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Welcome to CLAUD

Promoting accessible and inclusive libraries

Welcome to the CLAUD website.

CLAUD is a consortium of higher education libraries based in South and South-West England.  We are dedicated to promoting accessibility and inclusion in libraries.  

We bring together like-minded librarians to share ideas, tips, thinking, and best practice online and in person at our regular study days.  We curate a hub of online resources supporting our members professional development and research.  We also offer student bursaries and research funding to encourage and support ongoing interest and investigation into accessibility and inclusion in libraries.

Covid-19 response

LaptopFollowing the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown, we find ourselves with a set of unique circumstances.

Your health and safety are of paramount importance to us and so we are waiting for lockdown to ease and for government conference guidelines to be published before we finalise our next study day, which we now hope will take place in Spring 2021.  In the meantime, the committee are continuing to meet virtually and are seeking ways to continue to support you through this difficult time.

No membership charge in 2021

We are required to comply with government rules during the lockdown and as the potential timeline and plans for relaxation are communicated we will need to consider how we operate in the new normal, whatever that might look like.   Since we have been unable to offer any study days in 2020, we will not levy a membership charge in 2021.

Lego service deskSupporting you getting back to normal

The prospect of restoring limited face-to-face support in libraries later in the year will require careful planning and we are keen to help share best practice from across the sector and beyond to help with this.   Watch for updates posted to this website and join the conversation sharing best practice, thoughts, concerns, analyses and more on our LinkedIn group.
I hope that you understand the need for this decision and that you are happy to support our proposal but if you do have any concerns or questions please do get in touch.
In the meantime please take good care of yourselves.

Student bursaries

Student carrying out research in a library cafe. Student bursaries are available to any student studying accessibility and inclusion in libraries.Are you a student on a CILIP accredited degree course?  If so, you could apply for one of our student bursaries!  CLAUD is willing to give you up to £500 to fund any dissertation looking into accessibility and inclusion in libraries.

If we fund your project, not only will you get money to fund travel and research expenses but but you will get to present your findings to potential future employers!  

Find out more and apply.