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THE SYMPOSIUM PROCEEDINGS

The DbD Symposium has partnered with The International Journal of Information, Diversity & Inclusion (IJIDI) on the publication of symposium proceedings.

The Proceedings can be found on the IJIDI website as two special issue (Vol. 2, No 1/2, 2018)

THE SYMPOSIUM

We will hold a two-day Symposium in Toronto in September 2017 on the state of diversity in Canada’s informational and cultural sectors. The symposium will invite an open multi-sided dialogue at the time when Canada celebrates its 150th anniversary, with the field of Library & Information Science (LIS) strategically positioned to initiate and lead this conversation. The conversation will transcend the boundaries of a single discipline and profession and serve as a springboard for engaging a wider community in reconsidering and expanding diversity discourse and practices. The 150th Anniversary of Canada is an opportune time to look back, take stock, re-assess the present, and plan for the future. The goal of the Diversity by Design Symposium is to reframe the diversity debate by expanding the definition of diversity and bringing together institutions of higher education, information and cultural institutions, community partners, and governmental organizations.

DIVERSITY BY DESIGN

This symposium is conceived and organized in the spirit of the diversity by design concept introduced in the publication “Diversity by Design.” It makes an attempt to answer an uneasy question: why, “despite our best efforts, the state of diversity is not getting better significantly or quickly enough” in both educational and professional environments. Diversity by design promotes the idea of diversity as “integral and structural,” not a “mere add-on.” It is the kind of diversity that is “part of the foundation, part of the core,” that is “there by design, not by chance.” We support curricula, workplace organizations, decision-making processes, and academic research that integrate ideas of diversity “from the start” instead of throwing them in “for reasons of trendiness and popularity.” This ideas will resonate through the conference presentations, workshops, and posters that bring together representatives from the information and artistic communities, as well as the general public.

(see: Dali, Keren and Nadia Caidi. “Diversity by Design.” The Library Quarterly 87, no. 2 (2017): 88-98).

THE CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS IS NOW CLOSED. We thank everyone who submitted their proposals.

Below is the original CFP

We will hold a two-day Symposium in Toronto in September 2017 on the state of diversity in Canada’s informational and cultural sectors. The symposium will invite an open multi-sided dialogue at the time when Canada celebrates its 150th anniversary, with the field of Library & Information Science (LIS) strategically positioned to initiate and lead this conversation. The conversation will transcend the boundaries of a single discipline and profession and serve as a springboard for engaging a wider community in reconsidering and expanding diversity discourse and practices. The 150th Anniversary of Canada is an opportune time to look back, take stock, re-assess the present, and plan for the future. The goal of the Diversity by Design Symposium is to reframe the diversity debate by expanding the definition of diversity and bringing together institutions of higher education, information and cultural institutions, community partners, and governmental organizations.

In addition to keynote speeches, we seek submissions in the following categories:

  • Papers (includes completed research papers and research-in-progress papers)
  • Posters
  • Sessions for Interactive Engagement (including interactive, hands-on workshops developed around case studies and/or real-life scenarios)
  • Alternative formats

All submissions will be refereed and subsequently considered for publication in a web-based free-access symposium proceedings, which will evolve into a ‘living document’, continuously curated by several symposium collaborators. Online proceedings will be enriched by multimedia, such as video- or audio-recorded presentations and workshops.

Topics of Interest include (but are not limited to):

  • Engagement of diverse populations by cultural institutions.
  • Incorporating traditional knowledge and heritage knowledge of immigrant communities into Canadian information literacy policy.
  • Developing cultural competency through interdisciplinary art
  • Combining LIS and Social Work practices for community empowerment and partnership.
  • Beyond employment equity (affirmative action) programs: Creating collegial and supportive workplaces to ensure the retention of diverse staff.
  • Decolonizing descriptions in archives, libraries and museums.
  • A semblance of the “accessible”? Making cultural and learning experiences in museums and entertainment venues inclusive of people with disabilities.
  • Declaring the “global” but teaching the “local,” or How to make our graduate curriculum truly international.

Submissions will be accepted through April 15, 2017, 10:00pm EST. All submissions must be in English or French. All submissions must include the author’s name and position; full affiliation including email and telephone; a brief bio; presentation title, up to five keywords, and an extended abstract of no longer than 1000 words.

Email your submissions to: diversitybydesign2017@gmail.com. We specifically encourage submissions that propose interactive engagement sessions as well as papers and posters involving community-oriented research, community engagement projects, and practical applications of theory. We welcome submissions from outside of Canada.

Timeline:

April 15, 2017, 10pm EST: Proposal submission deadline (extended abstracts).

April 30, 2017: Refereeing/peer-review completed; acceptance/rejection decisions.

September 13-14, 2017: Diversity by Design Symposium.