About This Session:
In 2016, The University of Alberta Libraries (UAL) formed a working group to investigate, define, and propose a plan of action for how we could more accurately, appropriately, and respectfully represent Indigenous peoples and contexts through our descriptive metadata practices. In its final report, which was was approved by senior leadership in spring 2017, the group emphasized the importance of consultation and outreach as critical groundwork for any change to be made. Recognizing the importance of location and context, initial focus has been on the University of Alberta campus community as well as the First Nations and Métis communities located within Alberta. In this webinar, we will provide a very brief overview of the working group’s activities and recommendations, outline various activities and initiatives to date, and discuss in detail the community consultation framework, plans, and activities. We hope to share our approach with others, and to learn from those who are engaged in similar initiatives.
Attendees may take away approaches to getting similar initiatives under way at their institution, hear about techniques for engaging with Indigenous communities, learn of some opportunities and challenges involved in such work, and develop community with others working in this area.
About the Presenter:
Tyson Thomas is a member of the Maskekosihk (Enoch) Cree Nation in Treaty No. 6 Territory, Alberta, Canada. He is also a member of the matrilineal Lax Skiik (Eagle) clan of the Gitwangak Nation in British Columbia, Canada. Tyson is Lead for the Decolonizing Description Project at the University of Alberta Libraries. He is a member of the CFLA Indigenous Matters Committee Joint Working Groups on Subject Headings and TRC Calls to Action gap analysis, as well as a member of the Indigenous Advisory Circle for Library and Archives Canada.
Sharon Farnel is Metadata Coordinator at the University of Alberta Libraries and a PhD Candidate at the University of Alberta. In her doctoral research, she is working with the Inuvialuit Cultural Centre in Inuvik to develop a community driven metadata framework for the Inuvialuit Digital Library. She is a member of the CFLA Indigenous Matters Committee Joint Working Group on Subject Headings and Classification, member of the OCLC Research Library Partnership Metadata Managers Planning Group, and member of the Board of the Library Association of Alberta.
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