The Tribal College Librarians Professional Development Institute
Dr. Geoffrey GambleDr. Geoffrey Gamble became the 11th president of Montana State University in December of 2000. Dr. Gamble was the Provost and Senior Vice President at the University of Vermont and served as chief academic and operating officer. As such, he was responsible for the annual budget, operations of academic colleges (including Medicine) and academic/support units, institutional planning as well as interface and staff support for the UVM Board of Trustees. Prior to his service at the University of Vermont, Dr. Gamble was at Washington State University where he rose through the ranks to professor of anthropology. During his tenure at WSU, Dr. Gamble served as interim Provost for one year, Vice Provost for five years, and held other administrative posts including department chair, director of the Museum of Anthropology, and director of Summer Session. During his tenure as Vice Provost, Dr. Gamble worked with the evolution of the four WSU campuses into "a single university, geographically dispersed."
Dr. Gamble is the author of two books and a dozen articles on Native American languages and has presented numerous scholarly papers. He has won grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities as well as other organizations and has received service awards from the State of Washington, WSU, and Mujeres Unidas.
Geoffrey Gamble holds a B.A. in English from Fresno State College, an M.A. in Linguistics from California State University, Fresno and a Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of California, Berkeley. He spent a year as a postdoctoral fellow at the Smithsonian Institute.
Jane KirbyJane Kirby has worked in the Sisseton Wahpeton Community College library since March, 1994. She became the Library Director in August of 1996. She received a MLS from the University of Michigan in 1970 and has worked in high school, public and academic libraries for 23 years. Jane has been involved with the AIHEC Virtual Library project since 2000, serving as a member of the Virtual Library Database Committee. She became the AIHEC Virtual Library Database Manager beginning July 1, 2002.
Gail KouameGail Kouame, is the Consumer Health Coordinator for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) Pacific Northwest Region. The NN/LM is comprised of 8 regions across the United States and is funded by the National Library of Medicine to develop collaborations and promote awareness of and access to information resources for health professionals and the public. The Pacific Northwest Region serves 5 states: Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington. Ms. Kouame's focus is specifically on facilitating delivery of quality health information to the public through collaboration with: academic, hospital, and community libraries; health agencies and organizations; and community organizations, health advocacy groups, churches, and other mechanisms. Ms. Kouame received her Master of Library and Information Science degree from the University of Washington in 1999. She holds a B.A. in Sociology and Psychology from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon. Prior to becoming a librarian, she was a social worker in the healthcare field for 15 years.
Beatrice LavalleeBeatrice Lavallee came to the Saskatchewan Indian Federated College in 1999 and has been a resident Elder at the SIFC since then. She lives on the Piapot Reserve in southern Saskatchewan. Bea attended residential school from the ages of 7 - 16. After her school years were finished she worked as a housekeeper in Gravelbourg, Saskatchewan. In 1953 she moved to Regina and raised five children, 4 boys and one girl. In 1967 she accepted a job at the Credit Union where she worked until taking a position as a Native Alcohol Counselor in1971. Two years later she accepted a position at the Hobbema Detox Centre in Alberta and in 1976 was involved in the opening of the Indian and Metis Rehab Centre in Bonneville, Alberta. In 1978 she moved to Lloydminister, Saskatchewan to become a Senior Counselor at the Walter A. Slimthorpe Detox Centre. Three years later she became a Senior Tenant Counselor with the Lloydminister Metis Housing Group Inc. In 1992 Bea returned to Piapot and in 1993 she was elected a Councilor of the Piapot Band and was re-elected in 1996. While serving as a Councilor, Bea was responsible for the Housing portfolio and took the lead in the construction of new homes, street lights, water supply system, lagoon and hall.
Phyllis LeratPhyllis Lerat is formerly from the Peepeekisis Reserve and was born in Balcarres, Sask. She has lived in Regina since 1953 and received her elementary and secondary education there. Phyllis is from the Pinay family. She is married with four grown children, three boys and one girl, who are all employed in various fields. She has eleven grandchildren, five boys , six girls, with a set of twins. Their ages are nineteen to one years old.
