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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.

AILA Names Scholarship in Honor of Virginia Mathews

The American Indian Library Association has named its library school scholarship the Virginia Mathews Memorial Scholarship to honor the memory of one of the original founders of AILA. Virginia Winslow Hopper Mathews, member of the American Library Association for 50 years and recipient of the American Library Association’s Honorary Membership in 1994, died on Saturday, May 7, 2011. Read more about Virginia’s contributions to AILA.

AILA and APALA Members Participate in Fun Run at ALA Midwinter in Dallas

Members of AILA and APALA braved the cold to participate in the ALA Midwinter 5k Fun Run early Saturday morning. Team members sported bibs supporting AILA, APALA and JCLC. Pictures courtesy of Florante Ibanez.

American Indian Youth Literature Award Winners Announced

The American Indian Library Association (AILA), an affiliate of the American Library Association, has selected “The Christmas Coat: Memories of My Sioux Childhood” (2011), written by Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve, illustrated by Ellen Beier; “Free Throw” (2011) and “Triple Threat” (2011), both written by Jacqueline Guest; and “Pipestone: My Life in an Indian Boarding School” (2010), written by Adam Fortunate Eagle, as recipients of the fourth American Indian Youth Literature Awards. Four titles were selected as Honor Books in the Picture Book category, two titles were selected as Honor Books in the Middle Grades category and one title was named as an Honor Book in the Young Adult category.

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Talk Story Grant Applications

Now Accepting Applications for 2012 Grant for Talk Story Program: Apply by February 1

Thanks to the generosity of Toyota Financial Services, Talk Story: Sharing stories, Sharing Culture, grant program is offering two $500 grants to host a Talk Story: Sharing Stories, Sharing Culture program at your library.

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2012 AILA Emerging Leader Selected

Congratulations to Shannon Rosenbaum for being selected as 2012 ALA Emerging Leader!

The American Indian Library Association (AILA) has selected Shannon Rosenbaum, a member of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation and a Circle of Learning MLIS candidate at San Jose State University, for the 2012 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 2012 ALA Midwinter Meeting and Annual Conference. Read more about Shannon.

New Talk Story Sponsor, Toyota

The American Indian Library Association (AILA) and the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA) are pleased to announce their new partnership with Toyota Financial Services. Toyota will sponsor the Talk Story: Sharing stories, sharing culture program by providing funding for four mini-grants that will be awarded in early 2012. Read more here.

New Book on Tribal Libraries, Archives, Museums

Loriene Roy and iSchool graduates Anjali Bhasin and Sarah Arriaga are pleased to announce the publication of their edited book, Tribal Libraries, Archives, and Museums: Preserving our Language, Memory, and Lifeways (Scarcrow Press, 2001). Featured contributors include Karen Alexander, Daniel Alonzo, Victoria Beatty, Bonnie Biggs,Shayne Del Cohen, Amelia Flores, Mary Anne Hansen,Kristen Hogan, Christina L. P. W. Johnson, Norma Joseph, Janice Kowemy, Sandra Littletree,Anne McCudden, Kawika Makanani, Cheryl Metoyer, Sam Olbekson, David Ongley, Susan Penfield, Chatherine Phan, Omar Poler, Gabriella Reznowski, Rhonda Harris Taylor, James Thull, Kelly Webster, and Amy Ziegler.
Congratulations Loriene and everyone else who contributed!

AILA Executive Director

Kelly Webster Appointed AILA’s First Executive Director!

Kelly has been an active member of AILA since 1997, and has served as AILA’s secretary (200-2003), executive board member at large (2007-2009), listserv manager (2008-present), membership coordinator (2008-present), Subject Access and Classification Committee Chair (2006-2008), and AILA President (2004-2005). She has missed only one AILA business meeting since 1997! In addition to her service to AILA, she has made significant contributions to the profession at large.

The Executive Director is an ex-officio member of the Executive Board, appointed by the President and approved by the Executive Board, serving a three-year term which may be renewed. Duties include acting as the chief administrative officer of AILA; assisting executive board members in carrying out their responsibilities; serving as membership coordinator; and performing other duties as prescribed by the President or Executive Board.

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