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Indigenous Librarianship

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Finding Materials in the UBC Catalogue

Try these basic strategies to begin your research in the UBC Library Catalogue.

Keyword Searches

Combine keywords relating to the concept of Indigenous identity AND keywords about librarianship. For example:

  • "First Nations"
  • Indigenous
  • Aboriginal
  • Indian
  • "Indians of North America"
  • Native
  • Inuit
  • Métis
  • Musqueam (or any nation)


  • Librar?
  • "Information science"
  • "Information systems"
  • "Knowledge organization"
  • Cataloging
  • Classification

Helpful Hints for Keyword Searches

  • Use quotation marks to search for a phrase.
    Example: "First Nations"
  • Use a question mark to truncate a term to search for words with the same stem.
    Example: Librar? retrieves Library, Libraries, Librarian, Librarianship, etc.

Try these basic strategies to begin your research in the UBC Library Catalogue.

Subject Headings

Subject headings are a tool designed to help researchers find similar materials. These are only some examples of the many subject headings that X̱wi7x̱wa Library uses. Spend a few minutes exploring them when you find a book in the catalogue that supports your research.

Browse Catalogue > Subject begins with:

Try these basic strategies to begin your research in the UBC Library Catalogue.

Browse Call Numbers

X̱wi7x̱wa Library uses a unique Classification SchemeCome by the library to browse the shelves or search for the following call numbers on our online catalogue.

  • PA - Indigenous knowledge systems / Intellectual property
  • PC - Communications and media
  • PD - Libraries 
  • PDA - Archives
  • PDC - Museums

Finding Videos

Try searching YouTube using the following keywords: 

  • Tribal libraries
  • First Nations libraries
  • Indigenous libraries
  • Aboriginal archives
  • Indigenous Knowledge Organization
  • Indigitization

Presenter: Sofia Leung

This talk will examine the concept of knowledge as a core component of library and information studies (LIS) through the lens of Critical Race Theory (CRT). The following questions will be used to explore the responsibility LIS has to the so-called “public good.” What power and agency do library and archive workers have over knowledge? How has LIS created and maintained systems of oppression, such as White supremacy, colonialism, and racism? How does this impact Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities? Why is the experiential knowledge of BIPOC critical to imagining and building liberatory futures? And finally, what is our obligation to ourselves and our communities to disrupt and destroy the systems of oppression within LIS?