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AILA has Movers and Shakers

Big congratulations to AILA member Janice Kowemy and AILA president Liana Juliano for being honored in this year’s group of Movers & Shakers!

2009 Distinguished Services Award Winner Announced

David Ongley was awarded the 2009 American Indian Library Association Distinguished Services Award at the Tribal Archives, Libraries and Museums conference in Portland, OR.

The American Indian Library Association Distinguished Service Award honors someone who has worked for the improvement in library and information services for and to American Indian people as well as advancing the initiatives of the American Indian Library Association.

David has worked diligently to make sure Alaska Natives and their concerns are always represented and he was instrumental in the drafting and publicizing of the Culturally Responsive Guidelines for Alaska Public Libraries, an essential resource that can be used by public libraries in any area that serves Native patrons. We are proud to have presented him with the Distinguished Service Award for his outstanding service to the Indian community and the American Indian Library Association.

DEMCO/AILA Travel Grant award winners announced

The American Indian Library Association is pleased to announce the recipients of our first ever DEMCO/AILA Travel Grant. Thanks to the generosity of DEMCO, AILA will provide financial assistance to four American Indian library professionals currently working in tribal library of any kind to attend the Tribal Archives, Libraries and Museums Conference (TALM) in Portland, OR.

Congratulations to this year’s awardees:
Mary Johnson, Library Director, Nebraska Indian Community College
Sarah Kostelecky, Library Director, Institute of American Indian Arts
Bernice Martinez, Library Director, Pueblo de San Ildefonso
Melanie Toledo, Library Manager, Ak-Chin Indian Community Library

AILA Past President Janice Rice receives award

Janice Rice, senior academic librarian in the University of Wisconsin–Madison College Library and member of the Ho-Chunk Nation, has been selected as a recipient of the 14th annual UW System Outstanding Women of Color in Education Award. Read the story!

AILA Member Larel Tarulli awarded Esther J Percy Award

AILA member Laurel Tarulli was chosen as the 2009 winner of the Esther J. Piercy award! Read the award description.

Holly Tomren selected as 2009 Emerging Leader

Congratulations to AILA Secretary Holly Tomren for being chosen for the 2009 Emerging Leader program! You may read the press release at the ALA website.

Senate Confirms President’s Nominees to National Museum and Library Services Board

Lotsee Patterson, Ph.D., professor in the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Oklahoma, was born and raised in rural southwestern Oklahoma. A member of the Comanche Nation, she credits her experience growing up in Indian country with developing her passion for libraries and library services for Native Americans. She is a recipient of the Oklahoma Library Association’s highest honor receiving their Distinguished Service Award and being designated by this association as a Library Legend. Patterson has also been honored for her work with tribal libraries and for recruiting and mentoring American Indian librarians by the American Library Association. Patterson’s research interestsfocus on library and information services to indigenous populations. In this context she has been an invited presenter at symposia and conferences throughout the United States and in Sweden, New Zealand, Ukraine and Canada. She has been a visiting scholar at the University of British Columbia and a visiting lecturer at the University of Maryland. She has served as consultant to the National Commission on Libraries and Information Studies, as well as many universities, publishers and organizations. Most recently she was a senior advisor to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian.

The National Museum and Library Services Board (NMLSB) is a twenty-four member advisory body that includes the IMLS director and deputy directors for libraries and museums, the chair of the National Commission on Libraries and Information Science, and twenty presidentially appointed and Senate-confirmed members of the general public who have demonstrated expertise in, or commitment to, library or museum services. Informed by its collective experience and knowledge, the NMLSB advises the IMLS director on general policy and practices, and on selections for the National Awards for Museum and Library Services. For more information about the National Museum and Library Services Board visit the Institute’s Web site at

February News

Demco donates $1000 towards Loriene’s Honor Dance at the NMAI!

Storyteller Tim Tingle, Member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, performed at the AILA Midwinter Social. Thanks to Cinco Punto Press, Salinas Bookshelf, Demco and Gaylord for sponsoring this wonderful event.

Loriene Roy elected ALA President!

AILA’s own Loriene Roy, professor of Library and Information Science at the University of Texas, Austin, former ALA council member, and past AILA president, has been elected as the incoming president of the American Library Association for the 2007-2008 term. You may read the press release at the ALA website. Also, Loriene’s web site provides information about her plans for her presidency.