Diversity Award 2018
Three entries were highly commended in the group's Diversity Awards 2018, which were announced on Wednesday 17th October at Ridgmount Street.
The awards recognize outstanding achievement in the promotion of diversity and commitment to the advancement of diversity within a library or information setting. We were delighted to celebrate and acknowledge the impact of three particular entries for this year's award, which demonstrate diversity and equality remains central to all library, knowledge and information services.
Jen Bayjoo and the DILON Network
Jen Bayjoo founded the DILON (Diversity In Libraries Of the North) network as a voice for those in the library and information profession who identify as BAME, POC, or non-white. In a relatively short space of time DILON has become a high profile, influential presence online and offline. DILON aims "to advocate for diversity in libraries in the north of England; to provide a safe space for minorities to discuss their experiences; to advise conferences and events about diverse panels and speakers; to showcase the work of its members; to act without pretension or exclusion and to encourage and support its members and the wider library community."
Learning Resources team at Bridgwater and Taunton College
The Conversation Café at the College is a weekly drop-in initiative that promotes diversity and multicultural blending by enabling attendees to practise speaking English over a cup of tea or coffee in a social yet educational environment. It helps foreign speakers feel less isolated, integrate better into the local community and make new friends. In 2016 the College expanded the initiative into the public library in Taunton, enabling more attendees to benefit from this initiative.
Emily Macaulay - Centre Manager, Exeter Library
Emily received an MBE in 2015 for services to equality and diversity and ensures Exeter Library is inclusive, offering a range of services for the whole community. In particular Emily was nominated for her dedication and inspirational work keeping Exeter Library open during the extreme weather of March 2018, when snow shut down buildings and transport across Exeter City, apart from the library. Emily kept the library open as normal, with limited staffing (at one point single-handed) offering a safe, welcoming, warm space for all those needing shelter.
Photo: Bridgewater and Taunton College Library team accepted their certificate from CDEG Chair David Percival (left) and Russel Barrow of Hertfordshire Libraries
Diversity Award 2016
Matthew Reynolds, Head of Membership and Libraries Disability Officer at University College London was presented with the Diversity Award at CILIP HQ, Ridgmount Street on Wednesday 14th September and was congratulated at the group's Annual general meeting.
Matthew was nominated as one of the university's most supportive members of staff, to both disabled staff and students, as well as non-disabled library users. He provides one-to-one tuition on research and accessing materials from the library and has an understanding of the needs of their users who are unable to access group training due to their disability. Matthew's invaluable support sometimes makes the difference between a pass and a fail on a module.
Runners up included:
The eBook Accessibility audit project group
- staff from across the UK Higher education sector who are working to ensure that students with print impairments face fewer barriers in accessing the information they need to succeed at university and
University of Central Lancashire's Library Services Team
, who are working to provide print impaired students access to all reading list items associated with their programme of study in alternative electronic formats.