TCU Librarians Convene For 18th Annual Institute

Nov 15th, 2009 | By | Category: 21-2: K-12 Education, Winter 2009, Tribal College News

By Mary Anne Hansen

Thirty tribal college librarians met June 8-12, 2009, for the 18th annual Tribal College Librarians Institute (TCLI) hosted by the Montana State University Libraries in Bozeman, MT. It included five days of professional development and networking.

Indian education expert and University of Oklahoma School of Library and Information Studies Professor Emeritus Dr. Lotsee Patterson was a featured speaker at the institute. Patterson spoke on tribal library standards, a key issue in best professional practices for those working in and managing tribal libraries. The tribal colleges and universities (TCU) librarians are developing standards to cover such issues as mission, facilities, staff, collections, language and culture, and user services.


BOOKS, BABIES. Institute participants observe the Books and Babies Program at Bozeman Public Library. From left: Charlene Weiss, United Tribes College Library; Karen Miguel, Tohono O’odham College Library; and Rachel Lindvall, Sinte Gleska College Library.

TCLI honorary member Gary McCone from the National Agriculture Library was honored by TCLI participants with a star quilt for his contributions to TCLI and its participants through educational programs and books. Many TCLI participants have received assistance to attend from grants to TCLI from the National Agriculture Library over the years.

In the evaluations, one participant spoke for many when she said, “Increased knowledge of librarianship, able to take back some practical applications and put them directly to use, and puts me in touch with a very special group of my peers.”

TCLI Coordinators Mary Anne Hansen and James Thull recently secured a $250,000 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to continue TCLI for the next three years. Grant funds will go largely towards covering the transportation costs of tribal college librarians to attend TCLI 2010-2012. Grant funds will also cover the expenses of 20 tribal college librarians to attend a larger national conference in order to expand their professional development opportunities.

Other speakers included Mari Russell, library director at Haskell Indian Nations, on Native American Art Resources for Librarians; Tracie Smith, University of Victoria Indigenous Studies librarian, on Library Services to Indigenous Students; Suzanne Christopher and Deb LaVeaux, from the Montana State University Center for Native Health Partnerships on Community Based Research; Linda Clark and Cindy Christin from Hopa Mountain Story Makers and Bozeman Public Library; Alison Aldrich and Susan Barnes from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Pacific Northwest Region, on Web 2.0 Technologies for libraries and the Native Health Wiki, a web resource of Native Health Information Outreach projects from across the United States.

Mary Anne Hansen coordinates the annual Tribal College Librarians Institute and is an associate professor and reference librarian at Montana State University Libraries. She can be contacted at The entire agenda and participants list for TCLI 2009 can be viewed at

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