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How could the Library and Information Studies curriculum better prepare graduates to address equity, diversity and inclusion issues in their workplace?

Matsuno, Sae; Drewry, Catherine; Hicks, Alison; Inskip, Charlie; (2024) How could the Library and Information Studies curriculum better prepare graduates to address equity, diversity and inclusion issues in their workplace? Journal of Information Science (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

Equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) practices in the library and information professions can be linked to the curriculum of the professional qualification, which plays an important role in preparing students for practice. The aim of this small, non-generalisable survey of recent graduates at one UK library school, a collaboration between two academic staff and two current and recent students, was to identify how the curriculum could better prepare graduates to address EDI issues in their workplace. Approaches for cultivating effective pedagogical strategies included the importance of recognising and exploring personal identity; group work and community building; and embedding an EDI ethos, approach, and method within the curriculum. Important gaps relating to the preparation of students for EDI practices that were noted included management and leadership; fostering learner positionality; and addressing the broad scope of EDI work including all protected and other characteristics, alongside tensions between individual and structural approaches to change.

Type: Article
Title: How could the Library and Information Studies curriculum better prepare graduates to address equity, diversity and inclusion issues in their workplace?
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: https://journals.sagepub.com/home/JIS
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher's terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Dept of Information Studies
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10189393
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