Community-Led Interest Group


Key Resources

Working Together Project. (2008) Working Together: Community-Led Libraries Toolkit

Edmonton Public Library. (2014) Top five barriers to library access and recommendations for removing those barriers

Edmonton Public Library. (Revised 2017) Community-Led Service Philosophy Toolkit


What do we mean by community-led?

Attygalle, L. (2020). Understanding community-led approaches to community change. Tamarack Institute.


Why does community-led library work matter?

Bussmann, J., Altamirano, I., Hansen, S. ., Johnson, N., & Keer, G. (2020). Science Librarianship and Social Justice: Part One Foundational Concepts. Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, (94).

Bussmann, J., Altamirano, I., Hansen, S., Johnson, N., & Keer, G. (2020). Science Librarianship and Social Justice: Part Two Intermediate Concepts. Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, (95).

Bussmann, J. D., Altamirano, I. M., Hansen, S., Johnson, N. E., & Keer, G. (2021). Science Librarianship and Social Justice: Part Three: Advanced Concepts. Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, (97).

Coward, C., McClay, C., Garrido, M. (2018). Public libraries as platforms for civic engagement. Seattle: Technology &Social Change Group, University of Washington Information School.

Gibson, A.N., Chancellor, R.L., Cooke, N.A., Park Dahlen, S., Lee, S.A. & Shorish, Y.L. (2017), Libraries on the frontlines: neutrality and social justice. Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, Vol. 36 No. 8, pp. 751-766.

Schulman, S. (2016). Redefining the Politics of Inclusion with George and Dustin. The Journal of Design Studies, Vol. 8, No. 1. Fall 2016, pp. 50-55.


How do we engage in community-led work?

Caspe, M. & Lopez, M.E. (2018). Preparing the next generation of librarians for family and community engagement. Journal of Education for Library and Information Science, 59(4), 157-178.

Dowd, R. (2018) The Librarian’s Guide to Homelessness. Advice for managers and leaders from the director of a shelter. American Libraries, Volume 49, Issue 6.

Dowd, R. (2018)  The Librarians Guide to Homelessness: An Empathy-Driven Approach to Solving Problems, Preventing Conflict, and Serving Everyone.

Falkenburger, E., Arena, O. & Wolin, J. (2018). Trauma-Informed Community Building and Engagement. The Urban Institute.

Monteros, E., Enimil P., & Enimil, S., (2020). “Chapter 2: Designing a Collaborative DEI Strategy for Library Staff,” In Christopher Bombaro (Eds). Diversity and Inclusion in Action. Atlanta, GA: American Library Association Editions.

Robinson, O. (2019) How Canada’s largest library system is removing barriers and advancing inclusion.

SFU – CERi. Community Resource Handbook. A guide to community-engaged research. First Edition. 2021.

Stevenson, S. (2020) Community-Led Librarianship Demands an Asset-Based Community Development Approach. ALISE 2020 Proceedings.

Surette, S. (2013). The challenge of evaluating community-led work. Feliciter, 59(5), 13-14.


Community Development Days 2022 – Resources


Speakers’ contact information:

Below are the resources shared or referenced by presenters during the 2022 Community Development Days.

Session Two – EDI and Anti-Racism in Libraries
Session Three – No-Nonsense Tips for Community Outreach: Connecting with Multicultural and Rural Communities
Final Report

CLIG’s Community Development Days 2022 Report

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