Niche Classification Systems Panel Discussion

Niche Classification Systems | Planetree & Brian Deer


Please join us on Thursday February 27th in the Terrace Lab from 12 – 1pm for a joint panel discussion with the CHLA: Specialty Classification Systems | Planetree & Brian Deer

For information on the CHLA and their speaker, please visit:

UBC ISKO has invited Alissa Cherry of the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs to speak about Brian Deer – details below. The panel speakers will talk for approximately 20 minutes each on their respective classification systems, after which there will be a question and answer period.

Please register through Eventbrite if you plan to attend.

Hope to see you there!


Alissa Cherry

We are very fortunate to have Alissa Cherry, Resource Centre Director for the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs (UBCIC), coming to speak at SLAIS about Brian Deer Classification.

She manages a unique research library collection and institutional archives that is used primarily for land claims research.  Alissa is a member of the Academy of Certified Archivists and holds an MLIS from the University of British Columbia (UBC).

Prior to joining the UBCIC in 2006, Alissa worked for the BC Aboriginal Child Care Society and Xwi7xwa Library at UBC, and spent six years as Librarian in Yellowstone National Park.

Brian Deer

Library of Congress Classification (LCC) and the Dewey Decimal System (DDS) have come to dominate the organization of materials in libraries.  It can be difficult to classify any highly specialized collection in such broad systems, but it is also important to consider that traditional library classification represents a particular socio-cultural interpretation which can create inherent bias in how information is organized.

This is a challenge libraries holding Indigenous Knowledge face and one alternative to LCC and DDS is the Brian Deer Classification. It has been used in a small number of institutions primarily in Canada including Xwi7xwa Library at UBC, but it has great potential to be adapted and implemented elsewhere.


ISKO@UBC Screening Paul Otlet Documentary – January 23

The ISKO@UBC student section proudly presents:

Paul Otlet: The Man Who Wanted to Classify the World
A seminal figure in information science. Paul Otlet was a Belgian lawyer turned bibliographer, political activist, Utopian internationalist, futurist, the founding father of documentation. Famously he is also the creator of the Universal Decimal Classification (UDC) system.

Documentary Screening: Thursday January 23, 11:30am, Trail Room, SLAIS

Dr. Aaron Loehrlein will be opening the event with a short presentation on Mr. Otlet.

This is a Brown bag event, feel free to bring your lunch some snacks will be porvided.
See you there!

World IA Day 2012

February 11th is World Information Architecture (IA) Day 2012 and it is fast approaching!
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Although this is World IA Day’s first year, 14 cities around the world are hosting IA events in participation. Each year’s IA day will centre around a topic theme and 2012 happens to be “Designing Structures for Understanding”. As the UBC chapter of ISKO is based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada we’re focusing on our city’s World IA Day offerings.

For those unfamiliar with information architecture, like many essential information professions much of the work is behind the scenes and due to its nature, only apparent when there is a problem. So we know what bad IA looks like while brilliant IA is invisible because it feels intuitive. Iain Barker of Step Two Designs, puts it this way:

[IA]…is the term used to describe the structure of a system, i.e the way information is grouped, the navigation methods and terminology used within the system.

An effective information architecture enables people to step logically through a system confident they are getting closer to the information they require (Barker 2005)

Vancouver’s WIAD events start the W2 Media Cafe on W. Hastings toward Abbott Street.
According to the schedule, registration opens at 9am alongside a coffee and pastries buffet.

Registration is free for current Information Architecture Institute (IAI) members. Tickets for non-members are only $25.
EDIT 1/31/12: Tickets are now sold out but a waitlist is available in case a spot opens up.

You can also stay updated by following Vancouver WIAD on Twitter as well as the main WIAD account.