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AILA at Midwinter 2017

ALA Midwinter

ALA Midwinter Meeting 2017 will be held January 20-24, 2017, in Atlanta, Georgia, at the Georgia World Congress Center.  Join us for these AILA events!

Friday, January 20, 2017

JCLC Peachtree Trolley Tour, 1:00-2:30pm p.m.
Connect with your fellow JCLC supporters on a 90-minute Peachtree Trolley Tour of Atlanta and enjoy Atlanta’s sights, which include the King Center, Centennial Olympic Park, and the Georgia Aquarium. The tour will be held on Friday, January 20, from 1pm to 2:30pm. The tour cost is $35 for affiliate members and $40 for non-affiliate members.  For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit the JCLC conference website. The deadline to register for the tour is Thursday, January 12.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Supporting Diversity and Inclusion in the Current Social Climate, 4:30-5:30 p.m. (Georgia World Congress Center, B405), co-sponsored by AILA
Since the November 2016 election, the Southern Poverty Law Center cataloged hundreds of incidents of harassment, including intimidation and hate speech aimed at people of color, Muslims, LGBTQ+ persons, immigrants, and women. Librarians hold inclusion and equity as core professional values, but may need help building understanding as to the difference between social justice and politics before engaging in social justice work. Led by an academic researcher and a public school attorney, this session introduces new resources that library staff can use to support diversity and inclusion, and provides guidance on legal issues that may arise when working toward social justice.

JCLC Social & Site Location Announcement, 5:00-7:00 p.m. @ Omni Hotel, International Ballroom A-C
Join us from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 21, at the Omni Hotel in International Ballroom A-C, where we will announce the location for JCLC 2018 – The 3rd National Joint Conference of Librarians of Color. Socialize with colleagues, enjoy appetizers and a cash bar and support our fundraiser for the conference!  Doors open at 5 p.m. and the conference site location will be announced at 6 p.m.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

AILA Business Meeting, 1:00-2:30 p.m. (Westin, Augusta Ballroom C/D).

Join us for the AILA Business Meeting to meet other AILA members and help with AILA activities!


2016 AIYLA Announced

The American Indian Youth Literature Awards are presented every two years. The awards were established as a way to identify and honor the very best writing and illustrations by and about American Indians. Books selected to receive the award will present American Indians in the fullness of their humanity in the present and past contexts.

2016 American Indian Youth Literature Award

A color brochure of the 2016 award recipients is available to print and share.

The American Indian Library Association (AILA), an affiliate of the American Library Association, has selected “Little You” (2013) Orca Book Publishers, written by Richard Van Camp, illustrated by Julie Flett as the 2016 Best Picture Book; “In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse” (2015) Amulet Books, written by Joseph Marshall III as the 2016 Best Middle School Book, and “House of Purple Cedar” (2014) Cinco Puntos Press, written by Tim Tingle as the 2016 Best Young Adult Book. The recipients of the fifth American Indian Youth Literature Awards will be formally recognized at the American Libraries Association Annual Conference in Orlando Florida this summer.

Honor Books were selected each category. The Honor Picture Book selected by the jury is “Sitting Bull Sioux Warrior and Defender of his People” by S.D. Nelson (2015) Abrams Books for Young Readers. The Honor Middle Grade Book is “Dreaming in Indian Contemporary Native Voices” edited by Lisa Charleyboy and Mary Beth Leatherdale (2014) Annick Press. The Honor Young Adult Book is “Her Land, Her Love” by Evangeline Parsons Yazzie (2016) Salina Bookshelf Inc.


Picture Book


Little You
Richard Van Camp, author
Julie Flett, illustrator
Orca Book Publishers, 2013

Middle School


In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse
Joseph Marshall III, author
Amulet Books, 2015

Young Adult

House of Purple Cedar
Tim Tingle, author
Cinco Puntos Press, 2013


Honor Books

Picture Book


Sitting Bull Lakota Warrior And Defender of his People
S.D. Nelson, author
Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2015

Middle School


Dreaming in Indian Contemporary Native Voices
Edited by Lisa Charleyboy and Mary Beth
Annick Press, 2014

Young Adult

Her Land, Her Love
Evangeline Parsons Yazzie
Salina Bookshelf Inc., 2016


Livestream for #IILF2015

Watch 9th International Indigenous Librarians’ Forum #IILF2015 on @Livestream:

