Library Instruction West 2020
Seattle, Washington
July 22-24
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Thursday, July 23 • 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Utilizing the “Moccasin Telegraph” to Recruit Native American and Alaska Native Scholars Toward Library and Information Science Degrees

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With a history of written conquest and rewritten pseudo-historical accounts of the American
Indian experience in the historical record, and to fulfill the need of Indigenous scholars from all
disciplines, I am calling our field to action: Recruit Indigenous Scholars in the Discipline of
Library and Information Science. Their expertise is needed!

Indigenous librarians empower learners by introducing Evidence Based Research (EBR) to
impress the need, significance and mutual benefits of Indigenous perspectives in the field of
library and information science. By doing so, early and contemporary works align in theory and
practice to recruit Native American or Alaska Native practitioners for the field of library science
Other evidence includes a 2011 pilot study by Wayne State and Syracuse University. The
findings illustrated a gap in cultural competence and a cultural mismatch from those of the
library and information science students.

Design an interactive map to consider the geographic locations of the Tribal Colleges and
Universities, in line with library programs. Internalizing the results with the goal to promote
student success, and develop sustainable partnerships between Tribal librarians and Academic
and mainstream librarians and information specialists.


L.Marie Avila

undergraduate engagement librarian, University of Kansas Libraries

Thursday July 23, 2020 1:30pm - 2:45pm AST
HUB 334 (Seats 60)

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