Focus on Native Americans No. 06-01
Date: Spring 2006
Subject: South Carolina Talking Book Services reaches out to Native
In the winter 2006 newsletter of the South Carolina State Library
Talking Book Services, library director Pamela Davenport reported on
the first statewide Native American Conference "Mending the Circle,"
held on November 20, 2005. The conference was hosted by the South
Carolina Commission for Minority Affairs. Participants included the
library, other state agencies, and community-based organizations. Ac-
cording to the article, it was the first time in South Carolina history that
state recognition was bestowed on the following tribes and groups, by
the board of the South Carolina Commission for Minority Affairs:
-- Waccamaw Indian People
-- Pee Dee Indian Nation of Upper South Carolina
-- Eastern Cherokee
-- Southern Iroquois and United Tribes of South Carolina, Inc.
-- Wassamasaw Tribe of Varnertown Indians
-- Chaloklowa Chickasaw Indian People of South Carolina
Information about the South Carolina talking-book program was
provided to participants, many of whom were Native Americans from all
over the state. Participants also learned of Native American titles
available through the library's__ Focus on Native Americans__
initiative. "Talking Book Services was proud to be a part of this history-
making event and we will continue to raise the bar as we reach out to the
community," said Davenport.
In an article in__ Public Libraries,__ Loriene Roy and Antony Cherian
reported on a scholarship program to recruit tribally recognized Native
American students into library schools. A grant from the U.S. Institute
of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and support from the American
Library Association and the Tocker Foundation are providing funding
for the graduate education of six indigenous students. The students will
specialize in one of three career areas: tribal school librarianship, tribal
community (public) librarianship, or tribal academic librarianship. The
program, "Honoring Generations," began in October 2003 at the
University of Texas School of Information and builds on the school's
long-standing work with tribal communities. Funding beyond the
allocated three-year grant is needed to continue to provide professionally
trained librarians in tribal schools, tribal community libraries, public
libraries, and tribal colleges.
For details, please read: "Honoring Generations: Recruiting Native
Students Into Careers in Librarianship," by Loriene Roy and Antony
Cherian. Public Libraries, v. 45, January-February 2006, pages 48 52.
Loriene Roy elected ALA president for 2007 2008
Loriene Roy, of the Minnesota Cheppewa Tribe, was recently elected
president of the American Library Association for the 2007 2008 term.
Roy is a past president of the American Indian Library Association
(AILA) and founder of "If I Can Read, I Can Do Anything," a national
reading club for Native American children. The program promotes
library usage at Native schools, encourages Native children and
community members to read for pleasure, and works to increase reading
skills while preserving Indian identity through family literacy activities.
The June 2001 (01-01) issue __of Focus on Native Americans__
included a report on the program. Additional information is available at
__Native American basket traditions__
Native American basket traditions will be one of the themes at the 2006
Smithsonian Folklife Festival held June 30 July 4 and July 7 11, 2006,
on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. __ Carriers of Culture: Living
Native Basket Traditions __will examine the ways in which Native
baskets and their makers are literally and symbolically "carriers of
culture." Eighty Native American master basket makers will
demonstrate the weaving traditions of their respective communities.
This is a joint project of the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural
Heritage, the National Museum of the American Indian, and the
Michigan State University Museum. Admission to the festival is free.
Hours are 11:00 a.m. 5:30 p.m. each day, with concerts, dance parties,
and special events until 9:00 p.m. For further information see
www.folklife.si.edu/center/festival.html and click on "2006."