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Xwi7xwa Library June 2009 Update 2010

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 Xwi7xwa Library June 2009 Updates Naming and Reclaiming Projects Indigenous Subject Headings We are celebrating the return of over 11,000 First Nations House of Learning Subject Headings. This is a significant improvement to subject retrieval and access to Xwi7xwa materials in the UBC Library catalogue <www.library.ubc.ca>. It facilitates student research, surfaces Indigenous scholarship and supports the library’s reference services. You can now search for subjects such as ~           Indigenous research methodology      Nuu-chah-nulth - Fisheries         First Nations - Residential schools - Healing   First Nations - Bill C-31 What’s the Story? In May 2004 the FNHL Subject Headings originally developed by Gene Joseph, Xwi7xwa founding librarian, were lost due to a system migration to the Endeavor catalogue. It took 5 years to find a way to repatriate these headings.  Three intrepid data entry clerks worked for almost 700 hours to complete the bulk of the data transfer and the parsing of the FNHL subject headings this winter.  The headings are now compliant with next-generation library catalogues that display search results faceted by place, time, genre/format and subtopic. Some of the new catalogue software also offers visual displays like the Māori example in the sidebar.  Look for a new UBC Library Catalogue in the Fall 2009!  The Wellington City Libraries / Te Matapihi Ki Te Ao Nui in New Zealand is an example of a next-generation catalogue that uses terms from the Māori Thesaurus. Check it out at <http://www.wcl.govt.nz/easyfind/>.         Māori Thesaurus Subject Headings The First Nations House of Learning Thesaurus The UBC Library Cataloguing Division and the Xwi7xwa Library successfully applied to the United States Library of Congress MARC Standards Office to authorize the development of a new Indigenous Thesaurus, the First Nations House of Learning Thesaurus.  This internationally recognized Indigenous Thesaurus will be one of the first of its kind in North America and will be available to the public. The first step, the subject headings data transfer, was completed this year. We begin project planning and seeking partners for the First Nations House of Learning Thesaurus in early 2010. www.wcl.govt.nz/easyfind/ Figures and Trends for 2008 Trends for the past year show that the use of Xwi7xwa reference services continues to increase, as well as, the traffic in the library.   2007 2008 % Increase Reference Questions 1524 1679 10 Directional Questions 733 968 32 Total 2257 2647 17 Tours 42 39 Tour Attendance 392 559 43 No. of entries to the library 11,984 13,328 11   Indigenous Film and Filmmakers Poetics to Politics Xwi7xwa’s unique media collection continues to grow.  There are new arrivals by BC filmmakers Dorothy Christian, Dana Claxton, Jeff Bear and Marianne Jones (Urban Rez Productions). We have documentaries by Nitanis Desjarlais ~ Native Youth Movement (Secwepemc Chapter) Roadblock and Charles Menzies (UBC Ethnographic Film Unit) ~ Returning to Gitxaala and Oona River: Between Forest and Sea.  Films on BC topics include Writing the Land with Elder Larry Grant, Musqueam First Nation, The Lynching of Louie Sam and UnNatural and Accidental and the ever popular animated series Raven Tales “chronicles the wild and wacky adventures of Raven”.  Burton, Kevin, director Writing the Land Montreal: NFB. 2007   Menzies, Charles, producer Returning to Gitxaala Vancouver: UBC. 2005  De Valk, Martin, director Marchand of the Okanagan Victoria: Chiaro Prod. 2005 How to List New Materials at the Xwi7xwa Library        From the UBC Library website  <www.library.ubc.ca>  * Click “New Materials and Resources” (on the left, under the pale blue “Find” column) * Select “Xwi7xwa” in the “Branch” drop down menu * Select the format you’re interested in (books, DVDs, etc.) from the “Format” drop down menu * Press the “Go” button      120 new DVDs were added to the collection this year. Check it out! Xwi7xwa Library 1985 West Mall, Vancouver, B.C. V6T 1Z2 Circulation: 604-822-8738  Reference: 604-827-4598 Staff: Ann Doyle—Head, Kim Lawson—Reference Librarian Linda Allen—Access Services Supervisor, Eleanore Wellwood—Technical Services Sarah Perrin—Graduate Academic Assistant www.library.ubc.ca/xwi7xwa June 2009 Update also available at: www.library.ubc.ca/xwi7xwa/XwiUpJune2009.pdf  Thanks & farewell to Peter Ward, University Librarian pro-tem 


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