University Library Report on the Ithaka S+R Study on Improving Library Resources and Services for Indigenous Studies Scholars: University of Saskatchewan Context
Smith, David A.
PublisherUniversity Library, University of Saskatchewan
Peer Reviewed StatusNon-Peer Reviewed
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The University of Saskatchewan (U of S) Library is one of twelve institutions across Turtle Island / North America participating in a project with the goal of understanding how academic libraries can best support the research needs of Indigenous faculty. The U of S report is based primarily on semi-structured interviews with eight Indigenous professors at the U of S, as conducted by three librarians. The participants represented diverse backgrounds culturally, in their fields of study, and in terms of their years of experience as faculty members in the academy. Indigenous and Western research methodologies were incorporated in the development of this project, including: a grounded theory component which helped shape the analysis of the interviews, the encouragement of conversation and storytelling, multiple opportunities for consent, and an effort to meet the standards of Ownership, Control, Access and Possession of research data as delineated by the First Nations Information Governance Centre. Findings include: a lack of use of subject headings by Indigenous Studies scholars; requests for more oral histories (and access to them), more governmental and non-governmental organization reports and more Métis content; better access to Indigenous-related archival materials; and a strong demand for Data and GIS Library services. Recommendations are also included.
CitationLee, D., Smith, D. A., & Gagné, M-L (2018). University Library Report on the Ithaka S+R Study on Improving Resources and Services for Indigenous Studies Scholars: University of Saskatchewan Context. Saskatoon: University of Saskatchewan.
Indigenous Studies Scholars
Library User Experience
Indigenous Research Methodologies
Indigenous Research Protocols
Research Data Management