iPortal Reaches 25,000 Live Records
by Allyssa Barlow
As part of the university’s commitment to Canadian indigenous studies, the University Library has made extensive progress in its Indigenous Studies Portal (iPortal), which now holds 25,000 full-text records. The iPortal connects people with specialized indigenous studies resources.
“Achieving the milestone of 25,000 live (full-text) records speaks to the volume of publishing that is going on in the interdisciplinary field of indigenous studies, said Ken Ladd, Associate Dean, University Library. “It reflects the pride and strong commitment of the university library to supporting Aboriginal engagement.”
iPortal contains full-text indigenous-related electronic resources including e-books, articles, theses, book reviews, websites, film and video recordings, and archival documents such as photographs, correspondence, anthropological field notes, diaries and other textual materials that are not available through other means.
The library’s vision is to make iPortal the best scholarly information resource at the U of S and by extension, a leading electronic resource for scholars world-wide in Canadian indigenous studies.
“The iPortal is an affirmation that Aboriginal cultures are important and they are being recognized in the academic realm,” said Ladd.
The Indigenous Studies Portal has established collaborative partnerships with the U of S Archives, Purich Publishing, the Canadian Association of Native Development Officers and Captus Press through the digitization of materials and the creation of unique content available on the iPortal.