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2004 Speakers

The Tribal College Librarians Professional Development Institute

Pam Harris

Pam 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 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 Mann

Dr. 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 Mathenia

Brenda 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 Meister

Alice 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 Miller

Tamara 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.

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 University and an M.L.S. from the State University 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 University 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 University 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; he currently serves as a member of the Montana State Library Commission. Author of two books and numerous articles and presentations, Mr. Morton has been since 1988 particularly interested in Canadian federal government information and policy.

Jerry O'Donnell

Jerry O'Donnell is the Chief Public Information Officer for the U.S. Census Bureau in Denver, Colorado. He is a graduate of Utah State University where he majored in psychology and demography. He has authored a number of census publications including the Census Users' Guide and has prepared many articles on the use of census data for such publications as American Demographics, Chamber of Commerce Research Book and the U.S. Industrial Outlook. Mr. O'Donnell is also a member of the American Marketing Association Speakers' Bureau. He is the recipient of the U.S. Department of Commerce=s highest award—The Bronze Medal. On a personal note, Mr. O'Donnell is a marathon runner who has completed more than 56 marathons world wide including the Boston and Beijing Marathons.

Loriene Roy

Loriene Roy is Professor in the School of Information at the University of Texas at Austin, where she joined the faculty in 1987. She received a PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an MLS from the University of Arizona. She co-edited Library and Information Studies Education in the United States (London, Mansell, 1998) and Getting Libraries the Credit They Deserve: A Festschrift in Honor of Marvin H. Scilken (Lanham, MD, Scarecrow, 2003) and published over 100 articles, chapters, documents, and short stories. She currently serves on the advisory boards for the International Childrens Digital Library, Webjunction (the Gates Public Access Computing Portal), the Sequoyah Research Center, and the Knowledge River Center for the Study of Hispanic and American Indian Library and Information Resources. She is the Director and Founder of "If I Can Read, I Can Do Anything," a national reading club for Native Children. She is the Principle Investigator for"Honoring Generations": Developing the Next Generation of Native Librarians, a scholarship program Funded by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, a federal agency that fosters innovation, leadership, and a lifetime of learning. Dr. Roy is Anishinabe (Ojibwe) and an enrolled member of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, White Earth Reservation (Pembina Band).

Dr. Rhonda Taylor

Dr. Rhonda Taylor is an Associate Professor in the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Oklahoma, USA, where she teaches graduate courses in the areas of administration, organization of resources, and multicultural librarianship. Her experiences as a practitioner in librarianship encompass both paraprofessional and professional positions, primarily in the academic library arena. She is a past President of the American Indian Library Association (AILA) and currently serves as the editor of its newsletter. Her most recent publications include: "Focusing on Native Americans: Basic Web Resources Pathfinder" in Collection Building, Vol. 21, No. 2, 2002, pages 60-90 (which received the 2002 Outstanding Paper Award for Excellence for the journal) and with Dr. Nancy Larson Bluemel, "Pop-up Books: An Introductory Guide," in Collection Building, vol. 22, No. 1, 2003, pages 21-32. Dr. Taylor is an enrolled member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.