design for diversity iconIn 2016, the Digital Scholarship Group at Northeastern University Libraries was awarded an IMLS National Forums grant to support “Design for Diversity”: a series of public events aimed at developing a teaching and learning toolkit to support professional development for librarians, archivists, museum specialists, and other cultural heritage practitioners.

Design for Diversity focuses on the ways in which information systems embody and reinforce cultural norms. How can we design systems that account for diverse cultural materials and ways of knowing?

Design for Diversity will:

  • bring a greater awareness of these norms to our own design and development process
  • imagine modes of information and tool design that are more porous and negotiable
  • support a more inclusive and equitable relationship between information professionals and the communities they serve

This project is made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services [LG-73-16-0126-16]. The views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed here do not necessarily represent those of the Institute of Museum and Library Services.