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The GLAM sector: what can we learn from Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums [TG1/ASPECTS]


2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


The British Library
96 Euston Road, London, NW1 2DB

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This workshop is designed to share and celebrate the successes and diversity of four key cultural organisations and the lessons we can learn from each other, in terms of service relevance, modernisation, professional practices and audience engagement.

This workshop is part of the cpd25 Aspects programme, aimed at library staff looking to acquire additional skills and knowledge or those working towards CILIP Chartership.


1.15pm Arrival and registration

2pm Presentations:

Mura Ghosh, Senate House Library, University of London: ‘Developing library collections in a federal library system: challenges and opportunities’

Dr Hannah Ishmael, Kings College London: ‘Concepts of Care in Black-led Archives’

2.30pm Break –  Tea/coffee/biscuits will be served

Gustavo Grandal Montero, Tate Library and Archive: ‘So you want to be an art librarian?’

Danny Rees, Independent Researcher: ‘On the pleasures and perils of facing a 21st Century audience’

4pm Close


Mura Ghosh. Mura’s experience as a librarian is extensive, with over thirty years in the higher education sector both in the UK and abroad. For over twenty years Mura has worked as an academic librarian at Senate House Library, the central research library of the University of London federation. Her main role encompasses developing collections through selection and acquisitions and building judiciously in areas of library strengths, as well as supporting researchers with a tailored programme of library training onsite and online. In line with the University of London’s mission to engage with the larger public in London and nationally, Mura organises displays and events to highlight library holdings for potential areas of new research. Mura’s formative years as a librarian were spent at the Department of Special Collections, Princeton University, where she worked in the late 90s, whilst also attending her Masters in Library Science at Rutgers University.

Dr. Hannah Ishmael is a lecturer in Digital Culture and Race at King’s College London and formerly the Collections and Research Manager at the Black Cultural Archives (BCA) in Brixton, London. She is a qualified archivist with expertise in the preservation and dissemination of Black British history. Her research interests lie in the intersection of archives, digital culture, and social justice, with a particular focus on the role of Black-led archives in shaping narratives of Black communities

Gustavo Grandal Montero is an art librarian, researcher and editor. He joined Tate as Library Collections and Engagement Manager in 2021, and was previously subject librarian and special collections curator at University of the Arts London. Trained as an art historian, his research interests span art documentation and publishing, particularly artists’ publishing, and the relations between experimental literary and visual arts from the 1950s to the 1990s, with a focus on Concrete poetry. He has contributed to a range of academic and professional journals, including Artist’s Book Yearbook, Print Quarterly and Blue Notebook, and monographs: Making new worlds: Li Yuan Chia & friends (Kettle’s Yard, 2023), Dom Sylvester Houédard (Ridinghouse, 2017), The handbook of art and design librarianship (Facet, 2017), Please come to the show (Occasional Papers, 2014), Notes from the Cosmic Typewriter (Occasional Papers, 2012). Gustavo is Editor of the Art Libraries Journal (Cambridge University Press) and a doctoral candidate at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London. He has curated several exhibitions, most recently ‘Document or artwork?’ at Tate Britain (2022) and ‘Astro-poems and Vertical Group Exercises: Concrete poetry at CSA’ at Chelsea Space, London (2018).

Danny Rees has been involved in library engagement for over a decade. He has published articles and chapters on physiognomy and been a guest speaker at Central St Martins and the National Portrait Gallery. He has also appeared on TV and radio.



The British Library, Foyle Room

96 Euston Rd

London, NW1 2DB

£90 for members
£180 for non-members

Cancellations less than one week before the event will be charged a 50% cancellation fee. In the event of a ‘no-show’ on the day, the full non-member fee will be charged.

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