Workshop Invitation for American Indian Libraries

February 20, 2014
 
 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

IMLS Press Contact
202-653-4799
Giuliana Bullard gbullard@imls.gov

 Workshop Invitation for American Indian Libraries

IMLS, Department of the Interior, and the Federal Library Information Network (FEDLINK)
Present a Day of Making Connections

Washington, DC—Representatives from federal, state, public, academic, and special libraries and library associations serving American Indians are invited to attend a free workshop entitled American Indian Libraries Initiative: Making Connections, on March 31, at the Library of Congress.  The session will be available by web conferencing for those who cannot attend in person.

The event, which is organized by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the Department of the Interior Library, and hosted by the Federal Library and Information Network (FEDLINK), is an opportunity for these librarians to connect with their colleagues across the country; to learn about resources available via FEDLINK, the Department of the Interior Library, and IMLS; and to hear from libraries with grants from IMLS.

Date: Monday, March 31, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

Location: Montpelier Room, Madison Building, Library of Congress
101 Independence Ave., Washington, DC 20540

Public Transportation: Metro Accessible by Capitol South (Blue/Orange Line)             

Registration:  Registration is free, but advanced registration is required. Register online here. Web conferencing is available. Please let us know when you register if you plan to attend in person or virtually. If you cannot attend after registering, please notify FEDLINK at (202) 707-4848 to free a spot for another registrant.

In response to a Presidential Executive Order in 2011, the Department of Interior Library surveyed the nation’s tribal college and university community to determine how the federal government can increase the capacity of educational agencies and institutions to deliver high-quality education and social services to all American Indian and Alaskan Native students.  The Department of Interior Library identified several areas where federal libraries could provide support and will discuss those areas at the workshop.

IMLS offers its Native American Library Services grants program to provide opportunities for improved library services to these communities. Five recent grant recipients will discuss how they used IMLS funds to meet local needs and will also address resource gaps that may still exist. Attendees will hear from the following:

  • Salish Kootenai College D'Arcy McNickle Library (Montana)
  • Aaniiih Nakoda College Library (Montana)
  • Sealaska Heritage Institute (Alaska)
  • Jamestown S’Klallam Tribal Library (Washington)

This event is sponsored by the FEDLINK Education Working Group. For more information, call FEDLINK (202) 707-4848 or TTY (202) 707-4995. Request ADA accommodations five business days in advance at ADA@loc.gov.

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