Libraries as Catalysts for Creating More Inclusive Data

This two-year project (Goal 2, Objective 2.1) is an exploratory investigation into how public libraries can become catalysts for creating more inclusive data on the social and economic effects of COVID-19 in diverse American communities. Our research uses a qualitative approach to answer the overarching research question: How can public libraries engage and support underserved communities in creating more inclusive data about the social and economic effects of COVID-19? The University of Washington team will work with the Research Institute for Public Libraries, InfoPeople, and library staff from four public library systems representing different regions in the country (West, East, Midwest, and South), to co-design and pilot strategies in inclusive data practices, community-driven data collection, and develop a national workshop. Over the course of this two-year project, we will develop tools and resources on community engagement strategies and inclusive data practices for library staff nationwide, uncover and address pressing data gaps, and collaboratively collect preliminary data on the social and economic impacts of the pandemic in different communities.

Grant Info


Marika Cifor


Megan Finn

Start Date

Jan 1, 2021