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AILA/APALA 2011 Talk Story Winners Announced!

The American Indian Library Association (AILA) and the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA) are pleased to award $500 grants to the Greenwich Branch of the Gloucester County Library System in Gibbstown, N.J. and the White Mesa Library of the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe in Towaoc, Colo. Each will use its $500 grant to host a Talk Story program at their library. Read the full story.

2011 Grant for Talk Story Program

The American Indian Library Association and the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association have partnered to offer a $500 grant to host a Talk Story: Sharing Stories, Sharing Culture program at your library.

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 Asian Pacific American (APA) and American Indian/Alaska Native (AIAN) stories through books, oral traditions, and art to provide an interactive, enriching experience. Children and their families can connect to rich cultural activities through Talk Story in their homes, libraries, and communities.

This grant is aimed to give financial support to libraries and community organizations who want to introduce a Talk Story program into their library, focusing on APA or AIAN cultures. For more information and an application please see the grant guidelines.

Now Available! Scholarships to American Indians and Alaska Natives — Apply Now for Fall 2011

The scholarship program is designed for Native students who want to earn a fully online ALA-accredited MLIS degree. Scholarship recipients will receive financial assistance and other support, including mentoring, career advisement, field experiences, involvement in professional conferences and workshops, and interaction with Native leaders in the profession. Because all courses are delivered fully online, students will be able to live anywhere while earning their MLIS degree. Circle of Learning’s unique blended approach of online curriculum delivery and face-to-face social and professional interactions will help ensure that scholarship recipients receive personalized support and develop a professional network that will benefit them in the years ahead. The Circle of Learning scholarship program is made possible because of a generous grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the primary source of federal support for the nation’s libraries and museums. IMLS announced the award on June 15, 2010. View their announcement here: http://www.imls.gov/news/2010/061510.shtm. For more information regarding the Circle of Learning project, including application information and deadlines, please visit the project’s website at http://slisweb.sjsu.edu/circleoflearning/.

Deadline to Apply for AILA Emerging Leader

AILA supports the ALA Emerging Leaders Program. The application for the class of 2011 is now available. You will need to choose AILA as a sponsor if you are interested. The program is designed to enable a group of library workers to get on the fast track to ALA and professional leadership. Participants are given the opportunity to work on a variety of projects, network with peers and get an inside look into the ALA structure and activities.

DEMCO/AILA 2010 Library School Scholarship Winner Announced

The American Indian Library Association is pleased to announce that, through the generosity of DEMCO, we have awarded the 2010 DEMCO/AILA Library School Scholarship to Mary Gibson. Mary is an enrolled member of the Te-Moak Tribe of Western Shoshone, and she will be pursuing her Master of Science in Library and Information Science at the Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science.

San Jose SLIS to Award Scholarships to American Indians and Alaska Natives

The San Jose School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) is partnering with the American Indian Library Association (AILA) to launch Circle of Learning — an initiative designed to recruit and support American Indians and Alaska Natives who are interested in earning a Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) degree.

The scholarship program is designed for Native students who want to earn a fully online ALA-accredited MLIS degree. Scholarship recipients will receive financial assistance and other support, including mentoring, career advisement, field experiences, involvement in professional conferences and workshops, and interaction with Native leaders in the profession.

Because all courses are delivered fully online, students will be able to live anywhere while earning their MLIS degree. Circle of Learning’s unique blended approach of online curriculum delivery and face-to-face social and professional interactions will help ensure that scholarship recipients receive personalized support and develop a professional network that will benefit them in the years ahead.

The Circle of Learning scholarship program is made possible because of a generous grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the primary source of federal support for the nation’s libraries and museums. IMLS announced the award on June 15, 2010. View their announcement here: http://www.imls.gov/news/2010/061510.shtm.

For more information regarding the Circle of Learning project, including application information and deadlines, please visit the project’s website at http://slisweb.sjsu.edu/circleoflearning/.

Introducing the Talk Story Website

The American Indian Library Association and the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association announce the launch of their Family Literacy Focus project Talk Story: Sharing Stories, Sharing Culture website.

Talk Story is a library literacy model that reaches out to Asian/Pacific American (APA) and Native American/Alaska Native children and families. It promotes basic and cultural literacy in pre-readers and early readers by engaging children and their families in storytime, storytelling, books, art, music, dance, and other cultural activities. Upcoming Talk Story events will take place at Laguna Public Library (Laguna, NM), Tuzzy Consortium Library (Barrow, AK), Marlborough Public Library (Marlborogh, MA), and Jemez Pueblo Community Library (Jemez Pueblo, NM).

Talk Story is generously supported by the American Library Association as part of ALA 2009-2010 President Camila Alire’s Family Literacy Focus Initiative.

DEMCO/AILA Travel Grant to ALA Annual 2010 Winners Announced

The American Indian Library Association is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2010 DEMCO/AILA Travel Grant. Thanks to the generosity of DEMCO, AILA will provide financial assistance to four tribal librarians to attend the American Library Association Annual Conference in Washington, DC.

Congratulations to this year’s awardees:
Teresa Mares, Librarian, Noli Indian School
Sandra Tharp, Tribal Librarian, Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma
Melanie Toledo, Library Manager, Ak-Chin Indian Community Library

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.