Make Your Content Pop Using Interactive Multimedia eBooks! (Breakout 6)


Tuesday, April 06, 2021: 12:00pm - 1:30pm - - Demonstration

Tom Thompson, Library and Archives Canada, Canada

Library and Archives Canada (LAC) is working on an unprecedented collaborative project, using the medium of interactive multimedia eBooks. In 2021 LAC will release an eBook highlighting content from the collections of LAC related to the Indigenous peoples of Canada. The content has been chosen by Indigenous staff at LAC and given a critical examination from their personal perspectives. Each essay is presented in the Indigenous language associated with the content whenever possible, with translations into English and French available via pop-up windows. The eBook contains multimedia content including photographs, textual documents, paintings and A/V material, presented in an engaging way using interactive elements. This talk will feature a demonstration of the eBook, showcasing the ways in which the content is brought to life through this format.

In order to carry out this project, it was essential to work in close collaboration with Indigenous communities across Canada. In particular, we regularly seek guidance from an Indigenous Advisory Circle set up by Library and Archives Canada. The members of the Indigenous Advisory Circle come from national, regional and community-based organizations. They provide advice on the various cultural perspectives of Indigenous Peoples. Library and Archives Canada is committed to collaborating closely with Indigenous communities and representative groups in order to better understand and preserve Indigenous heritage, and to make it accessible in a manner that is historically accurate and culturally appropriate.