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April 17, 2012: 2012 Talk Story Grant Winners Announced
The American Indian Library Association (AILA) and the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA), supported by Toyota Financial Services, are pleased to award the Baranov Museum in Kodiak, Alaska, Carson Regional Library in Carson, California, the Jamestown S’klallam Tribal Library in Sequim, Washington, the Mzenegen Tribal Library in Dorr, Michigan, and White Mesa Library of the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe in Towaoc, Colorado each a $500 grant to host a Talk Story program at their library. Read more here.

February 2, 2012: AILA Names Scholarship in Honor of Virginia Mathews
The American Indian Library Association has named its library school scholarship the Virginia Mathews Memorial Scholarship to honor the memory of one of the original founders of AILA. Virginia Winslow Hopper Mathews, member of the American Library Association for 50 years and recipient of the American Library Association's Honorary Membership in 1994, died on Saturday, May 7, 2011. Read more about Virginia's contributions to AILA.

February 2, 2012: Statement on Ethnic Studies Programs in Arizona
The American Indian Library Association (AILA) wishes to publicly express its strong disapproval of the elimination of the Tucson Unified School District (TUSD) Mexican American Studies classes and removal of books associated with the program due to the State of Arizona Revised Statutes Sections 15-111 and 15-112. We write this statement in support of all students, educators, and families who have been negatively affected by this action. Read the full statement here. This version was edited on February 2, 2012.

January 30, 2012: AILA and APALA Members Participate in Fun Run at ALA Midwinter in Dallas
Members of AILA and APALA braved the cold to participate in the ALA Midwinter 5k Fun Run early Saturday morning. Team members sported bibs supporting AILA, APALA and JCLC. Pictures courtesy of Florante Ibanez.

January 23, 2012: American Indian Youth Literature Award Winners Announced
The American Indian Library Association (AILA), an affiliate of the American Library Association, has selected "The Christmas Coat: Memories of My Sioux Childhood" (2011), written by Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve, illustrated by Ellen Beier; "Free Throw" (2011) and "Triple Threat" (2011), both written by Jacqueline Guest; and "Pipestone: My Life in an Indian Boarding School" (2010), written by Adam Fortunate Eagle, as recipients of the fourth American Indian Youth Literature Awards. Four titles were selected as Honor Books in the Picture Book category, two titles were selected as Honor Books in the Middle Grades category and one title was named as an Honor Book in the Young Adult category.

December 20, 2011: Now Accepting Applications for 2012 Grant for Talk Story Program: Apply by February 1: DEADLINE EXTENDED!
Thanks to the generosity of Toyota Financial Services, Talk Story: Sharing stories, Sharing Culture, grant program is offering two $500 grants to host a Talk Story: Sharing Stories, Sharing Culture program at your library.

A joint project of The American Indian Library Association and the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association, 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. Deadline to apply February 1, 2012

December 6, 2011: Congratulations to Shannon Rosenbaum for being selected as 2012 ALA Emerging Leader!
The American Indian Library Association (AILA) has selected Shannon Rosenbaum, a member of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation and a Circle of Learning MLIS candidate at San Jose State University, for the 2012 ALA Emerging Leaders program. As sponsor, AILA provides a stipend of $1,000 to support her attendance and participation in the Emerging Leaders program at the 2012 ALA Midwinter Meeting and Annual Conference. Read more about Shannon.

October 29, 2011: The American Indian Library Association (AILA) and the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA) Announce Their 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.

October 18, 2011: 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!

September 8, 2011: 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.

June 30, 2011: AILA Members Win ALA Council Spots!
Congratulations to David Hurley, Zora Sampson, and Holly Tomren who were elected ALA Councilor at Large members.

April 30, 2011: 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!

March 29, 2011: 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.

December 29, 2010: 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 Soliciting Books for 2012 American Indian Youth Literature Awards
The Awards Jury is soliciting review copies of recent books, published in 2009, 2010 or 2011 for the 2012 American Indian Youth Literature Awards. The winners will be announced at the 2012 ALA Midwinter Conference. For more information contact Lisa Mitten. See submission guidelines.

