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Decolonising Library Collections and Practices: from Understanding to Action
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Decolonising Library Collections and Practices: from Understanding to Action

When: 25/11/2019
From 9:30 AM until 4:30 PM
Where: Conference Suite
Cardiff Metropolitan University
200 Western Avenue
Cardiff CF5 2YB
United Kingdom
Presenter: Various - see programme
Contact: Jamie Finch

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Decolonising library collections and practices

from understanding to action

CILIP International Library and Information Group (ILIG) in conjunction with Cardiff Metropolitan University are delighted to invite you to our event.

We believe that Libraries can be activists, champions and allies for both the Institutions they serve and the wider society in the move away from white privilege. We hope to explore decolonising universities and their libraries, by first gaining an understanding of race then by illustrating practical actions taken by libraries, which others may emulate.

Please note: our programme remains subject to change but indicative themes will include:

•             Understanding of race in the UK, both in a Higher Education but also wider context.

•             How libraries/universities raise awareness on issues of race.

•             Innovative uses of resources, such as curated reading lists.

•             Applications of UX specifically geared to people of colour

•             Issues around transnational education e.g. how the UK is perceived internationally

We will include a range of poster presentations on the day to further disseminate best practice.

In addition to hearing leading speakers on race, please make time to talk to our poster presenters:

Dr Samreen Barbar, Bahria University – Pakistan, Visiting Professor: internationalisation

Christine Mcgowan, Cardiff University: metadata issues and decolonisation

Rahul Patel, an Educational Developer (Attainment) and lecturer on the Post Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice –University of the Arts London: Decolonising the Arts Curriculum: Perspectives on Higher Education zine1 (June 2018).

Maria Cotera, Campus Engagement Manager for Europe and Latin America, Ex Libris – a ProQuest company: Reading for Diversity: Decolonised resource lists powered by Leganto.


Please note: some of the timings listed may change and details will continue to be added as they are confirmed.

Monday 25th November 2019





Jamie Finch, International Librarian/Chair of CILIP ILIG, housekeeping Denn Yearwood, BIS, introducing speakers


KEYNOTE: Race Equity in the Academy: are Institutions ready to move from Rhetoric and to Action?

Dr Zainab Khan, Associate Pro Vice Chancellor (Attainment, Equity & Inclusion), London Metropolitan University


Decolonisation or Recolonisation: a narrative exploration

Alex Mormoris, PGT Student, Education Department, University of Birmingham



Refreshments, networking and posters


Fitting in and speaking out: experiences of talking about race in libraries

Jennifer Bayjoo, Academic Support Manager for Research, University of Salford & Founder of Diversity in Libraries in the North (DILON)


Belonging in the Library - Making sense with zines. (confirmed)

Ka-Ming Pang, University of Roehampton



Buffet, networking and posters
Optional: Met Mile Guided Walk


Toolkit for change: diversifying library collections

S.L.Field & E.L.Mires-Richards, Academic Liaison Services, University of Kent


Decolonising the LIS (Library and Information Science) education curriculum: starting the conversation

Dr Briony Birdi, Senior Lecturer in Librarianship, The Information School, University of Sheffield



Refreshments, networking and posters


Can UX decolonise the library?

David Clover, Head of User Engagement within Library and Learning Services, University of East London


Decolonising through Critical Librarianship at Cambridge University

Clara Panozzo, Collections and Academic Liaison Department, Latin American & Iberian Collections, Chadwyck-Healey Liberation Collection, Cambridge University Library



Summary, questions, thanks

Speakers & Poster Presenters

Dr. Zainab Khan

- Associate Pro Vice Chancellor (Attainment, Equity & Inclusion), London Metropolitan University

Dr Zainab Khan joined London Metropolitan University in September 2019 as the Associate Pro Vice Chancellor (Attainment, Equity & Inclusion). She has held a number of strategic and academic leadership roles and prior to her academic career trained as a barrister. She is an award-winning anti-racism champion. She was the winner of the Bristol Diversity Awards 2018 and 2019 and a finalist at the Inclusive Companies Awards (Education Sector) 2018. She designed and developed the innovative Equity Programme at UWE Bristol between 2016-2019 which received national recognition, winning at the Guardian University Awards 2019.

Ka-Ming Pang

University of Roehampton

Sarah Field

Academic Liaison Services, University of Kent

Emma Mires-Richards

Academic Liaison Services, University of Kent

Jennifer Bayjoo

Academic Support Manager for Research, University of Salford

I have been working at the University of Salford as the Academic Support Manager for Research since May, where I also act as the library’s Inclusion and Diversity lead. I founded Diversity in Libraries of the North (DILON) in 2018, which is a network for anyone who identifies as a BAME library and/or information worker. When I’m not raging about racism, feminism and equality, I enjoy comedy, writing and starting but not finishing craft projects. .

