Accessibility and Diversity in Library and Information Science: Inclusive Information Architecture for Library Websites

Kyunghye Yoon, Laura Hulscher, Rachel Dols
2016 Library quarterly  
As the US population has become more diverse, historical concepts of diversity shaped by early civil rights movements have broadened from very general race-and gender-based categories to include a wider range of marginalized groups. Paul T. Jaeger and colleagues (2011) propose that for the LIS profession, diversity must include all groups that are "underrepresented, disadvantaged, or underserved in terms of information" (167). There is also a growing awareness of the fact that structural
more » ... ntages for marginalized groups are created through cultural practices of exclusion. If this is the case, then achieving diversity requires not only fair laws, rules, and regulations but also cultural, social, and professional competencies that seek to limit exclusion (Lazar and Jaeger 2011). In this sense, we view diversity as a professional competency and adopt Raquel J. Gabriel's definition of diversity as "the ability of relating to, reflecting and adapting to different groups," emphasizing the cultural and social aspect "that includes more points of view" (2013, 573). Professional devotion to diversity and equal access is reflected in a number of major American Library Association documents, including the Library Bill of Rights, which declares that the library serves "all members of the community" (ALA 1996), and the intellectual freedom 214 • The Library Quarterly
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