Librarians Plan Third International Forum

May 15th, 2003 | By | Category: 14-4: Cultural Resilience, Tribal College News

The American Indian Library Association (AILA) and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) will host the Third International Indigenous Librarian’s Forum in Santa Fe, NM, November 9-12, 2003.

The first forum was in New Zealand in 1999, hosted by the Maori Library and Information Workers’ Association. The second forum was in Sweden hosted by the Sammi Library Association. During the second forum the delegates endorsed the proposition that indigenous librarians “need to send a clear and consistent message to library providers around the globe that library policies need to be strengthened so that they acknowledge the cultural needs of their native users.” They urged librarians in all environments to follow the lead of the Alaska State Library.

At the third forum, 125 delegates and speakers from around the world will discuss issues relevant to indigenous librarians and the populations they serve. Moderated discussion groups will develop strategies for implementing the previous forum’s goals. The deadline for registration is June 1, 2003. For additional information, consult the website <> or contact Dr. Lotsee Patterson, School of Library and Information Studies, University of Oklahoma, 401 W. Brooks, Norman, OK  73019  (405) 325-3921 or <>.

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