25 August 2015
How to support the new Indigenous Matters Section
Established in December 2008, the Indigenous Matters special interest group evolved out of IFLA Past President Alex Bryne's Presidential Task Force on Indigenous Matters
Original charge: considers the broad range of issues relating to indigenous peoples, indigenous knowledge and libraries and information services.
There will be a two year transition period during which IFLA requires written confirmation from forty IFLA members (Associations, Institutions, and Personal Affiliates)that they are willing to join the section by completing the registration form and emailing this through to IFLA HQ by 31 August 2015.
The new Section will be the central hub for indigenous matters in IFLA and there are exciting projects to undertake in the near future, such as:
- Collaboration and partnership with the International Indigenous Librarians’ Forum (IILF), progressing outcomes from IILF;
- Developing an indigenous matters chapter for the Library Services to Multicultural Populations Manifesto
- Cross section collaboration within IFLA –for example Libraries for Children and Young Adults –guideline review
- Working closer with the Education and Training Section and potentially developing an assessment framework for LIS Curriculum Core Element 11: Awareness of Indigenous Knowledge Paradigms; and
- Impact of digitisation –the new colonialism? Exploring the opportunities and challenges for indigenous peoples with open data and access environments.