Marilyn Clarke

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Director of Library Services, Goldsmiths, University of London

Marilyn Clarke has a MSc in Race and Ethnic Relations. She has worked at Senate House Library, Imperial College, London, and now, Goldsmiths, University of London, where she joined as the Head of Discovery Services in 2016, before being appointed as Director of Library Services in July this year. She is a co-Chair of the Goldsmiths Race Equality Group (Black and POC staff network), and a member of the HR Equalities Committee. She leads the Liberate our Library Working Group at Goldsmiths; a decolonisation initiative. She co-delivered workshops on decolonising research and curricula at the Advance HE EDI Conference in 2018, and, by invitation to Manchester University at their Decolonial Curricula workshop in 2019. In 2019, she presented on the theme of decolonisation of library collections and professional practices at ALISS, NoWAL, BLA and ILI.  She has written several professional articles on this subject (UKSG eNews, ALISS quarterly, ALJ, ILI 365), and a book chapter which will be published later this year.  She is a member of the CILIP BAME Network Steering Group which led to the establishment of the CILIP BAME Network and Allies Network.  In January 2020, Goldsmiths co-delivered – alongside Birkbeck and UEL -  and hosted the ‘Decolonising the curriculum: the library’s role’ conference. She focuses her work on delivering an inclusive service to all library users, leading on decolonisation initiatives, and highlighting issues around diversity, racial inequality, and the lack of Black and POC representation in HE, particularly at senior level.