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to getting people from underserved communities meaningfully engaged with museums. So, people who are thinking about that are really interested in community engagement that goes beyond [simply] bringing a class into a museum and more about co-curating exhibits with certain communities, about bringing artifacts into the community rather than waiting for people to come to museums themselves, and about licensing images and content from museums less restrictively so that it can circulate more freely.

How do museums approach dealing with exhibits that require cultural sensitivity? POSNER: There are questions of what kinds of things should be

digitized and be made freely available online and what kinds of things should not be circulated like that. For example, indigenous artifacts often have cultural restrictions attached to them. If a museum is reckless about what it is digitizing and making available, it could really harm some people. And then there are some works of art that really bear some thinking about how freely we want the images to circulate without context.

So, there are questions of censorship in digitizing museums—how are museums preparing themselves to deal with that? POSNER: There are a lot of people thinking and writing about

this right now. One thing that I think is really good about teaching the museums class in an information studies department is that our students are really well prepared to think about those questions because they spend a lot of time in archives class dealing with exactly these questions about access and ownership and community engagement. So, it’s a really natural fit for them to think about it in relation to museum objects.

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UCLA Ed&IS Magazine Spring 2019  

The UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies’ magazine highlights the public scholarship of our faculty. The cover of this...

UCLA Ed&IS Magazine Spring 2019  

The UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies’ magazine highlights the public scholarship of our faculty. The cover of this...

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