Identifier

etd-0411102-144434

Degree

Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS)

Department

Library and Information Sciences

Document Type

Thesis

Abstract

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.

Date

2002

Document Availability at the Time of Submission

Release the entire work immediately for access worldwide.

Committee Chair

Carol Barry

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