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Services for all: diverse and inclusive provision

When: 12:30
Where: Online webinar
United Kingdom
Contact: Juanita Foster-Jones
020 7255 0500

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Services for all: diverse and inclusive provision

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Services for all: diverse and inclusive provision


CILIP is committed to ensuring that the library and information profession reflects the full diversity of the society and communities we serve. This extends across key areas of stock, services, and staffing.

As CILIP launches Pen & inc., a new bi-annual magazine and listings guide to promote diversity and inclusion in children’s publishing, Jake Hope, reading development and children’s book consultant is joined by Samantha Williams, founder of Book Love, and John Vincent of The Network to discuss ways of increasing diversity, inclusion, engagement and participation.

With short presentations and opportunities for questions, this expert panel will provide insights, examples and guidance on best practice in providing services for all.


Jake HopeJake Hope is a reading development and children's book consultant. He chaired the Diverse Voices promotion identifying the 50 best diverse children's books, wrote 'Voice and Vision', the guidelines book for the School Library Association, and is an editorial adviser for CILIP's new children's magazine and listings guide: 'Pen and inc.' Jake is currently Chair of the National Youth Libraries Group and chairs the advisory panel for the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Awards. A passionate believer in making libraries and reading accessible for all, Jake is a regular commentator on children's books and the library sector.


Zoey DixonZoey Dixon has worked for Lambeth Libraries since she was 16, where she discovered she loved working with children. After completing her first degree she got a role as Children’s and Young People’s Librarian, working in four of the town centre libraries at various times over ten years. During this time Zoey cemented her love for children’s literature. She is a firm believer in the power of books to make the world a better place, and has seen, first-hand, the impact that giving a book to a child that represents them can have.

Zoey served on the book selection panels for The Reading Agency’s Summer Reading Challenge for five years and for Book Trust’s Letterbox Club. Zoey was instrumental in making Lambeth the first authority to transform all 10 libraries into Fun Palaces in 2015. 

While she is now a library manager for four community hub libraries, Zoey continues to deliver frontline services to children and teens, such as class visits, baby rhyme times, and the Summer Reading Challenge and is currently on the judging panel for CILIP’s Carnegie and Kate Greenway Awards. 

Samantha Williams

Samantha Williams is the founder of Book Love, a travelling multicultural bookshop or "Book Carnival' as it's also known. This cultural celebration set up 4 years ago is an award-winning grassroots, independent collective of Educators, Artists, Musicians, Creatives, Aunties, Uncles, Parents and Grandparents working together to make multicultural matter.

Book Love’s mission is to change the stark lack of culturally inclusive representation in our books, schools, colleges, libraries, on screens and in the highstreet giving under-represented writers and creatives an exciting platform to show their work. With their travelling pop-up bookshops based in Brixton and Tottenham in London, Book Love takes multicultural content on tour nationwide bringing communities and schools diverse and representative books, arts, stationary, fashion, toys and much more.

John VincentJohn Vincent has worked in the public sector since the 1960s, primarily for Hertfordshire, Lambeth and Enfield public library services. In 1997, he contributed to the UK’s first review of public libraries and social exclusion (from which The Network, which he now coordinates, originated).

John 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 libraries do with young people in care, with LGBTQ people, and with ‘new arrivals’ to the UK.

He is co-author of Public libraries and social justice (2010); author of LGBT people and the UK cultural sector (2014) and the 2018 Arts Council England report: ‘Libraries welcome everyone’.

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