Cultural competency: A framework for equity, diversity, and inclusion in the archival profession in the United States

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Abstract

This article explores cultural competency in the context of the archival profession in the United States. The author reviews the cultural competency framework; and the pertinent literature of archives, library, and information studies (LIS) and beyond; and surveys activity within the archival field. The author also connects cultural competency to archival principles and practice, and offers a call for further research to develop cultural competency within the profession. Cultural competency is offered as a framework for equity, diversity, and inclusion work that is accessible and available to all, and as one that provides a way forward particularly for dominant-culture archivists. Furthermore, archivists can contribute uniquely to the discourse on cultural competency within LIS; this article responds to the call for, and encourages more, discourse with LIS.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)460-482
Number of pages23
JournalAmerican Archivist
Volume81
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2018

Keywords

  • Archival theory
  • Collaboration
  • Cultural competency
  • Diversity
  • Inclusion
  • Information science
  • Intercultural competency
  • Library
  • Principles

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