Libraries and Aboriginal Australians

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Libraries and information services and Indigenous peoples

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) endorses the vision of a united Australia which respects this land of ours; values the Indigenous heritage; and provides justice and equity for all.
This document identifies four key areas to be addressed by the library and information services sector in providing services to Indigenous peoples, and in managing information relevant to Indigenous cultures and communities.

Towards culturally safe libraries

Article by Lesley Acres, CSLP Project Officer and Program Officer, Indigenous Services, State Library of Queensland and Aimee Said, NSLA Program Coordinator, National and State Libraries Australia from INCITE September/October 2020 Volume 41 Issue 9/10 - Professional Growth.
This article discusses the Culturally Safe Libraries Program (CSLP), a collaborative effort by national, state and territory libraries to provide a culturally safe environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island clients and colleagues.

Indigenous knowledge systems and linked data [slides]

ALIA Information Online 2017 Conference, 13-17 February 2017 Sydney: Data Information Knowledge
This presentation (PowerPoint slides) supports the conference paper which explores the development of a new framework to combine Indigenous knowledge systems and linked data to enable greater accessibility and culturally appropriate use of collection items within the GLAM sector.

Submission in response to the revision of the Implementation Plan for the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan 2013-2023, February 2020

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) is supportive of the proposed implementation plan’s structure, vision, foundations and focus areas. In summary:

Yolŋu Rom Napurrn Dhukarr: A Living Room Project in Galiwin’ku Community Library, North East Arnhem Land [slides]

Asia-Pacific Library and Information Conference 2018, 30 July - 2 August 2018 Gold Coast: Roar Leap Dare
This presentation (PowerPoint slides) supports the conference paper which discusses the 2017 East Arnhem Regional Council and the Northern Territory Library pilot program to trial a new way, ‘A Yolŋu Way’, of architecting a new user experience in the Galiwin’ku community. The program aimed to develop a way of classifying community library collections and knowledge according to local Aboriginal concepts.



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