History Librarians Workshop, 18 June

History Librarians Workshop, 18 June

By Matt Shaw Our libraries aren’t closed, only the buildings are shut. This, as many librarians have been saying, underscores the great extent to which libraries and librarians have long been involved in providing digital resources, remote services and postal...
‘What’s in a name?’: cataloguing in a decolonising library

‘What’s in a name?’: cataloguing in a decolonising library

By Michael Townsend In February of this year we outlined in Diversity and inequality in the library the measures the IHR library is taking to make its spaces and resources open to all. What follows is a further look into one specific aspect of this general objective:...
Shut Up and Write!

Shut Up and Write!

By Matt Shaw We agree: the likelihood of writing King Lear during the current situation is unlikely at best. Our experience of quarantine is rather different to that of William Shakespeare in 1606 (if that is what happened). Despite the gain in time from commuting for...
IHR Strategy, 2020-25: 3. The Wohl Library and Archives

IHR Strategy, 2020-25: 3. The Wohl Library and Archives

By Matt Shaw In February the IHR launched its Mission and Strategy, 2020-25 which was introduced in a blog post by the Institute’s director, Professor Jo Fox. In this follow-on series of essays we look in more detail at key elements of the Institute’s work for the...
Diversity and Inequality in the Library

Diversity and Inequality in the Library

By Matt Shaw and Michael Townsend There aren’t many awards for libraries, but if there were, a case for a speech similar to that made by Joachim Phoenix at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) awards could be made. For his best actor speech,...