TCJ Index Now Available

Aug 15th, 1997 | By | Category: 9-2: Re-envisioning Indian Education
By Marjane Ambler

We are pleased to announce that an index is now available for the past eight volumes of Tribal College Journal of American Indian Higher Education. Compiled by a professional librarian, Stacey Gordon, the index should be valuable to researchers, libraries, and other readers. Gordon, who has a Master of Librarianship degree, volunteered for this mammoth task, which of course required reading every article. She directed the library at Salish Kootenai College in Montana for several years before resigning to go to law school, with plans to become a law librarian. We now are seeking a volunteer librarian to update the index each year.

Previously we have only been able to offer a list of titles, but with 32 issues of the journal to peruse, finding specific topics was difficult. The titles don’t always indicate what subjects are covered in an article. Gordon’s index uses Library of Congress Subject Headings with a few adaptations to accommodate the journal’s areas of emphasis. The 68 pages also include an author index and a title index. [available on disk? The index is available for $15.

In other news, the journal’s site on the World Wide Web now includes a discussion page (www.fdl.cc.mn.us/tcj). It has sparked discussions on diverse subjects, including retention of Native American students, white instructors of Native American culture classes, coyote stories, and Mandan people and language in the modern world. We hope that as we develop it further, the discussion page will be utilized by readers reacting to articles, faculty trading curriculum ideas, and students sharing their own research. We welcome suggestions on how to improve it.

Our local Internet guru, Will Jones, designed the discussion page for us. A Silicon Valley pioneer, he founded MultiMate in 1982. Now he specializes in developing software for use in education by schools and by non-profit corporations.

Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College graciously hosts the journal’s web site. The Internet search engine “Excite” recently named the Fond du Lac web site (www.fdl.cc.mn.us) as the best education site on the Internet. For example, the college has posted the proceedings from the Midwest Summit, a meeting between U.S. Department of Agriculture agencies and 20 tribes.

We are continually impressed by the various tribal colleges’ web site innovations as they share their history, photo images, culture, and ideas with the world (see “Campus Shorts” in this issue). The journal web site provides links to web sites for the tribal colleges as well as for our designer Gray and Gray and the American Indian College Fund.

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