Community and Culture

Develop the knowledge and skills related to collecting and stewardship of cultural materials in the community and culture area of focus at the UBC School of Information.

In this pathway, you will learn how to provide information and cultural services to communities in ways that support them and are respectful of their needs, traditions and ways of knowing.

This pathway is complementary to the First Nations Curriculum Concentration.

Career outcomes

The iSchool community and culture graduate pathway is associated with professional work in fields such as:

  • Community librarianship
  • Community archives
  • Community outreach
  • Cultural heritage preservation and education
  • Digitization and digital curation projects
  • Information policy

Research areas

The graduate pathway gives you the tools to be able to conduct research in multiple areas, including:

  • Community informatics
  • First Nations studies
  • LGBTQ+ studies
  • Social justice librarianship
  • Information policy
  • Museum studies

Pathway coursework

  • LIBR 553 (3) Understanding Information Users in Diverse Environments
  • LIBR 581 (3) Digital Libraries

  • LIBR 516 (3) Information Asset Management
  • LIBR 538B (3) Theory and Practice of Oral History
  • LIBR 561 (3) Information Policy
  • LIBR 569A (3) Information Practice and Protocol in Support of Indigenous Initiatives
  • LIBR 579J (3) Community-Led Libraries
  • LIBR 582 (3) Digital Images and Collections
  • LIBR 587 (3) Preservation

Relevant courses outside the iSchool

Courses in museum studies, leadership, First Nations Studies and Languages, and social work.

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