Training for professionals

International Librarian Symposium


Information Services for Vulnerable Groups

Libraries have adapted to social changes because their services have helped develop the communities they are a part of, breaching the digital and knowledge gaps that exist. Libraries are the few spaces where people—on equal ground—can have fair, unrestricted access to information, knowledge, and culture: a task that undoubtedly promotes inclusion.
Central to this is the idea that librarian and information services should be open-door spaces that receive, support, and provide orientation for any user, regardless of language, nationality, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, immigration status, disability, or whether they live in vulnerable conditions, etc. In this way, librarians proactively contribute to the education process and provide access to knowledge for all people, especially those in disadvantaged sectors, making it possible for them to improve their lives.
Some of these groups include the following:

  • Senior citizens
  • People with disabilities
  • Women
  • Children and young adults
  • Indigenous groups
  • People with mental illness
  • People with HIV/AIDS
  • Immigrants
  • Members of the LGBTQ+ community
  • People in hospitals or prisons

The thirtieth edition of the International Librarians Colloquium, celebrated at the Guadalajara International Book Fair on December 2, 3, and 4 this year, has as its central topic “Information Services for Vulnerable Groups.” In this colloquium we will strive to learn more about, and reflect on, the new work proposals carried out in and for the information service providers for these groups, with the intention to establish joint work strategies that can help procure equal treatment and spaces by truly providing access to information.



For further information contact:

Ana Gricelda Moran at the phone number (52 33) (52 33) 3134 2277