TIPRC takes the most efforts on collecting influential issues about indigenous peoples, particularly ecology, education, culture, arts, industry, medical health, land, social welfare, the traditional realm, and globalization. By compiling and displaying relevant information, such as journals, theses and dissertations, magazines, newspapers, online resources, etc.
The center hopes to provide users with pertinent knowledge and up to date information. The “subject-issue display” is designed to encourage readers acquire a deeper understanding of subjects under discussion. By displaying links to relevant materials, we expect to help readers save more time searching for information. In addition to the physical collections display, information links are posted on the center’s website.
Since the opening of Taiwan’s Indigenous Peoples Resource Center, we have been committed to collecting feature materials which include multimedia audio-visual materials, and up until now, there are nearly 900 pieces of media collections (containing all types of music and film information) and the Taiwan's Social and Humanities Video Archive(the work of Dao Ming Li, professor of the Graduate Institute of Filmmaking in Taipei National University of the Arts) which mainly introduces ceremonies, rituals and customs among various tribes. Through this type of presentation on indigenous people’s images and music, users are able to experience tribal life, cultural differences and ethnic characteristics in a more familiar way. In addition, in order to deepen people’s understanding about indigenous related issues, we also offer movie services on weekends and holidays. During the time, we will show films related to ethnic group issues around the world.
In order for everyone to understand the center’s establishment goals, feature collections and services, guided tours have been arranged. Anyone who would like to further understand the center can approach our staff for the service. We have also taken the initiative to invite members coming from kinds of organizations to participate in the tours. Through the guided tours provided by TIPRC, users can gain more understanding and knowledge on library services and usages, as well as Taiwan’s indigenous peoples.
By holding topic lectures and academic seminars among other activities, government, industry specialists and scholars from all fields can understand each other more through activities interactions, opinions exchanges. Through the procession will bring out more thoughts and creativity. On the other hand, the public can also understand the development of issues related to indigenous peoples by these participations.
In order to help people understand TIPRC’s establishment background, goals, collections characteristics, and “Taiwan’s Indigenous Peoples Portal” online service, we have arranged library’s exhibition tours. Our aim is to establish cooperative relationships with local staffs who work on history and literature, so as to accomplish the objective of entire aboriginal records completion through collecting local literary and historical records.
In 2008, TIPRC has connected with several aboriginal library units to form the “Taiwan's Indigenous Peoples Interlibrary Consortium”. This consortium mainly focuses on building a cooperative platform between various indigenous related library units, so there can be a complete collection of resources and the collection’s characteristics can be strengthened. Most of the library units situated in remote areas, in order to accumulate book collections, we have planed book donation activities. These books will be divided into categories, and re-donated and re-sent at the end of the year.