Decolonising in Librarianship: shared experiences. Online 14th March 2022.
The Cambridge Library Group met online for a session of four
short talks on how various libraries are tackling the issues of decolonisation.
Helen Snelling, Music Collections Supervisor, Pendlebury Library
of Music, talked about decolonising the Music Tripos and expanding the
library's acquisition policy, the involvement of the Faculty of Music’s
Director of Performance. This ultimately
led to a number of performances of works featuring black female composers at
the West Road Concert Hall, Faculty of Music.
Frankie Marsh, Assistant Librarian, Department of Plant Sciences
and Cory & Herbarium Libraries, discussing her MA dissertation on
academics' perceptions of critical information literacy and its role in
libraries' decolonisation efforts
Sarah Hammond, Library Assistant, Squire Law Library, talking
about the Squire's in-house classification scheme and decolonisation, in particular
addressing outdated terminology.
Genny Grim, Librarian, Pembroke College, on the Decolonizing
History project at Pembroke College Library – a focused project around the
classification of history in the college library.
The evening concluded with a stimulating discussion followed by a Q&A session.
Post contributed by Helen Snelling, Pendlebury Library.