Leech Lake Enrollment Grows, Library ‘Shrinks’

Aug 15th, 2008 | By | Category: 20-1: Native Voices, Modern Media, Tribal College News

Steady enrollment growth combined with knowledge-hungry students have resulted in the Leech Lake Tribal College (LLTC) Library in Cass Lake, MN, bursting at the seams. The library’s 1,050 square feet of space is consistently filled to capacity. Students utilize the eight computers, three study tables, and collection of 6,000 plus holdings.

Usage of the LLTC Library by students, staff, and community members has seen unprecedented growth: Monthly library visits were up an average of 58.5% during the 2006-2007 academic year, and March 2008 saw visits up by 108% from the same month last year.

The growth in demand for library and multimedia services means the current library space will soon be outgrown. Preliminary planning discussions are taking place in the LLTC Campus Planning Committee regarding the feasibility of a stand-alone library and cultural learning center. The new center would offer an array of amenities – study carrels, a larger computer lab, teaching and gathering space, and a faculty/staff development library lounge.

It would also enhance the academic resources, house the library collection, offer curriculum-supporting materials, and preserve the special collections and archives focusing on the Anishinaabe people, land, language, culture, and history.

For more information, contact Leech Lake Tribal College Director of Library Services Melissa Pond at melissa.pond@lltc.edu or Director of Institutional Advancement Kyle Erickson at kyle.erickson@lltc.edu.

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