2015 Talk Story Grant Winners

The American Indian Library Association and the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association Announce Winners of the 2015 Talk Story Grant
The American Indian Library Association (AILA) and the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA), supported by Toyota Financial Services, are pleased to award a $600 grant to each of the following ten libraries and community organizations to host Talk Story: Sharing stories, sharing culture programming. The winning libraries and community organizations are:
Clarksville-Montgomery County Public Library, Tennessee – The Hui Hawai`i O Tenesi Hawaiian Civic Club is partnering with the Clarksville-Montgomery County Public Library to hold a Talk Story program in May during Asian-Pacific Heritage Month. Club volunteers will present a story time, introduce lei making and lauhala weaving, share Hawaiian treats, demonstrate and teach hula and the Hawaiian version of “Simon Says,” “Kumu Hula Says.” The grant will also add a substantial amount of Hawaiian books to the library’s collection.
Kenton County Public Library, Kentucky – KCPL has held a Filipino Independence Day celebration for the last six years. Funding from Talk Story will allow them to continue this tradition of sharing Filipino culture through bilingual stories, folk dance performances, folk songs, games and crafts. KCPL is partnering with the Filipino-American Association of Northern Kentucky, the Filipino American Association of Southern Ohio (FASO) and United Filipino-Americans Mabuhay Society. Each family in attendance will be given a bilingual book in English and Tagalog.
Native Village of Eyak, Alaska – This unique program will facilitate the inclusion of elders in the community to share parenting and breastfeeding experiences with the local breastfeeding support group that meets at the library. The elders will also demonstrate traditional food preparation and artwork. Three visits are planned for the group and the elders to interact. Grant money will also be used to purchase books for the tribal library.
Oceanside Public Library, California – OPL will hold four programs over the course of seven months, with the first story time program in May for Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month. Families will attend a Japanese-English storytime and exchange letters and photos with children in Fuji-city, Japan — Oceanside’s sister city. Over the summer OPL will provide two performances with local Okinawan dancers and an elder who will share stories of his youth in Okinawa. Attendees will have the opportunity to try Okinawan foods. An additional story time will be held in November. OPL is partnering with the Okinawa Association of America (OAA) to select materials for circulation and story time.
Pacific Islands University, Guam – PIU will hold a Talk Story event in September 2015 with two local elementary schools, both with substantial APA student populations. The program will consist of readings of books about Micronesians, an art project and refreshments. Two additional Talk Story reading events are scheduled to be held at the elementary schools with each school library receiving donations of one-to-two culturally relevant children’s books.  The University will also increase its collections of books on APA populations, specifically Micronesians, for PIU education students and library employees.
Palms-Rancho Park Library, California – Palms-Rancho Park Library, a branch of the Los Angeles Public Library, will be holding a Children’s Chinese Day program in June 2015, hosted by a WorldSpeak teacher. Children will make moon cakes, a Chinese dragon mask and have a parade. Funds will be primarily used to support growth of the Mandarin collection, to purchase bilingual books and audio-visual materials to support native Chinese speakers and Chinese language learners.
Red Lake Nation College, Minnesota – To coincide with the opening of a new academic/community library building, Red Lake Nation College will host two storytelling sessions that will revolve around elders sharing stories with the children based on the oral tradition. The children will then have the opportunity to read stories to the elders using books purchased with Talk Story funds. Recordings will be made to create and preserve the oral history of traditional Ojibwe stories. A group activity will also take place that will engage the children in creating a permanent display for the library in order to establish the library as a community gathering place.
San Juan College, New Mexico – San Juan College operates a childcare facility that provides hands-on learning for both children and SJC students. During the month of November, San Juan College will host a series of workshops beginning with a storytime of Eric Carle’s Brown Bear Brown Bear What do you See? which will be translated into Navajo. In the second workshop, students will work on creating their own story in Navajo and English using regional animals and characters which they will self publish. Finally, the students will perform the story live for the college.
Sonoma County Library, California – Sonoma County Library plans to further develop its partnership with the Graton Rancheria by celebrating and expanding its offerings for the tribal community. There will be a half-day cultural event including storytelling, dancing, crafts and food. Sonoma County Library also plans to expand the circulating materials of the library with the purchase of materials focused on local tribes. There will be a month-long display in support of the event.
USD 497 Native American Student Services for Lawrence Public Schools, Kansas – Three programs are planned for October 2015 where middle and high school students will read stories to the elementary and preschool children. The books used for the program, and purchased with Talk Story funds, will be left with the elementary school to keep in their classrooms and libraries. The middle and high school students will be active participants in the marketing of the Talk Story programs by helping create bookmarks, posters and displays.
Talk Story: Sharing stories, sharing culture is a literacy program that reaches out to Asian Pacific American (APA) and American Indian/Alaska Native (AIAN) children and their families. The program celebrates and explores their stories through books, oral traditions and art to provide an interactive, enriching experience. Grants provide financial support to libraries and community organizations who want to introduce a Talk Story program into their library.
Talk Story: Sharing stories, sharing culture is a joint project between the American Indian Library Association ( and the Asian Pacific American Librarians Association ( It started as part of ALA 2009-2010 President Camila Alire’s Family Literacy Focus Initiative. 2015 is the sixth year that AILA and APALA have partnered on the Talk Story project and allocated grant funding to libraries to implement programs geared towards the APA/AIAN communities. This is the fourth year that Toyota Financial Services has helped to sponsor grants.
Committee Chairs are Liana Juliano (AILA), Lessa Pelayo-Lozada (APALA), and Ariana Hussain (APALA). For more information, please visit the Talk Story web site:

