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Indigenous Librarianship

Knowledge Organization

The term knowledge organization is used here to include processes and systems for organizing and representing Indigenous library and archival materials in all formatstraditional and electronic.  It includes considerations of Aboriginal cataloguing standards and metadata, broadly defined.

Selected Resources

Doyle, A., Lawson, K., & Dupont, S. (2015). Indigenization of knowledge organization at the Xwi7xwa Library. Journal of Library and Information Studies, 13(2), 107-34.

The Xwi7xwa Library maintains an Indigenous Knowledge Organization Collection on UBC's digital research repository, cIRcle: Xwi7xwa IKO Collection

Controlled Vocabularies

Names Authorities


Cataloging & Classification - Special Issue





Indigenous Knowledge Organization Special Issue - Cataloging & Classification Quarterly V53 5/6 2015.

Fourteen articles examining Indigenous approaches to organizing and representing Indigenous expressions of knowledge held in libraries, archives, and museums.

Indigenous Knowledge & Libraries

Indigenous Knowledge Organization on cIRcle

Search keywords "Indigenous knowledge organization" or try the Xwi7xwa IKO Collection for UBC research on IKO.

Selected Resource

Mills, A., & Kelm, S. (2015). Framing ethnographic photographs in the digital environment (Research poster).