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MSU Libraries receive $20,000 grant for Tribal College Librarians Institute

March 25, 2010 -- MSU News Service

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The MSU Libraries recently received a $20,000 grant to help fund the 2010 Tribal College Librarians Institute.

The grant, from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, will fund the travel expenses of college librarians from the Pacific Northwest to attend the annual, weeklong institute. The funding will also cover travel costs for some of the institute's presenters.

"Thanks to this grant, more than two dozen tribal college librarians from the Pacific Northwest and some national-level experts on Native library issues will attend our institute," said Mary Anne Hansen, co-coordinator of the Tribal College Librarians Institute with James Thull of MSU. "Along with a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, this grant is helping us achieve an all-time attendance record of tribal college librarians and expert presenters from all over the U.S. and two Canadian provinces."

The Tribal College Librarians Institute is designed to provide continuing education, professional development and networking opportunities for tribal college librarians and librarians who serve tribal college students. The institute has been sponsored by the MSU Libraries since 1990 and is recognized as the one of the best development programs in North America for librarians serving Native people.

The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation supports nonprofit organizations focused on making positive and measurable change in the Pacific Northwest. The foundation's vision for transforming lives and building healthy communities guides its funding areas, which include nurturing the arts, engaging children in learning, addressing the needs of vulnerable populations, and advancing scientific and technological discoveries. For more information, visit www.pgafamilyfoundation.org.

For more information about the Tribal College Librarians Institute, visit http://www.lib.montana.edu/tcli/.

Mary Anne Hansen, (406) 994-3162 or mhansen@montana.edu