Librarians Meet at MSU For Training Institute

Nov 15th, 2007 | By | Category: 19-2: Our Story, Our Way, Tribal College News

Thirty eight librarians from 27 different tribal colleges and other institutions convened June 11-15, 2007, on the Montana State University (MSU) campus in Bozeman, MT, for the 13th annual Tribal College Librarians Professional Development Institute.

While most participants return each year, several new faces joined this year, including several from Canada: Antoinette McDonald, Terry Halsey, and Jeanie Rolland from Cankdeska Cikana Community College, Brenda Hopkins from Fort Belknap College, Pamela Donegan from the Institute of American Indian Arts, Patty Brown from Little Big Horn College, Kirk McLeod from Necchi Institute, Marty Frogg from Oglala Lakota College, Nora Stabs Down from Red Crow Community College, Ann Carr-Wiggens, and Tanya Rogoschewsky from the University of Alberta, and Janet Denys from Yellowhead College.

Presenters included Monica Martens from the National Indian Law Library, Siobhan Champ Blackwell and Gail Kouame from the National Library of Medicine, Jean Whitehorse from the New Mexico Tribal Libraries Program, Colleen Major from Columbia University, Gary McCone from the National Agriculture Library, Florence Garcia from the MSU TRiO program, Mike Jetty from the Montana Office of Public Instruction Indian Education Program, Saralyn Seburn and Sheree Watson representing MSU’s Indian student recruitment efforts.

A few of the tribal college librarians also presented programs to their colleagues:  Mary Weasel Fat, Victoria Beatty, David Stevick, and Holly Ristau.  One librarian commented that it was valuable to her to come to a conference where so many other tribal colleges are represented.  “I liked the burning issues discussions and (hearing) how other libraries are dealing with similar problems,” she said.

The Tribal College Librarians Institute is sponsored by the Montana State University Libraries each year under the coordination of Mary Anne Hansen and James Thull, MSU reference librarians.  Next year’s institute is scheduled for June 9-13, 2008, at MSU.

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