Library Media Centers in a Native American Community
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The paper discusses how tribal libraries are a relatively recent development and looks at the state of libraries on reservations across the country. The paper looks at an interview with the library media specialist at the Native Media Center and shows how the recruitment of native people into librarianship and the continuing development of libraries on reservations is an ongoing challenge. The paper posits that making library services available to Native Americans is important in preserving and propagating their long history.
From the Paper:"Nearly two million Americans identified themselves as Native American during the United States census in 1990. One third of those people reside on over 300 Indian reservation while the remaining live in urban or rural settings. When compared to the total population in the United States, there were more young Indians, under the age of 10, and fewer older Indians, 70 years and older. Fewer Indians 16 years and older were likely to be employed; and, if employed, they were more apt to work in service areas, farming, forestry, fishing, production, or as operators/laborers. For every $100 in income that a family in the general U.S. population receives, Indian families receive $62. Almost one out of every three American Indians lives below the poverty level. A smaller amount of American Indians graduate from high school compared to the general population. Fewer hold bachelor's degrees or advanced degrees and yet, while many in the Indian population are facing socioeconomic stresses, currently there is a growing cultural and educational renaissance taking place (Roy, n.d.).
"Indians are starting to rediscover their culture by establishing genealogy records, reading and inventing literature, reclaiming their Native languages, and becoming involved with political and social issues. They are doing this by engaging in natural resource management, reclamation and reburial of human remains, and protection of treaty rights. This rebirth is due in part to the work of the American Indian library community, which has labored for many years to find support for Native American educational needs (Roy, n.d.)."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Hebert, Beck. (2002). The Role of Libraries in Native American Communities. Retrieved May 30, 2009, from Web site: http://etd.lsu.edu/docs/available/etd-0411102- 144434/unrestricted/Hebert_thesis.pdf
- Patterson, Lotsee. (n.d.). History and Status of Native Americans in Librarianship. Retrieved May 30, 2009, from Web site: https://www.ideals.uiuc.edu/bitstream/handle/2142/8329/librarytrendsv49i1h_opt.pdf?seq uence=1
- Roy, Loriene. (n.d.). To Support and Model Native American Library Services. Retrieved May 30, 2009, from http://www.txla.org/pubs/tlj76_1/native.html
- Welcome to the Native Media Center!. (2007). Retrieved May 30, 2009, from University of North Dakota Web site: http://www.und.edu/dept/nativemedia/
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