November 22, 2010: 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/.

July 30, 2010: 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.

June 27, 2010: DEMCO/AILA 2010 Library School Scholarship Winner Annouced!
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.

June 17, 2010: 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/.

May 20, 2010: 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.

May 10, 2010: 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!

January 13, 2010: 2009 Distinguished Services Award Winner Announced
David Ongley was awarded the 2009 American Indian Library Association Distinguised 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.

September 18, 2009: DEMCO/AILA Travel Grant award winners announced!
The American Indian Library Association is pleased to announce the recipients of our first ever DEMCO/AILA Travel Grant. Thanks to the generosity of DEMCO, AILA will provide financial assistance to four American Indian library professionals currently working in tribal library of any kind to attend the Tribal Archives, Libraries and Museums Conference (TALM) in Portland, OR.

Congratulations to this year's awardees:
Mary Johnson, Library Director, Nebraska Indian Community College
Sarah Kostelecky, Library Director, Institute of American Indian Arts
Bernice Martinez, Library Director, Pueblo de San Ildefonso
Melanie Toledo, Library Manager, Ak-Chin Indian Community Library

April 3, 2009: AILA Past President Janice Rice receives award!
Janice Rice, senior academic librarian in the University of Wisconsin–Madison College Library and member of the Ho-Chunk Nation, has been selected as a recipient of the 14th annual UW System Outstanding Women of Color in Education Award. Read the story!

January 29, 2009: AILA Member Larel Tarulli awarded Esther J Percy Award!
AILA member Laurel Tarulli was chosen as the 2009 winner of the Esther J. Piercy award! Read the award description.

October 8, 2008: HOLLY TOMREN SELECTED AS 2009 EMERGING LEADER!
Congratulations to AILA Secretary Holly Tomren for being chosen for the 2009 Emerging Leader program! You may read the press release at the ALA website.

May 29, 2007: Senate Confirms President's Nominees to National Museum and Library Services Board
Lotsee Patterson, Ph.D., professor in the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Oklahoma, was born and raised in rural southwestern Oklahoma. A member of the Comanche Nation, she credits her experience growing up in Indian country with developing her passion for libraries and library services for Native Americans. She is a recipient of the Oklahoma Library Association's highest honor receiving their Distinguished Service Award and being designated by this association as a Library Legend. Patterson has also been honored for her work with tribal libraries and for recruiting and mentoring American Indian librarians by the American Library Association. Patterson's research interestsfocus on library and information services to indigenous populations. In this context she has been an invited presenter at symposia and conferences throughout the United States and in Sweden, New Zealand, Ukraine and Canada. She has been a visiting scholar at the University of British Columbia and a visiting lecturer at the University of Maryland. She has served as consultant to the National Commission on Libraries and Information Studies, as well as many universities, publishers and organizations. Most recently she was a senior advisor to the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian.

The National Museum and Library Services Board (NMLSB) is a twenty-four member advisory body that includes the IMLS director and deputy directors for libraries and museums, the chair of the National Commission on Libraries and Information Science, and twenty presidentially appointed and Senate-confirmed members of the general public who have demonstrated expertise in, or commitment to, library or museum services. Informed by its collective experience and knowledge, the NMLSB advises the IMLS director on general policy and practices, and on selections for the National Awards for Museum and Library Services. For more information about the National Museum and Library Services Board visit the Institute's Web site at www.imls.gov/about/board.shtm.

February 28, 2007
Demco donates $1000 towards Loriene's Honor Dance at the NMAI!

Storyteller Tim Tingle, Member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, performed at the AILA Midwinter Social. Thanks to Cinco Punto Press, Salinas Bookshelf, Demco and Gaylord for sponsoring this wonderful event.

May 1, 2006: LORIENE ROY ELECTED ALA PRESIDENT!
AILA's own Loriene Roy, professor of Library and Information Science at the University of Texas, Austin, former ALA council member, and past AILA president, has been elected as the incoming president of the American Library Association for the 2007-2008 term. You may read the press release at the ALA website. Also, Loriene's web site provides information about her plans for her presidency.