Texas Students Build NWIC Virtual LibraryNov 15th, 2001 | By lroy | Category: 13-2: The Power of Partnerships, Tribal College News
A giant leap toward a more complete virtual library was taken last spring when students at the University of Texas at Austin created a virtual library of education resources for the Oksale Native Teacher Preparation Program at Northwest Indian College (NWIC). The students were in Dr. Loriene Roy’s (Anishinabe) classes in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS) at the university. The work was a collaborative effort made possible through a U. S. Department of Education PT3 grant awarded to Portland (OR) State University. It supplements the NWIC’s involvement in the AIHEC Virtual Library project.
The Oksale Virtual Library of Education Resources features 12 topic and resource guides, or pathfinders, based on the course offerings and syllabi for the Oksale program. Pathfinders were created on topics such as “Contributions of Cultures to the Development of Mathematics,” “Media Literacy,” and “The Impact of Technology on Indigenous Peoples.” There are also links to sources of information on creating culturally responsive curricula for Native American students, nearly 50 annotated links to sources on lesson plans, and links to sites for children and parents, including homework help.
It provides resources to update and reinforce the technology skills of both Oksale students and staff. GSLIS students also created online handouts on such technologies and skills as HTML, Java, Dreamweaver, image mapping, and Flash Animation. Other resources include an original glossary of over 60 technical terms used on the web site, annotated links to web sites that provide technical assistance, downloads, search engines, and advice on how to evaluate web sites.
Roy and several GSLIS students traveled to NWIC to meet with administrators, staff, and students to receive feedback about the virtual library. The relationship between NWIC and GSLIS is fruitful and ongoing, as is the Oksale virtual library project. More information can be found at <www.gslis.utexas.edu/~vlibrary>.