14.15 – Thursday 5th July
Based on the 2015 CILIP/ARA Workforce Mapping, CILIP recognises that information professionals from Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds or who identify as a ‘Person of Colour’ (POC) are under-represented in the workforce. As ethical professionals, we are committed to ensuring that the profession reflects the full diversity of the society and communities we serve. In this session, delegates will hear from equalities advocates and information professionals about their critical reflections on the workforce today and how we can work together to create a more open and inclusive future for our profession.
Understanding social and economic inequality
Only by understanding the root causes of social and economic inequality can we begin to take steps to tackle it. Inequality damages society and robs people of the opportunity to pursue their dreams and aspirations. Librarians and information professionals can play a role, both personally and professionally.
Dr Wanda Wyporska, Executive Director, The Equality Trust
BAME Library and Information Professionals in the workforce: calling all to action
Research has shown that BAME staff are under-represented in the library and information profession. This presentation discusses why this is the business of every library and information professional and explores some of the underlying reasons why under-representation exists. Inter-laced with personal experiences, I will also provide an insight into strategies which might be employed to start to address this challenge. It is anticipated that this session will encourage attendees to reflect on the issues raised and engage in dialogue about how to best resolve them both at the session and with their colleagues, when they return to their workplace.
Shirley Yearwood-Jackman, Liaison Librarian, University of Liverpool
Diversity in leadership: a personal reflection
Russel will speak from the personal perspective of being a black senior manager in public libraries. Reflecting on over 30 years’ experience of managing and working in the public libraries sector, he will look at what this has taught him about personal identity and diversity and their importance to aspirational leadership. He will talk about the crucial importance of young professionals from all backgrounds finding and using their own unique voices in order to be effective leaders and advocates for the information profession.
Russel Barrow, Principal Librarian, Operations: West Hertfordshire, Hertfordshire Libraries and Heritage Services
| Chair: Neena Shukla Morris, Assistant Librarian, Ardingly College
Neena is a qualified and chartered librarian who has worked in libraries for over a decade. Alongside her library employment, she has worked in a variety of capacities in schools, specialising in support for children with additional needs. Now in post at Ardingly College, Neena works with young people aged 2–18. She is passionate about information literacy and reading for wellbeing. She sits on CILIP’s Ethics Committee and has contributed to the diversity review of the Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Awards.