LIBR 596 Professional Experience – BC Aboriginal Child Care Society (2)

Please note this position has been filled.

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.

BCACCS is committed to nurturing excellence through community outreach, capacity building, education, research, advocacy and direct service delivery, ensuring that every Indigenous child in BC has access to spiritually enriching, culturally relevant, high quality ELCC services. It is through this commitment that BCACCS has developed a variety 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 and maintenance of a resource and research collection that prioritizes materials on topics integral to the development of Indigenous ELCC programs and delivers them to our diverse range of stakeholders, which include parents, students, practitioners, educators, academics, researchers, community leaders and policymakers across the province and beyond.

One of these tools is our Indigenous ELCC Knowledge Portal (, which provides tools, resources and research assistance on topics of importance to our users, including Literacy & Language Development, Health & Well-being, Parenting, Special Needs, Research & Policy, and Leadership & Management in Indigenous ELCC programs.

The main purpose of this professional experience project is to research and develop a subject guide for our Knowledge Portal on Relationship to the Land. This will involve collecting resources relevant to Indigenous perspectives on helping young children connect to the land in early childhood environments, and designing and creating a LibGuides subject guide. The student will also identify books and other materials that will be acquired and included in the Resource Centre lending library collection and identify any gaps in knowledge to help inform future research and curriculum development.

We are seeking one SLAIS student, preferably enrolled in the First Nations Curriculum Concentration program and 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:
– Identify relevant books, journal articles, toolkits, guides, videos and other online resources for inclusion in the Relationship to the Land subject guide
– Design and build a Relationship to the Land subject guide and publish it on the Indigenous ELCC Knowledge Portal
– Write a final report with recommendations for acquisition and identification of gaps in Indigenous ELCC research and resources
Expectations of the end result of the project, for both host and student:
The student will have developed and published a Relationship to the Land subject guide on the Indigenous ELCC Knowledge Portal. They will also have written a final report that lists acquisition recommendations for the BCACCS Resource Centre lending library collection and reports on gaps in Indigenous ELCC research and resources related to helping young Indigenous children connect to the land.
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 before 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 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
LIBR 580 Collection Management

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