Librarian Prairie View A&M University Houston, Texas
This is the 2021 Jean E. Coleman Library Outreach Lecture.
As a young person, becoming a librarian was never an option, not because the doors were closed, but because the librarians I grew up with did not represent who I was as a person. Finding a Tribal librarian in a Tribal community may be more common than when I was a child, but not every Tribal community feels comfortable within the library. Representation matters, and in Tribal communities representation is vital to an active and thriving library. Through advocacy on a national level for educating Tribal librarians, to introducing the importance of Tribal representation in all libraries, to creating a Tribal library that extends cultural norms of my Amskapii Piikani community, there are many ways to ensure that Indigenous peoples see a mirror within the library institutions that serve their communities.
About the Lecturer
Aaron LaFromboise is currently the Director of Library Services at Medicine Spring Library, the academic library for Blackfeet Community College and the community library/archives for the Blackfeet Nation. Through her leadership, Medicine Spring Library received the 2018 Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums Institutional Excellence Award for creating a safe and enjoyable environment within the Blackfeet Tribal community. Aaron is a 2014 ALA Emerging Leader, sponsored by the American Indian Library Association, a former commissioner for the Montana State Library (2014-2020), serves on the ALA Presidential Committee for Julius Jefferson Jr., and is the American Indian Library Association Vice-President.
For more information about the Jean E. Coleman Library Outreach Lecture, please visit: http://www.ala.org/aboutala/offices/diversity/jeanecoleman