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== <big>First CAWG All Hands Meeting will be February 21, 2020</big> ==  
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== <big>Take the Selection Workflow Community Survey (closes December 15, 2019)</big> ==
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Members of the Digital Library Federation Cultural Assessment Working Group (CAWG) and task forces are volunteers from government, library, archives and museum institutions, who work to raise awareness of cultural bias, and strive for diversity, equity and inclusivity in digital collection practice to create more inclusive cultures and to mitigate collection bias.
  
The monthly meetings will be held on the third Friday of every month from 1:00 - 2:00 pm Central Standard Time (UTC -6)
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The CAWG Selection Task Force is conducting a survey of national, regional and local arts and humanities organizations whose collections reflect and represent the cultural diversity of their members. The goal of our survey is to gain a greater understanding of the practices and policies that organizations use to build community archives or libraries. We are particularly interested in how materials are selected in organizations with established collection activities, and those that want to begin collecting materials.
  
Contact Hannahsk at iastate dotedu to learn more or [https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/dlf-cultural-assessment-working-group/join join the Google Group] for meeting announcements.
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Contact Hannahsk at iastate dotedu to learn more.
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= Mission =
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To raise awareness of cultural bias and strive for diversity, equity and inclusivity [http://dspace.mit.edu/handle/1721.1/108771 ] in digital collection practice to create more inclusive cultures and to mitigate or expose collection bias. Where such practice is lacking, create new frameworks that uphold CAWG values.
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= CAWG Values =
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Pursuing ethics of care in our various institutions by identifying and assessing cultural biases and assumptions underlying digital collection data and practices. We will...
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* Recognize implicit and explicit bias in current archiving and collection practice within Libraries, Archives and Museums (LAM) cultural heritage institutions.
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* Seek to uphold practices that reflect the goals of diversity, equity and inclusion
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* Encourage higher levels of transparency in digital collection creation processes and facilitate critical user engagement.
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* Foster sensitivity in the development of access strategies that strive to involve community stakeholders
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* Respect community stakeholders' dignity and their right to privacy while expanding access when appropriate.
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* Identify methods for sensitive and respectful representation of collections that strive to involve community stakeholders and respect their dignity and their right to privacy.
  
 
= DLF Cultural Assessment Working Group =
 
= DLF Cultural Assessment Working Group =
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with the understanding that biases and assumptions have concrete impact on digital library collections and services.
 
with the understanding that biases and assumptions have concrete impact on digital library collections and services.
 
 
= Mission =
 
To raise awareness of cultural bias and strive for diversity, equity and inclusivity [http://dspace.mit.edu/handle/1721.1/108771 ] in digital collection practice to create more inclusive cultures and to mitigate or expose collection bias. Where such practice is lacking, create new frameworks that uphold CAWG values.
 
 
= CAWG Values =
 
Pursuing ethics of care in our various institutions by identifying and assessing cultural biases and assumptions underlying digital collection data and practices. We will...
 
* Recognize implicit and explicit bias in current archiving and collection practice within Libraries, Archives and Museums (LAM) cultural heritage institutions.
 
* Seek to uphold practices that reflect the goals of diversity, equity and inclusion
 
* Encourage higher levels of transparency in digital collection creation processes and facilitate critical user engagement.
 
* Foster sensitivity in the development of access strategies that strive to involve community stakeholders
 
* Respect community stakeholders' dignity and their right to privacy while expanding access when appropriate.
 
* Identify methods for sensitive and respectful representation of collections that strive to involve community stakeholders and respect their dignity and their right to privacy.
 
 
 
= Current Projects: =
 
Looking forward to 2021, the Cultural Assessment Group will continue to analyze and refine the components of the *Rubric of Reflection* including:
 
 
* Selection Workflow Framework
 
* Digitization Selection Survey
 
* Inclusive Metadata Framework
 
  
  
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= Past Projects: =
 
  
== 2020 ==
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= Current Projects: =
Even for all it's challenges, 2020 for CAWG saw some much needed growth and inter-group connection and collaboration.
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Looking forward to 2020, the Cultural Assessment Group will continue to analyze and refine the components of the *Rubric of Reflection* including:
  
