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2000 Speakers

The Tribal College Librarians Professional Development Institute

Jack Barden

Jack Barden has been associated with Tribal Colleges since 1971. He currently works as Grants and Research Coordinator at Sitting Bull College in Ft. Yates, North Dakota. Barden is a past Executive Director of the North Dakota Association of Tribal Colleges and is involved in a Learning Anytime Anywhere Partnership project with the Association to work develop ways in which Tribal Colleges in North Dakota can share course work online. He is also the Coordinator of the AIHEC Virtual Library Project. Barden received his BA, MEd, and PhD in Counseling from the of North Dakota.

Terri Brown

Terri Brown is the program officer for the Native American Library Services grants program within the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) in Washington, D.C. Before coming to IMLS, she worked at the National Agricultural Library in the Rural Information Center Health Service, an information service focusing on rural health care. Terri has worked primarily in public services in a variety of library settings since 1976. She has an MLS from the of Maryland, College Park and a BS degree in Special Education. Prior to working in libraries, she taught elementary-age hearing-impaired children.

Susan Byorth

Susan Byorth is the project director of the Montana JASON Project, for the Burns Telecommunications Center at Montana State University. Prior to joining the BTC, Susan was the Director of the Birch Creek Center, a field campus of Western Montana College of the of Montana, where she developed numerous outdoor education programs for students and teachers. Susan is a 1986 graduate of Montana State University.

Maggie Farrell

Maggie Farrell is the Associate Dean of Libraries at Montana State University. Recently, Maggie spent one year as an Internet Consultant for the U.S. Government Printing Office. Maggie worked on various projects to improve access to electronic government information including the Pathway Indexer. Maggie's experience includes Head of Government Publications at the of Nevada Las Vegas, an ALA Fellow in Nova Scotia Canada, and documents librarian at Arizona State University.

Betsy Gaines

Betsy Gaines is the Director of Development, College of Letters and Science, Montana State University. She has a degree in English Literature from Colorado College and a Master's degree from the of Montana. She worked as a reporter inTelluride, CO; spent a year in Kenya as an assistant editor for a wildlife magazine and until recently, served as the Bozeman Field Director for the Alliance for the Wild Rockies. She currently serves on the board of directors for the National Sierra Club.

Barbara Kawecki

Barbara Kawecki is an Account Services Manager at EBSCO Information Services in Denver, Colorado, covering the states of Colorado, Utah, Wyoming and Montana. She has an MA in Library Science and Information Management from the of Denver. Before joining EBSCO in 1993, she held the positions of Reference Librarian and Head of Collection Development at Colorado College in Colorado Springs and was also the County Law Librarian at the El Paso County Law Library in Colorado Springs.

Brenda Mathenia

Brenda Mathenia is a Reference Librarian at Montana State in Bozeman. Brenda holds a B.S. in Geography (Cartography specialization) and a Masters in Urban Planning (M.U.P.) with a concentration in land use policy and regulation from Michigan State . Brenda received her Masters of Science in Information in 1999 from the of Michigan where she focused her work on library and information services.

Brenda spent five years working in the world of urban/regional planning gaining valuable experience at the state, county and local levels of government. She also worked in private industry as a planner and zoning specialist gaining valuable insight into project management and organizational skills. She was a part time staff member at the Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library while at the of Michigan and gained valuable experience in project management, needs analysis/assessment, information services and reference librarianship. Her current work at MSU includes liaison duties with the Earth Sciences Department, instruction and reference service activities and research in the areas of information access as it relates to the earth sciences and needs assessment.

Gary McCone

Gary McCone has over 20 years of professional experience at both the National Agricultural Library and the Library of Congress in library automation, bibliographic and scientific databases, and standards development. As Associate Director for Automation at the National Agricultural Library, he is responsible for integrating information technology into NAL's program activities through computer systems and networking.

Gary is a member of NISO's Standards Development Committee and is an active member of the American Library Association. He has masters' degrees both in Chinese and in Library Science from the of Arizona. Gary has spoken at a number of national and international conferences on a variety of topics relating to applications of new technology to information management.

