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LGBTQ+ Network Steering Group announced
LGBTQ+ Network Steering Group announced

A Steering Group comprising of library and information professionals who identify as LGBTQ+ has been formed to scope CILIP's new LGBTQ+ Network. The Network will launch in February 2020, during LGBT History Month.

You’ll find Terms of Reference for the Steering Group here.

For more information contact Yvonne Morris, Policy Manager (Diversity and Inclusion) at yvonne.morris@cilip.org.uk. Alternatively contact the Steering Group's co-chairs directly at cilip.lgbtqnetwork@cilip.org.uk.

LGBTQ+ Network Steering Group co-chairs

Binni Brynolf

Binni Brynolf

Binni is Digital Resources Librarian at Chatham House, a policy institute in international affairs based in London, and has worked in libraries for more than 20 years, mostly in systems roles in public, academic and special libraries both in the UK and Sweden. They took part in a panel on "Diversity in the profession" at CILIP Conference in July 2019 and joined the committee of the CILIP Community, Diversity & Equality Group in 2018.

Binni is also a trade union activist and is particularly interested in the equality and diversity work that trade unions and professional organisations can do for and with LGBTQ+ communities. Binni also co-created a list of LGBTQIA resources for library and information workers.

Binni identifies as non-binary and use they/them pronouns.

John Vincent

John Vincent

John has worked in the public sector, primarily with libraries, since the early 1960s. This has involved working at all levels, including an extended period as Head of Service in the London Borough of Lambeth. Since 1999, John has coordinated “The Network – tackling social exclusion” which works with libraries, museums, archives and cultural heritage organisations. In this role, John regularly runs training courses and speaks at conferences, disseminates information to support the work of the sector, and advocates the role of the sector in social justice.

John identifies as a gay man (pronouns he/him), and has written and run courses about LGBTQ+ issues for many years; for example, in 2014, he published LGBT people and the UK cultural sector (Routledge), and contributed a chapter to LGBTQ+ librarianship in the 21st century (ed Bharat Mehra, Emerald Publishing, 2019).

LGBTQ+ Network Steering Group members

Ann Penn

Ann Penn

Ann has been a chartered librarian for over 20 years, with experience in further education and public libraries. She has worked at public libraries in Nottinghamshire in a variety of roles since 2001 and is currently a Librarian at Inspire: Culture, Learning and Libraries.

Ann identifies as an asexual woman and uses she/her pronouns. She has long-term interest in LGBTQ+ books since completing her masters dissertation in librarianship inspired by Morris Glietzman's 'Two weeks with the queen' and loves to use her book knowledge to promote the great range of new diverse titles being published today.

Ash Green

Ash Green

Ash Green graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University with a BA(Hons) degree in Information and Library Management in 1994. After graduation they worked in higher education libraries, and then Surrey County Council Public Library Service for 22 years. Initially starting life there as a cataloguer, they eventually went on to become Digital Services Lead, supporting the development of online, digital, game, STEM, and creative technology makerspace services. They have led on and been involved in a number of LGBTQ+ outreach projects both within Surrey and externally, including collaborating recently on the development of an LGBTQIA resource for library workers.

Carl Banks

Carl Banks

Carl is a Library, Information and Resources Officer at the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, the professional body and trade union for physiotherapists. Carl’s worked in other specialist health libraries, at the University College London, Tate Britain and a local school.

Before then, Carl was the LGBT+ and Disability Equality Officer at a civil service trade union and an equality activist for another union. He developed policy, campaigns and training, working collaboratively with union members and allies to advance Equality in workplaces and society.

Carl identifies as a gay man (pronouns he/him).

Deborah Varenna

Deborah Varenna

Deborah is a Library Resources Assistant at Hugh Baird College, and has just completed her MA in Librarianship at the University of Sheffield. She has previous experience of Charity and Public Libraries in the UK and in Germany and has been in the LIS profession for two years. Having written multiple essays on queerness, representation, and intersectionality in current media and in medieval literature, she is passionate about ensuring that all voices are heard.

Deborah identifies as a queer, cis woman and uses she/her pronouns.

Jess Miller

Jess Miller

After working in a range of institutions as a Library Assistant- predominantly in Higher Education and Special Collections-Jess is now studying a postgraduate degree in Library and Information Studies at University College London alongside their part-time role at the British Architectural Library. They have previously co-facilitated an LGBTQ+ community peer-support group, coordinating session activities and fundraising events for LGBTQ+ charities, and are currently a cataloging volunteer at the Queer Zine Library. Jess identifies as a queer person and uses both They/Them and She/Her pronouns.

Jess Miller

Sharon Stewart-Smith

Sharon has worked at Hampshire County Council for over 10 years; primarily in team mid-management roles and latterly as Strategic Manager with responsibility for Library Service Operations i.e. all things staff and buildings. Sharon also provides a vice-chair role in the Council’s LGBT+ Staff Network; which enables her to work closely with other networks across Hampshire, and wider, to share best practice and listen and learn from others.

Sharon is a gay cis woman (pronouns: she/her) who wants to help improve the visibility of LGBTQ+ people in the workplace. She is passionate about authentic and inclusive leadership and creating an environment where staff can thrive.

Stacy Murtagh

Stacy Murtagh

I am somewhat an accidental librarian and after a spell working in museums, landed a library post working with Special Collections at Robert Gordon University. I spent nearly 5 years as a school librarian in Manchester before taking the role as Collections & Research Support Assistant at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. I work as part of a small collections team to oversee resources (digital, physical and historical) and I am responsible for archiving published papers on the institutional repository. My interests include library inclusion, the role of libraries in education and Archives.

I identify as a lesbian (she/her.)

Toni Velikova

Toni Velikova

Toni works as an Assistant Librarian at the Scottish Poetry Library in Edinburgh. She graduated from her Book History and Material Culture course at the University of Edinburgh in 2018. She has experience working in archives and special collections libraries. She is also a volunteer with OurStory Scotland, an oral history project, dedicated to Scottish LGBTQ+ histories. Toni’s particularly interested in the practice of radical cataloguing and discovering how library catalogues can better represent LGBTQ+ people.

Toni identifies as a bisexual woman and uses she/her pronouns.


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