Following the example of the Cite Black Women Collective, a “campaign to push people to engage in a
radical praxis of citation that acknowledges and honours Black women’s transnational intellectual
production” (Cite Black Women Collective, n.d.), #CiteIndigenousAuthors is a community-built resource
whose construction is ongoing. A bibliography that includes citation information and links to published
Indigenous Authors in the Library & Information Studies field, community members are encouraged to
submit citations to the email provided and to tweet about their work using #CiteIndigenousAuthors
(please ensure that all words are capitalized as such, in order to be more accessible).
Cite Black Women Collective. (nd). Cite Black women home page https://www.citeblackwomencollective.org/.
While browsing through Library Twitter, a nebulous but generally supportive group of interconnected individuals using the app to discuss librarianship, I came upon the Cite Black Women movement. As described on their webpage, to which I was redirected from their Twitter account, they are a “campaign to push people to engage in a radical praxis of citation that acknowledges and honors Black women’s transnational intellectual production” (Cite Black Women Collective, n.d.). The very need for this campaign highlights the ways in which certain voices are silenced, lost, or otherwise ignored. Unfortunately, although I searched multiple search engines and Twitter, I could not find a similar campaign to Cite Indigenous Authors.
Indigenous librarianship emerged as a “distinct field of practice and an arena for international scholarship in the late 20th century bolstered by a global recognition of the value and vulnerability of Indigenous knowledge systems, and of the right of Indigenous peoples to control them” (Burns et al., 2009, p. 2). There is no question that Indigenous librarianship has made great strides, as have Indigenous Peoples worldwide. However, Indigenous Authors, especially within LIS, have not been acknowledged or honoured in an equitable fashion.
Below is a link to a Google Spreadsheet, which is meant to be a living document to highlight Indigenous authors. Included are author names, citation information, and DOI information, where possible. This is a living bibliography and will change over time. Please feel free to use the information contained therein to find sources that highlight Indigenous voices.
Michael McNichol (he/him) is a settler, living in Amiskwacîwâskahikan on Treaty 6 Territory and Métis
Region 4 Land, and a candidate in the MLIS program at the University of Alberta. Prior to graduate
studies, Michael studied English literature, cultural studies, and critical theory; practiced law briefly; and
lived in a variety of Canadian cities before returning home to what is now known as Alberta. His key
interests in Library & Information Studies are in the debates surrounding social responsibility versus
freedom of speech, critical librarianship, and the library as a community-building construct. Michael is
co-chair of the upcoming Forum for Information Professionals (FiP) Conference.