Though course development since the late fall of 2008 has been a major component of TLAM (as well as implementation of the course), our work through the present encompasses much more than just a typical course of in-class lectures and readings.  It also focuses on the importance of building relationships, networking, advocating for tribal cultural institutions, and partnering and bringing about a greater awareness of tribal libraries, archives, and museums, their professionals, and the services they provide and the role they play in their communities.

Ongoing  (late 2008 – present):


  • Presentation to the SLIS Curriculum Committee proposing the incorporation of TLAM into SLIS’s curriculum.
  • Presentation to the SLIS Advisory Committee.
  • Hosted public talk on current issues in indigenous information issues by Loriene Roy, professor at University of Texas-Austin and past-president of the American Library Association.
  • Presented at the SLIS Research Forum.
  • Hosted an end of the semester thank you and renewal potluck for all TLAM members, guests, and colleagues.
  • Presented at the Beta Beta Epsilon Chapter of Beta Phi Mu‘s Librarians’ Assembly Diversity Program.
  • Two of our students interned with the Wisconsin Oneida Nation’s Cultural Heritage Department archive in the summer of 2009.
  • Networked and presented at the 2009 National Tribal Archives, Libraries and Museums conference in Portland, Oregon, in October 2009.
  • Spoke at the October 2009 Wisconsin Library Association (WLA) Conference Awards Banquet when they were recognized as recipients of the 2009 WLA Special Service Award regarding three of the TLAM students’ initial partnership work with Red Cliff. 
  • Hosted a SLIS brownbag discussion in October 2009, regarding the TALM conference and future plans for the TLAM course.
  • Contributed a case study chapter about the TLAM project for Dr. Loriene Roy’s upcoming book, Tribal Libraries, Archives, and Museums: Preserving Our Language, Memories, and Lifeways


  • Led a lunch table talk about the TLAM poject and tribal libraries, archives, and museums at the UW-Madison All Campus Library Reference Retreat in January 2010.
  • Facilitate a roundtable discussion session in February 2010, at the 2010 national iConference held at the University of Illinois- Champaign-Urbana.
  • Operation Teen Book Drop Liasons to the Menominee High School Library, the Lac Courte Orielles .  The book drop takes place during National Library week on April 15, 2010.
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