My name is Fiona Jardine and I am the Historian and past President and Vice President for the student group, iDiversity. I have been involved in iDiversity since I started my MLS at the iSchool in 2012; I think it speaks volumes that I’m still involved now that I’m a PhD student!
iDiversity was founded in 2012, so we’re a pretty new group. Our mission is to promote awareness of diversity, inclusivity, and accessibility within the information professions. In fulfilling that mission, we hold events, perform service projects, and give presentations on diversity and inclusion within LIS.
If you’re interested in diversity and inclusion issues – whether you’re an MLS, MIM, HCIM, or PhD student – iDiversity is the place for you. Since we believe that true learning occurs through practical, hands-on experiences, we have a variety of ongoing projects you can get involved with, including developing an accessible makerspace in McKeldin Library, information literacy mentoring for community college students, closed captioning, and developing curricula for iSchool courses that embed diversity and inclusion topics. Find out more about these projects here.
You can also find out more at our first meeting, which is tonight, Monday, September 14 at 5pm in Hornbake 4115, or come to our very first Library Movie Night on Friday, September 18 at 6:30pm in Hornbake 2119 in the iSchool. We’ll be showing the movie Desk Set, a brilliant comedy of libraries versus electronic brains with Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy. For more details, see our Facebook event.