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1999 Speakers

The Tribal College Librarians Professional Development Institute


Joseph R. McGeshick

Terry Driscoll is a Program Manager at the Burns Telecommunications Center. She has worked with the Montana Tribal Colleges and many of the schools on the reservations in the state for a number of years. Her focus with the Tribal Colleges has been to offer support and training for the technical people responsible for the campus networks. She provides network training, internet training and web page development training for the schools and communities on the reservations. She has worked in the computer industry for the past twenty five years.

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.

Steve Jackson

Steve Jackson is Head of Research and Collection and Associate Curator of Art and Photography at the Museum of the Rockies, Montana State University. He has a Masters of Fine Art in photography and printmaking from the University of Florida and has over 15 years experience as a museum curator. His research areas include early Yellowstone National Park photographic history, the preservation and management of photograph collections, and the digitization and database access of museum collections. Steve also teaches two courses on the history of photography as an adjunct instructor with the Media and Theatre Arts Department at MSU.

Ken Kempcke

Ken Kempcke is a Reference Librarian and Coordinator of Instruction at the MSU Libraries. He is also a member of MSU Libraries' Internet Services Group. He holds an MA in American Studies from Purdue University (West Lafayette, IN), and an MA in Library and Information Science from Indiana University (Bloomington, IN). Ken worked for 3 years as a Social Science Reference Librarian at Texas A&M University before joining the MSU faculty in 1997. He is active in the Mountain Plains Library Association and has contributed research in Librarianship and the Social Sciences to several journals and Reference publications.

Gary McCone

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.

Kim Obbink

Kim Obbink is the director of the Burns Telecommunications Center and Extended Studies at Montana State University. She is active in the field of distance learning and telecommunications and serves as a consultant to a number of distance learning programs including the Genentech, Inc. Access Excellence project. Kim is Co-Principal Investigator on the NSF funded National Teachers Enhancement Network which provides professional development and credit courses in the sciences to high school science teachers internationally using distance learning technologies. The program recently expanded to a distance learning Masters Degree in Science Education at MSU. Kim was also Co-PI for seven years on an NSF Young Scholars grant using telecomputing to connect high ability junior high students with math and science. She is currently active in the Western Cooperative for Educational Telecommunications, and is the Montana pilot site coordinator for the Western Governors University. Kim is currently a doctoral candidate in Adult and Higher Education at MSU.

Elaine Peterson

Elaine Peterson is an Associate Professor at Montana State University. She has held a variety of academic library positions and joined the faculty at MSU in 1989. Currently she splits her time between Original Cataloging and Collection Development for electronic journals. Additionally this year, she is managing a $138,346 grant project "Images of the Indian Peoples of the Northern Great Plains" which she received from the federal office of the Institute of Museum and Library Services. She holds degrees in Library Science and Philosophy/Religion from the University of Michigan and the University of British Columbia. Her research areas include Authority Control for cataloging, Collection Development, Automation, and the Montana WPA Collection.

Chholing Taha

Chholing Taha, MLIS, received a Master's Degree from the University of Washington in 1998 with an emphasis on electronic retrieval systems, database construction and web technologies. She is currently employed by the National Library of Medicine at the University of Washington. She has developed several web sites for the University of Washington targeting Native and non-Native health care professionals serving American Indian/Alaska Native populations. Examples of her web pages are: Tribal Connections Project, EthnoMed Project and Chholing P. Taha, Native American Resources Librarian. Chholing is also employed by the private sector as a freelance web developer and consultant. Consulting activities have included corporations, educational systems (university and secondary education web sites), Tribal governments, and hospitals.

Jeff Wallen

Jeff Wallen is the digital scanning technician for "Images of the Indian Peoples of the Northern Great Plains: An IMLS Digitizing Project," the IMLS grant headed by Elaine Peterson. He is a recent graduate from MSU-Bozeman with a Media and Theater Arts degree. Jeff also has 2 years of experience at the Museum of the Rockies working in the photographic archives.

Fred B. Wood

Fred B. Wood, Ph.D., has 29 years experience in information technology, applications, assessment, and policy—including 3 years at the National Library of Medicine (NLM)/National Institute of Health (NIH) as a Special Expert; 17 years at the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA), United States Congress, as a Project Director and Senior Associate; and 9 years at The George Washington University Program of Policy Studies in Science and Technology (GWU/PPSST) as a Project Manager and Research Scientist. He has also served as Managing Editor of the Harvard Business School newspaper, and Public Affairs Researcher at IBM Corporate Headquarters. Dr. Wood currently is assigned to the Office of Health Information Programs Development at NLM, where his responsibilities include domestic and international Internet and biomedical information strategy, Internet connectivity assessment, technology transfer, and outreach evaluation. At NLM, he serves as Project Officer for the Tribal Connections and Outreach Evaluation Projects, both of which are being conducted by staff of the Pacific Northwest Regional Medical Library at the University of Washington.

Dr. Wood also holds an Adjunct Professor appointment in the Culture, Communications, and Technology Program at Georgetown University, and serves as a Member of the Federal Depository Library Council. Dr. Wood has managed over two dozen assessments of information technology applications and issues; he has a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Oregon State University and master's and doctoral degrees in business administration from Harvard Business School and The George Washington University. At OTA, Dr. Wood was the lead author of several landmark reports, including Telecommunications Technology and Native Americans: Opportunities and Challenges (1995).

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.

Jan Zauha

Jan Zauha is a Reference Librarian and the current Electronic Information Coordinator at the MSU Libraries. She is also a member of MSU Libraries Internet Services Group (Web Team) and of the University Web Advisory Committee. She holds an MA in English Literature from Clark University (Worcester, MA), and an MA in Library and Information Science from the University of Iowa (Iowa City, IA). Jan's work experience includes 5 years as a teacher of college composition; a summer as a Junior Fellow at the Library of Congress; and 2 years as a University of Michigan Research Library Resident. This summer she will be participating in the Snowbird Library Leadership Institute.