The June issue of AARL has been posted, and is of course, available online. It is a special issue edited by Gaby Haddow titled Engaging with Indigenous knowledge, culture and communities. Professor Martin Nakata introduces the issue and contributes an article in it. Professor Nakata’s involvement is important to the history of AARL, as in 2005 he co-edited, introduced and contributed to another special issue Australian Indigenous knowledge and libraries. The articles in this issue pick up some of the threads raised in the first and see where things are going now.
As Professor Nakata notes in his introduction to the issue, next year (2015) will mark the 20th anniversary of the publication of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Library and Information Resource Network (ATSILIRN) Protocols for libraries and information services, which draw attention to the existence of, and sensitivities around, the collection and management of indigenous Australian materials.
In addition to Professor Nakata’s introduction, the articles in the issue are:
Rediscovering Indigenous Languages: The Role and Impact of Libraries and Archives in Cultural Revitalisation by Kirsten Thorpe & Monica Galassi
Using Modern Technologies to Capture and Share Indigenous Astronomical Knowledge by Martin Nakata, Duane Hamacher, John Warren, Alex Byrne, Maurice Pagnucco, Ross Harley, Srikumar Venugopal, Kirsten Thorpe, Richard Neville & Reuben Bolt
The Incorporating Indigenous Knowledge LibGuide: Charles Darwin University Embedding Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Knowledge, Culture and Language by Payi Linda Ford, John Prior, Barbara Coat & Lyndall Warton
An Example of Community Engagement: Libraries ACT and the ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities by Fiona Blackburn
Kia whai taki: Implementing Indigenous Knowledge in the Aotearoa New Zealand Library and Information Management Curriculum by Spencer Lilley & Te Paea Paringatai