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1998 Speakers

The Tribal College Librarians Professional Development Institute

Mary Bushing

Mary Bushing is the Information Resources Development Librarian at MSU. 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. 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.

David Caditz

David Caditz (B.S. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Ph.D. Stanford University) has been teaching undergraduate and graduate level physics and astronomy courses at Montana State University since 1993. Dr. Caditz developed and is currently teaching an online course in astronomy for middle and high school teachers, which is considered a model online course in the Montana University System. More recently, Dr. Caditz has been appointed Scientific Director of the MSU/NASA CERES Program, which is developing worldwide web, based educational materials in astronomy for NASA's educational outreach program. Dr. Caditz is also a member of the Relativity/Astrophysics group at MSU, and he is active in several areas of astronomical research including high energy and extragalactic astronomy.

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.

Joseph R. McGeshick

Gary McCone has over 20 years of professional experience at both the National Agricultural Library and the Library of Congress in library automation, bibliographic and scientific databases, and standards development. As Associate Director for Automation at the National Agricultural Library he is responsible for integrating information technology into NAL's program activities through computer systems and networking.

Gary is a member of NISO's Standards Development Committee and is an active member of the American Library Association. He has masters' degrees both in Chinese and in Library Science from the University of Arizona. Gary has spoken at a number of national and international conferences on a variety of topics relating to applications of new technology to information management.

Cheryl Metoyer

Cheryl Metoyer, Ph.D., is the Director of Information Resources at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center. Dr. Metoyer's research areas include the information-seeking behavior of culturally diverse groups and the design and evaluation of information services provided by institutions to American Indians. From 1993-1997 she held the Rupert Costo Chair in American Indian History at the University of California at Riverside. Dr. Metoyer has published in major research journals including College & Research Libraries, Library and Information Science Research, and American Indian Culture and Research Journal. Her book, Gatekeepers in Ethnolinguistic Communities, was honored by the Association of College and Research Libraries. Her current research project is entitled Thesaurus of American Indian Terminology.

Alexandra New Holy

Alexandra New Holy, Ph.D, Assistant Professor of Native American Studies at Montana State University. Alexandra holds a B.A. in Legal Studies, a B.A. in Native American Studies, an M.A. in Ethnic Studies and a Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies, all from the University of California at Berkeley. Dr. New Holy's dissertation and on-going research concerns the relationship between the Lakota Sioux and their sacred territory, the Black Hills. She is currently a Fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies defining parallels to contemplative practice within Native American spiritual traditions.

Speaks Lightning

Speaks Lightning (E. B. Eiselein), a resident of Kalispell, Montana, has served on the board of directors for the Northwest Intertribal Council and Native Families Empowerment. He has been honored by Native Families Empowerment for his efforts in serving the Indian people of northwestern Montana. Speaks Lightning is of Canadian Ojibwa descent and is a powwow dancer as well as an active participant in many traditional Indian ceremonials.

With regard to academic credentials, he has graduate degrees (Ph.D. and M.A.) in anthropology from the University of Arizona and an undergraduate degree (B.A.) from the University of Montana. He was a Career Fellow for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting where he studied radio, TV, and film production. Before returning to Montana in 1980, he held a joint appointment at the University of Arizona as a tenured Associate Professor in Radio-Television and as Minority Affairs Coordinator for the university's public broadcasting facility.

Christian Stryker

Christian Stryker is an Educational Technologist in the Burns Telecommunications Center at Montana State University. He oversees the selection, demonstration, and deployment of new teaching technologies for MSU faculty, directs the BTC Multimedia Materials Development Laboratory and develops and presents computing, education and technology courses for national audiences. He is also an Adjunct Professor in MSU's Education Department.

Dr. Stryker has a B.A. in Computer Science from Columbia College along with an M.A. in Mathematics Education; an M.S. in Computer Science Education; and a Doctor of Education in Computer Science all from Teachers College Columbia University.

Sara L. Young

Sara L. Young is the Director of American Indian Research Opportunities at Montana State University. Sara, an enrolled member of the Crow Tribe, spent most of her life on the Crow and Northern Cheyenne reservations. Sara completed a B.S. degree from Eastern Montana College in Social Science in Secondary Education and returned to her hometown of Lodge Grass to teach Crow Studies. In 1975, Sara was selected to participate in the first Native American Graduate Fellowship program at Montana State University where she majored in School Administration and completed her Masters of Education degree in 1977. Sara has served in a number of administrative positions in schools on both the Crow and Northern Cheyenne reservations and at Bozeman Public Schools. In addition, Sara has been on numerous tribal education committees, served as the Co-chair of the National Advisory Council on American Indian Bilingual Education, president of the Montana Association for Bilingual Education and as a member of the Montana Advisory Council on Indian Education. Sara has taught at both Little Big Horn College and at Dull Knife Memorial College as an adjunct faculty member. She resides at Lame Deer, MT where she spends her weekends with her husband, Conrad Fisher, and other family members.