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Interview with Dr. Lee Francis of Native Realities Press

The American Indian Library Association would like to recognize AILA member Dr. Lee Francis who received the 2018 JCLC Author Award.  The Author Award recognizes an outstanding contribution to the body of ethnic literature. You can view his work at nativerealities.com. How did you get started with Native Realities Press and publishing? I founded Native Realities in 2015 Who … Continued

The American Indian Library Association @ ALA Annual June 21 – 26, 2018 New Orleans, LA

Friday, June 22, 2018 Southern Food and Beverage Museum Tour Hosted by Joint Council of Librarians of Color Register by June 20th – Cost is $10.00 http://www.jclcinc.org/conference/2018/jclc-emiert-tour-at-alaac18/ 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM 1609 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd, New Orleans, LA American Indian Library Association Executive Board Meeting 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM Morial Convention Center, … Continued

Register for the Joint Conference of Librarians of Color 2018!

JCLC 2018 Registration is now open! Registration is being managed by the American Library Association’s registration system. You may register with your ALA membership or profile credentials or create a profile when you begin your registration process. You do not need to be a member of ALA to attend the JCLC. The 3rd National Joint Conference … Continued

The American Indian Library Association and the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association Announce Winners of the 2018 Talk Story Grant

April 16, 2018 The American Indian Library Association (AILA) and the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA), supported by Toyota Financial Services, are pleased to award a $750 grant to each of the following eight libraries and community organizations to host Talk Story: Sharing stories, sharing culture programming. The winning libraries and community organizations are: American Indian Health … Continued

AILA Statement on ALSC Children’s Literature Legacy Award

For Immediate Release July 11, 2018 The American Indian Library Association (AILA) commends the recent decision by the Association for Library Service to Children and ALA for taking the long overdue action to change the name of the Wilder Award to the Children’s Literature Legacy Award. The Children’s Literature Legacy Award honors an author or … Continued

Middle Grade and YA Booklist

AILA Middle Grade and YA Book List Created By: Naomi Bishop, MLIS Summer 2018 How I Became a Ghost: A Choctaw Trail of Tears Story Tim Tingle Roadrunner Press 2015 In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse Joseph Marshall III Amulet Books 2015 Native Athletes in Action! Vincent Schilling 7th Generation 2016 Native Defenders of the … Continued

Children’s Book List

AILA Children’s Book List Created by: Naomi Bishop, MLIS Summer 2018 Baby learns About Beverly Blacksheep Salina Bookshelf Inc. 2004 I See Me by Margaret Manuel Theytus Books, 2009 Little You written by Richard Van Camp Illustrated by Julie Flett Orca Book Publishers, 2013 We Sang You Home Orca Books 2016 Shanyaak’utlaax: Salmon Boy Illustrated by … Continued

2018 AILA Awards

For Immediate Release Saturday, 02/10/2018 Contact: Naomi Bishop, MLIS President, American Indian Library Association DENVER— The American Indian Library Association (AILA), an affiliate of the American Library Association (ALA), has selected “Shanyaak’utlaax: Salmon Boy” (2017), published by Sealaska Heritage Institute, edited by Tlingit speakers Johnny Marks, Hans Chester, David Katzeek, Nora Dauenhauer and Tlingit linguist … Continued

Statement on Sherman Alexie

March 16, 2018 Dear AILA membership, The Youth Literature Awards Committee and the Executive Board write to express full support for the people harmed by Sherman Alexie. We believe and commend the writers who have spoken up and extend our heartfelt compassion to those who have chosen to remain silent. As librarians we have a … Continued

What Is a Tribal Library?

The definition of a tribal library varies across the U.S. The history and timeline of many tribal community libraries, archives, and cultural centers (museums) can somewhat be tracked through a handful of publications. However, as print resources become out of date, the need arises for an online central directory to keep the most up to … Continued