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The National Library of Ireland is developing a suite of actions to create a “more diverse and inclusive story of Ireland”, and to ensure that a wider range of voices are collected and shared with the world.
The policy sets out the NLI’s action plan and was developed following an internal consultation and review process with a policy expert, which highlighted that for the first 100 years of the NLI’s existence the organisation’s senior management was entirely male, but today it is 88% female, and that during 2017 donations to the NLI related to men outnumbered donations related to women by more than 5 to 1.
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In partnership with the Creative Ireland Programme, the NLI will work with groups who are underrepresented in national narratives or whose culture and heritage is at risk of not being collected/preserved for future generations. Taking place over 2018-2019, this diversity and inclusion pilot project will develop new narratives and materials for the Library’s national collections. Beginning this September, consultations, workshops and discussions will take place with diverse groups in the hope of capturing and sharing the broader, more multicultural aspects of Ireland’s story.
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