Sunday, November 19, 2023

Release of the Saskatchewan Indigenous Subject Headings

 Saskatchewan Libraries have released the Saskatchewan Indigenous Subject Headings:

"The goal of the Saskatchewan Indigenous Subject Headings (SK ISH) project has been to work with Indigenous Peoples and groups in Saskatchewan to determine what terms are preferred. These terms have been translated into subject headings for use by libraries across Saskatchewan (...)

  • Starting in early 2020, a working group of Saskatchewan library staff, under the leadership of the Multitype Library Board, began to examine how subject headings related to Indigenous Peoples in Saskatchewan could be updated to be more inclusive and respectful. 
  • This working group believed that engagement with Indigenous people was vital to inform, support and facilitate the development of appropriate subject headings, within a Saskatchewan context. 
  • Saskatchewan Indigenous library staff formed an outreach group to guide the planning of engagement sessions. 
  • Facilitators were contracted to lead engagement sessions in a safe and respectful manner. Elders, kêhtê-ayak, Old Ones, and many other members of Saskatchewan Indigenous communities shared their thoughts and experiences in two rounds of engagement sessions. 
  • A technical group of library sector partners translated what was heard during engagement into subject headings. These subject headings were vetted during the second round of engagements"
The website has links to a spreadsheet of subject headings, a guide with tips for getting started in implementation and additional information that explains more of the project’s background.

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posted by Michel-Adrien at 8:32 pm


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