Title page for ETD etd-0411102-144434

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Hebert, Becky
Author's Email Address bhebe19@lsu.edu
URN etd-0411102-144434
Title The Role of Libraries in Native American Communities in Louisiana
Degree Master of Library & Information Science (M.L.I.S.)
Department Library and Information Sciences
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Carol Barry Committee Chair
Alma Dawson Committee Member
William Archambeault Committee Member
Beth Paskoff Dean's Representative
  • tribal library
  • native american libraries
  • native american library
  • indian libraries
  • indian library
  • multiculturalism libraries
  • tribal libraries
  • libraries and indians
Date of Defense 2002-03-28
Availability unrestricted
Describes the study done to identify and describe Louisiana tribal libraries and public library services to Louisiana Native American communities. These four tribes had tribal libraries: Chitimacha, Coushatta, Tunica-Biloxi, and the United Houma Nation. Tribal library evaluation areas included collections, users, technology, funding, cultural integration, and staff demographics. The following tribes were interviewed about public library service in their parishes: Caddo Adais, Choctaw-Apache Community of Ebarb, Clifton Choctaw, Four-Winds Cherokee, Jena Band of Choctaws, and the Talimali Band of Apalache of Louisiana. Most communication between tribes and parish libraries was poor. In general, the tribal library staff did not know about resources available. The State Library of Louisiana was unaware of the existence of the tribal libraries. The Louisiana Voices program offered to make tribal stories into commercial quality recordings. The conclusions provide a compromise for tribes and parish libraries to work together. Future research possibilities complete the paper.
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