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Sharing Community Created Content in Support of Social Justice: The Dakota Access Pipeline LibGuide

  • Sarah R. Kostelecky (University of New Mexico Libraries Albuquerque, NM)


INTRODUCTION Using a known platform to share content which is often overlooked by scholarly communication networks, The Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) LibGuide from the University of New Mexico Libraries facilitates access to Native American perspectives on the #NODAPL movement through inclusion of social media content and primary source materials. This LibGuide highlights Native American voices and stories, content that is difficult for people outside Native American communities to find and shares a different view of the protest movement absent from most mainstream media coverage. DESCRIPTION OF PROJECT Rather than a comprehensive listing, a majority of the guide content comes from Native American media outlets and Native American social media accounts by individuals and groups instead of library resources behind paywalls. Non-Native mainstream and alternative media sources are listed if authored by a Native American or if much of the source features a named individual using first-hand accounts. The DAPL LibGuide is the most viewed guide at UNM and was replicated at a small number of other academic libraries. NEXT STEPS Libraries can support the democratic process by highlighting similar types of community created content shared outside of scholarly communication networks, giving space to voices regularly unheard. The DAPL guide may be considered, along with similar social justice and topical guides as the beginnings of a new model which reimagines the possibilities of the LibGuide resource.

Keywords: social justice, social media, LibGuide, Native American, #NODAPL

How to Cite:

Kostelecky, S. R., (2018) “Sharing Community Created Content in Support of Social Justice: The Dakota Access Pipeline LibGuide”, Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication 6(2), eP2234. doi:

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Published on
31 Aug 2018
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