LIBR 596 Professional Experience – BC Aboriginal Child Care Society (1)

Students interested in this project should complete the online application form, please cite the project number 201710-01. Please include a resume and cover letter.

Name of Organization

BC Aboriginal Child Care Society
102-100 Park Royal South
Coast Salish Territory
West Vancouver, B.C. V7T 1A2
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Supervising Librarian/Archivist
Rowena Koh
(604) 913-9128
Purpose of the project:
The BC Aboriginal Child Care Society (BCACCS) was established in 1996 by the First Nations Summit to help First Nations establish Indigenous Early Learning and Child Care (ELCC) programs and services that meet the needs of Indigenous children and their families both on- and off-reserve.

Today, BCACCS continues to be committed to nurturing excellence through community outreach, capacity building, education, research, advocacy and direct service delivery, ensuring that every Indigenous child in B.C. has access to spiritually enriching, culturally relevant, high quality ELCC services. It is through this commitment that BCACCS has developed a range of culturally-based resources and training workshops, operates two Aboriginal Head Start Programs, and maintains considerable policy and research experience and expertise.

The BCACCS Resource Centre plays a fundamental role in supporting the work of BCACCS. It does so through the development of a resource and research collection that prioritizes materials on topics and processes integral to the development of Indigenous ELCC programs and services. This collection is delivered to our diverse range of stakeholders, which include parents, students, practitioners, educators, academics, researchers, community leaders and policymakers across the province and beyond, through our lending library program, online catalogue & database, knowledge portal, and reference/consulting services.

With the assistance of a SLAIS student, the Resource Centre began work on developing a subject thesaurus that reflects our collection’s focus on recognizing Indigenous knowledge, practices and values in ELCC services for Indigenous young children. The main purpose of the present project is to continue this work by adding preferred subject headings and Indigenous names (communities, languages, places) to the thesaurus, creating authority records in our Koha catalogue, and applying them to new and existing bibliographic records. It is anticipated that cataloguing and indexing of books, journal articles, reports, multimedia materials and online resources; cleaning up existing bibliographic records; and adding to our subject thesaurus and cataloguing guidelines will also be a part of this work.

We are seeking one (1) SLAIS student enrolled in the First Nations Curriculum Concentration program, preferably with knowledge or an interest in ELCC to assist in this work, which will take place both on- and off-site (with virtual supervision).

Summary of activities required to carry out the project:
– Analyze existing subject headings and add culturally appropriate topic and name (community, language, place) headings to our evolving subject thesaurus
– Create/modify authority records in our Koha catalogue
– Apply authorities to existing and new bibliographic records
– Create original analytical records for journal articles, books and other resources in Koha catalogue
– Clean up existing catalogue records
– Develop procedures for adding subject headings to records and contribute to the Resource Centre’s cataloguing manual
– Make recommendations for future work
Expectations of the end result of the project, for both host and student:
The BCACCS Resource Centre’s subject thesaurus will have been improved with new culturally appropriate topic and name (community, language, place) headings. Authority records will have been created and entered in the Koha catalogue and preferred headings applied to existing and new bibliographic records.

The student will have updated the Resource Centre catalogue with new and improved bibliographic records of books, journals articles, online resources and other materials, better representing the Indigenous knowledges, perspectives and focus of our collection, and developed procedures for adding subject headings to bibliographic records. The student will also have used their experience to contribute to our cataloguing guidelines and make recommendations for continuing and future work.

Time periods in which the project could be supervised (check all that apply):
  • Winter Term 2 (January – April)
Is there a deadline by which the project must be completed?
Preferably by March 31, 2018, but may be extended into the Spring.
Considering the project requirements, please suggest suitable coursework as pre-requisite or co-requisite: (e.g. LIBR 580 Collection Management, ARST 515 Arrangement & Description of Archival Materials.)
LIBR 511 Cataloguing and Classification
LIBR 512 Indexing
LIBR 513 Cataloguing Special and Non-Book Materials
LIBR 522G First Nations Literature And Other Materials For Children And Young Adults
LIBR 529 Services for Families and Early Literacy in the Preschool Years
LIBR 577 Special Libraries 

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