On the ground floor of the library, against the processing room windows, you will find a display of books purchased under this year’s Liberated Library campaign. The launch of this project took place back in November 2018, with a display of current stock along different themes such as black, Asian, female, LGBT+ or disabled authors. The overall aim of the campaign is to increase the diversity of authors and material in our collection, and library users were invited to suggest titles for purchase.
Funding for the books was provided by the Student Success Project (SSP), part of the Vice Chancellor’s office, which is running the campaign in conjunction with the Students’ Union. Users requested texts by filling in a suggestion slip, listing why we should acquire the title for the collection and this was reviewed by the Liberated Library team. This year we had forty thought-provoking suggestions. The current display showcases the purchased books, which are available for loan, and includes some bookmarks provided by the campaign team. Books acquired this year include Here Comes the Sun, by Jamaican author Nicole Y. Dennis-Benn and The Gene: An Intimate History, by cancer physician and researcher Siddhartha Mukherjee. You can pop in to browse the titles and look at the posters with profiles of the authors. Or, see a full list of all books purchased over the different campaigns, just search ‘liberated library’ in our library catalogue.
This is the third year of running the Liberated Library campaign, which has resulted in the acquisition of some really interesting and important titles, as well as producing a good level of student engagement. The union and the SSP are planning to run something with a similar flavour next year, so…watch this space.
Sam Piker, Academic Liaison Librarian