Briony Birdi

The Information School, University of Sheffield

Briony is a Senior Lecturer in Librarianship at the Information School, University of Sheffield, teaching campus-based and distance learning Masters and PhD students on Librarianship and Library & Information Management programmes. In her teaching and research, she focuses on public libraries, social justice and diversity. She combines the standard teaching methods with a more ‘outward-facing’ approach, and has introduced various engaged learning initiatives in her teaching. In 2016 and 2017, she was awarded Teaching Excellence in Social Sciences awards, for Outstanding Practice in Learning and Teaching. Briony is also Co-Director of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion for the Faculty of Social Sciences at Sheffield University, and a member of the CILIP Community, Diversity and Equality Group committee.

David Clover

Head of User Engagement within Library and Learning Services, University of East London

David Clover is currently Head of Use Engagement within Library and Learning Services at the University of East London. David leads the service’s work on student experience and having led the library’s successful Customer Service Excellence accreditation is project leading a wider university implementation of this standard. His professional interests include user experience, diversity and inclusion, the experiences of reading print and digital formats, open textbooks, the provision of learning spaces, customer service, professional development for LIS staff, and managing change. David began his library career in New Zealand and has largely worked in higher education.

Clara Panozzo

Collections and Academic Liaison Department, Latin American & Iberian Collections, Chadwyck-Healey Liberation Collection, Cambridge University Library

Originally from Argentina, I have completed my studies in Italy. I work as an assistant for the Latin American & Iberian Collections and I am currently also on secondment as Hispanic Specialist for the same collections and as a special collections cataloguer for the French Chadwyck-Healy Liberation Collection, all within the Collections and Academic Liaison Department at Cambridge University Library. In 2018, I began collaborating with colleagues from other Cambridge libraries with the aim of raising awareness of the issues surrounding decolonisation in academia and of promoting ways to think critically about them from the perspective of library work.

Jamie Finch

International Librarian & CILIP ILIG Chair, Cardiff Metropolitan University

It is my pleasure to serve as ILIG Chair in 2019 and beyond as I have a keen interest in how libraries, big or tiny, can help communities or individuals, regardless of where they are on our lovely planet. I am a career Business Librarian, and, since 2015, I am also an International Librarian, supporting my employer (Cardiff Met) with their transnational education strategies. Reni Eddo-Lodge’s Sunday Times Bestseller, Why I’m no longer talking to white people about race was my personal catalyst towards being a BAME ally.

Alex Mormoris

Project Manager, Business Improvement Services (BIS), Cardiff Metropolitan University

Alex Mormoris is a PGT student at the University of Birmingham’s Education department. He joined the University as a member of staff in May 2018 as the Equality and Diversity Officer for Student Services. In this capacity he managed Birmingham’s Equality and Diversity ambassadors as part of an OfS funded project in partnership with the University of Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan University; this has been recognised by Universities UK as an example of best practice in the sector. In 2018 Alex was included in the Bristol BME 100 Power list and in 2019 he collected a Guardian Higher Education award, both for his work on the UWE Equity project.

Denn Yearwood

Project Manager, Business Improvement Services (BIS), Cardiff Metropolitan University

Emma Mires-Richards and Sarah Field

Emma has worked mainly in Higher Education in a variety of roles focused in supporting academic liaison and related activities. Currently employed as a Liaison Librarian supporting Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Kent.

Sarah has worked in Higher Education for 15 years in academic liaison and student experience. Currently employed as the Liaison Librarian supporting sciences at the University of Kent.

Emma and Sarah have been working collaboratively with academic schools, Kent Union and the Student Success Project, to develop the Diversity Mark Award at University of Kent using reading lists as a mechanism for diversifying collections and the curriculum. The work from this project received the Talis Aspire User Group Creativity Award 2019 and contributed to the THE Shortlisting for Outstanding Library Team.

Rahul Patel

University of Arts London – Teaching and Learning Exchange


CILIP Member Delegate Rate

Full day delegate rate discounted for CILIP Membership

£120 (VAT inclusive)

Non-member of CILIP Delegate Rate

Full day delegate rate for those who are not CILIP members

£150 (VAT inclusive)

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Sponsored places reserved for speakers and bursary delegates


Unwaged CILIP Member Rate

Discount rate for those who not in paid employment.



CILIP Cymru Wales Bursary

CILIP Cymru Wales are pleased to sponsor a bursary place for the conference for a CILIP member who lives and/or works in Wales. The bursary comprises free attendance at this conference plus up to £100 towards travel expenses.

Preference will be given to an applicant from a BAME background, please state if you wish to be considered for this in your application.

To apply for the bursary, please include:

  • Your CILIP membership number.
  • A short outline (under 300 words) of the ways in which attendance at the conference will benefit your career.

Place(s) will be awarded to the applicant(s) who in the view of the CILIP Wales committee make the best case for their attendance.

Applications should be sent to Andrew Eynon:

Closing date: 16th November 2019

Other bursaries may be available, please contact Jamie Finch, Chair of ILIG asap for further information.

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