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  • What can you do with this degree? Academic (colleges, universities, tribal colleges)Museum Librarianship
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  • Me? A librarian?
    Information Session
    March 2, 2010
    NASA
  • To be a librarian, archivist or information specialist, you need a Masters in Library Science
    Having an MLS is the first step towards being able to influence change in the field and provide better service to our communities
  • Demographics
    According to various resources from ALA, less than 0.2% of librarians are Native American, that’s 1 out of 500+.
    According to US Census Data, Native Americans make up about 1% of the population, that means we need at least 5 times as many Native American librarians to catch up
  • “Knowledge River is the name given to the vision and efforts of the School of Information Resources and Library Science (SIRLS, UA) to become a national exemplar in LIS education reflecting throughout its teaching, research, and outreach the diversity of communities that libraries in particular, and cultural heritage institutions in general, serve in Arizona and in the nation.”
  • Knowledge River Goals
    Continue to improve focus on library and community outreach, through service assistantships and other means
    Increase cultural fluency within SIRLS
    Expand diversity curriculum development
    Emphasize diversity in faculty and research
    Inter-cohort support
  • What do KR Scholars receive?
    Graduate Assistantship
    Library work experience
    Student Health Insurance
    Tuition remission
    SIRLS Fees remission
    Cohort support
    Professional development stipend
  • How does one become a KR Scholar?
    Meet eligibility requirements
    Demonstrated knowledge of, experience with, and sensitivity to at least one NA or Hispanic group
    Complete application process
    Take IRLS 550: Information Environments from Hispanic and Native American Perspectives in your first fall semester
  • The Masters Degree ProgramSchool of Information Resources and Library Science
    36 credit hours
    Intro/Survey course IRLS 504 offered only Summer I, Summer II and Winter sessions
    Most full-time students complete the Masters in 1 ½ yrs – 2 yrs
  • What can you do with it?
    Tribal Librarian
    School Librarian (Elementary, Middle or High)
    Academic Librarian (colleges, universities, tribal colleges)
    Public Librarian
    Special Librarian
    Medical Librarian
    Corporate Librarian
    Museum Librarian
    Internships and Fellowships
  • Admissions Process
    • Apply to Graduate School
    • Apply to SIRLS
    • Apply to KR
    Step by step instructions:
    http://sirls.arizona.edu/KR/admissions
  • KR Facts of Interest
    Began in 2002
    Funded by an IMLS Grant (Institute of Museum and Library Services)
    Partnerships with UA Libraries, Arizona Health Sciences Library, PCPL
    Currently in our 8th Cohort
    There are over 100 KR Graduates in the world!
  • Dr. Lori Arviso Alvord, the first Navajo woman surgeon and now an Associate Dean at Dartmouth Medical School, notes the importance of becoming a good reader in her 1999 autobiography The Scalpel and the Silver Bear. She attended the public high school at Crownpoint in the Navajo Nation where, "I made good grades...but...received a very marginal education. I had a few good teachers, but teachers were difficult to recruit to our schools and they often didn't stay long. Funding was inadequate. I spent many hours in classrooms where, I now see, very little was being taught."
  • What saved her later in college was her "strong reading background." She writes, "I read my way through the tiny local library and the vans that came to our community from the Books on Wheels program.” Encouraged by her parents "to read and dream," she could even get out of chores by reading.
  • Student Organizations at SIRLS
    Library Students Organizations (LSO)
    Special Libraries Association (SLA)
    Progressive Librarian’s Guild (PLG)
    There are also many, many professional librarians (and information science) association you can join.
  • Professional Development
    Tribal Archives, Libraries, Museums Conference
    Arizona Tribal Librarians Gathering
    American Indian Library Association
    Joint Conference of Librarians of Color
    REFORMA National and regional
  • Questions?
    Sandy Littletree
    sandy505@email.arizona.edu
    520-621-5220