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Indigenous-focused ALA Conference 2007 poster sessions

There are several poster sessions that might be of interest to those of you working in libraries on First Peoples’ focused efforts or working in First Peoples’ libraries. The full list of poster sessions slated for this year are listed here, but I wanted to highlight three in particular (with text taken directly from the page):

I – 13     Native American Literature in Collection Development
Christopher Shaffer, Troy University-Dothan Campus Library, Dothan, AL (shafferc@troy.edu)

Developing a collection of books that serves and educates all aspects of a community is a daunting task for any library. One area that is often overlooked is developing a collection of Native American literature. This poster session, based on a paper to be presented in February, 2007 at the national conference of the National Association of Native American Studies, examines best practices for collecting and weeding materials in this field. It also confronts many of the excuses librarians offer who choose not to develop collections in Native American literature and refutes those arguments. The experience of Native Americans is crucial to understanding American history. Furthermore, as with any ethnic literature, it gives a voice to a segment of society that might otherwise not be heard. There is also a wealth of children’s literature being published today that examines Native American culture and is a valuable addition to any collection. Through charts, photographs, and other imagery I will provide examples of Native American literature that would be well suited for both public and academic library collections, and also show the importance of including such works in a collection.

III – 7     Gathering Indigenous Oral Histories Outside of Our Own Communities and Their Place in Research Libraries: A Maori Approach
Taina Tangaere-Mcgregor, Oral History Centre, Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Matauranga, Wellington, New Zealand (taina.mcgregor@natlib.govt.nz)

On ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) day in New Zealand, people throughout the country attend memorial services for soldiers who fought in World War II and following campaigns. Every year we acknowledge that the presence of World War II veterans at these occasions is dwindling. A team of students, supported by a core group of veterans, wives and widows, undertook an oral history project to record the stories of veterans of C Company 28 Maori Battalion who served in World War II, and their extended families. This poster session focuses on two aspects of the project: (1) it demonstrates how the team of students managed the project working among seven iwi (tribes) and (2) it demonstrates how the services of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand – Te Puna Mauranga o Aotearoa support iwi and hapu (tribe and sub-tribe) projects.

III – 11     Te Roopu Whakahau: Maori in Libraries and Information Management, the Indigenous Model
Eddie Neha, Hamilton, Waikato, New Zealand (eddie.neha@twoa.ac.nz)

Te Roopu Whakahau is regarded as the indigenous library Association of New Zealand. The poster session will go through its formation, history, importance, legal status, partnerships, goals and objectives. Six members/whanau of the group will present personal experiences of their time within Te Roopu Whakahau and also the value they place upon being part of a group/whanau which shares their cultural values as well as their professional ideals. These presentations will be complimented through performances in waiata (song), haka (actions), power point, video and audio. Presentations will also take in images, talk and footage from the 2007 Te Roopu Whakahau Hui-a-Tau (Annual Conference) and past Hui-a-Tau. Having been the first indigenous group to hold the IILF, Te Roopu Whakahau are a guiding light within the indigenous library community forming long lasting relationships with Indigenous peoples worldwide.

If you have an opportunity to go to the ALA Conference, please take a moment to visit these poster sessions and support this work!

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