A Proposal to Conduct Research on the Relationship Between Aboriginals Living on Reservations in Alberta and the Public Library System

Abstract | Research Problem | Literature Review | Questions and Definitions | Ethics Review | Data Collection | Implementation Plan | Dissemination Plan | Budget |
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Introduction


This paper was written in 2011 for Dr. Lisa Given's LIS 505 Introduction to Research class. It was through researching and writing this paper that I became aware of the utter lack of library services for adult aboriginals living on reservations in Alberta. Although I did not have the opportunity to take this research from the proposal level to an actual project, I sincerely hope to have the opportunity to do so in the future as I feel that library services to Aboriginal people living on reserves occupies a significant gap in both library research and library practice. I took this research further in Toni Samek's LIS 592 Intellectual Freedom and Social Responsibility in Librarianship course in Winter 2012 to examine the issue from another perspective.

Building upon the themes found while preparing this research project, I am also deeply interested in serving marginalized populations whether it be in a public, academic, government, law, or special library setting. Although providing library services to every member of the population - whatever the given library's population may be - extra care should be given to ensure the too often ignored segment is sought and included. I hope to take the skills learned in LIS 505 and the rest of my SLIS career with me as I embark into a rich library career of research and service.

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