Libraries and archives have an important role to play in improving diversity and inclusion. Senate House Library is committed to maximising the diversity of voices by reviewing past and current practices, collections and services as well as ensuring inclusivity is built into and at the heart of collection strategies and decision making in future.
With over 2 million items and over 150 years of history in the Library, it is vital to review collections while recognising that this is no small task and one that is continual, never finished.
From August 2020 until July 2021, research was undertaken to develop a Collection Development Strategy that covers three main elements assessing:
Existing collections to identify problematic and unjustly marginalised material, to maximise the diversity of the voices, authors and publishers in our printed collections
Acquisition of new material, reviewing processes to determine whether we are doing enough to proactively engage with underrepresented groups to encourage diversification of deposited material.
Terminology used in descriptions on the catalogue to ensure a more inclusive language or content warnings to emphasise historical context where appropriate.
With a proactive approach to diversity and inclusion, Senate House Library continues to evolve and seeks to ensure collections represent all Library users, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, physical ability, age, and political or religious beliefs.