Sustaining Information Practices

Who we are:
The SIP research team is made up of faculty and graduate students based out of the iSchool@UBC (formally the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of British Columbia) – Vancouver.

What are we about?
We work with community/ academic partnerships, supporting their projects in areas where our team has appropriate information skills (e.g., record keeping, database development, digital asset management, data collection/analysis). For example, Indigitization projects are supported by public funding (through UBC), but do not require Aboriginal organizations to share the results of their digitization efforts. SIP members work with the Indigitization team developing appropriate data gathering and sharing practices that support the continued funding of Indigitization, while respecting partner organizations’ preferences for information sharing. As researchers, we are focusing on differences between community and academic information management concerns, and through our analysis we strive to develop more sustainable information practices and support capacity building within and across our multi-project partners.

What do we mean by information practices?
Information practice is a phrase we use to refer to the creation, organization, storing, sharing and general management of information and how people make sense of those activities.

How are we involved with Indigitization?
Lisa Nathan (project lead) has been a consultant with the Indigitization project since 2010. Through the a recent SSHRC Insight grant (2014-2017) we are helping with:

Ongoing design and maintenance of the Indigitization website
Development and facilitation of workshops
Demonstrating value of Indigitization to a wider audience
Developing Grant Program evaluation

Our values:
We value adaptability, awareness, communication and reflectivity so that our practices develop alongside the changes in participation and needs of both the research team and our partners as we work to (re)design information practices to acknowledge difference in values and priorities.

Current Members:
Lisa Nathan, Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the First Nations Curriculum Concentration
Kim Lawson, UBC Reference Librarian (Xwi7xwa Library)
Michelle Kaczmarek: UBC iSchool MLIS graduate student

If you have any questions or would like to know more please contact Dr. Lisa Nathan at: lisa.nathan[at]

This work is funded by the Social Studies and Humanities Council of Canada Insight Grant #435-2014-0952