CARL Webinar Series: Toward Inclusive Collections – Indigenous Voices and Library Collections

Date and time: June 13, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. ET

The Canadian Association of Research Libraries’ Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Working Group (CARL EDIWG) is pleased to announce the first in a series of planned webinars on inclusive collections.

Canadian research libraries are actively engaged in the ongoing process of decolonizing their collections and cultivating inclusive libraries that go beyond the traditional models of publishing and collection development.  Research libraries are also adopting and integrating inclusive practices that aim to amplify and leverage the voices of marginalized and underrepresented communities in Canada.  Central to these efforts are the fundamental principles of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion which mostly remain within individual institutions, limiting national discourse. Through the Inclusive Collections webinar series, the CARL EDIWG aims to bridge this divide by facilitating conversations, providing practical insights, and fostering the exchange of policies and strategies, ensuring diversity and decolonization measures. The focus is on fostering diverse collections and identifying valuable recommendations for collection development for libraries.

In this 60-minute session join librarians Karleen and Ashley as they discuss some approaches to collection development with Indigenous considerations. They’ll talk about topics such as how non-Indigenous people can engage in decolonizing work, where Indigenous voices are being published, and the importance of Indigenous diversity representation.

There will be time for questions and discussion at the end. This will be a collaborative future-forward conversation, so please bring your own questions and/or proposed solutions.

In addition to being subject to the CARL Code of Conduct, CARL asks all participants, panelists and organizers to be respectful of what is being shared and in how they ask questions.

In the interest of accessibility, simultaneous translation and captions will be available throughout the session. Additional accommodation requests can also be emailed to Julie Morin, Program Officer at CARL ().

Speaker Bios

Karleen Delaurier-Lyle: Anishinaabe (Ojibwe/Swampy Cree) and mixed-settler ancestry. I was born and raised on unceded Syilx territory and am a member of Berens River First Nation (MB); my family is also from Lac Seul First Nation (ON). I am the Information Services Librarian at Xwi7xwa Library (UBC Library). I earned my MLIS from UBC Vancouver’s iSchool and have a BA (Indigenous Studies/Gender & Women’s Studies) from UBC Okanagan.

Ashley Edwards: I am Red River Métis, Dutch, and Scottish, and grew up on Stó:lō téméxw (Stó:lō territory) in the Fraser Valley of British Columbia. My Métis ancestors took scrip in St. Francis Xavier, Manitoba. I have been working in libraries since graduating with my library technician diploma in 2009 (UFV), and have been with SFU Library since 2013. In 2020 I graduated from the University of Alberta with a Master’s in Library and Information Studies, and am currently a doctoral student in the Faculty of Education at SFU.