The CILIP Trustee Board Elections 2019, My Candidacy for Election – Shirley Yearwood-Jackman
I work as a Librarian (Liaison Librarian for Life Sciences, Psychology) at University of Liverpool and am currently standing as a candidate for the 2019 CLIP Trustee Board election.
During over thirty years as a librarian, I have been advocating for the profession and for the value of libraries on behalf of the public. As President of the Association of Caribbean, University Research and Institutional Libraries (ACURIL) and General Councillor of COMLA, I have showcased their value to the public and provided professional development opportunities for library staff. Since 2015, I have served as a governor of a sixth form college and on the Standards and Quality Committee, becoming Vice Chair in 2016. Being a governor, has made me aware of the responsibility of a trustee.
I recently represented the profession by delivering papers at LILAC 2017, HLG 2018 and CILIP 2018. Within my own organisation, I am currently a member of my institution’s Equality Forum, Professional Services, Athena Swan Committee and BAME Network. Also, I participated in the CILIP Ethics Forum.
I would like to be on the CILIP Board because I believe that library associations can improve people’s lives and enhance the careers of professionals. I’ve always believed that being part of the solution is the best way to enhance and improve our profession and therefore I’m keen to step up and play my part. I believe that austerity has dealt a bitter blow to libraries which has resulted in significantly reduced funding and professional staff, especially in public libraries.
My view is that we all have to stand shoulder to shoulder as a profession, irrespective of which sector we work in, to make the case for libraries and indeed librarians. Otherwise, libraries in all sectors are potentially at risk and the public will see a service become even more under-resourced. Libraries provide an opportunity for everyone to obtain access to information and increasingly, they are critical as safe spaces and leisure spaces for the most vulnerable in our society. I want to be at the heart of making sure that libraries continue to support social justice and equalities both for the public and the profession.
Voting opens on 16 October until 19 October, 2018. Only CILIP members are eligible to vote.
Shirley Yearwood Jackman