Tribal Libraries, Archives, and Museums: Preserving our Language, Memory, and Lifeways

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Hundreds of tribal libraries, archives, and other information centers offer the services patrons would expect from any library: circulation of materials, collection of singular items (such as oral histories), and public services (such as summer reading programs). What is unique in these settings is the commitment to tribal protocols and expressions of tribal lifeways—from their footprints on the land to their architecture and interior design, institutional names, signage, and ...

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Tribal Libraries, Archives, and Museums: Preserving Our Language, Memory, and Lifeways

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Overview

Hundreds of tribal libraries, archives, and other information centers offer the services patrons would expect from any library: circulation of materials, collection of singular items (such as oral histories), and public services (such as summer reading programs). What is unique in these settings is the commitment to tribal protocols and expressions of tribal lifeways—from their footprints on the land to their architecture and interior design, institutional names, signage, and special services, such as native language promotion.

This book offers a collection of articles devoted to tribal libraries and archives and provides an opportunity for tribal librarians to share their stories, challenges, achievements, and aspirations with the larger professional community. Part one introduces the tribal community library, providing context and case studies for libraries in California, Alaska, Oklahoma, Hawai'i, and in other countries. The role of tribal libraries and archives in native language recovery and revitalization is also addressed in this section. Part two features service functions of tribal information centers, addressing the library facility, selection, organization, instruction, and programming/outreach. Part three includes a discussion of the types of records that tribes might collect, legal issues, and snapshot descriptions of noteworthy archival collections. The final part covers strategic planning, advice on working in the unique environments of tribal communities, advocacy and marketing, continuing education plans for library staff, and time management tips that are useful for anyone working in a small library setting.

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Editorial Reviews

Archival Issues
There is something of use for everyone who reads this book, divided into four broad areas: The Tribal Community Library: Context and Cases; Service Functions of Tribal Information Centers; Tribal Archives: Collections and Functions; and Working in Tribal Libraries and Archivesthe. With several standout chapters Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums: Preserving Our Language, Memory, and Lifeways fills a much-needed void, primarily for tribal professionals, but also for other individuals working with Tribal Archives, Libraries and Museums (TALM).
American Reference Books Annual (ARBA)
Tribal Libraries, Archives, and Museums is definitely not a traditional reference book. It is more accurately described as a collection of articles on several themes related to indigenous information centers. It should be on the reading list of all information professionals who work or who are preparing to work with indigenous populations.
American Reference Books Annual
Tribal Libraries, Archives, and Museums is definitely not a traditional reference book. It is more accurately described as a collection of articles on several themes related to indigenous information centers. It should be on the reading list of all information professionals who work or who are preparing to work with indigenous populations.
The American Archivist
[R]eaders will realize that the concepts presented within...are about working within the bounds of an established profession and its lexicon of terminology. Loriene Roy, Anjali Bhasin, and Sarah K. Arriaga weave together stories from experienced authors who have faced–and are facing–significant challenges within their information centers. . . . A title such as this is long overdue. . . Tribal Libraries, Archives, and Museums, provide the reader with a broad understanding of the contextual environment in which tribal materials are preserved and made available. Through personal experiences and observations, tribal information professionals will be made aware of potential pitfalls and how to avoid them through the voices of experts and colleagues who have experienced successes and challenges....One of the most noteworthy aspects of this title is its timeliness. . . . this title provides an intimate snapshot of current challenges and those that lie ahead.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810881945
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/10/2011
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 268
  • Sales rank: 1,499,672
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Loriene Roy is professor in the School of Information at the University of Texas at Austin, and was President of the American Library Association from 2007-2008. Roy is co-editor of Getting Libraries the Credit They Deserve (Scarecrow, 2002).

Anjali Bhasin is a M.S. candidate in Information Studies at the University of Texas at Austin, with a focus on academic and public libraries.

Sarah K. Arriaga is English language assistant at the Instituto de Educación Secundaria Botánico, Sanlúcar de Barrameda, Spain.

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