The primary goal of the project is to enhance the quantity and quality of American Indian and American Indian serving Library Media Specialists in order to meet the information needs of the American Indian population in Oklahoma, Kansas, and Missouri.
The Library Media Specialists in the 21ST CENTURY LIBRARY ALLIANCE project will graduate with the all the skills and knowledge necessary to be a successful Library Media Specialist along with the added knowledge, skills, and high level of understanding of local American Indian tribes and research based instructional practices for working with American Indian students and adults in library settings.
The project is designed to ensure information created yesterday is preserved, information created today will be available, and American Indian tribal members have professionals who can serve as advocates, make cultural changes, and ensure an unbiased climate and curricula in public school libraries.
Pittsburg (KS) State University
9 Native American Indian Tribes/Nations: Eastern Shawnee, Miami, Modoc, Ottawa, Peoria, Quapaw, Seneca-Cayuga, Shawnee, Wyandotte
School Districts in Oklahoma: Blue Jacket, Commerce, Fairland, Grove, Jay, Miami, Quapaw, Turkey Ford, Welch, White Oak, Wyandotte
School Districts in Kansas: Fort Scott, Pittsburg
School Districts in Missouri: Seneca
Libraries: Axe Library, Pittsburg State University, Northeast Oklahoma A & M College Library and Native American Indian Excellence Center.
3 years (2 years of an accredited Master of Science in Educational Technology – Library Media Specialist program, 1 year of Induction/Mentoring)
Eight of the nine partner American Indian tribes have a library or library/museum housed in the tribal headquarters, yet none have someone on staff who holds a graduate Library Media degree. The partner school districts have an American Indian population ranging from 10% to more than 70% of the total school population. All of these school districts have elementary, middle and high school libraries, but many of them are served by only one Library Media Specialist for the entire school district.
Members of the Native American tribes of Northeast Oklahoma and the area public school partner school districts with an American Indian population ranging from 10% to more than 70% of the total school population.
Twenty-five American Indians and/or teachers who work in partner schools districts (10-70% American Indian population) will earn a Master of Science Library Media degree and experience one year of mentoring/orientation. Partner Tribes and school districts will highly consider hiring them as openings become available.
The project is designed to ensure information created yesterday is preserved and information created today will be available in tribal libraries and museums. Additionally, the project will ensure American Indian tribal members, both students and adults, have professional librarians who can serve as advocates, make cultural changes, and ensure an unbiased climate and curricula in schools.
Twenty-five students will receive a scholarship, laptop computer, textbooks, and a stipend. The nine American Indian tribes will benefit by having highly qualified Library Media Specialists staff the tribal libraries/museums serving the tribal members and preserving history. The students and teachers in the partner school districts will have professionals who can serve as advocates, make cultural changes, and ensure an unbiased climate and curricula.
The deadline to submit application is May 15th at 1:00 P.M. CDT.