Little Big Horn Ventures Into Cyberspace

May 15th, 1996 | By | Category: 8-1: Governance, Tribal College News

In April Little Big Horn College Library completed installation of Internet access. The worldwide resources now complement the library’s electronic card catalogue, which links the collections of six college libraries in eastern Montana. Two of the six are tribal colleges: Little Big Horn and Dull Knife Memorial College.

The Little Big Horn library will provide Internet accounts for all students and faculty who want them. Every faculty member now has a computer, even the traditional Crows who teach Crow studies. It took a year and a half to get the access, according to Randy Falls Down of the college staff. With the help of grants from Network Montana and the National Science Foundation, the college has its own node and Class C license. The college library is the only one on the reservation. Falls Down says the college hopes to make the Internet system self-supporting by setting up home pages for local entrepreneurs, such as fly fishing guides and beadwork artists. The college’s home page address is http://main.lbhc.cc.mt.us/main.ht.

The college offices and library are located in a former gymnasium. Library Director Tim Bernardis said building trades students built tables and shelves, and they bought low cost chairs from Montana Prison Industries.

Little Big Horn College awarded the 1996 Distinguished Service Award to Randy Falls Down for his enthusiasm for improving teaching and his tireless work toward enhancing the data processing curriculum. The award recognizes the value of local expertise instead of relying upon outside consultants. Students at Little Big Horn now live in three worlds. His work on the Internet network opened the world of cyberspace for the students.

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