The TLAM course work encompasses much more than just a typical program of in-class lectures and readings. It also focuses on the importance of building relationships, networking, advocating for tribal cultural institutions, and partnering with others to bring about greater awareness of tribal libraries, archives, and museums; the professionals that work in these institutions; and the services they provide and the role they play in their communities.
- Maintain class blog and TLAM Student Group pages.
- Visit and assist tribal community partners, including:
- Red Cliff Tribal Library
- Forest County Potawatomi Cultural Center and Reservation
- Menominee Nation
- Stockbridge-Munsee Reservation
- Bad River Tribal Library
- Oneida Nation
- Ho-Chunk Nation Youth Services at Baraboo
- Engage and share with other SLIS and UW-Madison students our work and interests in tribal libraries, archives, and museums.
- Attend and help facilitate diversity activities on the UW-Madison campus.
- Participate in and run the TLAM Student Group.
- Some students have also joined the American Indian Library Association.
TLAM Activities Timeline
- Trip to Red Cliff for a 2-day capital campaign workshop with Boris Frank for the proposed Ginanda Gikendaamin community center and library. January 2012.
- Travel to Oneida Nation of Wisconsin. March 2012.
- Planned and traveled to the Fourth Convening Culture Keepers at the Forest County Potawatomi Library and Museum.
- Several visits to the Ho-Chunk Youth Services Learning Center in Baraboo, WI.
- Presented “Establishing Regional Networks” at the Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums conference in Tulsa, OK in June.
- Presented on Convening Culture Keepers and won 3rd place at the ALA Diversity and Outreach Fair in Anaheim, CA in June.
- Fifth Convening Culture Keepers hosted by the Oneida Nation in November.
- Students formed collaborative partnership with the Ho-Chunk Nation Youth Services at Baraboo.
- Visit to the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohicans and the Menominee Nation. March 2011.
- Multiple trips to the Ho-Chunk Youth Services Learning Center at the Ho-Chunk Wellness Center in Baraboo, WI.
- Convening Culture Keepers: TLAM students helped facilitate the second and third mini-conferences at Lac Courte Oreilles (April 2011) and at Menominee Nation (October 2011).
- Visit to Bad River and Red Cliff Ojibwe reservations to learn about current library projects and attend meeting of Red Cliff Library Board as part of ongoing partnership with TLAM and Red Cliff.
- The UW-Madison Alumni Magazine, OnWisconsin, features an article by Stacy Forster on the work of the TLAM Class: Books and Beyond
- TLAM Student Group founded. September 2011.
- TLAM Student Group visits Wisconsin Dells to learn about the H.H. Bennett photographs and the local history of the Ho-Chunk Nation.
- Lunch table talk about TLAM project and activities at UW-Madison All Campus Library Reference Retreat. January 2010.
- Roundtable discussion session at the 2010 National iConference held at the University of Illinois- Champaign-Urbana. February 2012.
- TLAM students begin collaborating with the Langlade County Historical Society to help digitize the Society’s A.J. Kingsbury Photography Collection.
- Other Activities:
- Operation Teen Book Drop Liaisons to the Menominee High School Library, the Lac Courte Orielles. The book drop took place during National Library week on April 15, 2010.
- Convening Culture Keepers: TLAM members assist in facilitating the first conference of the mini-series hosted by the Oneida Nation.
- Proposed incorporation of TLAM as a regular class to the SLIS Curriculum and Advisory Committees.
- SLIS Research Forum
- Beta Phi Mu’s Librarian’s Assembly Diversity Program, Beta Beta Epsilon Chapter
- National Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums (TALM) conferences, Portland, Oregon. October 2009
- Wisconsin Library Association (WLA) conference Awards Banquet. Recipients of the WLA Special Service Award for initial partnership and work with Red Cliff. October 2009.
- Other Activities
- Public talk on indigenous information issues by Loriene Roy, professor at University of Texas – Austin and past president of the ALA.
- SLIS brownbag discussion on TALM conference and future plans for TLAM class.
- End of semester Thank You and Renewal potluck for TLAM members, guests, and colleagues
- Contributed a case study chapter about the TLAM project for Dr. Loriene Roy’s upcoming book, Tribal Libraries, Archives, and Museums: Preserving Our Language, Memories, and Lifeways.
- Students begin visiting Red Cliff community to do a library interest and priorities assessment.
- Awarded the Kauffman Entrepreneurship Community Internship Program grant for the project.