Inclusive Resources at St George's.
St George’s Library is committed to providing information resources which support equality, diversity and inclusivity in education and healthcare practice.
We do this through our collection development policy which highlights the collection of resources that focus on equality and the fostering of a sense of belonging for student and staff groups of many different identities.
By inclusive resources we mean items by or about groups of people with the following characteristics: race, sex, sexual orientation, disability, neurodiversity, religion and belief, and age. Intersectional approaches are also important.
This commitment is in line with important strategic aims of the St George’s, University of London’s Inclusive Education Framework and St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’s Workforce Diversity and Inclusion Strategy
We are aware that this is a challenging and evolving topic. If you would like to discuss the library's approach to diversifying its collection or have some ideas, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Developing our collection of inclusive resources
At St George’s, key aspects of inclusivity are to ensure diverse resources are used and different voices are included and highlighted in our collection. See our Inclusive Education Resources Wakel and EDI (equality, diversity and inclusion) collectionsto see what is already available.
We want to collaborate with our users to improve our collections where they do not currently represent identities and experiences of traditionally marginal voices. Please see below to find out how you can get involved.
Purchasing new books and resources- MoreBooks: Inclusivity
In Spring of 2023 we launched a campaign called MoreBooks: Inclusivity where students, and staff, from across our communities were are invited to make new book suggestions to support our aims.
If you would like to suggest an item for purchase, use the Suggest a book form and select ‘Yes’ for 'More Inclusive Books' to flag your recommendation.
You can also make suggestions by emailing: email@example.com with the Subject line: More Inclusive Books
All book recommendations assessed and bought will be discoverable as a collection in Hunter, the library catalogue.
Diversifying reading lists
Teaching staff can use our Wakelet to source primary resources (books, websites, journal titles) about or by traditionally marginalised voices when developing reading lists or looking for teaching material.
Teaching staff are also welcome to suggest any book for a reading list they have identified as supporting EDI, by contacting their liaison librarian.
They can also use our Suggest a book form and select ‘Yes’ for 'More Inclusive Books' to flag your recommendation.
We are working towards developing best practice guidelines on widening reading lists for the 2023/24 academic year. This will help you make your reading lists more diverse as part of Annual Monitoring Programme Reviews and course action plans. If you would like to help in this area, please contact your liaison librarian.