Thursday, July 28, 2011

 Will you be needing something fun at mid-semester or mid-autumn? Consider this suggestion: Bring Heid E. Erdrich to your institution! Author of four collections of poems, a play, and essays, as well as a curator of contemporary indigenous fine art from her region, she is also publisher of an indigenous language press. You can see her brief vita at Heid regularly gives talks, presentations, workshops, and author visits at colleges, libraries, art centers, book festivals and community centers. She is available this Oct.-Nov, as well as Jan. and April of 2012. Take a look at her essay for PicturingAmerica at:

Thursday, July 21, 2011

So pleased that my friend, Chris Szekely's first children's book, will soon be published by Huia. Take a look at the haunting illustrations.


Wednesday, July 20, 2011 []

Call for Conference Issue Suggestions & Funding Opportunity: Gender, Sexuality, Ethnicity & Human Right
Are you working at the intersections of gender, sexuality, and ethnicity with (or in tension with) human rights language in (or in relationship to) the Americas? Are you in a partnership between community organizers and university-based activist scholars?

We want to offer you seed money and travel funding to gather in Austin in October 2012 and talk with other organizers and scholars working on related issues! We are specifically excited about applications related to gender, sexuality, and ethnicity in connection with border work, disability justice, gender violence, immigration, incarceration/detention, indigenous land rights,and reproductive justice.

Check out the call for applications here: []

Monday, July 11, 2011

Since 2008 I have served as the Convener of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA)'s Special Interest Group (SIG) on Indigenous Matters, hosted by IFLA's Library Services to Multicultural Populations Section. You can find out more about the SIG on Indigenous Matters at

I am currently coordinating a special publication for IFLA. This document, which will be available as a free online publication, will be titled, "Library Services to Indigenous Populations: Protocols and Case Studies."
The case studies featured will introduce some exemplary services offered by libraries serving indigenous peoples in various areas of the world.

I would be delighted if you would like to contribute a brief description of one or more examples of such services. You are free, also, to share this invitation with others. I am attaching a form that people might use to supply information. I am looking for brief (100-500 words) descriptions of library services plus some additional details. I would like to share some of the case studies with delegates attending the IFLA World Library and Information Congress that takes place in Puerto Rico, 12-19 August 2011. It would be great to have case example contribution in about a month or by 10 August 2011. Since the publication is offered free, we are not receiving royalties for the work but are excited by the prospect of sharing news of noteworthy work with the international library community.

Just let me know if you have any questions.


Loriene Roy
Library Services to Indigenous Populations: Protocols and Case Studies
Exemplary Library Service Example

            City:                Country:

Name of Library(ies):


Targeted Audience/Tribal Community:

Description of Service(s), including Key Components [100-500 words]:

Results: Impact of the Service:          

Relevant Document(s)/Website(s):

Contact Information for Those Wanting More Information:

Name and Position of Person Submitting Form:

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1.      Please write your description in full sentences rather than in abbreviated forms.
2.      Please provide full titles of institutions or organizations.