As many people close to me know, my favourite genres are science fiction and fantasy. I have been a big fan of these genres since I was a kid, and continue to enjoy them today. I enjoy their intriguing settings, inspiring characters, and exciting story lines. And, I love how they are extremely well suited... Continue Reading →
This summer I am having the absolute pleasure of taking an online course called "Adult Popular Reading and Media Interests." Essentially, we read lots of novels from different genres, learn about and discuss why people love them so much, and get to dive deep into "readers' advisory" (AKA the fine art of suggesting books to... Continue Reading →
One of my favourite things that I have studied in library school so far is information literacy and the politics of tools like Google, Wikipedia, Google Scholar, YouTube, and so forth. We rely on these tools to help us find information that we need, but why are they helping us? What drives them (hint: in... Continue Reading →
This post was written for the website native-land.ca, which is run by my friend Victor. Laura Phillips was immensely helpful in editing and providing suggestions on the initial draft. Why acknowledge territory? Territory acknowledgement is a way that people insert an awareness of Indigenous presence and land rights in everyday life. This is often done... Continue Reading →
How It Began For a little over 2.5 years I've volunteered at Spartacus Books, a volunteer-run anti-capitalist bookstore in Vancouver, BC on unceded xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Skwxwú7mesh Úxwumixw, and Tsleil-Waututh territory. Volunteering at Spartacus is about much more than selling books - we strive to be a space for community events, organizing, socializing, and resource sharing. In... Continue Reading →
In this article, Krista McCracken contextualizes, describes, and evaluates the work of the Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre (SRSC), established in 1979 at Algoma University College in Sault Sainte Marie, Ontario. In line with Mathiesen (2012) and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (2008), McCracken emphasizes the importance of Indigenous communities having access to and control over records related to their history and identity in order to heal from traumas inflicted by colonialism.
Discussion around decolonization has been increasingly present in the last decade or so in academic literature. In her influential book, Decolonizing Methodologies (first published in 1999), Linda Tuhiwai Smith articulates the concept of decolonization as, “about centring our concerns and world views and then coming to know and understand theory and research from our own perspectives and for our own purposes”, where “our” represents Indigenous peoples (Smith 2012, 41). This definition has impacted how many scholars comprehend decolonization. However, the term can be defined in many other ways.
Sometimes people ask me about my favourite blogs. Here are a few I read regularly - some I have been reading for years and some are new to me since I started studying Library, Information, and Archival studies this September. âpihtawikosisân Written by Chelsea Vowel (Métis), this has been a favourite of mine for years,... Continue Reading →
Today, I want to share a dismal statistic about the Masters of Archival Studies & Masters of Library and Information Science program that I started this fall at UBC. It is a small example of how deeply white supremacy and Eurocentrism are embedded within academia and the archival profession. So far, of the 83 required... Continue Reading →