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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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AILA Members Win ALA Council Spots

Congratulations to David Hurley, Zora Sampson, and Holly Tomren who were elected ALA Councilor at Large members.

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!

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: For more information regarding the Circle of Learning project, including application information and deadlines, please visit the project’s website at

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.