John Vincent has worked in the public sector since the 1960s, primarily for Hertfordshire, Lambeth and Enfield public library services. In 1997, he was invited to become part of the team that produced the UK’s first review of public libraries and social exclusion (from which The Network originated). John now runs courses and lectures, writes, produces regular newsletters and ebulletins, and lobbies for greater awareness of the role that libraries, archives, museums, and the cultural & heritage sector play in contributing to social justice.
He is particularly interested in supporting the work that the cultural sector does with LGBTQI people, with young people in public care, and with ‘new arrivals’ to the UK.
In January 2014, he published LGBT people and the UK cultural sector: the response of libraries, museums, archives and heritage since 1950 (Ashgate, 2016).
In February 2014, John was awarded a Special Diversity Award by the CILIP Community, Diversity and Equality Group “for his outstanding achievement in the promotion of diversity through library and information services”, and, in September 2014, John was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of CILIP.
The Network supports libraries, museums, archives, galleries and other cultural and heritage organisations (as well as individuals) who are working to tackle social exclusion and towards social justice.
John will be chairing the ‘Access’ panel on day 1 of the conference