The International Journal of Information, Diversity, & Inclusion (IJIDI)

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EISSN : 2574-3430
Current Publisher: University of Toronto Libraries - UOTL (10.33137)
Total articles ≅ 118
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The International Journal of Information, Diversity, & Inclusion (IJIDI), Volume 5, pp 79-96; doi:10.33137/ijidi.v5i1.34644

The popularity of genealogical research is linked to the growth of online genealogy services such as, which, as of 2020, has over three million paid subscribers. Another 18 million people have taken genetic ancestry tests through the company’s subsidiary, AncestryDNA. This article interrogates how Ancestry presents information on race and ethnicity to users, asking if it is possible for researchers to build a critical racial identity using Ancestry’s services. Applying an understanding of whiteness that comes from critical race studies, the article examines the way race, and whiteness in particular, is presented in the business’s marketing, web features, and products such as AncestryDNA. These examinations reveal a company selling customers family history narratives that comport with the mythology of American egalitarianism, while at the same time essentializing race and ethnicity. The implications of these findings are significant for information professionals because Ancestry relies on partnerships with libraries and archives to supply material for the website’s research database. These partnerships compel archivists and librarians to scrutinize Ancestry’s information ethics. The article calls for further discussion and research into how information professionals can be agents for change in how race and ethnicity are treated in online genealogy spaces.
, Kirsty Fife, , , , , Jass Thethi
The International Journal of Information, Diversity, & Inclusion (IJIDI), Volume 5, pp 33-59; doi:10.33137/ijidi.v5i1.34731

This article is an account of recent activity in the U.K. archives sector against white supremacy which is written by a number of people active in the work. Through our work, we are aware of previous initiatives in this area, but written sources about the history of this work are patchy at best. This account offers a description of recent activity so that it is “on record”. We recognise that a historical account of previous efforts would be valuable, but that is not our objective here. This article offers a statement of the problem of white supremacy in the U.K.’s archives sector. It then provides an overview of the work of organisations such as the Black Cultural Archives (BCA), The National Archives (TNA), and the Archives and Records Association (ARA). This is background for more grassroots activities and networks, which are described in the article. The article discusses the events at the ARA 2019 conference, which was a flashpoint for resistance to white supremacy in the profession, before discussing a number of subsequent activities that sought to define a vision for the profession in which white supremacy and other violent power structures are abolished. The article concludes by offering some thoughts about the future of this work.
The International Journal of Information, Diversity, & Inclusion (IJIDI), Volume 5, pp 111-114; doi:10.33137/ijidi.v5i1.35295

Tonia Sutherland, Alyssa Purcell
The International Journal of Information, Diversity, & Inclusion (IJIDI), Volume 5, pp 60-78; doi:10.33137/ijidi.v5i1.34669

This article uses Indigenous decolonizing methodologies and Critical Race Theory (CRT) as methodological and theoretical frameworks to address colonial and racialized concerns about archival description; to argue against notions of diversity and inclusion in archival descriptive practices; and to make recommendations for decolonizing description and embracing redescription as liberatory archival praxis. First, we argue that extant descriptive practices do not diversify archives. Rather, we find that descriptive work that isolates and scatters aims to erase the identifiable existence of unique Indigenous voices. Next, we argue that while on one hand, the mass digitization of slavery-era records holds both the promise of new historical knowledge and of genealogical reconstruction for descendants of enslaved peoples, on the other hand, this trend belies a growing tendency to reinscribe racist ideologies and codify damaging ideas about how we organize and create new knowledge through harmful descriptive practices. Finally, working specifically against the rhetoric of diversity and inclusion, we challenge the ways archives claim diverse representation by uncritically describing records rooted in generational trauma, hatred, and genocide, and advocate for developing and employing decolonizing and redescriptive practices to support an archival praxis rooted in justice and liberation, rather than more palatable (and less effective) notions of “diversity and inclusion”.
Rebecka Sheffield, Janet Ceja, Stanley H. Griffin
The International Journal of Information, Diversity, & Inclusion (IJIDI), Volume 5, pp 1-5; doi:10.33137/ijidi.v5i1.36003

Kirsty Fife, Hannah Henthorn
The International Journal of Information, Diversity, & Inclusion (IJIDI), Volume 5, pp 6-32; doi:10.33137/ijidi.v5i1.34667

Archives Unlocked, the U.K. National Archives’ strategic vision for the archive sector, identifies the need for diversity to be embedded in all parts of the archives sector. As workers, we need to ensure that “the rich diversity of society is reflected in our archives’ collections, users and workers” (The National Archives, 2017, p.13). Despite strategic aims and investment in specific schemes (delivered by The National Archives, Creative Skillset, and the Heritage Lottery Fund) which seek to diversify the sector, there are still structural barriers which prevent the workforce from diversifying and realising these ambitions. In 2017, the authors of this paper began collaborating on a grassroots project to explore the experiences of archive workers from marginalised backgrounds. The project collected anonymous survey data from 97 people which explored experiences of work and qualification. As two archive workers who have experience of accessing the archive sector workforce via diversity bursaries and scholarship, we wanted our research to articulate a common set of frustrations that are often shared but rarely documented or consulted when developing diversity and inclusion strategies and schemes. By utilising lived experiences as our main research data in this paper, we re-centre discussions about diversity and inclusion around the lived experience of those currently on the margins of the archive workforce.
The International Journal of Information, Diversity, & Inclusion (IJIDI), Volume 5, pp 97-110; doi:10.33137/ijidi.v5i1.34648

This article offers a view of decolonialized approaches to archival spaces and insight into community centered constructions of space. By addressing perceptions of space and the physicality of where archives are accessed, this piece focuses on the emotional, physical, and intellectual barriers that are associated with archival information. The authors address the numerous facets of physical archival spaces, including but not limited to physical seating, wall colours, and sounds within a space. The authors highlight the differences between Euro-centric settler archives and Indigenous community archival spaces as a way to provide models for decolonialized approaches to creating archival space.
The International Journal of Information, Diversity, & Inclusion (IJIDI), Volume 5, pp 118-120; doi:10.33137/ijidi.v5i1.33938

Kevin J. Mallary
The International Journal of Information, Diversity, & Inclusion (IJIDI), Volume 5; doi:10.33137/ijidi.v5i1.36084

Cover and journal credits pages for Volume 5, Number 1.
The International Journal of Information, Diversity, & Inclusion (IJIDI), Volume 5, pp 115-117; doi:10.33137/ijidi.v5i1.34443

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