Equality, Diversity & Inclusion

EDI Action Group

The EDI Action Group was formed in early 2022 and met for the first time in June 2022.  It is chaired by Dave Curtis (University of York) and Sally Dalton (University of Leeds). The group's Terms of Reference will be regularly reviewed to ensure it is currency and that it is still meeting the needs of the ALN community.

The group plans to liaise closely with other existing ALN CoPs and SIGs and build an especially strong link with the ALN Enabling Group.  It has begun establishing connections with other EDI focussed groups within the wider library community such as the SCONUL BAME group, RLUK, WHELF and DILON to help inform its focus and prioritize activities. 

Activities of the group include: 

  • scanning current activity across ALN libraries and developing case studies for wider sharing to support development of best practice 
  • supporting the work of the Staff Development Planning Group by providing suggestions and ideas for a regular cycle of EDI focused events as part of the wider programme 
  • exploring and scoping opportunities for focused projects to increase confidence, awareness or familiarity with specific EDI issues for the benefit of all ALN members 
  • exploring and identifying how inclusive practices can be fully embedded within ALN activities in the future 

EDI Innovation Fund

The EDI Action Group launched a pilot EDI Innovation Fund in September 2022, aiming to provide small grants to ALN institutions (up to a max of £500), to support a project, event or activity which will improve, enhance or develop approaches to equality, diversity and inclusion. 

The group encouraged collaboration with other ALN members or ALN groups, to help support the collaborative ethos of ALN. In this first pilot round, bids could be related to any topic connected to EDI, but they were especially welcomed if they related to the following priority areas:

  • Anti-racism in libraries 
  • Workforce diversity in libraries
  • Library support for specific groups of customers – LGBTQ+, International, etc
  • Library support for decolonising higher education and research

For the pilot, the deadline for bids was the 31st October 2022 with an aim for projects to start in January 2023, running for 6-9 months. A short evaluation report will need to be produced at the end of the project.

January 2023 - 5 bids were successful and further details of the projects can be found here

Case Studies

**Coming Soon** The EDI Action Group hopes to share some case studies of activities across the ALN membership - watch this space for further information.