Bruce Morton

Bruce Morton is Dean of Libraries at Montana State University. He has a B.A. and M.A. in English from Pennsylvania State and an M.L.S. from the State of New York at Geneseo. In 1975 and 1976, he worked as an education planner in southwestern New York, where he lived on the Seneca Reservation in Salamanca; 1976-77 Mr. Morton was a cataloger at Dickinson College in Pennsylvania and from 1977 to 1984 he was a government information-instruction-reference librarian at Carleton College in Minnesota. Since 1985 he has been at Montana State Libraries in the capacities of Head of the Reference Department, Assistant Dean for Public Services and since 1993 as Dean. He holds the rank of Professor and is a member of the M.S.U. faculty. About every other year, he teaches a seminar in the Honors Program or in the College of Letters and Sciences freshman seminar series. From 1983 to 1986 he served as a member of the Depository Library Council to the Public Printer of the United States. Since 1984, he has served as associate editor of the Journal of Government Information. Author of two books and numerous articles and presentations, Mr. Morton has been since 1988 particularly interested in Canadian federal government information and policy.

Elaine Peterson

Elaine Peterson is Special Collections Librarian/Associate Professor at Montana State University. She has held a variety of academic library positions and joined the faculty at MSU in 1989. Currently she splits her time between Original Cataloging and Collection Development for electronic journals. Additionally this year she is managing a $138,346 grant project "Images of the Indian Peoples of the Northern Great Plains" which she received from the federal office of the Institute of Museum and Library Services. She holds degrees in Library Science and Philosophy/Religion from the of Michigan and the of British Columbia. Her research areas include Authority Control for cataloging, Collection Development, Automation, and the Montana WPA Collection.

Lanny Real Bird

Lanny Real Bird, Ammaahiile-xiassa (Deeds Are Well Known), Apsaalooke (Crow Indian), is currently coordinating a state-wide language revitalization project at the seven Montana Tribal Colleges. There are 11 native language still being spoken in Montana. Efforts include applying various methods and approaches to increasing language fluency, such as Montesorri methods or other immersion models. Other approaches in the reservation communities include one to one mentoring and developing materials to enhance Native Studies programs.

As an educator, Real Bird cherishes his nativist upbringing in the active participation of the Apsaalooke culture. In the mainstream world of education, Real Bird has acquired a doctorate in Adult, Community, and Higher Education from Montana State University. His dissertation was based on the traditional, historic, and cultural institutions of learning and teaching among the Crow Indians. Completed in April 1997, it is titled, "Ashaammaliaxxia", the Apsaalooke Clan System: A Foundation for Learning.

In the contemporary world of the Apsaalooke, Real Bird has expressed great appreciation and foundations in the teachings of his elders. This rich experience is a life time education process and he describes all his experiences as formal processes in informal settings. In this point, he indicates the world view of the Crow is rich and vast formal education process. Included in this experience are the language, customs, values, histories, philosophies, and teachings.

Tom Roll

Tom Roll is Department Head and Associate Professor of Anthropology with the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Montana State University. Born and raised in Montana, he received his B.A. from the of Montana, an M.A in Anthropology from the of Nebraska, and Ph.D. in Anthropology from Washington State . While at Montana State he has taught a wide range of Anthropology courses. His primary research area is in archaeology with a focus on the Northern Plains and Northern Rockies. Much of his time has been devoted to the archaeological investigation of bison procurement strategies by prehistoric hunters.

Richard Singer

Richard Singer, Iischeaapia (Jack Rabbit Necklace), is Crow and Assiniboine and grew up in Montana. He is pursuing a degree in Computer Science and Native American Studies. Currently he is a Pre-Service Teacher for the Montana Apprenticeship Program which is part of the American Indian Research Opportunities at Montana State University. Ultimately he would like to teach Native American Studies at the College Level.

"I have made a commitment to myself to learn as much as I possibly can, not only about my own culture but the cultures of other tribes and races as well. I have also made the commitment to help others as much as I can for I would not be where I am if it weren't for the help I've received. I want to give to others what has been given to me. I believe that the understanding of one culture by another is an important key for Native American success. Once a mutual understanding is reached I believe positive goals will present themselves. My culture is my identity and I enjoy sharing what can be shared with others."

Liz Staples

Liz Staples is the Virtual Librarian at Bay Mills Community College, a tribal college in Brimley, Michigan, on the shores of Lake Superior. A 22-year veteran of IBM in the Mid-Hudson Valley (New York), Liz spent most of her career as a software engineer, information developer, and webmaster. Last year while on loan from IBM, she created a virtual library at BMCC (see This year, as a member of the AIHEC Virtual Library project team, she will be working to create a customized virtual library for any tribal college or university that wants one. Liz holds a BA in English from Tufts (Medford, MA) and an MBA in Quantitative Analysis from the of Cincinnati (OH).

