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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
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