Library Completes IMLS Grant to Incorporate Design into Archival Practice

IMLS_Future_Pasts_2019-1The College Archives, in partnership with the Interaction Design Department, has completed an Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) National Leadership Grant for Libraries project to identify best practices for collaborations between archivists and designers. The initiative, dubbed Future Pasts, included as its centerpiece a core 14-week design studio class in which librarians, archivists, design students and faculty worked together in devising prototypes of digital tools and interfaces to enhance access to the collections in the ArtCenter Archives. The project incorporated design methodologies to address ways to meet users’ needs while creating a quality user experience. The results are documented in a publication, Future Pasts: Reimagining the User Experience in Archives, which also serves as a set of guidelines for other institutions embarking on their own projects.

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