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BAME Network


The BAME Network has been established to provide a forum for librarians and information professionals from Black Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds to share their experiences, support each other and network.

Working with CILIP and other partners, the Network will support the advancement of BAME professionals in the workforce and the development of diverse library, knowledge and information services.

The launch of the CILIP BAME Network is an important step in addressing the under-representation of people of colour within the library and information workforce as identified in the CILIP/ARA Workforce Mapping data (2015).

The BAME Network is managed by a Steering Group, chaired by Shirley Yearwood-Jackman.


Shirley Yearwood-Jackman

“The launch of the CILIP BAME Network represents exciting times for BAME library, knowledge and information professionals and for the profession as a whole.

The Network provides six key goals that all library, knowledge and information professionals can support in order to address the under-representation of BAME colleagues in the workforce, support their advancement and develop diverse library, knowledge and information services. We look forward to working with individuals and organisations alike”.

Shirley Yearwood-Jackman, CILIP Trustee and Chair of the BAME Network Steering Group

Nick Poole

“I am extremely proud to be working with Shirley and the steering group on the launch of this new network. Initiatives like DILON and the new CILIP BAME Network are a vital part of addressing the under-representation of people of colour in our profession. We very much hope that the BAME Network will be a driving force in encouraging new BAME people into the sector, creating new opportunities and highlighting to employers the need to fully support the development and promotion of BAME professionals.”

Nick Poole, CEO of CILIP

Benefits of membership

  • Facilitate BAME professionals to support each other, reducing feelings of isolation
  • Contribute to BAME advancement in the profession
  • Access to training, mentorship and bursaries to support CPD
  • Contribute to equality, diversity and inclusion initiatives and policy
  • Provide a forum to understand equality, diversity and inclusion in different sectors
  • Work with non-BAME professionals who support the purpose of the BAME Network  through the Allies Forum.

Join today

The BAME Network is free to join and open to all BAME library and information professionals, both existing CILIP members and non-members.

Allies can also register their interest in joining the Allies Forum, see below.

Allies Forum

Non-BAME library and information professionals who wish to support the purpose of the BAME Network can join the BAME Network Allies Forum. BAME Network members are automatically members of the Allies Forum.

BAME Network Steering Group

A Steering Group comprising of library and information professionals from BAME backgrounds was formed to scope the Network. This Steering Group will manage the CILIP BAME Network until committee elections take place in the Spring of 2020. Further details about elections will be made available closer to the time.

Statement on the death of George Floyd in Minnesota, USA

The CILIP BAME Network wishes to add our voice to those publicly condemning the death of George Floyd, a black man, who died whilst in the custody of the Minnesota Police Department.

Contact us

The full Terms of Reference for the BAME Network are available here.

For more information contact Yvonne Morris, Policy Manager: / 0207 255 0629

Headline image: Members of the BAME Network Steering Group.

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