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2005 Speakers

The Tribal College Librarians Professional Development Institute


Joseph R. McGeshick

Joseph R. McGeshick was born in Poplar, MT, in 1960. He is of Chippewa and Assiniboine-Sioux heritage. He is an enrolled member of the Sokaogon Chippewa of Mole Lake, WI. He was raised in Wolf Point on the Ft. Peck Indian Reservation in northeastern Montana where he attended grade and high school. He is currently teaching Native American Studies for Montana State University-Bozeman. He has worked in the area of American Indian Education for twenty years focusing on American Indian Studies and American History and Literature. Mr. McGeshick has taught on the university, community college and high school levels.

He started his commitment to American Indian Education on the Ft. Peck Indian Reservation teaching Native American Studies and Montana History for the Frazer and Wolf Point Public School systems in the early 1980s. During that time he also served as Secretary and President of the Wolf Point Indian Education Committee. He then moved on to graduate school and working at the university level; teaching Native American Studies at Washington State University-Pullman, Ft. Peck Community College, Poplar, MT, and Rocky Mountain College, Billings, MT. He is also a published poet and short story writer; publishing over twenty poems and short stories for educational and literary journals. Mr. McGeshick has also received a number of writing awards and scholarships. He has presented numerous professional papers as well. He is also the founder and director of the Lewis & Clark Upper Missouri River Institute held on the Ft. Peck Indian Reservation each summer and part-time American Indian and Lewis & Clark Education specialist for the Museum of the Rockies, Bozeman, Montana.

Catherine McIntyre

Catherine McIntyre has been a librarian at Utah Valley State College in Orem, Utah since 1997. Her current responsibilities include reference, instruction, collection development, maps, digitization, and most recently, archives. She has served for the past two years as co-chair of the Utah Academic Library Consortium Collection Development Committee. She has a B.A. in History from the University of Utah and an MLIS from Brigham Young University, and has been admitted to the Archives and Records Management Certification Program at Western Washington University for the academic year 2005-2006.

Catherine has been the recipient of several awards from Utah Valley State College, including 1997 Adjunct Teacher of the Year for the Learning Enrichment Center, Library Employee of the Year 2003, Librarian of the Year 2004, and the Special Projects Award 2004-2005 for starting the UVSC Archives.

Larisa Mikhaylova

Larisa Mikhaylova (b. 1954) currently is a scholar with the Fulbright Occasional Lecturer Program at the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire. She is a senior researcher of the Journalism Department at Moscow State University, and earned a doctorate in 1982 from the MSU Philological Department. Her doctoral dissertation was entitled "New Trends in British and American Science Fiction of 1960-1980." Since then all research has been conducted by Mikhaylova in the fields of science fiction studies and gender studies. The title of her proposal for the Fulbright program was "Science Fiction Characters: From Comics to Cult Figures of the 21st Century," and now she is researching the role of science fiction and science fiction characters in American society.

As a secretary of the Russian Society of American Culture Studies, Mikhaylova coordinates the gender studies section of the annual conference, often is a co-chair of the Multiculturalism section. She has edited over twenty bilingual books of conference materials, library reference books, and authored a textbook on 20th Century World Literature for journalists in 2004. Since 1994 she is also the editor of a quarterly science fiction magazine Supernova published in Moscow, the recent issue of which was devoted to Native American science fiction.

Larisa Mikhaylova is a translator of fiction and cultural texts from English into Russian as well, and introduced Russian readers to important works by Farley Mowat, Margaret Mead and Ursula Le Guin among dozens of others.

Tamara Miller

Tamara Miller joined the MSU Libraries 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. Prior to embarking on a professional career, he served as a Russian linguist in the U.S. Army Security Agency. In 1975 and 1976, he worked as an education planner in southwestern New York, where he lived in Salamanca, located on the Seneca Reservation; 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 MSU faculty. Annually, he teaches a freshman seminar in the University Honors Program. 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. He is the author of two books and numerous articles and presentations.

Brian W. Rossmann

Brian W. Rossmann is a Reference Librarian and Government Information Specialist at Montana State University in Bozeman, a position he has held since 2000. He earned a BA in Classics from the University of Calgary, and an MA and MLIS from the University of Western Ontario. Brian has previously held positions at Oklahoma State University and Rice University before moving to Bozeman.

In addition to his reference responsibilities, Brian currently serves as the Electronic Resources Coordinator for the Reference Team at MSU. Professionally, he is active in ALA's Government Documents Round Table and the Association of College and Research Libraries.

