Danielle Cooper, Deborah Lee (University of Saskatchewan), and Anthony Sanchez (University of Arizona) are facilitating a roundtable discussion on incorporating Indigenous methodologies into library research at the Joint Conference of Librarians of Color in September. The conference is being held in Albuquerque, New Mexico. For more information, see the conference website.

Roundtable abstract:

Academic library practices that are inclusive to Indigenous communities are grounded in the recognition that Indigenous cultures feature unique experiences and knowledges. This work cannot be fully supported without a commitment to decolonization, including through changes to leadership, management and organizational practices. Academic librarians at 12 institutions are conducting a qualitative study on supporting Indigenous Studies scholars utilizing Indigenous methodologies in collaboration with Ithaka S+R.

This roundtable is facilitated by researchers on the project to discuss incorporating Indigenous methodologies into library research. A brief presentation will explore Indigenous methodologies in academic library contexts and how this informed the researchers’ work. Attendees will be invited to introduce themselves and participate in an extended discussion on such themes as: fostering good relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in academic library contexts, developing locally responsive research as part of a decolonial library practice, and navigating one’s own positionality when undertaking this work.