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Steering Group needed to scope CILIP’s new LGBTQ+ Network
Steering Group needed to scope CILIP’s new LGBTQ+ Network

In early 2020 CILIP will launch a new network for library and information professionals who identify as LGBTQ+ and we are currently setting up a Steering Group to scope this network. You’ll find its Terms of Reference here. The Steering Group will be co-chaired by Binni Brynolf and John Vincent, who were nominated by CILIP’s Community, Diversity and Equality Group.

If you wish to be considered for the Steering Group we invite you to complete a short application form giving details of the knowledge and experience you could bring to the Group, the level you currently work at, and the sector/s you have worked in. This is to ensure the Group is made up of people from different sectors, working at different levels, but please do not be deterred from applying if you are at the beginning of your career and do not have any work experience, or if you are not working at present. The deadline for applications is 5pm on November 5 2019.

The Steering Group’s first meeting will be at CILIP HQ on December 3rd, and CILIP will reimburse reasonable travel expenses.

Please contact Yvonne Morris, CILIP’s Policy Manager (Diversity and Inclusion), at yvonne.morris@cilip.org.uk if you have any questions. Alternatively contact the co-chairs directly at cilip.lgbtqnetwork@cilip.org.uk. Completed forms should also be emailed to Yvonne.

LGBTQ+ Network’s 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).


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