On January 25th, the University of Saskatchewan Library celebrated the 25,000th live record on the Indigenous Studies Portal (iPortal), NationTalk reported. The iPortal is an online resource that makes materials related to indigenous studies available to faculty, students, staff, researchers, and members of the community. It provides links to full-text electronic materials, such as e-books, articles, theses, book reviews, film and video recordings, as well as archival documents including photographs, correspondence, anthropological field notes, and diaries. Some of the content is unique to the iPortal and is not available elsewhere.
“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, university library associate dean, in a press release published on the Saskatchewan University's website. “It reflects the pride and strong commitment the university library has in supporting Aboriginal engagement: relationships, scholarship, and programs.”
According to the iPortal blog, The 25,000th record was titled "A Literature Review of Factors that Support Successful Transitions by Aboriginal People from K-12 to Postsecondary Education" and was published by Statistics Canada.
In order to make indigenous-related materials available in the digital form, Indigenous Studies Portal partners with the University of Saskatchewan Archives, Purich Publishing, the Canadian Association of Native Development Officers, and Captus Press. According to the U of S website, close to two-thirds of iPortal resources can be accessed globally on a 24/7 basis.