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Designed for diversity: A collaborative campaign for equity in the Monash University Library collection

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posted on 09.10.2018, 23:56 by Romany ManuellRomany Manuell, Kate McEntee, Marcus ChesterMarcus Chester
Designed for diversity: A collaborative campaign for equity in the Monash University Library collection

Collection development at Monash University Library aims to fulfil the research and curriculum needs of university staff and students. To support the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture (MADA), collection development operates as a collaboration between academic faculty and the Subject Librarian. In order to further develop this collaboration and to encourage the selection and use of design resources by authors from diverse backgrounds, design lecturers and library staff have initiated a new project for 2018. The aim of the project is to investigate the diversity of the collection in its current state and to improve its ability to extend and reflect the multicultural nature of the university community. The project includes a campaign to promote books from the design world authored by underrepresented groups, including Indigenous Australians, people of colour, and female authors. This project is unique in its utilisation of the expertise of the design faculty who have extensive knowledge of authors, small publishers and less widely distributed publications not currently collected by the library. To close the project, an event will showcase new acquisitions in the redesigned Caulfield Library and will be replicated as a permanent resource in the online space. Items will be displayed alongside descriptions and recommendations from library staff and design academics to encourage their use in and outside of university classrooms. It is hoped that this project will encourage the co-design of collections in academic libraries and will highlight the importance of user-input in library collection development.

Conference: Arlis/ANZ Conference 2018: Expanding our Reach: Art, Research and Access

Location: Canberra, ACT, Australia

Date: 4-5 October, 2018