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ABST 1102 (Martin)

Our Living Libraries

Our Elders and communities are living libraries. They hold a wealth of knowledge.

Western libraries tend to value the printed word, while Indigenous knowledge is often shared orally and passed down from generation to generation.

UNESCO defines local and Indigenous knowledge as "the understandings, skills and philosophies developed by societies with long histories of interaction with their natural surroundings." 

"For rural and indigenous peoples, local knowledge informs decision-making about fundamental aspects of day-to-day life.

Higher education often emphasizes things like an author's academic training and peer review as indicator's of a work's quality, but local and Indigenous knowledge is valid in and of itself. It does not require validation from Western scholarship (ITC).

Academic Libraries: An Overview

WHO do academic libraries serve?

  • Students, instructors, and researchers

WHERE are academic libraries located?

  • On college and university campuses; very large schools may have multiple, specialized libraries

WHAT kinds of materials do academic libraries collect? What services do they offer?

  • Mostly literature, monographs (scholarly books based on research by academics), scholarly journals, and educational films, in print and digital format
  • Interlibrary loan and reciprocal borrowing from other college and university libraries
  • Academic research and citation support
  • Information literacy instruction 

WHY do academic libraries collect the materials they do?

  • To support the educational and research objectives of the college or university

HOW do academic libraries organize their collections?

  • Library of Congress (LC) Classification System