CILIP in collaboration with the BAME Network have offered 6 BAME professionals bursary places to this year’s conference, giving a full 2 day delegate place and accommodation for the night of 3 July. This is part of on-going work to ensure the profiles of delegates attending the conference are more representative. The bursary winners were selected through a rigorous shortlisting process by a panel made up of members of the BAME Network Steering Group. From a pool of 28 applicants, we are delighted to announce our BAME bursary winners this year are Jacqui Clarke, Muneeb Liaquat, Soraya Berry, Amy Campbell, Amanda Joykin and Mark Harding.
Jacqui Clarke is the Learning Centres Manager at Ealing Hammersmith and West London College. She has worked in the Library and Information sector for over 20 years. She studied Information Management at University of Brighton. In addition to working in the UK, she has a wealth of international experience. She is very resilient and focuses on solutions rather than problems. Passionate about and actively works towards improving service delivery and strengthening internal processes to enhance customer experience. Member of the Leaders Network.
My name is Muneeb Liaquat I am a Knowledge Assistant in a health library at UHB NHS Foundation Trust. I support both clinical and nonclinical staff in their day to day information needs. My real passion is teaching and training staff to empower them in their learning.
Soraya Berry is a secondary school librarian in South London. She has extensive library experience, starting her career in public libraries (Sutton), and also working in university (University of London, Senate House) and corporate (Schroders and Merill Lynch) libraries. Soraya is also a journalist and author.
Soraya is British South East Asian and is particularly interested in raising awareness of BAME professionals in the school library sector as well as bringing an authentic voice to promote and encourage increasing representation from the BAME children's and young adult publishing sector on school library bookshelves.
Amy Campbell is an Information Services Librarian (Acquisitions & Electronic Resources) at Leeds Beckett University. Whilst studying an MSc Psychology, with the aim of becoming a Clinical Psychologist, she began working in public libraries and fell in love with library work. For a few years she combined multiple part-time jobs in different HE libraries (and Leeds Art Gallery), but after completing a Postgraduate Diploma in Library & Information Services Management at the University of Sheffield in 2017, she was able to secure her current role. Her main areas of interest are data analytics, student-led acquisition services and Open Access.
Amanda Joykin worked in public libraries as a library assistant in the north of England and Scotland before obtaining her Master’s in Information and Library Studies from the University of Strathclyde. She worked as an Information Scientist before going back into libraries as a School Librarian. Her current role is with the Scottish Library and Information Council as Information Literacy Project Manager where she is working on developing an information literacy toolkit for schools.
Mark Harding is currently working as a Volunteer at the Archives and Special Collections Centre at London College of Communication (LCC), University of the Arts London (UAL), and Volunteer Library Assistant at the Black Cultural Archives. He achieved a BA (Hons) in Film and Media with Japanese from Birkbeck University. His background is in supporting students with visual impairment and he has a solid knowledge of specialist accessibility technologies relating to physical and sensory needs. He is looking to progress his career within libraries and archives and has particular interests in decolonising the curriculum, the social model of disability and Japanese history and culture.
Alongside the 2 day programme of events, our bursary winners can also look forward to the below sessions running throughout the conference that are being facilitated by the BAME Network:
Wednesday 3rd July there will be a BAME Network get-together from 5.15-5.45pm.
Thursday 4th July there will be a breakfast seminar titled BAME and our allies led by BAME Network chair Shirley Yearwood-Jackman.
There will also be a BAME Network stand in the exhibition area that will be staffed by members of the network over both days of the conference.
On day 2 of the conference (4th July) there are also the below session taking place that include members of the BAME Network:
BAME Steering group member Hong-Anh Nguyen will be presenting the first keynote of the day at 9.35am.
This will be followed by a panel discussion chaired by Hong-Anh titled Diversity in the profession at 10.25am.
We look forward to welcoming all six of our winners to the conference this year.