Welcome to all the participants at Breath of Life!

As part of the upcoming the BC Breath of Life Archival Institute for First Nations Languages, Xwi7xwa Library has produced a selective languages bibliography for participants and language researchers.

The week-long institute, which runs from May 14 – 20, is hosted by the First Nations and Endangered Languages program. The institute brings together First Nations community language workers and university-based scholars to find and interpret materials relevant to language and culture reclamation. Through their study of archival materials and hearing presentations from scholars, language-affiliate teams will learn how archival or museum resources can support their efforts towards language revitalization, teaching, learning and/or further research.

Xwi7xwa library is honoured to be one of the sites of study during the institute, as one of the houses of Indigenous language materials at UBC. In support of the program, Xwi7xwa has identified relevant language materials in its collection and organized them in a special location for the participants’ project work.

Items have been grouped on the shelves at the front of the library according to language: Haida, Tlingit, Kaska, Tsilhqot’in, Nisga’a, Kwak’wala, Heiltsuk, Haisla, Nuu-chah-nulth, Hul’qumi’num, Sliammon, Lillooet, Secwepemc, and Ktunaxa.

Xwi7xwa has also produced a Selective Bibliography of Language Materials to support the on-going efforts of the participants both during and after the Institute.

Language-related materials are integrated throughout the entire Xwi7xwa collection, including in the subject areas of history and culture, literature, curriculum, and children’s literature. The guide to the collections helps participants find items quickly – giving them more time to spend with the materials, instead of looking for them!

About Breath of Life

The BC Breath of Life Archival Institute for First Nations Languages runs from May 14 – 20, 2017. For more information about the program, including information about the Host Committee, Sponsors, and more information for participants, please see the program website.

About Xwi7xwa

Xwi7xwa is a Squamish word meaning ‘echo,’ and is located on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓-speaking Musqueam people. For more information about the library, please visit our About us page.

Xwi7xwa is happy to announce 2 new scholarly publications by Xwi7xwa librarians. These publications examine the intersection between Indigenous collections and Indigenous metadata.

The article, Indigenization of the knowledge organization at the Xwi7xwa Library, by Ann Doyle, Kim Lawson, and Sarah Dupont is in the Special Issue: Indigenization of Knowledge Organization, Journal of Library and Information Studies 13:2 (December 2015) p.107-134 doi: 10.6182/jlis.2015.13(2).107 a peer -reviewed open access journal published by the Department of Library & Information Science of the National Taiwan University. The abstract written in Chinese and English describes the Indigenization of knowledge organization at Xwi7xwa and its historical development as an Aboriginal academic library in the context of Indigenous education in Canada. Crucial to this history is the development of its unique Indigenous metadata (the Xwi7xwa classification, the First Nations House of Learning Subject Headings, and the enhanced Aboriginal MARC record) including the conceptual framework that guides current practice. We argue that Indigenous collections and Indigenous metadata are synergistic and mutually interdependent, concluding that Indigenized knowledge organization approaches are critical to effective Indigenous reference and instructional services, student learning, and research. We also highlight opportunities for Indigenized knowledge organization through collaborations with emerging networks of Indigenous scholars and Indigenous communities of knowledge and convergences of new technologies.

The IFLA Metadata Newsletter December 2015 issue (p. 29-30) highlights the new Indigenous Knowledge Organization Special Issue of Cataloging & Classification Quarterly Vol 53 N 5/6 2015 guest edited collaboratively by Cheryl A. Metoyer (Associate Dean for Research, Association Professor, the Information School, University of Washington), and Ann Doyle, Xwi7xwa Library, UBC.  This seminal issue is the first CCQ issue devoted to Indigenous content and one of the few LIS publications devoted to Indigenous research and professional practice. The 15 articles are theoretical, scholarly, as well as practice-based by authors from 4 countries with a balanced representation of Indigenous authors, collaborative projects, and Indigenous community initiatives. The afterword is by UBC University Librarian Ingrid Parent! The special issue devoted to this emergent field is forthcoming as a monograph from Routledge Taylor and Francis.

Ann, Sarah, Kim at Table


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