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Tribal Libraries, Archives, and Museums: Preserving Our Language, Memory, Lifeways

Edited by Loriene Roy , Anjali Bhasin and Sarah Arriaga


Hundreds of tribal libraries, archives, and other information centers offer the services that patrons have come to expect: circulation of materials, collection of singular items (such as oral histories), and public services (such as summer reading programs). What is unique in these settings is the commitment to tribal protocols and expressions of tribal lifeways from their footprints on the land to their architecture and interior design, institutional names, signage, and special services, such as native language promotion.

This book offers a collection of articles devoted to tribal libraries and archives and provides an opportunity for tribal librarians and archivists to share their stories, challenges, achievements, and aspirations with the larger professional community.

  • Part one introduces the tribal community library, providing context and case studies for libraries in California, Alaska, Oklahoma, Hawai'i, and in other countries. The role of tribal libraries and archives in native language recovery and revitalization is also addressed in this section.
  • Part two features service functions of tribal information centers, addressing the library facility, selection, organization, instruction, and programming/outreach.
  • Part three includes a discussion of the types of records that tribes might collect, legal issues, and snapshot descriptions of noteworthy archival collections.
  • The final part covers strategic planning, advice on working in the unique environments of tribal communities, advocacy and marketing, continuing education plans for library staff, and time management tips that are useful for anyone working in a small library setting.


  • "With several standout chapters, Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums: Preserving Our Language, Memory, and Lifeways fills a much-needed void, primarily for tribal professionals, but also for other individuals working with Tribal Archives, Libraries and Museums (TALM)." --Archival Issues


    ". . . provide[s] the reader with a broad understanding of the contextual environment in which tribal materials are preserved and made available. Through personal experiences and observations, tribal information professionals will be made aware of potential pitfalls and how to avoid them through the voices of experts and colleagues who have experienced successes and challenges. --The American Archivist



    Published by Scarecrow Press, Inc. (2011)
    268pp | 6 x 9.25 | Soft cover
    Product Code: BOOKRES-0592
    ISBN: 978-0-8108-8194-5
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