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Libraries Need Diverse Books

TEAM:
Computational Creativity Lab

Partner:
US Census Bureau

ADVISOR:
Kyuha Shim

ROLE:
Concept Development
UX Research

TOOLS:
Figma
HTML/CSS
JavaScript
Tableau
Working with the Census Bureau, the Computational Creativity Lab was tasked with using Decennial Data to create tools that advance the Bureau’s diversity, equity and inclusion goals. Speaking with local librarians in Pittsburgh, PA, we learned that efforts to diversify library collections are often stalled by poor data collection. Librarians have no way of evaluating how diverse their library’s collections are, or where there might be underrepresented authors. To address this need, we built a participatory data collection system where participants are invited to answer a series of questions which evaluate a book along with certain diversity criteria. The outcome is a visualization of the data that was collected to show all the diversity criteria.