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Your Library, Your Voice: Black Lives Matter

Posted on 23 June 2020

We are committed to ensuring that the Library and Archives are representative of the diversity of voices at the University of York and our wider community.

We are delighted to announce the launch of our Your Library, Your Voice platform. We believe that this is Your Library and we encourage you to add Your Voice to the services we offer and the resources we make available. While we strive to be an inclusive organisation, we know that there is much more work for us to do. We will make conscious efforts to work in partnership with our communities, listening to and learning from them. We are committed to this, not just for now but in the long term, and this commitment will translate into actions and outcomes.

In the short term our focus will be creating reading lists with suggested reading on a range of equality, diversity and inclusivity themes. Our first list focuses on Black Lives Matter, which we’ve produced in collaboration with students and staff at the University. It includes sources covering, for example: Black Lives Matter and the police: decolonising education; race, racism and white privilege; and empire.

We very much welcome suggestions for additional titles for this first reading list, either from our existing collections or new items which you would like to see added. We would also like to hear your ideas for themes which you would like us to explore in future lists. In either case please get in touch with your Academic Liaison Librarian in the first instance, who will be happy to discuss your thoughts and ideas. Thank you for helping us to make the Library and Archives a more diverse and inclusive place for all.