Respectful Subject Headings Project

Respectful Subject Headings Project

Since January 2021, the Huron County Library has been taking steps to update catalogue subject headings to be respectful and inclusive to all members of society. This project was spurred on by the social need for improved representation in library catalogues for Indigenous peoples, who are currently identified using colonial and offensive terms, which libraries across Canada have deemed unacceptable for further use. Libraries rely heavily on subject headings to provide access to information. When terminology is incorrect, or disrespectful, this affects the users both consciously and sub-consciously, often reinforcing stereotypes and bias.

The Library began receiving catalogue records from our material vendor, Library Services Centre, that included updated Indigenous subject headings that are based on the great work done by the Greater Victoria Public Library system, who shared their list of respectful headings compiled from a variety of sources including the University of Manitoba, the Association of Manitoba Archives, and through resources put out by the Indigenous Corporate Training Incorporation such as Indigenous Peoples: a Guide to Terminology, Usage Tips and Definitions for Indigenous peoples and subjects.

At the time, these headings were not the official authority subject headings put out by the Library of Congress or by Library and Archives Canada, however the demand was too great to wait for these institutions to come to an industry standard. Since then, Library and Archives Canada has begun extensive work on Canadian Subject Headings that will be used in our records as they come available.

In order to update headings already in our catalogue, Huron County Library joined a committee along with other members of the Ontario Library Consortium to work on a system for updating subject headings and have begun compiling a list of old headings within the catalogue, are finding valid new headings from the agreed upon sources, and then updating or records on a monthly basis. These ongoing updates aim to remove bias, improve access and look for new ways of describing material. While our records will continue to hold the official Library of Congress or Canadian Authority Heading, as well as the updated versions of the headings until the official authority records change, once complete, this work will enable a dynamic, multilingual set of terminologies applied to all Indigenous Peoples, places, heritage, tradition, and communities.

Huron County Library is a supporter of Indigenous Authors and of the First Nations Communities Read Program. Check out some of this year’s titles!

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Huron County Library Staff have compiled a list of 100 books to read in honor of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day on Sept. 30. These stories highlight and explore the rich and diverse cultures, voices, experiences and stories of the First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. The full list can be found here and the following are some of the most recent titles added to the Library’s collection.

 

Book cover for Our Voice of Fire

Memoir – Our Voice of Fire: A Memoir of a Warrior Rising by Brandi Morin

A wildfire of a debut memoir by internationally recognized French/Cree/Iroquois journalist Brandi Morin. Known for her clear-eyed and empathetic reporting on Indigenous oppression in North America. She is also a survivor of the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls crisis and uses her experience to tell the stories of those who did not survive the rampant violence. This book chronicles Morin’s journey to overcome enormous adversity and find her purpose, and her power, through journalism.

Place a hold online…

 

Book cover for Valley of the Birdtail

Non-fiction – Valley of the Birdtail: An Indian reserve, a white town, and the road to reconciliation by Douglas Sanderson and Andrew Stobo Sniderman

A heart-rending true story about racism and reconciliation that explores the history of two families, one white and one Indigenous, across multiple generations and weaves their lives into the larger story of Canada, ultimately offering hope for the future.

Place a hold online…

 

Book cover for Scars & Stars

Poetry – Scars and Stars by Jesse Thistle

A beautiful and moving new collection of poems and stories from the author of the #1 bestselling memoir, From the Ashes.

Place a hold online…

 

Book cover for The Theory of Crows

Fiction – The Theory of Crows by David A. Robertson

A beautifully moving and heartfelt story about an estranged father-daughter relationship, the importance of being there for those you love and the healing power of the land.

Place a hold online…

 

Book cover of The Summer of Bitter and Sweet

Young Adult Fiction – The Summer of Bitter and Sweet by Jen Ferguson 

A wonderful debut YA novel featuring Lou, a demi/asexual Métis girl living on the Canadian prairies. Ferguson masterfully balances the light with the dark as Lou struggles with generational trauma, family secrets and her sexuality over a summer working with her friends at the family creamery. CW: violence against Indigenous women, rape, racism

Content warning: Violence against Indigenous women, rape, racism

Place a hold online…

 

Book cover for Finding My Dance

Picture Fiction – Finding My Dance by Ria Thundercloud; illustrated by Kalila J. Fuller

In her debut picture book, professional Indigenous dancer Ria Thundercloud tells the true story of her path to dance and how it helped her take pride in her Native American heritage.

Place a hold online…

 

Summer Reading Week 8: Magic Forest

Summer Reading Week 8: Magic Forest

Can you believe it, summer readers? This week is the last week of the Summer Reading Program! We hope you have enjoyed it and had as much fun as we have! For our last week we will finish things off with the classics: good old fashioned fairytales! If you enjoy a good fairytale with adventure and magic, you’ll love this week’s theme of “Magic Forest”! We are so excited to see everyone one last time at this week’s sessions and have a special surprise for you all too! To find out what it is, come and visit your local library!

You can also download this week’s colouring sheet from home and check out this week’s online reading list.  

WEEKLY THEMES & ACTIVITIES:

Fall Craft Swap

Fall Craft Swap

Calling all crafters – young and young at heart! Love crafting and love seeing others enjoy what you make? Join the Fall Craft Swap where you will be partnered with another age-appropriate crafter in Huron
County (child or adult)!

Make your partner a custom craft, while they do the same for you! All crafting types welcome – knitting, crocheting, sewing, candle making, pottery, scrapbooking, needlefelting, etc. The sky is the limit!

Guidelines:

We ask that you craft TWO small items or ONE medium sized item.

  • Medium = A scarf, a wallet, a set of notecards (4), a reusable shopping bag
  • Small = A piece of jewelry, a bookmark, a washcloth, a facemask, a small candle

Please note that a library staff person will be in touch with you Sept. 13-18 to assign your partner. You will have from Sept. 19-Oct. 19 to craft. Please drop your completed craft off to your local Huron County Library branch between Oct. 20-25 (or earlier). You will receive the craft from your partner between Nov. 1-5. A library staff person will send email reminders along the way. Please ensure that crafts do not exceed the size of a standard tote box (28” x 17” x 15″).

*Should a partner not complete a craft, an alternate partner will be arranged. Should multiple partners not complete a craft, individuals may be paired with one another. Pre-completed crafts will be used in reassignments (no need to make an entirely new craft!).

Important dates:

Registration: Aug. 22-Sept. 12
Partner Assigned: Sept. 13-18
Crafting: Sept.19-Oct. 19
Craft Due: Oct. 20-25

Register online: https://connectedcountyofhuron.ca/craftswap

Summer Reading Week 7: Rumble, Rumble

Summer Reading Week 7: Rumble, Rumble

Rumble, rumble—what’s that? An earthquake? A volcanic erruption? What could be causing it? Let’s find out!

This week, summer readers, we will explore legends about Earth and explanatory stories different cultures have for its wonderous events! If you like science but also a touch of creativity and magic, this week’s theme is for you! Download this week’s colouring sheet and check out this week’s online reading list  And, as always, we encourage you to head into your local library branch to find even more amazing books! Hopefully we will see you there! 

WEEKLY THEMES & ACTIVITIES: