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The Network supports libraries, museums, archives, galleries and other cultural and heritage organisations (as well as individuals) who are working to tackle social exclusion and towards social justice.

CILIP's Changing Lives Seminar Series

"CILIP is excited to be launching our new Changing Lives Seminar Series, a programme of virtual events celebrating innovation and thought leadership in the library, knowledge and information sector. Curated alongside our Diversity Networks and Community, Diversity and Equality Group (CDEG), the Changing Lives Seminar Series will invite ‘lightning talks’ from new and diverse voices in sector and a keynote from an established professional.

Themes for each seminar have been set by our three Diversity Networks – the CILIP BAME Network, LGBTQ+ Network and Disability Network – together with CDEG, who are sponsoring the series.

The launch seminar will be held on Wednesday 21 July on the theme of Pride in the Profession. We are inviting applications to present a lightning talk on this theme, with the chosen speakers to be awarded £50 for their contribution. Lightning Talk submissions will be reviewed by a selection committee made up of representatives from CILIP’s Diversity Networks and CDEG.

We are delighted to reveal that our lightning talk speakers will be presenting alongside our first keynote speaker, Dr Karen G. Schneider, Dean of the Library at Sonoma State University and a member of the American Library Association’s Rainbow Round Table."

Further info on CILIP website.

Blogs you might be interested in

  • Anne Harding Training - Anne blogs on reading, literacy, working with young people, and the courses she runs across the cultural sector.
  • DCN - Disability Co-operative Network for Museums - "We are working with national charities, organisations, people with disabilities, academics, groups, disability networks in other sectors, curators and managers to promote and embed inclusive practice in the heritage and cultural sector."
  • LGBT people and the UK cultural sector - this blog builds on the content of the book, LGBT people and the UK cultural sector, and aims to add new developments and missing stories of LGBTQ people in the cultural sector.
  • Museums and Autism - "A blog about how museums can improve support for autistic spectrum visitors, with practical advice and examples from museums and autistic people"
  • Race Matters, the Runnymede Trust blog
  • Speak Out London – Diversity City the LGBTQ Oral History project based at London Metropolitan Archives
  • SpeakUP - blog "run by IFLA’s Advisory Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression, for exploring how the work of libraries is shaped by, and can promote, human rights around the world"
  • ViMLoC - Visible Minority Librarians of Canada Network
  • The Wheeled Librarian - "The chronicles of a librarian with a physical disability."

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