UBC X̱wi7x̱wa library introduces Indigenous approach to categorizing books

May 15, 2019

The X̱wi7x̱wa library at the University of British Columbia is working to decolonize the way libraries organize information through an alternative to the widely used Dewey Decimal and Library of Congress classification systems. The article explains that such systems cannot easily incorporate Native American languages that use non-Roman characters, and that the Dewey Decimal Classification system often places books on Indigenous communities in the history section. Consequently, information on Native peoples "gets left in the past." "Part of the challenge is to articulate the need to those people who aren’t aware and hopefully get their buy-in that these are issues that need to be addressed," said acting head librarian at X̱wi7x̱wa Adolfo Tarango. Open Democracy (BC)