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Title:Advancing an indigenous ecology within LIS education
Author(s):Roy, Loriene
Subject(s):Social justice in LIS
LIS education
Indigenous populations
Abstract:This article explores whether library and information science (LIS) education can incorporate an ethical learning environment based on indigenous worldview. Such a space is an indigenous ecology where relationships between people can be forged based on traditional knowledges. Connections between the indigenous ecology, information ethics, and social justice theory are drawn as a prelude to considering indigenous worldview. The protocols or behaviors and values within the ecological system are described. Indigenous perspectives on research methods are introduced, providing a background for considering approaches to study within the indigenous ecology. Finally, several case-specific examples are offered that illustrate features of the indigenous ecology. These features are mapped according to the concept of the medicine wheel/circle, acknowledging that various strengths and challenges are associated with the cardinal directions. The indigenous ecology provides a means for respecting diversity while reinterpreting strongly held professional values, such as those related to access to information.
Issue Date:2015
Publisher:Johns Hopkins University Press and the Graduate School of Library and Information Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Citation Info:In Library Trends 64 (2) Fall 2015: 384-414.
Publication Status:published or submitted for publication
Rights Information:Copyright 2015 Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois
Date Available in IDEALS:2016-04-01

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