Doralyn Rossmann

Doralyn Rossmann has been a Library Systems Analyst at Montana State University in Bozeman since 2001 and was recently made Assistant Director for Library Systems. She holds a BA and MSLS from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has held positions as a Reference and Systems librarian in the Residency Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago, as a Multimedia Projects Librarian and later as a GIS (Geographic Information Systems) and Maps Librarian at Rice University, and as Head of Library Systems at the University of Wyoming immediately prior to coming to MSU.

Doralyn has been very professionally active in the American Library Association, holding committee appointments in the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), in the Government Documents Round Table (GODORT), and currently in the Library Information Technology Association (LITA). She has done numerous presentations on the topic of communicating with technology personnel and becoming computer self-sufficient. She and her co-presenter, Brian Rossmann recently had an article on this topic published in Library Philosophy and Practice.

Marilyn Russell

Marilyn Russell (Minnesota Chippewa - Leech Lake) is Director of Library Programs at the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Prior to coming to IAIA, she served as the Fine Arts and Humanities Librarian at the University of Minnesota Duluth for twelve years. She taught courses in the American Indian Studies and the Art departments as an Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota Duluth and is also an adjunct Professor at IAIA. Marilyn received a BFA, MA, and Ph.D. from the University of Kansas and an MLS from Emporia State University.

Marilyn is a contributing member of the Art Libraries Society of North American and has presented numerous papers at their conferences and chaired various ARLIS/NA committees. Her current focus of research is on Native American contemporary art. She is also an artist and previously taught watercolor workshops in San Miguel de Allende for the University of Minnesota continuing education program. For further information about her, you can view her Website.

Buffy Sainte-Marie

Buffy Sainte-Marie has an extensive biography which you can view at creative-native.com. Contact her c/o: Joel Dixon or Todd Jordan at Paquin Entertainment.

Ellen Swaney

Ellen Swaney (Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes) BS Pacific Union College, M Ed Montana State University in Bozeman. Swaney taught and served as an administrator in K-12 parochial and public schools and/or tribal urban educational organization in Hayward, CA; Las Vegas, NV; San Gabriel, CA; City of Commerce, CA, and at Hays-Lodgepole & Lodge Grass, MT. Swaney has served as faculty and director for Student Support Services/Upward Bound at Salish Kootenai College, board member of Two Eagle River School and board member and chair of the Wakina Sky Learning Circle and Library in Helena.

Swaney has held the position of Director of American Indian/Minority Achievement, a state-funded position in the Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education for the Montana University System, for thirteen years. Her primary responsibilities include 1) oversight of the TRACKS project 2) liaison and coordination of activities with the tribal governments and their seven tribal colleges, and with other minority communities and organizations; 3) oversight of the diversity/minority action plans of eleven campuses of the Montana University System; 4) provision of cultural diversity training programs for the administrators, faculty, staff, and students of the Montana University System and 5) oversight responsibility for the implementation of MCA 20-1-501 "Indian Education for All Montanans." Swaney also serves as an advocate for American Indian/minority students, faculty and staff of the MUS and was recently appointed the ADA coordinator for OCHE/MUS.

Swaney currently serves on the UM - Western's Teacher Education Advisory Board. She represents higher education on the Board of Public Education & the Office of Public Instruction's Montana Advisory Council on Indian Education. Swaney was awarded 1995 Small Business Advocate of the Year by the U. S. SBA and the Montana Indian Education Association's 1999 Indian Educator of the Year. Swaney co-chaired the "Montana's Conference on Race 2004: Partnering Indians and non-Indians for Change" Helena, August 2004. Swaney served on the former Secretary of State Bob Brown's Election Reform Advisory Committee for the federal Help America Vote Act.

Swaney is the proud parent of a daughter, Brooke Swaney-Pepion, a 2003 graduate of Stanford University currently employed at the Indian Law Resource Center in Helena and soon to be a graduate student at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts.

Richenda Wilkinson

Richenda Wilkinson is a Social Sciences and Humanities Librarian at Oregon State University, where she specializes in Ethnic Studies, Foreign Languages, and Anthropology. Most recently, she was the librarian at D-Q University, California's tribal college. Richenda is a co-chair of the Office for Diversity's Grow Your Own Campaign, spearheading recruitment at the tribal colleges. Richenda is also chair of the American Indian Library Association's Development and Fundraising Committee. Currently, Richenda is working on several projects including intercultural sensitivity training for library staff, a bibliography of ethnic minorities in Oregon, an Oregon native languages preservation initiative, and a collaborative project with Oregon's tribal libraries. Richenda was a 2000 Spectrum scholar and received her MLIS from San Jose State University.