Native People in the Information Profession Panel at St. Kate

My dear friend and respected colleague Debbie Reese (the author of American Indians in Children’s Literature) will be in town the second week of April and has graciously agreed to speak at the Master of Library and Information Science Program at St. Catherine University. Initially I thought I would just have Debbie, but last semester Jody Gray, UMN Diversity Outreach Librarian and the Department of American Indian Studies library liaison, spoke in my Intro to LIS class, and then one of my Intro students, Edwin Schenk, gave such a fantastic presentation on Native people in the information profession that it just seemed to make sense to create a panel and really make a big event out of it. The 3 agreed, and voila, Native People in the Information Profession was born! Please join us for this exciting event and learn more about Native people in the information profession.


Tuesday, April 7, 2015 @ 6:00 pm in Mendel 106
St. Catherine University, 2004 Randolph Ave., St. Paul, MN 55105

(Click here for a St. Kate campus map. Mendel Hall is #20 in red. Parking on campus is free after 5 pm.)


Edwin Schenk
Edwin Schenk

NATIVE AMERICANS AND DIVERSITY IN LIBRARY & INFORMATION SCIENCE EDUCATION Edwin will give a brief history of NA in LIS and explain how LIS is relevant to Native communities. He will then discuss how Native perspectives are represented/not represented in LIS education, and conclude by sharing some of his experience as a Lakota/Ojibwa in the MLIS program at St. Kate’s.

EDWIN SCHENK (Lakota/ Ojibwa) is an MLIS student at St. Catherine University. His interests are in postcolonial theory, academic and theological librarianship, tribal libraries, archives and oral histories. He earned his MA in Old Testament from Luther Seminary in 2014.  Edwin is a member of the Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians in Watersmeet, Michigan and Director of the Library at North Central University in Minneapolis.

Jody Gray
Jody Gray

SERVING AS A LIAISON TO AN ACADEMIC DEPARTMENT OF AMERICAN INDIAN STUDIES The Department of American Indian Studies at UMN was the first  of its kind originating in 1969.  It has been a leader in language revitalization and sovereignty issues.  Jody will present the major issues to consider when providing library services to an academic department in a university.  What impact does the state and University’s history play in the development of curriculum and student success?  What role can libraries play?

JODY GRAY (Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe) is the Diversity Outreach Librarian and liaison to the Department of American Indian Studies at UMN.  She received a BA in English from UMN Morris and an MLIS from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee.

Debbie Reese
Debbie Reese

NATIVE PEOPLE IN FACT AND FICTION America loves to love Indians, but the Indians they love are more fiction than fact. In her presentation, Debbie will provide tips of how to tell the difference between materials that accurately portray Native peoples in the U.S. and Canada. With this information, you will be better able to make informed choices in selecting and weeding materials for your library.

DEBBIE REESE Tribally enrolled at Nambe Pueblo, Debbie publishes American Indians in Children’s Literature. She holds a PhD in Education and earned an MLIS from San Jose State University. Her book chapters and articles are used in Education and Library School courses in the US and Canada.

Moderated by Paul Lai, MLIS Paul is an editor, librarian, teacher, and dog park researcher in the Twin Cities.

Organized by Dr. Sarah Park Dahlen & the StKate American Library Association Student Chapter

Contact 651-690-8791

Official event flyer – please distribute widely! (PDF 2015.04 NativePanelStKate)

2015.04 NativePanelStKate

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