Tribal Libraries Committee
Oklahoma Library Association
In 2007-2008, OLA established the Committee for Tribal Libraries, Archives, and American Indian Collections.
The Committee has three purposes.
- To increase input from those interested in American Indian issues into the OLA planning process, the Co-Chairs of the Tribal Libraries Committee will be members of the OLA Program Committee. This includes people who work with American Indian collections in non-tribal libraries, as well as those interested in American Indian services and programs.
- To promote relationships. Many librarians and library staff members who work in public, school, college or university and special libraries want to build a relationship with our colleagues who work in the Tribal Libraries or Archives. We have much to offer each other that will make all of our libraries stronger and better.
- To increase involvement in OLA on the part of those working in or with the special libraries and archives that serve American Indian communities, especially those who work in and with Tribal Libraries or Archives. Many of the Tribal Nations have established or are establishing libraries, archive collections, and college libraries, so it is important to include them in the library organization.
(Adapted from "OLA to Form Committee for Tribal Libraries, Archives, and American Indian Collections", by Jan Bryant and Kay Boies, Oklahoma Librarian v. 58 no. 2, March/April 2008).