Dissertation Successfully Defended, April 24, 2018:
“Let Me Tell You About Indian Libraries”: Self-Determination, Leadership, and Vision–The Basis of Tribal Library Development in the United States
Other Writing Projects:
Sandra Littletree & Cheryl A. Metoyer (2015) Knowledge Organization from an Indigenous Perspective: The Mashantucket Pequot Thesaurus of American Indian Terminology Project, Cataloging & Classification Quarterly, 53:5-6, 640-657, DOI: 10.1080/01639374.2015.1010113
Since March 2017, I have been working with an Ad Hoc Committee of the American Indian Library Association on gathering stories of tribal libraries in order to advocate for continued federal funding for the Institute for Museums and Library Services (IMLS) and the Native American Library grants.
Initial planning meeting of Digital Atlas of Native American Intellectual Traditions (DANAIT), Amherst College. (June 22-23, 2016)
International Conference of Indigenous Archives, Libraries, and Museums, Albuquerque, NM. (2017). “Sharing Stories of Tribal Libraries: History, Sovereignty, and Empowerment.”
Society of American Archivists, Portland, OR. (July 2017). “Archival Education that Serves the Needs of Tribal Archivists and Communities: Three Perspectives.” Panel
Tribal College Librarians Professional Development Institute, Bozeman, MT (May 25, 2017). “Indigenous Systems of Knowledge”
Tribal College Librarians Professional Development Institute, Bozeman, MT (May 23, 2017). “Tribal Library Stories” (slides available here)
2016 International Conference of Indigenous Archives, Libraries, and Museums, Phoenix, AZ (October 2016). “The Indigenous Information Research Group: Rebuilding Nations, Empowering Communities”
“History of the American Indian Library Association (AILA).” (August 2016) Recorded presentation for the 2016 AILA Executive Board.
New Librarians Global Connections Webinar Series. (July 30, 2015). “Exploring the PhD Option.” Webinar with other speakers: Fiona Jardine and K.R. Roberto
9th International Indigenous Librarians’ Forum. Winnipeg, Manitoba. (August 6, 2015). “Co-creating knowledge: Indigenous Systems of Knowledge and Information Institutions”
9th International Indigenous Librarians’ Forum. Winnipeg, Manitoba. (August 2015). “Native Systems of Knowledge” (poster)
American Library Association Annual Conference. San Francisco, CA. (June 27, 2015). “Fearless Questions and Fierce Conversations: Recruiting and Retaining LIS Doctoral Students of Color” Panel Presentation.
14th Annual Symposium of Native & Indigenous Scholarship, University of Washington. (May 8, 2015) “Indigenous Systems of Knowledge and Information Institutions: Intersections and Strategies”
Indigenous Information Research Group Projects:
Native Girls Code: This program is designed to give Native girls a place to develop a strong foundation in Native culture, Native science, and build the skills needed to use modern computer technologies. IIRG was invited to present a program to the girls on January 16, 2016, and we’ve been invited to have continued involvement with the project.
7th iSchool Research Fair, University of Washington, November 2015, “Rebuilding Nations: Empowering Communities” Poster Presentation with the Indigenous Information Research Group (IIRG)
6th iSchool Research Fair, University of Washington, November 2014, “Native Systems of Knowledge” Poster presentation with the Indigenous Information Research Group (IIRG)
5th iSchool Research Fair, University of Washington, November 2013, “Indigenous Knowledge Organization Project: Knowledge Organization from an Indigenous Perspective” Poster presentation with the Indigenous Information Research Group (IIRG)
4th iSchool Research Fair, University of Washington, November 2012, “Bringing Our Children Home: Co-Creating a Knowledge Management System (KMS) with the National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA).” Poster presentation with the Indigenous Information Research Group (IIRG)
These are projects I worked on before I started my PhD program, projects that have informed my current research.
Member of the American Indian Library Association (AILA) Executive Board. 2010-2013. I served as President of AILA during this time, as well as Vice President and Immediate Past President. Being on the executive board allowed me to see how a grassroots organization serving the library needs of American Indian populations operates at the national level.
Stories of Arizona’s Tribal Libraries. 2010-2011. This was a project I worked on while working with the Knowledge River program at the University of Arizona. My project partner was Jamie A. Lee, formerly a Knowledge River scholar. The purpose of the Stories of Arizona’s Tribal Libraries Oral History Project was to capture the history and development of tribal libraries while also demonstrating that these libraries are indeed a vital and valuable part of the community and the state of Arizona. We visited four libraries and collected stories from elders, librarians, library directors, councilors, community cultural directors, museum directors, and library users. We also conducted hands-on oral history workshop at the 10th Gathering of Arizona Tribal Libraries.
Research with Respect. This is another project from my time at Knowledge River. On 2 November 2010, Knowledge River, in collaboration with the School of Information Resources and Library Science (SIRLS) and the University of Arizona Libraries, presented Research with Respect: Ethical Approaches to Native American Cultural Research and Archival Practices, a seminar on the ethical issues related to collection, management and accessibility of knowledge resources from Native American populations. Invited scholars and UA graduate students presented on their perspectives on research integrity. Scholars included Dr. Jennie R. Joe, Director of the Native American Research and Training Center (NARTC), UA; Karen Underhill, Head of Special Collections, NAU Libraries; and Ally Krebs, Ph.D. student, University of Washington and Knowledge River Alumna, as well as UA students Susan Barrett and Casey C. Kahn-Thornbrugh. This was sponsored by the UA Office for the Responsible Conduct of Research, The UA Graduate College, and The Project for Scholarly Integrity, an initiative of the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS). Here are my opening remarks:
“Knowledge River: A case study of a library and information science program focusing on Latino and Native American perspectives,” Library Trends, 59 (2), 2010. (with Patricia Montiel-Overall). I co-wrote this article with Dr. Montiel-Overall about the Knowledge River program.
TRAILS: Tribal Libraries Procedures Manual, 3rd edition. This was one of the first major projects I worked on after graduating from library school. In 2006, I was invited by Satia Orange to work with the ALA Office for Outreach and Literacy Services (ALA OLOS) to administer the tribal libraries websites for the ALA committee on Rural, Native & Tribal Libraries of All Kinds. In the process of this work, I discovered a document that came out of the Training and Assistance for Indian Library Services (TRAILS) program that was started in 1985 under the direction of Dr. Lotsee Patterson, with funding from the U.S. Department of Education. I asked if we could include TRAILS in my work, and OLOS gave me the support and connected me with a fantastic team of librarians to revise the TRAILS document.