“Housing the knowledge of tangata whenua (indigenous people)” focuses on how information professionals can build respectful collections.  Cultural organisations house most of the written historical information of tangata whenua (Indigenous people), however, not many organizations have partnerships with Indigenous peoples. Anahera Morehu (University of Auckland) will present insights from her journeys in facilitating the forming of partnerships or relationships. Through partnerships, information managers are able to discern and create guidelines that support organisations in better understanding what “indigenous traditional knowledge” is in an information profession context.

Anahera brings a discussion about developing guidelines for Indigenous traditional knowledge held in your organisations – libraries, archives, museums and other cultural institutions. As the National Coordinator for the Mātauranga Māori within New Zealand Libraries, Anahera will present a programme that provides an insight into the world view from the indigenous people of Aotearoa (New Zealand).


Anahera Morehu is the Library Manager for Arts, Māori and Pacific at the University of Auckland. She presented at the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) World Congress in 2011, at a time when indigenous traditional knowledge was making its initial stance within the constructs of information management. She travels and presents at many indigenous fora where she is able, and honoured, to be the National Coordinator for the Mātauranga Māori within NZ Libraries. Anahera is past Tumuaki of Te Rōpū Whakahau, convenor for the Library and Informtion Association of New Zealand Aotearoa (LIANZA) conference 2014, current LIANZA Hikuwai Regional Councillor, and a member of LIANZA Council.

Relevant Books and Articles from UBC Library

Bauer, W., Parker, W., Evans, T. K., & MyiLibrary. (1993; 2003; 2012). Maori (1st ed.). New York; London: Routledge. doi:10.4324/9780203403723 [Link]

Morehu, A. P. (2012). Organization of Indigenous Knowledge Plenary Session. Indigenous Knowledges: Local Priorities, Global Contexts. University of Bristish Columbia, Vancouver. [Link]

Morehu, A.P., Hobson, J. (2005). Hokinga ki te kainga. Proceedings of the 5th International Indigenous Librarians Forum: Brisbane, Australia, June 4-7, 2007.  Ed. Alana Garwood-Houng for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Library, Information and Resource Network (ATSILIRN). [Link]

Mutu, M. (2014). Māori issues. The Contemporary Pacific, 26(1), 208-214. [Link]

UBC Library Research Guides

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UBC Library is the latest academic research library to have signed the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) Lyon Declaration on Access to Information and Development. The Declaration, launched in August at the annual World Library and Information Congress in France, is an advocacy document drafted by IFLA and a number of strategic partners in the library and development communities between January and May 2014.

The Declaration calls for access to information as an individual and civic right and calls upon United Nations member states to make an international commitment to ensure that everyone has access to, and is able to understand, use and share the information necessary to promote sustainable development and democratic societies.

UBC Library encourages our Canadian colleagues to recognize the importance of this Declaration by adding their organization to the list of signatories available online.

Read more information about the Lyon Declaration.

Find more information on adding your organization to the signatories.


The conclusion of University Librarian Ingrid Parent’s presidency of IFLA and an update on the LibQUAL survey are highlighted in the Fall 2013 issue of the CPSLD Newsletter

Other news covers the digitization of Canada’s oldest feminist periodical, the acquisition of the oldest book in UBC Library’s collections and more.

The Library’s submission begins on page 29 of the newsletter, which is published on behalf of the Council of Post Secondary Library Directors, British Columbia.

Ingrid ParentIt has been an exciting year at UBC Library, and I am pleased to share a few highlights with you. Much of our work provides us with an opportunity to connect, learn and grow with our users and community partners. Thank you for your ongoing support and commitment.

The Library continues to advance in the digital world, thanks to the digitization of several important collections. In the spring, the Irving K. Barber learning Centre announced a grant for the B.C. Aboriginal Audio Digitization and Preservation Program, an important initiative that assists B.C. Indigenous organizations in converting audio cassette tapes for preservation and access. On the opposite end of the spectrum is one of the oldest items in our collection, a medieval manuscript book recently acquired by the Library that provides research and learning opportunities for students and scholars.