Nate St. Pierre

Nate St. Pierre is a member of the Chippewa Cree Tribe of Rocky Boy, Montana. He has a Bachelor of Science in Business, a Master of Education in Adult Education, and a doctorate degree in Adult and Higher Education—all three degrees have been earned from Montana State University.

St. Pierre has previously worked at Stone Child College in Rocky Boy as a business instructor and counselor. Currently, he is the Director of the Office of Tribal Service at Montana State University. This program serves as a liaison between all seven Indian reservations and tribal colleges in Montana and MSU. He presents workshops, seminars, courses, and cultural awareness training to Indian and non-Indian communities abroad.

Also, St. Pierre is an adjunct faculty with the Center for Native American Studies at MSU. His area of focus is on Indian higher education, history, culture, and contemporary issues. His research interests include tribal colleges, Indian owned-businesses, adult education, multiculturalism, and human empowerment issues.

Kathy Tanner

Kathy Tanner has been the Director of the Center for Community Involvement at MSU for two and a half years. For four years before that she was a partner in running the Gallatin Valley Food Bank. She has lived in Montana for 12 years.

Vlad Wielbut

Vlad Wielbut (also known to some under his Polish first name: Wlodek) is Community Technology Specialist at ACT and a Project Associate at the School of Information. He obtained his Master of Information and Library Science from the of Michigan's School of Information in May 1997 and joined the Alliance for Community Technology to be responsible for the development and maintenance of the ACT's technological infrastructure, including its Intra- and Extranet nodes, collaboration tools, document repository, etc.

Vlad's varied background and interests include modern languages (he studied German language at the of Kiel and obtained his BA in German Language and Literature from Eastern Michigan ), programming (in Pascal, Fortran, and C++), education (he holds a Secondary Teaching Certificate in the State of Michigan), electronic publishing, and computer networks.

Kath Williams

Kath Williams is Executive Director of the EPICenter (MSU's "Green Building" Project) and Director of the National Resource Center for Green Building Technologies. Montana State University's EPICenter project is being designed to be a sustainability showcase for the 21st Century. Led by a national design team that brings together experts in green building technologies, the project will change the way buildings are designed, constructed, and maintained. Kath has extensive experience in grant writing and in presenting grants workshops. Formerly a member of the teaching faculty at Stanford, Kath also taught Communications at Montana State prior to her current position.

Sara L. Young

Sara L. Young is the Director of American Indian Research Opportunities at Montana State University. Sara, an enrolled member of the Crow Tribe, spent most of her life on the Crow and Northern Cheyenne reservations. Sara completed a B.S. degree from Eastern Montana College in Social Science in Secondary Education and returned to her hometown of Lodge Grass to teach Crow Studies. In 1975 Sara was selected to participate in the first Native American Graduate Fellowship program at Montana State where she majored in School Administration and completed her Masters of Education degree in 1977. Sara has served in a number of administrative positions in schools on both the Crow and Northern Cheyenne reservations and at Bozeman Public Schools. In addition, Sara has been on numerous tribal education committees, served as the Co-chair of the National Advisory Council on American Indian Bilingual Education, president of the Montana Association for Bilingual Education and as a member of the Montana Advisory Council on Indian Education. Sara has taught at both Little Big Horn College and at Dull Knife Memorial College as an adjunct faculty member. She resides at Lame Deer, MT where she spends her weekends with her husband, Conrad Fisher, and other family members.

Jan Zauha

Jan Zauha is a Reference and Collection Development Librarian at the MSU Libraries. In the past she has been Electronic Information Coordinator at the MSU Libraries, and a member of the library's Internet Services Group (Web Team) and of the Web Advisory Committee. She holds an MA in English Literature from Clark (Worcester, MA), and an MA in Library and Information Science from the of Iowa (Iowa City, IA). Jan's work experience includes 5 years as a teacher of college composition; a summer as a Junior Fellow at the Library of Congress; and 2 years as a of Michigan Research Library Resident. Last summer she participated in the Snowbird Library Leadership Institute. This summer she helped plan and host the LOEX-of-the-West 2000 library instruction conference at MSU in June.