New York City on January 1990 by a group of librarians concerned with our profession's rapid drift into dubious alliances with business and the information industry, and into complacent acceptance of service to an unquestioned political, economic and cultural status quo.

In support of queer libraries/archives, the librarians/archivists who run them, the creators who fill them, & the users who love them.

Radical Reference
Radical Reference is a collective of library workers and information workers who believe in and work towards social justice and equity.

We Here
A supportive community for BIPOC library and archive workers.

We Need Diverse Books
A a grassroots organization of children’s book lovers that advocates essential changes in the publishing industry to produce and promote literature that reflects and honors the lives of all young people.


Journal of Critical Library and Information Studies

Pushing the Margins

Reference Librarianship & Justice

Revolting librarians redux