On December 7, at the eighth Francophone libraries’ Livres Hebdo Grand Prize in Paris, France, Library and Archives Canada’s (LAC) Project Naming won the 2017 innovation award.
Project Naming enables Indigenous peoples to engage in the identification of photographs from LAC. Since 2002, approximately 10,000 images have been digitized, and several thousand Inuit, First Nations and the Métis Nation individuals, activities, and places have been identified. Information provided by different generations of Indigenous peoples has been added to the records in the database, and made available to the public. The initiative not only enriches LAC records for present and future generations, but also helps members of communities connect with their past and create intergenerational bridges.
Project Naming was conceived by Nunavut Sivuniksavut and began as a collaboration between that organization, the Government of Nunavut and the National Archives of Canada (now Library and Archives Canada). The project started modestly with the digitization of 500 photographs taken in four Nunavut communities. Elders identified 75 percent of the people depicted in those images, exceeding all expectations.
Since 2010, the Francophone libraries’ Livres Hebdo Grand Prize (in French only) has helped to promote, not only in the professional community but also among elected officials and the wider public, the important work performed by librarians. It is open to all Francophone libraries, regardless of type (regional, university, specialized) or size.