Shifting Established Mindsets and Praxis in Libraries: Five Insights for Making Non-Western Knowledge Digitally Accessible through Community Engagement

Canadian Journal of Academic Librarianship / Revue canadienne de bibliothéconomie universitaire

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Title Shifting Established Mindsets and Praxis in Libraries: Five Insights for Making Non-Western Knowledge Digitally Accessible through Community Engagement
 
Creator Tharani, Karim
 
Subject digital accessibility
digital curation
ginans
oral traditions
Non-Western knowledge
accessibilité numérique
conservation numérique
connaissances non occidentales
ginans
traditions orales
 
Description This paper is a reflection on the challenges encountered and decisions made as part of a multi-year community-based action research project to digitally curate a living oral tradition. At the core of this initiative was an exploration of the ways academic librarians in Canada can leverage existing library services and systems and engage with the community to improve accessibility of non-Western knowledge materials. The author collaborated with several members of the Ismaili community across western Canada to find ways to digitally curate their revered oral tradition of ginans (gnostic and devotional hymns) in a culturally respectful and responsible way. The purpose of this article is to share five insights gained during the course of this exploration: 1) value relationships over tasks; 2) accept community engagement as a continuum; 3) learn to appreciate rather than appropriate materials; 4) consider oral sources to be as important as textual ones; and 5) accept community materials as credible knowledge resources.
Cet article est une réflexion sur les défis rencontrés et les décisions prises dans le cadre d’un projet de recherche pluriannuel d’action communautaire visant àconserver numériquement une tradition orale vivante. Au cœur de cette initiative se trouvait une exploration des façons dont les bibliothécaires universitaires au Canada peuvent tirer parti des services et des systèmes de bibliothèques existants et collaborer avec la communautépour améliorer l’accessibilitédes documents de savoir non occidentaux. L’auteur a collaboréavec plusieurs membres de la communautéismaélienne de l’Ouest canadien pour trouver des moyens de conserver numériquement leur vénérée tradition orale de ginans (hymnes gnostiques et dévotionnels) d’une manière culturellement respectueuse et responsable. Le but de cet article est de partager cinq perspectives acquises au cours de cette exploration : 1) valoriser les relations plutôt que les tâches, 2) accepter l’engagement communautaire comme un continuum, 3) apprendre àapprécier le matériel plutôt que se l’approprier, 4) donner la même importance aux sources orales qu’au matériel textuel, et 5) accepter le matériel communautaire en tant que ressources crédibles de connaissances.   
 
Publisher Canadian Association of Professional Academic Librarians
 
Date 2019-02-09
 
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion
research-article
 
Format application/pdf
 
Identifier https://cjal.ca/index.php/capal/article/view/30018
10.33137/cjal-rcbu.v4.30018
 
Source Canadian Journal of Academic Librarianship; Vol 4 (2019): including Special Focus on Diversity; 1-13
Revue canadienne de bibliothéconomie universitaire; Vol. 4 (2019): incluant un dossier thématique sur la diversité; 1-13
2369-937X
 
Language eng
 
Relation https://cjal.ca/index.php/capal/article/view/30018/24683
 
Rights Copyright (c) 2019 Karim Tharani, CC BY-NC 4.0
https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/
 

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