Rhiannon Sorrell


Kinyaa’áanii Charlie Benally Library, Diné College

How did you decide to become a librarian?

I decided to become a librarian after being a TA for my graduate institution’s English Department for two years. I saw the need for an active intermediary between the library and academic departments. As an instructor, I saw the need for the library’s continued involvement in teaching information literacy and fine-tuning research skills. As a librarian, I knew how important it was to forge partnerships with faculty to encourage repeat library sessions that would reinforce student learning.

What is your AILA passion?

Making connections! Resource sharing! These were cornerstones in my group’s project for the 2018 Emerging Leaders cohort. The Tribal Libraries Archives and Museums Interactive Online Directory is meant as an educational resource for all it. It is also meant as an advocacy tool for tribal libraries to share their resources with a broader audience.

What is your story?

Born to Kinłichíí’nii (Red House People) and Ta’neezahnii (Tangle People) clans, I grew up in Fort Defiance, AZ. After getting my first taste of librarianship as an undergraduate student worker at the St. Lawrence University Music Library, I went on to get my M.A. and M.L.I.S. at the University of Rhode Island. Since graduating in 2014, I have continued to work with the American Indian Film Gallery on tribe-sourcing their films. The education and information literacy of my Diné community (and indigenous communities everywhere) continues to be my passion and source of inspiration.