First Nations Library Service Without Borders

Thursday, April 17, 2014.  Facilitator:  Dr. Loriene Roy

 Dr. Loriene Roy (Anishinabe), Professor in the School of Information, the University of Texas at Austin (UT-Austin), served as the 2007-2008 President of the American Library Association (ALA) and the 1997-1998 President of the American Indian Library Association (AILA). Enrolled on the White Earth Reservation, a member of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, she teaches a graduate course on Indigenous Librarianship at UT-Austin and at the University of Hawai’i-Manoa. She is an expert  tribal librarianship/cultural heritage development.

Theme:  Designing Library Services with your Indigenous Communities

Introduction: Libraries around the world have and are developing services for their indigenous clientele. Find out what we can learn from these successful examples and learn about new opportunities to engage your audiences. Join a conversation about cultural protocol and how to respect and incorporate indigenous ways in your work.

3 things that participants will take away from the session: 

1. Learn about cases of library services for indigenous peoples in numerous settings;

2. Find out about support for indigenous ways among professional organizations;

3. Consider how to apply international standards and practice in your library setting.


1. To launch a life-long observation of the intersections between indigenous culture(s), cultural protocol, indigenous worldview, and the ethical standards of librarianship;

2. See the potential use of an indigenous model of exploring the status of indigenous library services, mirroring Dr. Gregory Cajete’s seven orienting processes of indigenous fulfillment: being, asking, seeking, making, having, sharing, and celebrating;

3. To recognize the spectrum of public services offered by tribal information settings;

4. To begin to understand how to develop public services in tribal information settings.

These processes will be manifest through these methods:

·         Presentation of background examples;

·         Observing cultural protocol in introducing ourselves and our discussions;

·         Small group discussions;

·         Large group reporting out that focuses on balanced input and communal learning;

·         Celebrating benchmarks and achievement.

Results and conclusions include leaving the session with some examples to follow and pursue.

Early bird registration fee  $95 per person includes refreshments, lunch, Library in a Box takeout, a tour of the community or libraries, hands on craft making sessions,  community engagement, and program document for indigenous communities

Early bird registration deadline: March 15, 2014
Registration fee after the early bird deadline is $150. Call 780 585 3925 or by email mkhetarpal@mccedu. Cheques to be made in the name of Maskwacis Cultural College

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