Science Librarianship and Social Justice

The Science Librarianship and Social Justice column was formally established in 2024 with the publication of Issue 105, a special issue on this topic. It aims to highlight, empower, and encourage the work done in the areas of social justice and science and technology librarianship.

The column publishes articles covering any topic that integrates social justice into science and technology librarianship. All articles in this column are refereed (unless noted otherwise), and will go through ISTL’s peer-review process.

Possible Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility Programming
  • Anti- and Decolonial Collection Practices
  • Retention of BIPOC Science & Technology Librarians
  • Integrating Social Justice Concepts into Library Instruction
  • Repatriation/Rematriation of Collections
  • Critical Science Librarianship
  • Equitable Impact Reports
  • Anti-Racist Approaches to STEMM Information Literacy
  • Inclusive Evidence Synthesis Practices
  • Accessibility in Reference Interactions
  • Just Data Use and Preservation
  • Social Justice Reading Groups/ Professional Development for STEMM Communities
  • All other topics in the intersection of Social Justice and Science & Technology Librarianship

 If you have an idea that is not included above or would like to discuss a possible submission, please email the column editor, who will work with you to determine appropriateness for inclusion in this column.

Please see the Submission Guidelines for more information about length, format, style, etc.


Ginny Boehme,