The Tribal College Librarians Professional Development Institute
Pam HarrisPam Harris is the Bureau Chief for the Census and Economic Information Center (CEIC) located in the Business Resources Division of the Montana Department of Commerce. Pam has worked in CEIC since 1989 and has spent the past 15 years providing assistance to clients to identify, acquire and use census and economic data in a variety of applications. She has attended numerous Census Bureau trainings and meetings over the years and has prepared and presented a variety of census workshops which provide training and technical assistance to many organizations and individuals throughout the state. Over the past few years Pam has managed the design, creation and organization of CEIC's web site http://ceic.commerce.state.mt.us/ which enables clients to research and collect data in an easily accessible, accurate and timely manner, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
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.
Alice MeisterAlice Meister has been the Bozeman Public Library Director since 1997. Before that, she was a Reference Librarian at the East Baton Rouge (Louisiana) Parish Library, Library Director at the Summit (Colorado) Public Library, and Library Director at the Sheridan County (Wyoming) Library System. She holds a Master's degree in Library Science, a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Library Science, and a Master's degree in Public Administration. She took a year's leave of absence in 1995-96 to set up a library at an African school in the former homeland of the Transkei in South Africa-a year of transformation for her. She participates in professional associations such as the Montana Library Association, the Mountain Plains Library Association, and the American Library Association. She is also active in Sunrise Rotary, Career Transitions, Business and Professional Women, Phi Delta Kappa, and American Association of University Women. Meister received the Librarian of the Year Award in 1995 from the Wyoming Library Association.
Tamara MillerTamara Miller joined the MSU Libraries in Bozeman in June 2003 as Associate Dean. She is the former Head of Planning and Program Development for the University of Tennessee Libraries. She has served as president of the Library and Information Technology Association (1993-4) and has held committee assignments with the Coalition for Networked Information, EDUCAUSE, the National Commission on Preservation and Access, and the Digital Library Federation.
During her career, she has worked at the Salt Lake City Public Library, the Michigan State University Library, the University of Wisconsin Library, and the Wisconsin Interlibrary Services consortium. She has served as liaison to the Freedom to Read Foundation and as an ALA Councilor. Special areas of professional interest include Access to Scholarly Information, Copyright, Diversity, Intellectual Freedom, Assessing Library Success, and Digital Library Development.