Dr. Loriene Roy Receives AILA Distinguished Service Award

Honoring Our Elders: AILA Distinguished Service Award


We are pleased to announce that Dr. Loriene Roy (Anishinabe, White Earth Nation) has been selected to receive the Distinguished Service Award. During her professional career, Loriene has served as AILA President, created the “If I Can Read, I Can Do Anything” program, provided leadership in the International Indigenous Forums, created the IFLA, SIG on Indigenous Matters, and became the first American Indian to service as ALA President. Please join us as she receives the award during the Honoring Our Elders ceremony at ALA San Francisco, on Saturday, June 27, 2015, 3-4pm, Hilton, Franciscan A/B.

Registration Open for International Indigenous Librarians Forum

The 9th International Indigenous Librarians Forum will be held on August 4-7-2015 at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

Who should attend?

Knowledge Keepers, Librarians, Archivists, Curators, Information Managers & those working in Cultural Heritage and Language Preservation.

For more information

ATALM Priority Registration from May 1 to May 14

On behalf of the Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums and the National Planning Committee for the September 9-15 International Conference of Indigenous Archives, Libraries, and Museums in Washington, DC (#ATALM2015), it gives me great pleasure to inform you that Priority Registration is now open.

Priority registration is from May 1 to May 14 and is available to past attendees, presenters, contributors, and those who have requested Priority status.  This two-week period enables ATALM supporters first access to pre-conference and evening events, as well as conference registration, all of which sell out each year.  Regular early bird registration will open on May 15, at which time additional program details will be released.

Early Bird registration is only $250 for ATALM members and $275 for non-members.  Registration includes two breakfasts and two lunches.  Pre-conference and evening events are not included in the basic registration fee.

We also are launching ATALM’s first-ever membership program.  There are three categories of membership, including individual, institutional, and business.  Members who join in this inaugural year will be recognized as Founding Members and receive recognition as such in future publications, providing membership is renewed each year. In this inaugural year, memberships are valid through December 31, 2016.  We have kept individual memberships at the low rate of $25 to encourage broad participation.

 To register and/or join The Guardians membership group, go to

Hoping to see you at ATALM 2015!

Susan Feller
President, Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums
Conference Director, ATALM 2015

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AILA Hotel Block for ALA Annual in San Francisco

For those attending ALA Annual in San Francisco, please note that we have a hotel block with APALA at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square.

Please keep this in mind as you register.

Travel Scholarships Available for ALA Midwinter 2015

The American Indian Library Association (AILA) will provide financial assistance to two library professionals currently working in tribal library of any kind to attend the 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Chicago, IL.

Deadline: November 17, 2014

Find more information at

2014 AIYLA Announced

The American Indian Youth Literature Awards are presented every two years. The awards were established as a way to identify and honor the very best writing and illustrations by and about American Indians. Books selected to receive the award will present American Indians in the fullness of their humanity in the present and past contexts.

2014 American Indian Youth Literature Award

A color brochure of the 2014 award recipients is available to print and share.

The American Indian Library Association (AILA), an affiliate of the American Library Association, has selected “Caribou Song, Atihko Oonagamoon” (2012), written by Tomson Highway, illustrated by John Rombough; “How I Became a Ghost: A Choctaw Trail of Tears Story” (2013), written by Tim Tingle; and “Killer of Enemies” (2013), written by Joseph Bruchac, as recipients of the 2014 American Indian Youth Literature Awards. One title was selected as an Honor Book in the Middle School category and one title was named as an Honor Book in the Young Adult category.


Picture Book

Caribou Song, Atihko Oonagamoon
Caribou Song, Atihko Oonagamoon
by Tomson Highway,
John Rombough (illustrator)
Fifth House, 2012

Middle School

How I Became a Ghost
How I Became a Ghost: A Choctaw Trail of Tears Story
by Tim Tingle
The Roadrunner Press, 2013

Young Adult

Killer of Enemies
Killer of Enemies
by Joseph Bruchac
Tu Books, 2013

Honor Books

Middle School

Danny Blackgoat, Navajo Prisoner
Danny Blackgoat, Navajo Prisoner
by Tim Tingle
7th Generation, 2013

Young Adult

If I Ever Get Out of Here
If I Ever Get Out of Here
by Eric Gansworth
Arthur A. Levin Books, 2013

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