American Indian and Alaska Native Librarians for Tomorrow
A partnership between the San Jose School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) and the American Indian Library Association (AILA) funded by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).
Congratulations to Valarie Kingsland who was recently elected Chair of the Alaska Native Issues Roundtable of the Alaska Library Association.
Congratulations to COL student Jennifer Himmelreich, who is sponsored by AILA as an ALA Emerging Leader for 2013.
Jennifer's EL "trading card" is featured in the March/April issue of American Libraries and will be available in a set of collectible trading cards featuring these emerging library leaders at the Gale Cengage booth at the 2013 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.
Newsletters and Presentations
Our Spring 2013 Newsletter has arrived! We hope you enjoy reading about our scholars’ professional accomplishments.
Our Fall 2012 COL Program Newsletter is filled with news and updates from our COL scholars.
Thanks to the support of our funder, the IMLS, the COL project was extended for a 4th and final year! It will conclude in August of 2014.
Enjoy our COL Presentation, featuring photos from our professional development events at annual COL face-to-face meetings. Learn about our program’s students, staff, advisory board, and professional mentors.
Our first issue, Spring 2012 COL News, proudly showcases the academic, professional and community service awards and achievements of seven COL scholars.
COL Staff will attend the ALA conference in Chicago this June and meet with COL Advisory Board members at their annual meeting.
Circle of Learning scholars and staff presented sessions at the 2013 International Conference of the Association of Indigenous Archives, Libraries and Museums, (ATALM) in Albuquerque, NM in June. More information about the COL-led sessions can be found in our Spring 2013 Newsletter.
Several COL students attended the Eighth International Indigenous Librarians' Forum in May in Bellingham, WA.
COL advisory committee member and UW PhD candidate Marisa Duarte spoke on April 18th, 2013 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her talk was entitled, "Network Sovereignty: Building the Infrastructure Toward Intellectual Freedom in Indian Country."
COL Students Tawa Ducheneaux and Gena Peone attended the week-long Native American Museum Studies Institute at U.C. Berkeley in January.
COL leaders met with the COL Advisory Board in January at the ALA Midwinter meeting in Seattle.
COL Project Co-Directors Jane Fisher (SLIS) and Liana Juliano (AILA) presented: Circle of Learning: Virtual Indigenous Community Development for MLIS Students together with COL students Valarie Kingsland and Tawa Ducheneaux at the Library 2.012 Worldwide Virtual Conference on Wed. Oct. 3.
COL Students Jennifer Himmelreich and Jerry Flanary presented Cultivating Culture: Promising Virtual Practices for Indigenous Communities at the Library 2.012 Worldwide Virtual Conference on Thur. Oct. 4th.
Many COL students attended the 2012 Joint Conference for Librarians of Color held Sept. 19-23 in Kansas City, MO with funding support from the Circle of Learning Program.
COL Students and staff held their annual meeting at the International Conference of Indigenous Archives, Libraries, and Museums (ATALM) in Tulsa, OK in June. COL scholars presented at panel sessions: Communication and Collaboration in Tribal Communities and Developing Culturally Responsive Community Research Partnerships, Top 100 Books Every Museum and Library Should Have on their Shelves and many presented their research at the COL sponsored Student Research Forum. In addition, the COL program sponsored a Career Options Fair open to all conference participants.
The IFLA Presidential Programme Indigenous Knowledges: Local Priorities, Global Contexts was held at the First Nations House of Learning on the campus of the University of British Columbia on April 12-14, 2012 in Vancouver, BC. Several Circle of Learning students attended the conference.
COL program leaders met with the COL Advisory Board, IMLS program officers and attended AILA meetings at the 2012 ALA Midwinter Conference in Dallas, TX in January. COL student Shannon Rosenbaum also attended to begin her ALA Emerging leaders project.
Jonna Paden interns with the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center Library & Archive in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She recently received the SJSU Alumni & Friends Award from SJSU SLIS and the 2013 A. Otis Hebert Jr. Continuing Education Scholarship from the Society of Southwest Archivists. She is currently working with the IPCC library manager on a grant-funded plan to open the collection for accessibility to the public. Paden recently wrote a grant from the New Mexico Library Foundation to add multicultural materials to the IPCC's collection.
Debbie Reese's award-winning blog offers critical perspectives and analysis of Indigenous peoples in children's and young adult books, the school curriculum, popular culture, and society: American Indians in Children's Literature
Reese serves on the IMLS Campaign for Grade Level Reading: Early Learning Taskforce and traveled to D.C. in December for meetings.
Lisa Dirks, a research manager with the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation, will be working on evaluation of the COL project with the program's external evaluator this year. She was one of several co-authors on the paper, "A Community Prevention Model to Prevent Children from Inhaling and Ingesting Harmful Legal Products,” which was published in 2012 by the peer-reviewed journal Evaluation and Program Planning.
Amy Moore has begun a contract position in health information outreach with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine - New England Region. Most recently, she was awarded the 2011-2012 SJSU SLIS Kaiser Permanente Medical Librarianship Scholarship.
Gena Peone has accepted a position as Assistant Collections Manager for the Spokane Tribe of Indians. She works with archival and material culture collections in the tribe’s Preservation department. Recently, she won a scholarship to attend the HiPSTAS Institute at University of Texas.
Shannon Rosenbaum was selected as the 2012 AILA Emerging Leader. Congratulations, Shannon! Rosenbaum's ALA Emerging Leaders 2012 Group Project, a 35th Anniversary Celebration oral history of the LIRT can be found on the group's website.
Susan Gehr received thesis research funding from the Southwest Oral History Association and the Lynn Reyer Awards for Tribal Community Development. She was elected to the Advisory Circle of the Institute on Collaborative Language Research.
Last summer, Gehr was invited by CoLang to teach the beginning course on Linguist’s Toolbox -- an application for managing language data. In addition, she attended the Breath of Life Workshop at UC Berkeley in preparation for her SJSU master’s thesis.
Gehr presented at the panel session: SESSION 510 - Independent Community-Based Archives: Opportunities and Challenges at the annual meeting of the Society of American Archivists in August.
Previously, Gehr was featured in an article in North Coast Journal about the Karuk language.