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Decolonizing Library Collections

Oct 1 2021

Price: Free
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In this extended online learning session on Friday 1st October, 10am – 1pm, we’ll be hearing from a range of voices across LIS to help us all critically reflect on our library collections: from tackling problematic legacies in building histories and funding to re-examining classifications and collection terminologies, plus how to communicate change and aim to foster cultures of genuine inclusion, whatever your workplace.

This half-day of sessions will be divided into three parts: Past, Present and Future, in which we will hear from different speakers every hour about the themes involved in library decolonization, with opportunities for discussion and reflection built into each. Our presenters include:

  • Dora Petherbridge, Curator at the National Library of Scotland, on the Struggles for Liberty learning e-resource: opening modern eyes to the fight for freedom and social justice led by African American freedom-fighters
  • Kaye Towlson, Librarian and Decolonising DMU Fair Outcomes Champion at De Montfort University, on decolonising libraries: collections and spaces
  • Elisabeth Bekers, Professor of British and Postcolonial Literature, on the creation and evolution of the Black British Women Writers website

Whether your schedule will allow you to attend one seminar, two or all three, join us as we reflect, review and reconsider: coming together to challenge the prejudiced structures of the past and ensure that our nation’s libraries are actively anti-racist in both the present and the future.

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