7 February 2023, 14:00 – 15:30 (GMT), 15:00 – 16:30 (CET), 16:00 – 17:30 (SAST/EET), 09:00 – 10:30 (EST), 06:00 – 07:00 (PST), 22:00 – 23:30 (AWST/CST)
Higher Education institutions in the UK and beyond have been increasing efforts to decolonise the academic curriculum. The reason is often twofold and linked to the current need to offer modules and academic content that represent the interests of their diverse student communities as well as to tackle racism and inequality across the campus.
Research libraries play a leading role in the process of decolonisation through their collections and expert support of their staff, which in many cases has led to a review of existing institutional practices and processes. During this seminar, professionals from three RLUK research libraries will discuss the role of the research library in decolonising the curriculum, share their experiences and reflect on the opportunities and the challenges that this role involves.
Addressing the colonial legacies in the University of Liverpool’s heritage collections
Joanne Fitton, Deputy Director Libraries, Museums, Galleries, and Robyn Orr, Liaison Librarian for the School of Law and Social Justice, University of Liverpool Library
This talk will outline the current project work on the heritage collections by Libraries, Museums & Galleries staff, and how this is related to, and informed by, academic, institutional and external partnerships.
Joanne Fitton is Deputy Director of Libraries, Museums and Galleries at the University of Liverpool, having joined the University in November 2022. In this role she is responsible for leading Heritage, Education and Digital. Joanne moved from the University of Leeds where she was Associate Director: Special Collections and Galleries.
Robyn McEwen-Orr is currently on secondment as the Liaison Librarian for the School of Law and Social Justice, however her permanent role is as the Academic Services Librarian within Special Collections and Archives at the University of Liverpool Library. She coordinates the Special Collections and Archives departmental project work in regards to colonial legacies.
Decolonising library collections: contemporary issues, practical solutions and examples from LSE
Kevin Wilson, Academic Liaison and Collection Development Manager, The London School of Economics and Political Science Library
In his presentation, Kevin will provide a summary of the book chapter he contributed to ‘Narrative Expansions: Interpreting Decolonisation in Academic Libraries’, edited by Jess Crilly and Regina Everitt (Facet Publishing). The presentation includes a historical overview of the development of LSE Library’s collections and how a recent collection evaluation confirmed the strengths and weaknesses of those collections. It also focuses on bias within collection development and reading lists across academic disciplines. The presentation culminates in some practical tips that libraries can take to develop more diverse collections.
Kevin Wilson is currently on secondment as one of the Assistant Directors at LSE Library. He is also the Academic Liaison and Collection Development Manager and the Librarian for Economics, the Language Centre, Mathematics and Statistics. He joined LSE in 2017, and previously worked at Goldsmiths, University of London and City University. He has presented at a number of conferences and events, and written book chapters and blog posts on diversifying library collections over the last four years.