Expression of Interest: Consultation partner sought: Referencing guidance for Indigenous Knowledges
Since the end of 2018, academic librarians in Victoria have been discussing and consulting on ways in which we work with First Nations people to co-create referencing guidance that is inclusive of Indigenous Knowledges and Knowledge-sharing practices. In early 2020, the CAVAL Acknowledging Cultural authority and Indigenous Knowledges in referencing Working Group (CACIK) was formed and consulted First Nations and settler academics, the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) representatives, and library professionals. CACIK is made up of four settler librarians. Our consultation group recommended that this project should not proceed without Indigenous leadership in the group. Thus, this aspect was recognised as a necessity by CACIK and in order to support this recommendation and apply for CAVAL funding, a comprehensive environmental scan of the landscape of acknowledging Indigenous knowledges in referencing was undertaken by CACIK in 2021. With funding having been approved, we are now seeking the assistance of an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander consultant in taking the next step on this project. The budget is $5,000.
Plans for 2022
While the environmental scan identified much valuable information about acknowledging Indigenous knowledges in referencing, as well as some citation style guidelines, the CACIK’s mission is to co-create the foundations of a living guiding principles document regarding citation practices, elements to consider, and issues which may arise when referencing Indigenous Knowledges within Victoria.
In order to achieve this the CACIK is searching for a consultation partner who will undertake the following work:
- Consider further resources as required
- Undertake external communication with First Nations peoples from Victoria as relevant
- Make recommendations on suitability of existing First Nations co-created guidance to the Victorian context, for example the UTS Library ‘APA 7th referencing guide’ and Lorisia MacLeod’s work
- Assist in co-creating the foundations of a living guiding principles document regarding citation practices, elements to consider, and issues which may arise when referencing Indigenous Knowledges within Victoria
- Assist in producing a report to the CAVAL Products and Services Committee (PSC) in November 2022.
The consultation partner we are looking for has the following skills and characteristics:
- Identify as a First Nations Person / Indigenous Australian / Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Person
- Strong existing understanding of, and connection with, local First Nations communities (Victorian focus)
- Knowledge of cultural protocols
- A willingness to guide the CACIK in making a recommendation on the way forward at the conclusion of this project
- Interest in and understanding of referencing in academic writing
Interest in Indigenous research, Indigenous Knowledges, and/or Oral traditions.
How to submit the expression of interest application
In the application, please outline how you meet the skills and characteristics listed above. Additionally, please fill out the Scope of Work document (can be downloaded below) with the amount of time expected to be needed in undertaking the work outlined above, as well as your fees for undertaking said work.
Scope of Works
Terms of reference for the CACIK can be found here
Applications close COD Sunday 5th June 2022.