Libraries as Catalysts for Creating More Inclusive Data

The University of Washington Information School (Principal Investigator: Marika Cifor. Co-PI: Maria Garrido. Senior Personnel: Megan Finn and Chris Rothschild) request $247,253 from the National Leadership Grant for Libraries program for a research in service to practice grant (Category: Community Catalyst) to investigate ways in which public libraries can become catalysts for creating more inclusive data on the effects of COVID-19 in socially marginalized groups. By developing a national workshop for library staff, piloting community engagement-based inclusive data practices in five libraries, and testing community-driven data collection methods, we seek to build public libraries’ capacities to ensure diverse voices are involved in producing more equitable data on the effects of the COVID-19 health crisis. Over this 1-year project, we will generate a proven curriculum and tools for library staff across the country, uncover pressing data gaps, and gather preliminary data on impacts for vulnerable communities. This research will inform policy and program development for libraries, community-based organizations, and local governments to develop more equitable crisis responses in the future.

Grant Info


Marika Cifor


Maria Garrido

Start Date

Jan 1, 2020