Libraries and decolonisation: a conference report

By Alice Corble and Danny Millum

A couple of weeks ago we attended the ‘Decolonising the curriculum –the Library’s role’ conference at Goldsmiths, at which Alice was speaking. Given that the University of Sussex Library is in the process of formulating its own approach to decolonisation, and that this is both an extremely important and yet often frustratingly vague topic, we thought colleagues might be interested in a quick report.

Conference presenters. Photo credit: @ElizabethECharl on Twitter
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Memories of our childhood libraries

To kick off the new year on the blog we continue our mini series on libraries from childhood, this time with Sam Nesbit.

Sam Nesbit

Blindfold me, spin me dizzy, and send me staggering down the Uxbridge Road: I could still find my way to the shelf which held the Dorling Kindersley Encyclopaedia of Sharks in Shepherds Bush Public Library. Such was my fascination with all things Carcharodon carcharias that I must’ve borrowed that book over 50 times (no automatic renewals in the 80s!), and it helped embed a lifelong fear of swimming in water more than knee-high. (My dad letting me watch ‘Jaws’ at a ridiculously young age didn’t help, but I’m not pointing fingers…)

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The Wiley warehouse

by Clare Playforth

I’ve recently had an exciting visit to the Wiley European Distribution Centre with the Society of Indexers and because I am kind and you are lucky I’m going to share the experience here.

The Wiley warehouse is spread over a couple of units on an industrial estate in Bognor Regis and after arriving at this glamourous location we were treated to pastries and coffee and a chat about the history of the company: quite interesting. Then we donned our high vis and went on a 2.5 hour tour of the warehouse: very interesting.

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