===Inclusive Metadata Task Force (IMTF): ===
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* Selection Workflow Framework
The IMTF organized our efforts this year around two main threads:
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* Digitization Selection Survey
* Discussions. Monthly discussions of a specific topic, resource, or reading. Recent discussion topics have included: 
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* Inclusive Metadata Framework
# Review Draft of Cataloging Code of Ethics—linked from the Cataloguing Ethics Steering Committee site           
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* Speaker Series related to cultural competencies, digital libraries, and digital collection creation
# Discussion of the documentary Change the Subject         
 
# Reading and discussion of statements on bias (gathered by Violet Fox in the Cataloging Lab’s List of Statements on Bias from Libraries and Archives)         
 
# Reading and discussion: SAC Working Group Report on Alternatives to LCSH "Illegal aliens" 
 
* Toolkit. Ongoing content gathering for a public-facing "Inclusive Metadata" Toolkit. Our goal for the Toolkit is to create a resource that will support folks who want to begin and foster conversations at their own organizations, to promote inclusive metadata practices.
 
Through our monthly readings/discussions, we are increasing our awareness of some of the most issues and challenges across various organizations, and generating ideas for common challenges and relevant sources we want to include in our Toolkit. Along with these external sources, we are also keeping a running list of questions and challenges that Task Force members run into in their work. This list provides us with ideas for future discussions within our group, as well as potential case studies to explore in the Toolkit.
 
 
===Digitization Selection Task Force:===
 
 
The Digitization Selection group is a new group within CAWG this year, created to focus CAWG related efforts on selection as it relates to digitization. The group devoted initial resources to brainstorming possibilities, including discussing digitization and selection criteria. This resulted in numerous opportunities for conversations among group members from a diverse range of professional backgrounds. These conversations lead to several work products, including an initial draft of a visualization and 40 accompanying questions.
 
 
'''Work Products:'''
 
* Visualization. For its first project this year, the group created a visualization to outline the different workflows involved in digitization, especially as they related to the process of selection. The goal is to create a visual reference point for our future action items. Once the Digitization Workflow Visualization is completed, the group will share it with the rest of CAWG as so many aspects of selection relate to the other working groups.
 
  
* Questions. The group decided to compile 40 questions to accompany the Digitization Workflow Visualization to help illustrate the various aspects of each process of digitization selection. A secondary goal is to gather information about what steps various institutions are taking to make their assessment criteria more inclusive of digitizing collections from traditionally marginalized groups, and to incorporate these findings into the set of questions in order to foster inclusivity when assessing collections for digitization in our own documentation. Towards the end of this year, the group shared the draft questions with the CAWG Inclusive Metadata Task Force for feedback. Next steps include an environmental scan of related publications and digitization assessment policies.
 
 
===Selection Task Force:===
 
 
The CAWG Selection Task Force is conducting a survey of national, regional and local arts and humanities organizations whose collections reflect and represent the cultural diversity of their membership. We seek a greater understanding of the practices and policies that organizations use to build community archives or libraries, especially with regards to how materials are selected. The task force is interested in organizations with established collection activities and those that want to begin collecting materials. The goal is to incorporate the survey results into the CAWG Toolkit to be more inclusive of community cultural organizations. In addition, the task force will share the survey results and the toolkit with community organizations to assist their important curation efforts.
 
  
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= Past Projects: =
  
 
== 2019 ==
 
== 2019 ==
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== Meeting Schedule ==
 
== Meeting Schedule ==
  
  The monthly meetings will be held on the third Friday of every month from 1:00 - 2:00 pm Central Standard Time (UTC -6)
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  TBD post DLF 2019 Forum
 
 
Contact Hannahsk at iastate dotedu to learn more or [https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/dlf-cultural-assessment-working-group/join join the Google Group] for meeting announcements.
 
  
 
'''All meeting notes will be posted using Google Docs and will be demarcated by date. If you are interesting in learning more, please follow the CAWG Google Group'''
 
'''All meeting notes will be posted using Google Docs and will be demarcated by date. If you are interesting in learning more, please follow the CAWG Google Group'''
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== Social Media ==
 
== Social Media ==
  
Join our [https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/dlf-cultural-assessment-working-group/join Google group] or contact group chair Hannahsk at iastate dot edu.
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Join our [https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/dlf-cultural-assessment-working-group/join Google group] or contact group chair Hannah dash s dash Kettler at uiowa dot edu.
  
  

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