INF 385T - Special Topics in Information Science: Access & Care of Indigenous Cultural Knowledge

Fall 2016
Unique ID: 28210
Syllabus:   Syllabus
Prof:  Roy, Loriene
Room: UTA 1.504
Days:  Tue
Time: 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Graduate standing. Additional prerequisites may vary with the topic.

Study of the properties and behavior of information. Technology for information processing and management.

Three lecture hours a week for one semester.

May be repeated for credit when the topics vary.

In this new fall 2016 course we will
explore the overlap between indigenous world view and the
professional values of those who might hold representations of
indigenous cultural knowledge in their collections. We will
advance our understanding through readings, discussion,
interviews with library, archives, and museums (LAM)
professionals, and writing. The detailed syllabus is under
construction but the framework of the course is as follows.
There are no prerequisites for the course and I invite students
from other UT-Austin campus units.

Topic Description:
Access & Care of Indigenous Cultural Knowledge

Course Meeting Times:
Tuesdays, 3:00 – 6:00 p.m., in UTA 1.504

Loriene Roy, Professor, is coordinating the course and is the
instructor of record. She is Anishinabe, enrolled on the White
Earth Reservation, a member of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe. She
has served on professional organizations working on aspects of
this topic and is the author of related publications including
the forthcoming co-edited book, Indigenous Notions of Ownership
and Libraries, Archives and Museums (De Gruyter Saur, 2016).

Required Course Text: Bench, Raney. Interpreting Native American
History and Culture at Museums and Historic Sites. Lanham, MD:
Rowman & Littlefield, 2014. ISBN: 978-0-7591-2338-0

Additional readings will be provided in the detailed syllabus.

Topics to be covered will include:
Indigeneity and Traditional Knowledge
Cultural protocol
Guidance from professional organizations including documents such
"Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Library and Information
Resource Network [ATSILIRN] Protocols"
Assembly of Alaska Native Educators. "Guidelines for Respecting
Cultural Knowledge"
"Mataatua Declaration on Cultural and Intellectual Property
Rights of Indigenous People"
"Protocols for Native American Archival Materials"
Consultation with Tribes
Shared authority
Respectful Collection Development and Management
Research Methods and Decolonization
Organization and Description of indigenous content including
tools/methods such as Koha and
Current events and ‘hot topics’ as they arise: e.g., truth &
reconciliation; banned books; popular

Weekly readings and discussion
Interview of LAM professional
In-class activities on ‘hot topics’
Organization assignment: likely creating records in Koha and
In-class conference: proposal, LibGuide of resources,
presentation, and plan for submitting to professional

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