Using Local and Traditional Knowledge to Define a Digital Library for the Inuvialuit Settlement Region

Lead Author Sandra, Campbell
Institution Contact John W. Scott Health Sciences Library 2K3.28 Walter C. Mackenzie Health Sciences Centre University of Alberta Edmonton, AB Canada T6G 2R7
Co-Authors Dinesh Rathi, University of Alberta, Canada Ali Shiri, University of Alberta, Canada Cathy Cockney, Inuvialuit Cultural Resource Centre, Canada Sharon Farnel, University of Alberta, Canada Elaine Maloney, University of Alberta, Canada Robyn Stobbs, University of Alberta, Canada Anastasia Piltingsrud, University of Alberta, Canada
Theme Theme 3: Local and Traditional Knowledge
Session Name 3.2 Local and traditional knowledge in supporting business and community development in indigenous regions of the North
Presentation Type Poster
Abstract text The Inuvialuit Settlement Region is located in the northwest of Canada’s Arctic. The Digital Library North (DLN) is a collaborative project between the Inuvialuit Cultural Resource Centre (ICRC) and researchers at the University of Alberta. It is designed to make documentary resources held by the ICRC in Inuvik available to the geographically dispersed population of the Inuvialuit Settlement Region (ISR). The incorporation of local and traditional knowledge to guide the design, implementation and sustainability of the DLN is fundamental to the project. In addition to the direct contributions of the Inuvialuit collaborators to the development of the project, a unique environmental scanning model is being developed that is suitable both for application in the field of information services and for the social, cultural and geographic contexts of the ISR. The environmental scan will be ongoing and iterative throughout the project. In its first phase, key users, communities, stakeholders, information providers and information resources have been identified and data gathered about them. In the second phase these data will be interpreted and applied to the development of the DLN infrastructure. All facets of the project will be guided by the information gathered from people in the ISR through the environmental scanning process. In addition to the importance of local and traditional knowledge in the development of the project, this knowledge will also be critical for the attainment of another of the project’s goals, that of ongoing sustainability of the DLN by the people of the ISR.