Fort Belknap Expands Library Services

May 15th, 2001 | By | Category: 12-4: Colleges for the Community, Tribal College News

The Fort Belknap College Library and Tribal Archives have been awarded an Enhancement Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) for $118,000. Through this grant the library has hired a full time assistant allowing the library to increase service hours from 40 to 57 hours per week, making the library more accessible in the evenings.

In addition, the library has purchased eight new computers that are set up in the library’s computer lab. The lab is open to all ages, and patrons include students as well as community users. These computers have word processing, spreadsheet and database programs, and Internet capabilities. A new online public access catalog (OPAC) will be purchased. The OPAC will display the holdings of the library and will be accessible to anyone anywhere with Internet access.

The library recently added a quiet study area/reference room, which has provided some much needed space both for materials and patron seating. The only public school libraries are located at the southern end of the reservation in Hays and Lodgepole, more than 50 miles away. Community persons appreciate the Internet access, as well as the extensive collection of Native American materials, and the small but unique tribal archive collection.

The Fort Belknap College Library and Tribal Archives is open to anyone in the area. The IMLS grant is intended to increase the “public library” holdings and to make the public more aware of the materials and services available at the library. The library maintains a web page at <www.fortbelknap.cc.mt.us/library/index>. The library staff includes Director Eva English and Library Assistant Manuel Morales.

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