Global Equity Network

The Global Equity Network (GEN) is intended to provide a supportive space for people from UK ethnic minority backgrounds who currently work, or aspire to work in libraries to share ideas, experiences and resources, advice and guidance with others who share similar lived experiences. 

We aim to make positive contributions to the wellbeing, development, and empowerment of our members - enabling them to thrive in their careers.  

GEN and its mailing list will support members to build on the networking experiences of face-to-face events and make connections outside of their home institutions. 

Areas of possible connection are, for example:

  • the sharing of:  
    • resources 
    • job opportunities 
    • experiences 
    • events/topics of interest (both personally and professionally) 
  • asking advice of members across library services 
  • organising events and meetings 

The above list is not intended to limit the network, but to provide an idea of the kind of uses for which the group and mailing list might be used.   

The Terms of Support should match the expectations of all members of the Network and should therefore be reviewed and updated regularly to ensure it is serving a purpose to the group.   


Peer Learning Network (PLN) - Applications now open - see form below!

This is a new and exciting opportunity to elevate your library, information and knowledge career by applying for our exclusive Peer Learning Network Cohort, launching in July 2024! The opportunity is available thanks to UKSG Innovation Award funding.

Peer Learning Networks are a powerful approach to learning and problem-solving that involve a small group of individuals coming together to work on real-life challenges or projects. We are offering a bespoke model, which includes approaches based on theories of social dynamics and networks. The primary focus is on learning through action and reflection.  

As a UK ethnic minority library, information and knowledge professional, or someone who aspires to join the profession, you'll connect with a tight-knit cohort of like-minded peers in a supportive environment where you will learn and grow together in a structured and supportive environment. 

We have 12 places available, and we encourage applications from any library, information and knowledge sector or role, including anyone currently working towards joining the sector. All applicants must identify as a UK ethnic minority.  

The dates you will need to be available for are as follows:

  • Start event – in person at the University of Leeds – Wednesday 24th July 10:00-13:00 (Arrival, registration and refreshments from 10:00)
  • Peer Learning Session 1 – online via Teams – Group 1: Wednesday 4th September 14:00-16:30; Group 2: Thursday 5th September 14:00-16:30   
  • Peer Learning Session 2 – online via Teams– Group 1: Wednesday 9th October 14:00-16:30; Group 2: Thursday 10th October 14:00-16:30   
  • Peer Learning Session 3 – online via Teams – Group 1: Wednesday 6th November 14:00-16:30; Group 2: Thursday 7th November 14:00-16:30   
  • Peer Learning Session 4 – online via Teams– Group 1: Wednesday 11th December 14:00-16:30; Group 2: Thursday 12th December 14:00-16:30   
  • Peer Learning Session 5 – online via Teams – Group 1: Wednesday 8th January 14:00-16:30; Group 2: Thursday 9th January 14:00-16:30   
  • Final event/sessionWednesday 5th February 14:00-16:00, location TBC (but likely to be in person at the University of Leeds or before a GEN social meet-up in Manchester?) 

Applications are now open. Please complete this form which will close for applications on 28 June 2024. Please ensure you have availability on 24 July 2024 for the in-person welcome and training event. You will find out if you have been successful by 5 July 2024.

You will need to review the dates and indicate your preference for Group 1 or 2 based on your availability.

Peer Learning Networks rely on a spirit of mutual support and developing relationships. We understand that occasionally priorities may shift or that unforeseen circumstances may arise, but we'd ask all PLN members to try their best to attend all the sessions they can.  
Location of the in-person event
Cloth Hall Court, Quebec St, Leeds LS1 2HA - Cloth Hall Court is located in the heart of Leeds’ vibrant centre, just a two-minute walk from the main railway station.