November 19, 2013
One of the most rewarding benefits of Workplace Pride membership is the possibility to meet and learn from other LGBT employee networks through the connecting networks events. This year has seen events on International Networks, LGBT Marketing, and Being Yourself at Work, with a final one being planned on Business and Social media. Workplace Pride facilitates these events through ‘connecting the various member networks’, but it is the networks themselves that create the content, the structure and do the majority of the work. Below is an overview of 2013’s Connecting Networks Events. For more information about the events, please contact the networks directly.
7 March: Arcadis in Amersfo0rt “Your Network and Branches Abroad: why and how to internationalize your network activities”: email@example.com
9 October: Philips, Unilever, ABN AMRO in Amsterdam “LGBT Marketing”: Philips.firstname.lastname@example.org
11 November: Reed Elsevier, in Amsterdam “Being Yourself at Work”: email@example.com
11 December: IBM in Amsterdam “Social Media: How it Impacts Your Business and Your LGBT / Diversity Goals”: firstname.lastname@example.org (invitation to be sent out to WPP members soon)
If your network would like to host a Connecting Networks event in 2014, please contact email@example.com
November 12, 2013
Workplace Pride is pleased to announce the creation of an archive specifically designed for LGBT workplace material. In cooperation with the International Homo and Lesbian Information Archive (IHLIA), the new Workplace Pride Collections will be a depository that documents the creation and evolution of the LGBT workplace movement in Europe. IHLIA, located in the Amsterdam Public Library, is one of the largest LGBT archives in the world. It has assembled information from all major LGBT organizations and movements such as the COC and is an established source for researchers on this topic.
Workplace Pride recently interviewed Lonneke van den Hoonaard, Director of IHLIA about the new collection:
Lonneke van den Hoonaard, Directeur IHLIA
Q: As Director of IHLIA, can you say – in a nutshell – what the Archive is all about?
IHLIA is responsible for collecting and preserving the LGBT heritage in the Netherlands, but also internationally. All types of information about the LGBT community is considered heritage and is interesting for researchers, policy makers, journalists and other interested parties. IHLIA shows what our history is and which events have been important for LGBT people in our society; in schools and at work.
Q: How will the new Workplace Pride Collection at IHLIA be accessed by researchers? Can anyone see the information?
The Workplace Pride collection will be assembled as archive material just like IHLIA does with other organizational archives. The material will be physically stored in a warehouse, but will be accessible via an online catalogue. IHLIA makes agreements regarding the accessibility of the archives. So, depending on the wishes of the organization offering the collection, potential researchers must ask permission to receive access. At a minimum, archive material can only be seen in its physical form.
Q: What type of material would be most beneficial for the collection? Can you accept electronic files?
Material that deals with the foundation, history or events of LGBT workplace organizations is very interesting for the archive. This includes not only documents, but other items such as photographs, and other things that represent aspects of the movement.
Yes, digital material will be included in the digital library with a reference in our catalogue. For privacy and copyright reasons, the material will not be publicly accessible in its totality. However, after consultation with the concerned organization, it is not excluded that this will be possible.
The digital material is accessible at IHLIA during its regular operating hours (Mon.-Thurs. 12:00 – 17:00)
Q: Who can provide material to the Workplace Pride Collection and how do they do it?
Members of Workplace Pride can give their organizational archive material directly to IHLIA or via Workplace Pride. IHLIA will accept archive material by appointment.
To make an appointment for delivery of LGBT workplace material to IHLIA, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
To deliver material to Workplace Pride directly, please contact: email@example.com