Little Priest Gets Contract to Operate Library

May 15th, 2000 | By | Category: 11-4: All Our Children Are Special, Tribal College News

Little Priest Tribal College (LPTC) has been awarded the contract to operate the base library at Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota. Under this five year competitive contract, LPTC provides professional, administrative, and management support services for the library. LABAT-Anderson, Inc., will be working with the college as a subcontractor. Little Priest is located in Winnebago, Neb.

“Our college is still very young, and achieving this contract is a tribute to the hard work and dedication of our staff,” said LPTC Interim President Del Free. The contract will benefit the tribal college financially and will enable the college library in Nebraska to network with all of the libraries in South Dakota and Minnesota, according to Darcy Peletich of Little Priest. The library on the Ellsworth Air Force Base is a well-established library with over 38,000 titles, which has been a leader in South Dakota in the use of technology. It is networked with South Dakota and Minnesota. “South Dakota has one of the best library networks I have ever seen,” said Peletich, who has a master’s degree in librarianship. Little Priest plans to have six employees at Ellsworth; most of the previous employees chose not to stay since they were federal employees.

The library at Little Priest is a good, basic library for supporting a two-year college, and it has a very good Native American collection with over 2,500 items focusing upon the Winnebago Tribe, Peletich said. “It’s a jewel,” she said, but she and the librarian look forward to accessing additional resources.

The total amount of the contract from April 2000 through September 2004 is $1.3 million. As the federal government opens many of its services and facilities to contractors, it sought a minority, academic institution with strong librarian credentials for the Ellsworth contract. Little Priest is the prime contractor for the Department of Defense, and LABAT-Anderson, Inc. of McLean, Va., is the subcontractor. LABAT has operated libraries for the federal government since 1986, providing support for 57 federal libraries and information centers across the United States.

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