Presenters: Anita Fata (iSchool, UBC-V), Emily Jean Leischner (UBC-V), Heather de Forest (Simon Fraser University Library), Heather Holroyd (UBC-V), Heather O’Brien (iSchool, UBC-V), Kristina McDavid (UBC-V Library)
Abstract: The Making Research Accessible initiative (MRAi) is a multi-institutional partnership that is responding to community-identified needs for access to findings of research conducted in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (DTES) by developing the DTES Research Access Portal. The collaboration is co-led by the UBC Learning Exchange and UBC Library’s Irving K. Barber Learning Centre in consultation with DTES community organizations and residents, with input from the UBC Office of Community Engagement, UBC Knowledge Exchange Unit, UBC’s iSchool, Simon Fraser University Library, and Vancouver Public Library. Four members of the partnership will describe how their skills and expertise–including metadata schematics, user interface design and evaluation, knowledge exchange practices, and community engagement–have contributed to developing this online tool for diverse users, and how involvement has informed their scholarly work. Panelists will discuss their learning from five years of partnership, including processes for inter-institutional and interdisciplinary collaboration in response to community-identified priorities.