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1997 Speakers

The Tribal College Librarians Professional Development Institute

Mary Bushing

Mary Bushing is Collection Development Librarian at MSU-Bozeman. She has been actively involved in collection development and related topics during most of her library career and has worked with school, public, academic and special libraries in the United States and New Zealand. Her work on collection development policies, collection assessment and conspectus is used in libraries in many parts of the world. In addition to her work with collection development, Mary has been involved in continuing education issues for the library community at all levels. Her most recent research projects have centered upon the identification of important factors for successful continuing education for librarians. She holds degrees from Aurora University and Rosary College in Illinois and MSU-Bozeman. She teaches in the school library media program in the College of Education, Health and Human Development and has taught in the University Honors program.

John Doherty

John Doherty is currently a reference librarian with the Montana State University Libraries. Doherty came to Montana from Flagstaff, Arizona, where he began his library career at Northern Arizona University, though he originally hails from Northern Ireland. A graduate of the universities of Ulster, Wales, and Arizona, his subject specialties and areas of research interest include the Internet, Arthuriana, Irish history and culture, and the social aspects of information.

Doherty is actively involved in creating Arthurian resources for use on the Internet. He is the Associate Editor of The Arthuriana Camelot Project Online Bibliographies; the creator of Arthurian Resources on the Internet; and author of the on-line analytical and bibliographical survey Arthurian Fantasy, 1980-1989.

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 University of Nevada Las Vegas, an ALA Fellow in Nova Scotia Canada, and documents librarian at Arizona State University.

Walter C. Fleming

Walter C. Fleming is an enrolled Kickapoo of Kansas who was born at Crow Agency, Montana and raised on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation, Montana. He is a graduate of Montana State University-Billings (B.S. in English), Montana State University (M.Ed. in Guidance and Counseling) and the University of Kansas (Ph.D. in American Studies). Fleming has taught at MSU for 18 years and served as Interim Department Head for six. He teaches American Indian literature and American Indians of Montana.

Fleming is the author of numerous book chapters and articles and is the co-editor of a book entitled, "Visions of an Enduring People." Fleming is a traditional dancer, craftsperson and member of the Northern Cheyenne Gourd Dance Society.

Perry Hofferber

Perry Hofferber is a Montana native from Billings and is a single father of two teenage boys. He received an Associate of Science Degree in Construction Technology from the Helena Vocational-Technology Center in 1979 and owned a construction company 10 years prior to enrolling at Montana State University. At MSU, Perry earned a B.S. in Range Sciences with a Water Resources option, a B.S. in Soil Sciences with a Land Resources option, minored in Native American Studies, and earned a Master of Education in Agricultural Education with an Extension Education option.

With the help of Dr. Wayne Stein, Director of the Center for Native American Studies at MSU, the thesis topic: Land Grant status and Montana's Seven Tribally Controlled Colleges was developed.

Perry is currently employed as a research associate for the Weed Ecology Laboratory in the Dept. Of Plant, Soils, and Environmental Sciences at MSU.

Kim Allen Scott

Kim Allen Scott, Special Collections Librarian for The Libraries, Montana State University, assumed his position on August 29, 1994. Scott came from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, where he worked as the head of the Processing Services department in the library's Special Collections Division. His subject specialties and areas of research interest include nineteenth-century American social history, journalism history, and the Civil War.

Scott holds an undergraduate degree in social science from Northern Arizona University, an MA in American history from the University of Arkansas, and an MLS in library science from the University of Texas at Austin. He is also a professional archivist, having been certified by the Academy of Certified Archivists by examination in 1992.

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, Nate 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.