Managing work around EDI – the AWM Self Assessment Tool workshop

Equality, Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging (EDIB) are vast and potentially overwhelming issues for service development.  The AWM’s EDIB Self Assessment Tool (the EDIB SAT) provides a method for assessing the EDIB work of an archive service in a coherent and organised but simple approach.  It has been designed specifically for archive services and can be used by any organisation, from a service with a single staff member through to national institutions.  It covers all aspects of organisational and service delivery issues such as governance, recruitment, collections development, cataloguing and collections access.

On Thursday 16th November 2923, professional colleagues attended AWM’s first online workshop for its EDIB SAT.  Attendees were given an interesting introduction to the background and creation of the SAT by its author and former AWM Trustee, Jim Rananhan.  Melinda Haunton then went on to explain how Accreditation incorporates EDIB and how the SAT could be used to help a service work on its EDIB development.  Finally, the attendees worked through each ‘capability’ of the SAT with AWM Trustee, Elizabeth Oxborrow-Cowan.  This gave them the opportunity to take some time to assess their service’s own situation, apply the SAT and raise any issues in using the SAT.  At the end, an anonymous poll of each attendee’s scoring demonstrated that across the board services in the West Midlands have already established some core good practice in EDIB but that there is more work to be done.

Further workshop

This workshop was oversubscribed so AWM is pleased to announce that it will be re-running the workshop on Thursday 8 February 2024, 2 to 4.30pm. It is open both to AWM members and non-members. If you would like to know more or book a place contact AWM, We look forward to seeing you there.

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