ATALM 2013 Connecting Theory and Practice - Indigenous Librarianship


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ATALM 2013 International Conference of Indigenous Archives, Libraries, and Museums, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Connecting Theory and Practice: New Insights and Inspired Solutions

My role included organizing and moderating this group presentation with several other SJSU SLIS Circle of Learning scholars (their slides are not included). My portion of the presentation explored the idea of indigenous librarianship and recruiting indigenous people in library and information science programs. Many thanks to Heather Devine for her support and contribution, to Linda Wynne for moderating the discussion group for my topic, and especially to my Circle of Learning colleagues who co-presented with me.

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Join graduate students from the Circle of Learning program at San Jose State University for a lively discussion about successes and challenges in tribal cultural institutions. Students will offer a fast-paced presentation about topics in tribal archives, libraries, and museums followed by discussion with the audience. This will generate awareness and facilitate collaborative learning between students and professionals who share mutual interests, helping to provide new insights into current issues in the field and inspire solutions or ideas about ongoing issues.

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ATALM 2013 Connecting Theory and Practice - Indigenous Librarianship

  1. 1. Connecting Theory and Practice: New Insights & Inspired Solutions SJSU SLIS Circle of Learning Scholars ATALM 2013 Albuquerque, New Mexico
  2. 2. Recruiting Indigenous Librarians Valarie Kingsland Seward, Alaska Note: This is my portion of a group presentation I organized for ATALM 2013 in Albuquerque with several other LIS students.
  3. 3. Recruiting Indigenous Librarians Defining Indigenous Librarianship o Librarianship o + Cultural knowledge/experience o + Cultural competence Brief literature review Challenges Opportunities What can you do?
  4. 4. Defining Indigenous Librarianship What does indigenous mean? How is indigenous librarianship different? Who are the indigenous librarians? o Past o Present o Future
  5. 5. Literature Review Balderrama, S. R. (2000). This trend called diversity. Library Trends, 49(1), 194-214. Cameron, B. (2010). Retention of aboriginal students in post-secondary institutions in atlantic canada: An analysis of the supports available to aboriginal students. SSRN Working Paper Series. Dilevko, J., & Gottlieb, L. (2002). Making a Difference in Their Own Way: The Role of Library Directors and Non-directorial Staff at Tribal College Libraries. Journal Of Academic Librarianship, 28(5), 306. Gulati, A. (2010). Diversity in librarianship: The United States perspective. IFLA Journal, 36(4), 288-293. Jaeger, P. T., Subramaniam, M. M., Jones, C. B., & Bertot, J. C. (2011). Diversity and LIS education: Inclusion and the age of information. Journal of Education for Library and Information Science, 52(3), 166-183.
  6. 6. Literature Review contintued Joseph, G., Burns, K., Doyle, A., & Krebs, A. (2009). Indigenous librarianship. In Encyclopedia of library and information sciences, third edition (pp. 2330-2346) Taylor & Francis. Lee, D. (2001). Aboriginal students in canada: A case study of their academic information needs and library use. Journal of Library Administration, 33(3/4), 259292. Lloyd, M. (2007). The underrepresented Native American student: Diversity in Library Science. University at Buffalo, Department of Library and Information Studies. Patterson, L. (2000). History and status of Native Americans in librarianship. Library Trends, 49(1), 182-193. Thomas, D. A., & Ely, R. J. (1996). Making Differences Matter: A New Paradigm for Managing Diversity. Harvard Business Review, 74(5), 79-90.
  7. 7. Challenges • • • • • • Undergraduate degree Distance Cost Time Leadership support Other challenges?
  8. 8. Opportunities • Knowledge River, University of Arizona School of information Resources and Library Science (SIRLS) • Circle of Learning, SJSU SLIS • Local projects/programs • Mentoring opportunities • Other programs or ideas?
  9. 9. What Can You do? How can we move the profession forward? • Define Indigenous librarianship • Support opportunities for recruitment • Indigenous librarians in leadership roles • Other ideas • Let's talk about it! • Thank you!
  10. 10. Discussion Groups Please choose the discussion group of your choice. Take notes on the large sheets of paper provided.  Digital Oral History Projects  Genealogy  Recruiting Indigenous Librarians We will conclude by sharing our ideas.
  11. 11. Thank you! We appreciate you joining us and participating in our session today. Enjoy the rest of ATALM 2013!