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  • Organic Digital Library Aboriginal Studies Internet Librarian International March 18, 2002 Darlene Fichter, Data Librarian University of Saskatchewan
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  • The Need Growing demand for material about First Nations to support: undergraduate, graduate and professional colleges other users external to the U of S Two major problems 1. Preservation (material goes out-of-print) 2. Access - many people at the same time from many locations & many collections
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  • The Solution Digital collections One place to look Tools to promote research, analysis, use, collaboration and community of scholars
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  • Pilot Phase: Digital Content 1993 Asked to put native law cases on the campus network 1994-1995 grant for a pilot project to proof and clean up cases and digitize other content
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  • The Web Site
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  • New Partners Native Law Centre University of Saskatchewan Archives Saskatchewan Archives Board Poundmaker First Nation Saskatoon Public Library Local History Room
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  • Results Better access to photos, full text searching Digital content is used / wanted July 2000 June 2001 84,641 native law cases 25,392 archival photographs Everywhere - 6000 different computers or hosts per month - University of Saskatchewan is #1 for usage
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  • Directory of First Nations, Mtis and Inuit Collections Beyond the Pilot
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  • New Partners Dept. of Indian and Northern Affairs Library Library and Information Needs of Native People's Interest Group of the Canadian Library Association
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  • Results July 2000-June 2001 57,133 uses of the directory
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  • Northwest Resistance Photos Journals Broad sheets
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  • Results Protected rare materials in Archives & Special Collections Improved access to actual item vs. collection Very high usage - 780,507 pages in one year with University of Saskatchewan as #1 site accessing the material
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  • Our Approach Partnerships very successful, could not do it alone Testing useful - shows what is needed and is not needed, develop best practices
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  • Next Stage: New Demands Digital content was not enough. Strong desire to have one place to look on campus for everything aboriginal Major undertaking Beyond the bounds of traditional library Similar to demand for one catalogue in 1990s Fall 2000
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  • Proposed Solution Multi-phase project Portal
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  • Next Stage: Aboriginal Portal What is a portal? 1. Information and Content 2. Community 3. Tools
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  • Information/Content Search Topical directory organization of content, usually hierarchical Daily (hourly) news and updates Full text repositories Finding aids
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  • Community Community of interests, in our case focused on scholarly work and teaching Discussion, chat, expertise finders, collaboration opportunities, critiques, announcements, events
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  • Tools For scholars to personalize communication & information seeking tools For publishing and editorial review. For course creation and supporting teaching/learning environments for students
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  • Research & Analysis There is a definite need for this type of portal and none exists Can only be built with partnerships and through collaboration Know from past experience it would be used and used locally
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  • Partnerships Libraries Scholars Publishers Users
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  • What do we have to offer? Tools, technology, expertise and keen interest What wed like to find? Partners Champions Support and funding


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