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International Journal of Libraries and Information Studies

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Volume 58, Issue 1


A Different Way of Knowing: Tools and Strategies for Managing Indigenous Knowledge

Amanda Stevens
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  • National Institute of Science Communication and Information Resources, New Delhi, India
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Published Online: 2008-05-19 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/libr.2008.003

There is a growing need to preserve indigenous knowledge, as indigenous communities around the world face ongoing threats to the survival of their traditional languages and cultures. Although libraries have not traditionally focused on this area, libraries and information professionals can play an important role in assisting indigenous communities with the management and preservation of traditional knowledge through providing resources and expertise in collection, organization, storage and retrieval. Indigenous knowledge, however, differs greatly from Western knowledge and so it must be managed in unique and sensitive ways that may challenge conventional knowledge management tools and processes, as well as prevalent assumptions about knowledge and information. Indeed, information professionals should work with indigenous communities to develop unique solutions that meet local needs. Three indigenous knowledge management projects in Australia, Canada and the United States are examined to illustrate the different methods and tools that can be used for managing indigenous knowledge to accommodate oral traditions, holistic belief systems, security and access concerns, and technological limitations.

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Amanda Stevens is an MLIS student at the School of Information Management, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada. E-mail:

Received: 2007-06-29

Accepted: 2007-07-31

Published Online: 2008-05-19

Published in Print: 2008-03-01

Citation Information: Libri, Volume 58, Issue 1, Pages 25–33, ISSN (Print) 0024-2667, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/libr.2008.003.

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