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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.

Winners

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

LaFromboise Named AILA Emerging Leader

The American Indian Library Association (AILA) has selected Aaron LaFromboise, a member of the Blackfeet Nation, for the 2014 ALA Emerging Leaders program. As sponsor, AILA provides a stipend of $1,000 to support her attendance and participation in the Emerging Leaders program at the 2014 ALA Midwinter Meeting and Annual Conference.

Aaron earned her undergraduate degree in Liberal Studies from the University of Oklahoma in 2013. She is a first-year MLIS student at the University of Wisconsin – Madison who works for Blackfeet Community College as a Library Technician at the Medicine Spring Library in Browning, MT.  She is obtaining her LIS degree to help move the Medicine Spring Library forward both as an academic library and also as a community and tribal facility.  Her goals for Medicine Spring Library are to cultivate the small archives and set up a clear mission for the space.  She is also working to help the library become a depository for Blackfeet language and stories through recording and written documentation.

“We are excited to have Aaron as our 2014 Emerging Leader.  She is working full-time while pursuing her MLIS, and we are glad that we can support her in pursuing her goals of learning more about librarianship and networking through participating in the Emerging Leaders program,” said Heather Devine, 2013-2014 AILA President.

The Emerging Leaders program enables librarians and library staff from across the country to participate in project planning workgroups; network with peers; gain an inside look into ALA structure; and have an opportunity to serve the profession in a leadership capacity early in their careers. Emerging Leaders receive up to $1,000 each to participate in the Midwinter Meeting and Annual Conference, and each participant is expected to provide years of service to ALA or one of its units.  For the complete list of the 2014 class of Emerging Leaders, please visit http://www.ala.org/news/press-releases/2013/11/emerging-leader-participants-class-2014-announced

Founded in 1979, the American Indian Library Association is composed of individual and institution members interested in working to improve library services to American Indians and Alaska Natives in every type of library. AILA is committed to disseminating information about these issues to the broader profession and publishes the American Indian Libraries Newsletter two times per year.  For more information about AILA, visit www.ailanet.org.

International Indigenous Librarians’ Forum Registration Extended

Registration for the International Indigenous Librarians’ Forum has been extended to April 24, 2013.

To register click here.

 

 

 

Student Scholarships to Attend International Indigenous Librarians’ Forum

There are 2 scholarships ($300 each) for students to attend the International Indigenous Librarians Forum.  Deadline is April 12 to apply.

APPLY HERE

IILF 2013- Registration will close April 10, 2013

We hope to see you in Bellingham, WA at the Eighth International Indigenous Librarians Forum Registration will be closing on April 10, 2013.

IILF 2013 Lodging Details Now Available

http://ailanet.org/activities/iilf-2013/iilf-2013-travel-and-lodging/

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Guest room rates are quotes in U.S. funds and are quoted per room, per night based on single or double occupancy.  Rates are net, non-commissionable.  An additional rate of $15.00 per person will apply for a third or fourth person sharing a guest room.  There is a also an additional fee of $15 per night for a crib or rollaway.  

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Rate applies only to those reservations made prior to April 26, 2013.

 

Eighth International Indigenous Librarians’ Forum May 10-13, 2013

AILA will be hosting the Eighth International Indigenous Librarians’ Forum on May 10-13, 2013 in Bellingham, WA.  More details can be found at http://ailanet.org/activities/iilf-2013/.

 

Questions can be addressed to Jody Gray grayjl@umn.edu.

Toyota Financial Services Continues Sponsorship of AILA/APALA’s Talk Story Project

December 14, 2012

The American Indian Library Association (AILA) and the Asian/Pacific American
Librarians Association (APALA) Announce Continued Sponsor, Toyota Financial
Services.

The American Indian Library Association (AILA) and the Asian/Pacific American Librarians
Association (APALA) are pleased to announce their continued sponsorship from Toyota
Financial Services. Toyota Financial Services will sponsor the Talk Story: Sharing
stories, sharing culture program by providing funding for the second year for mini-grants
that will be awarded in early 2013.

Talk Story: Sharing stories, sharing culture (www.talkstorytogether.org) 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. 2013
will be the fourth 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. To date, thirteen Talk Story grants have been awarded.

This will be the second year that Toyota Financial Services has sponsored grant funding for
Talk Story and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to continue to work with them now
and in the future. “Toyota Financial Services has been such a wonderful sponsor to work
with and their continued support will allow us to fund deserving libraries for another year”
said Liana Juliano and Lessa Pelayo-Lozada, chairs of the Talk Story committee for AILA
and APALA.

Grant applications will be available beginning in December and will be due February 15,
2013.

An affiliate of the American Library Association (ALA), the American Indian Library
Association is a membership action group that addresses the library-related needs of
American Indians and Alaska Natives. Members are individuals and institutions interested
in the development of programs to improve Indian library, cultural, and informational
services in school, public, and research libraries on reservations. AILA is also committed to
disseminating information about Indian cultures, languages, values, and information needs
to the library community. Additional information about AILA can be found at
www.ailanet.org.

The Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA) was established in 1980 by
librarians of diverse Asian/Pacific ancestries committed to create an organization that would
address and support the needs of Asian/Pacific American librarians and those who serve
Asian/Pacific American communities. In addition, over the years, APALA has granted
numerous scholarships and awards. Additional information about APALA can be found at
www.apalaweb.org.

Talk Story: Sharing stories, sharing culture is a joint project between the American
Indian Library Association and the Asian Pacific American Librarians Association that
started as part of ALA 2009-2010 President Camila Alire’s Family Literacy Focus
Initiative. The project is sponsored by Toyota Financial Services.

2012 Talk Story Grant Winners Announced

The American Indian Library Association (AILA) and the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA), supported by Toyota Financial Services, are pleased to award the Baranov Museum in Kodiak, Alaska, Carson Regional Library in Carson, California, the Jamestown S’klallam Tribal Library in Sequim, Washington, the Mzenegen Tribal Library in Dorr, Michigan, and White Mesa Library of the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe in Towaoc, Colorado each a $500 grant to host a Talk Story program at their library. Read more here.

Statement on Ethnic Studies Programs in Arizona

The American Indian Library Association (AILA) wishes to publicly express its strong disapproval of the elimination of the Tucson Unified School District (TUSD) Mexican American Studies classes and removal of books associated with the program due to the State of Arizona Revised Statutes Sections 15-111 and 15-112. We write this statement in support of all students, educators, and families who have been negatively affected by this action. Read the full statement here. This version was edited on February 2, 2012.