Simon Fraser University Library invites applications from people experienced and engaged with Indigenous peoples, communities, education, and knowledge sharing practices for the position of Indigenous Curriculum Resource Centre (ICRC) Librarian.
The ICRC will be comprised of both a physical collection of resources to lend, and an online resource guide that will aggregate two kinds of digital resources—first guides for instructors about Indigenizing curriculum, and secondly, a selection of resources appropriate for use as course texts, readings, etc. across subject areas. The physical ICRC collection will be located in a designated space in the W.A.C. Bennett Library and organized using a modified Brian Deer Classification System.
Reporting to the Indigenous Initiatives Librarian, the ICRC Librarian will work in collaboration with university stakeholders such as the Centre for Educational Excellence (CEE) (formerly the Teaching and Learning Centre), the Office for Aboriginal Peoples (OAP), the SFU Aboriginal Reconciliation Council (SFU-ARC), the Indigenous Student Centre (ISC), SFU instructors, the Decolonizing the Library Task Group, and other vested parties. The ICRC Librarian will also work with local Indigenous communities to develop a more comprehensive collection of resources created by, for, and about Coast Salish peoples.
The ICRC will be part of a network of pathways for the deliberate work of decolonizing and Indigenizing the curriculum. The successful candidate will have a deep commitment to transformative work, while at the same time have a substantive understanding of Indigenous world views and knowledge sharing practices.
We acknowledge the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), səl̓ílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), q̓íc̓əy̓ (Katzie), and kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem) peoples, on whose traditional territories Simon Fraser University’s three campuses stand. By recognizing the Unceded Traditional Coast Salish territories, we aspire to create space for reconciliation through dialogue and decolonizing practices.
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Conduct outreach, build relationships, and consult with stakeholders about how the library and its services can and should support Indigenizing and decolonizing their curriculum and assignments
Conduct an environmental scan of Indigenized and decolonized curricula, instructional practice, and available resources for use in the classroom
Build a collection of locally-specific and culturally-relevant resources which support Indigenized instruction and classroom use, with a strong focus on material created by and for Indigenous people
Work with Library divisions to implement a locally-modified Brian Deer Classification System
Collaborate with Indigenous Initiatives and other librarians to curate and develop online resources as part of SFU Library’s website and for integration into the university learning management system, with an emphasis on Open Educational Resources
Liaise with other relevant library staff and divisions, such as Collections, Communications, Digital Library Services, Learning & Instructional Services, and Management
Promote the ICRC via social media, SFU News, OAP newsletter, etc.
With the Indigenous Initiatives Librarian develop and use resources to orient librarians, library staff, faculty, and other relevant SFU parties to the ICRC
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Simon Fraser University is committed to employment equity and encourages applications from qualified candidates of First Nations, Inuit, or Métis heritage, all genders, visible minorities, persons with disabilities, and LGBTQ2SIA+ identified persons.