Tribal College Librarians Network at MSU

Feb 15th, 1999 | By | Category: 10-3: Distance Education, Tribal College News

Montana State University-Bozeman hosted the fifth annual Tribal College Librarians Professional Development Institute, July 13-17, 1998. In total, the five institutes have reached 64 different participants from 31 institutions. Each institute serves a blend of new participants and a core group of returning librarians. Kathy Kaya and Mary Anne Hansen, MSU-Bozeman reference librarians, co-facilitated the week-long event. Topics included distance education, genealogy, government publications, searching the Web, National Agriculture Library collections and programs, and program management.

The institute provides tribal college library personnel an opportunity to learn new skills and gain new knowledge in a variety of areas relevant to library work. The instructors try to create a balanced mix of topics from basic librarianship to cutting edge developments, while addressing cultural concerns important at the tribal colleges. The institute provided an opportunity for librarians from tribal colleges to meet in person and share concerns, ideas, and experiences.

Participants could also earn continuing education credits for attending the institute. Seventeen representatives from 15 tribal college libraries attended. The participating colleges included Northwest Indian College, Fort Belknap College, College of the Menominee Nation, Maskwachees Cultural College, Oglala Lakota College, Dine College, Sitting Bull College, Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College, Nebraska Indian Community College, Red Crow Community College, United Tribes Technical College, Salish Kootenai College, and Leech Lake Community College.

The sixth annual Tribal College Librarians Professional Development Institute will be July 12 -16, 1999, on the MSU-Bozeman campus. The tentative agenda includes programs on web page development as well as budgeting, preservation of information resources, fundraising, and health. MSU can offer $400 per library to help defray travel expenses this year. The final agenda will be announced in the spring when speakers are confirmed. For more information, contact Kathy Kaya at (406) 994-5312. E-mail

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