Indigenous Languages and Public Libraries in Metropolitan Cities in Alberta


Indigenous languages that are spoken in what is now known as Canada are endangered according to the nine factors of language viability established by UNESCO. Speaking a language is vital to understanding a culture so preserving and revitalizing Indigenous languages are a priority of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Actions and of Indigenous organizations. While Indigenous communities are best placed to determine how to revitalize and preserve Indigenous languages, the public library has a role to play in these initiatives. This study examines how public libraries in Alberta’s 15 most populous cities advertise their Indigenous languages resources, programming, and services on their website. Using principles of usability testing, the study also aims to determine how easy these resources are to find on the websites with findings forthcoming.

Lindsey Chochula:

Lindsey Chochula (she/her) completed a Bachelor of Commerce degree at the University of Alberta and is currently a part-time student in the Master of Library and Information Studies program, also at the University of Alberta. Lindsey is a white settler, living as an uninvited guest on amiskwaciwâskahikan located on Treaty 6 Territory and within Métis Nation of Alberta Region 4. Lindsey works as a Research Support Analyst at MacEwan University and has prior professional experience in work integrated learning initiatives at several Australian universities. Her research interests include web design for improved end user experiences and perceptions of public libraries on social media platforms.


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