Reconciliation in Australia: the role of the academic library in empowering the Indigenous community

Mamtora, Jayshree, Ovaska, Claire, and Mathiesen, Bronwyn (2021) Reconciliation in Australia: the role of the academic library in empowering the Indigenous community. IFLA Journal. (In Press)

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Abstract

This article discusses the role of the academic library in contributing to the reconciliation process in Australia through the lens of James Cook University. Reconciliation in this context is defined as the process to bring together Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australian peoples to overcome the gap that exists between them. Two of James Cook University's campuses are located in North Queensland, an area with a high Indigenous population. It has in place a Reconciliation Action Plan and Statement of Strategic Intent, which provide a clear statement supporting its Indigenous students and staff. This article focuses on the participation of James Cook University Library and Information Service in the university's reconciliation goals through four broad areas of interest: procurement, engagement, staffing, and information literacy training. Of particular note is the naming of the Townsville Campus library – the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library – in recognition of Mabo's connection with James Cook University, marking the significance of the role this Indigenous man played in Australia’s history.

Item ID: 65807
Item Type: Article (Case Study)
ISSN: 1745-2651
Copyright Information: Published Version: (C)The Author(s) 2021. Under SAGE's Green Open Access policy, the Accepted Version of the article may be posted in the author's institutional repository without embargo and reuse is restricted to non-commercial and no derivative uses.
Date Deposited: 27 Jan 2021 23:41
FoR Codes: 08 INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES > 0807 Library and Information Studies > 080701 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Knowledge Management @ 50%
08 INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES > 0807 Library and Information Studies > 080706 Librarianship @ 50%
SEO Codes: 89 INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION SERVICES > 8903 Information Services > 890302 Library and Archival Services @ 100%
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