BAME staff experiences of academic and research libraries

SCONUL has published the report on BAME staff experiences of academic and research libraries by Dr Mohammed Ishaq and Dr Asifa Maaria Hussain.

The lack of ethnic diversity both in the HE sector and in the library profession is well documented and the research is the first part of a programme of work with the community to bring about the change we all recognise is necessary 

We wanted to put the voices of BAME staff at the centre of our conversation and that is what this report aims to do. SCONUL designed and commissioned this research in order to help those of us who lead our libraries to understand the lived experience of our staff from a BAME background. 

The concluding commentary included in the report sets out the further work that SCONUL is planning to undertake. This will address leadership; voice; zero tolerance; cultural and behavioural change; active suppport for BAME staff; and effective partnership for change. We welcome discussion of those proposals from staff from member institutions; from our partners across the broader library community and beyond.

This strand of work is part of the programme being run by the SCONUL Workforce Development Task and Finish Group which covers three areas: (a) fostering diversity in the workforce; (b) the pipeline for new talent and (c) developing the current workforce.

The report is available here.