Thursday, June 22, 2017

Project Implicit

Along with "looking outward" to increase diversity in our library collections and being more aware of how we, as librarians, can create safe spaces for all, I think it is important to turn inward and look at how our our perceptions and biases are created.  A great resource for closely examining our "implicit social cognition - thoughts and feelings outside of conscious awareness and control" is Project Implicit.  Project Implicit is a non-profit organization founded in 1998 by three scientists with a stated goal to "educate the public about hidden biases and to provide a 'virtual laboratory' for collecting data on the Internet."

What does this mean for you?  It mean a host of  IATs (Implicit Association Tests) that you can to discover your implicit associations on topics such as religion, sexuality, disability, and race.  I think that knowing our biases and their basis is a good step toward creating library collections and environments that are as open, diverse, and welcoming as possible.

Try out some of the IATs HERE.

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