Indigenous Digital Content Lead Toronto Public Library
This session will explore the landscape of Truth and Reconciliation initiatives. In 2018, our University Library hired 2 Graduate Research Assistants in an effort to push our library toward building a relationship with the Indigenous community. The aim of these projects is to provide tools and resources to develop a more culturally sensitive description of Indigenous materials. Together, they conducted a nation-wide environmental scan and developed an Indigenous 101 toolkit. The scan showed that librarians are collaborating with other institutions to make Indigenous metadata more culturally sensitive and accurate. The scan also identified some cultural competency gaps, and the toolkit aims to scaffold knowledge to help librarians better serve As these projects end, our team is now strategizing how to overcome the challenges, make work more holistic, and ensure continued accountability to Truth and Reconciliation initiatives.
Through engagement in our presentation, participants will gain (1) tools for improving cultural awareness and sensitivity, (2) tools for engaging staff on reconciliation initiatives, and (3) be able to identify best practices for implementing more culturally sensitive metadata.