In 1979 Phyllis graduated from the University of Regina with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in English and Indian Studies. In 1981 she graduated from the University of Alberta with a Master's of Library Science, making her the first female of aboriginal descent to obtain a Master's in this field in Canada. After graduation, she worked with the Sask. Dept of Education, Sask. Provincial Library and since 1985, with the Sask. Indian Federated College Library, Regina and Saskatoon Campuses. She also develops and lectures Indian Studies and Education Library classes in various locations, as well as being a facilitator with the Aboriginal Cultural Awareness Program. Over the years Phyllis has presented various papers provincially, nationally and internationally. She works on several Boards in Regina and just completed the Draft Report for Minister's Advisory Committee for Aboriginal Library Services for the province of Saskatchewan and recently appointed to the Multitype Library Board of Saskatchewan, and the Sask. Library Associates, as Director of Special Libraries.
Dr. Henrietta MannDr. Henrietta Mann is a full-blood Cheyenne enrolled with the Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma. She is the Endowed Chair in Native American Studies at Montana State University, Bozeman. She taught at the University of Montana, Missoula for twenty-eight years where she was a Professor of Native American Studies. She also has taught at the University of California, Berkeley, Harvard University, and Haskell Indian Nations University located in Lawrence, Kansas. Dr. Mann has served as the Director of the Office of Indian Education Programs and Deputy to the Assistant Secretary for [the Bureau of] Indian Affairs; she also was the National Coordinator of the American Indian Religious Freedom Act Coalition for the Association of American Indian Affairs. In 1991, Rolling Stone Magazine named her one of the ten leading professors in the nation. She has been an interviewee and consultant for several television and movie productions and has lectured throughout the United States and in Mexico, Canada, Germany, Italy, and New Zealand.
Brenda MatheniaBrenda Mathenia is a Reference Librarian at Montana State University 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 University. Brenda received her Masters of Science in Information in 1999 from the University 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 University 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.
David MathewsDavid Mathews is a fine art imaging specialist at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. He is teamed with imaging experts in the department of Intellectual Property serving the MFA's curatorial and administrative departments. The team creatively adopts and adapts imaging techniques and systems to visually describe an encyclopedic collection of 870,000 objects housed within the MFA. The department has continuously photographed the museum objects since 1875 and is aggressively transitioning to digital media after four years of investigation, experimentation, and production of 140,000 image files. Presently, David is involved in electronic/optical capture of the museum's fine art objects, in digital reformatting initiatives for database development, in generation of electronic separation negatives for fine art press publications, and in developing a new service for on-demand wide format limited edition fine art reproductions.
Prior to employment at the MFA, David was an imaging and photographic specialist at the Harvard University Art Museums. He served on imaging advisory panels to Harvard's Library Digital Initiative for special collections. As an adviser, he aided in developing digital protocols and technical analysis for digital rendering of complex artifacts housed within the several Harvard Library collections.
His experience includes work with Northeast Document Conservation Center in film preservation and with the Montana Historical Society as an Archival photographer. While employed with NEDCC and with Montana Historical Society, David's experience in photographic preservation, and duplication of deteriorating photographic films laid the foundation for understanding complexities of reformatting analog materials to electronic media. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Photography from Montana State University's Department of Media and Theater Arts in 1990.
Marty Kreipe de MontañoMarty Kreipe de Montaño (Prairie Band Potawatomi) is the manager of the National Museum of the American Indian's Resource Centers. She planned the museum's Resource Center in New York City and guided its development into a user-friendly high tech reference room that accommodates research interests of visitors and reaches a global audience via a dynamic Web site. She is currently developing programs for the museum's Resource Center at the Suitland storage facility and planning the Resource Center for the Mall museum, currently under construction.
She has an M. A. in ethnohistory of North American Indians from the University of Kansas. She is the co-author (with Arlene Hirschfelder) of an award winning reference book, The Native American Almanac. Her children's book Coyote In Love With a Star has received a design award for the illustrations by Tom Coffin. She also wrote Harvest Ceremony (with Jennifer Fell Hayes), a play produced by the NMAI. She has taught Native American History at New York University and has worked in museums for twenty years.