Xwi7xwa Library is a centre for academic and community Indigenous scholarship. Its collections and services reflect Aboriginal approaches to teaching, learning, and research. The Xwi7xwa Library is the only Aboriginal branch of an academic library in Canada and it is often looked to as a leader in Indigenous Academic Librarianship in the province and the country. The library is known for a unique Aboriginal classification system and subject headings (see Indigenous Knowledge Organization), librarians and staff who are knowledgeable about Indigenous content, one-of-a-kind collections that privilege Indigenous perspectives and a unique architecture that represents interior Salish architecture.
In this session, we will discuss the various ways that community members and health professionals can access Xwi7xwa Library’s collections, and other incredible collections for researching a variety of areas. Several resources will be shared during and after this session to introduce interesting initiatives involving library systems and collections.
Everyone welcome to participate:
About the Presenter:
Ms Kim Lawson, Reference Librarian, Xwi7xwa Library
Ms Lawson is from the Heiltsuk Nation of BC. Prior to joining UBC, she worked as the Archivist/Librarian for the Union of BC Indian Chiefs Resource Centre. Her MLIS research looked at First Nations Perspectives on archives, libraries and museums.