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CILIP launches new Black Asian and Minority Ethnic Network

26 June 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Gus MacDonald
CILIP launches new Black Asian and Minority Ethnic Network

CILIP is delighted to announce the official launch of their Black Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) Network, led by CILIP trustee, Shirley Yearwood-Jackman.

This is the UK-wide professional network for the BAME community within the library, knowledge and information sector. The network will provide a forum for BAME information professionals to share experiences, support each other and build connections. Working with CILIP and other partners, the network will support the advancement of BAME professionals in the workforce.

The launch of the BAME Network will help to address the under-representation of people of colour within the library and information workforce as identified in the CILIP/ARA Workforce Mapping data (2015).

Shirley Yearwood-Jackman, CILIP Trustee and Chair of the BAME Network Steering Ggroup commented; “The virtual 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”.

Nick Poole, CEO of CILIP, added; “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 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.”

“I would like to personally thank Shirley and the team for working with us to create this new network. CILIP firmly believes that the BAME Network should be run by and for BAME professionals and without their hard work and commitment this would not have been possible.”

The stated aims of the new network are to:

  • Reduce feelings of social and professional isolation
  • Access training and mentorship to support CPD
  • Contribute to discourse and policy
  • Contribute to CILIP’s Equalities, Diversity and Inclusion Programme

The BAME Network is free to join and open to both existing CILIP members and non-members.

For more information about the network and how to join please visit:

About the BAME Network

The BAME Network has been established to provide a forum for its members to share their experiences, support each other and network. The group will work together, with CILIP and with other partners for the advancement of BAME library, knowledge and information professionals, with the objective of making the profession more diverse and inclusive. Membership is free.

The six goals of the BAME Network are to:

  • Provide a safe space where BAME library and Information professionals can network to support each other and reduce feelings of isolation both socially and professionally.
  • Opportunities to promote training, mentorship, sponsorship and bursaries for BAME library and information professionals in order to support the development of advancement and well-being.
  • Opportunities to contribute to discourse, strategic planning, policies, publicity and actions of CILIP and other relevant organisations concerning equality, diversity and inclusion.
  • A forum which enables BAME library and information professionals to better understand the equality, diversity and inclusion challenges and opportunities in different sectors.
  • Opportunities to work with non-BAME library and information professionals who wish to support the purpose of the BAME Network through the Allies Forum.

A Steering Group comprising of 10 library and information professionals from BAME backgrounds was formed to scope the Network, chaired by CILIP Trustee Shirley Yearwood-Jackman.

Published: 26 June 2019

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