Changing campus needs regarding teaching and learning guide the direction of UBC Library, and it was with great excitement that we partnered with the Faculty of Education to launch UBC’s first LOOC. Other changing user needs informed decisions to consolidate services into one-stop service points, as well as renovate key spaces in the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre. 

Recognizing the achievements of researchers, scholars and community members brings us great satisfaction, and so I was pleased this year to present the inaugural winner of the Basil Stuart-Stubbs Prize for Outstanding Scholarly Book on B.C. The Library also awarded the fourth annual UBC Library Innovative Dissemination of Research Award, and four students received GSS cIRcle Open Scholar Awards.  

It was a busy year for the Library’s community involvement, both at the local and international level. I was honoured to have served as the first Canadian president of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA). My presidency, which concluded this year, provided me with an opportunity to showcase UBC and Canadian accomplishments to the world, and to bring international learnings back to the campus. We were happy to host the 2013 Pacific Rim Digital Library Alliance Annual Meeting at UBC Library, and welcome several international visitors throughout the year, including City University (London), Copenhagen Business School and Shanghai Municipal Archives. 

I was appreciative of the opportunity to host a book and film launch in celebration of the Wallace B. Chung and Madeline H. Chung Collection, and to recognize one of our most generous supporters. This exceptional collection is one example of the extraordinary resources available to Library users and community partners.

Finally, UBC Library once again partnered with the UBC Alma Mater Society to deliver the 11th annual Food For Fines Campaign. The program raises funds for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank and UBC’s AMS Food Bank to support disadvantaged members of the community. I am grateful for the continued generosity of Library users in supporting this important program. 

Best wishes to you throughout the holiday season, and a very Happy New Year.


Ingrid Parent

University Librarian

University of British Columbia

Canaccord Learning Commons. Photo: Martin Dee

The latest on UBC Library appears in the Spring 2012 issue of the CPSLD Newsletter, published on behalf of the Council of Post Secondary Library Directors, British Columbia.

Scroll to page 27 for the UBC entry – which includes a tribute to Irving K. Barber, an update on the Library’s new Community Report, notable film donations and more.

The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) Presidential meeting is happening this weekend at the First Nations House of Learning.

The theme of the international meeting is on a topic of growing importance and interest in the world of culture and information: Indigenous Knowledges: Local priorities, Global contexts. This meeting will be the opportunity for all those interested in Indigenous and traditional knowledge, its creation, organization and access, to better understand the local and global issues under discussion in various parts of the world and by many types of cultural, heritage, and community groups and organizations.

UBC Library welcomes the international visitors to our campus. For those who are unable to make the sessions at the Longhouse on Friday and Saturday, webcasts are available online. For more information on the meeting, please visit the IFLA website.

UBC’s Annual Review is now available as an online-only publication. Highlights include Ingrid Parent, UBC’s University Librarian, becoming the first Canadian to be appointed as the President of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions.

To read more about this story, proceed to the Milestones tab and select August 2011.


Photo: Martin Dee

An update on UBC Library appears in the fall 2011 issue of the CPSLD Newsletter, published on behalf of the Council of Post Secondary Library Directors, British Columbia.

Check out the update on pages 21-23 for the latest on the B.C. Historical Newspapers Project, the B.C. History Digitization Program, UBC’s fundraising and alumni engagement campaign and the Library’s role, UBC’s University Librarian and her presidency of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions, and more.


On August 18, Ingrid Parent – UBC’s University Librarian – became the first Canadian President of the International Association of Library Associations and Institutions.

This appointment has received much media coverage, with articles appearing in the Vancouver Sun, the Vancouver Courier, the Tyee, Quill & Quire and the Epoch Times (Chinese-language version only).

Ingrid was also interviewed on CBC Radio’s morning show, The Early Edition. You can listen to a podcast of the interview here – it begins at about 1:08 into the recording.

You can view the corresponding press release here.

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