Absentee Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma
Log Number: NG-03-19-0226-19
The Absentee Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma will expand and enhance the tribal library services in response to requests by Absentee Shawnee Tribal members for increased library, cultural, and language services. The project includes hiring a Tribal Librarian; contracting with a professional to conduct an assessment of the Absentee Shawnee Tribe library and services, and producing a report that outlines the current status of library services and recommendations for modification; re-introducing Shawnee language and culture classes; adding genealogy software and resources for patrons; and further enhancing staff knowledge through professional development and networking with other tribal library and cultural preservation professionals. In addition, the project will expand outreach efforts in the areas of information, promotions, and activities, so that accessibility to services is increased. Outcomes include increased participation in library activities; expanded awareness of Shawnee Tribe and shared Native culture; increased access to Shawnee language learning opportunities; more accessible genealogical tools and assistance; more potential for intergenerational participation in activities; and a chance for children and youth to be exposed to Native culture in a safe, creative and cultural environment.