On 31 July the Library and Information Association (CILIP) published its Equalities and Diversity Action Plan. The plan sets out how CILIP will take practical steps to champion equalities, diversity and inclusion in all its work.
The plan aims to address inequalities in the library and information profession. In particular it identifies steps to address a lack of ethnic diversity and gender pay gap. CILIP carried out research with the Archives and Records Association in 2015 which identified:
- There is a clear gender pay gap. The library and information workforce is 79% female and 21% male, but 47% of top earners are male.
- There is a lack of ethnic diversity in the workforce. 97% self-identify as white compared to 88% in the UK workforce.
- There are high barriers to entry. 61% hold a post-graduate qualification. The highest qualification of most of the UK workforce is A-level or equivalent.
Nick Poole, CILIP Chief Executive said:
“I’m delighted to launch our Equalities and Diversity Action Plan. As a professional body and a sector we are committed to championing equalities and diversity through all our work. The plan puts this commitment into action.
“We are realistic that there are long-standing issues. I’m looking forward to working in partnership to create a more open, representative and inclusive profession and professional body.”