Besides this page, you can also check for news and announcements on Loriene's blog, "Pin-ding-u-daud-ewin" (to enter into one another's lodges), at http://lorieneroy.blogspot.com/.

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RadioShack and ALA Announce Partnership to Help Educate Citizens About  DTV Transition

Added June 13, 2008

Read the press release here.

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Library Services to Immigrants
Added May 7, 2008

Check out our new page of resources on library services to immigrants here. It's part of our Circle of Literacy initiative.

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Check out Kareem Abdul-Kabbar's READ poster!
Added May 7, 2008

A press release about the poster can be read here, and Kareem's NBA bio can be read here.

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Loriene kicks off National Library Week with a talk in Second Life! 
Added April 20, 2008

Read the ALA press release here.

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Austin Bella Corda has a new CD out
Added May 5, 2008

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Loriene and Judith Lin Hunt, incoming International Relations Round Table (IRRT) Chair, 2008-09
Added March 27, 2008


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Loriene and Marilyn H. McClaskey, International Librarians Orientation Co-Chair, 2006-08
Added March 27, 2008

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Deaf America Reads event at the Library of Congress
Added March 16, 2008

Loriene with
Ricardo Lopez, President of the National Literary Society of the Deaf and Alice L. Hagemeyer, ALA Honorary Member. Taken on March 13th.

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from Loriene's trip to Hawaii
Added March 12, 2008

Check out some photos from Loriene's recent trip to Hawaii, taken by Dr. Andrew Wertheimer.

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's President's Program Transcript
Added February 18, 2008

Read the transcript of Kareem's Presidential Program during Mid-Winter here.

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's Mid-Winter Q&A session
Added February 10, 2008

Listen to Kareem's question and answer session during the President's Program on January 13, 2008 at ALA's Mid-Winter Conference.

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Loriene on NPR: Book List Offers Children Diverse Choices
Added February 6, 2008

Listen to Loriene discuss and read excerpts from awarding-winning books for children and young adults on NPR's February 5th Tell Me More segment.

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The Dongguan, China Conference
Added December 30, 2007

Below are two photos from Loriene's trip to Dongguan City, China, from the recent Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA) Seminar.

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Loriene's Visit to the Alabama Coushatta Tribe
Added December 20, 2007

Read the News Watch Native American press release about Loriene's visit to the Alabama Coushatta Tribe.

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The AMBAC Conference in Guadalajara, Mexico
Added December 9, 2007

Delin Guerra, Michael Dowling, Loriene, and others at an AMBAC work session.

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Newsclip on the Austin Classical Guitar Society's school program
Added December 9, 2007

Read the article and catch some glimpses of Owen on the video!

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Photo from the California School Library Association Conference -- November 16th, Ontario, CA

Added December 3, 2007

Loriene with Sara Johns and Susan Pennell

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A Conversation with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Added November 28, 2007

In this great 3-minute video, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar discusses growing up with libraries, his committment to literacy and learning, and how books help young readers understand both past and present struggles.

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Photos from Loriene's dinner with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in Ontario, California.
added November 16, 2007

Watch the webcast of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's presentation on "Brothers in Arms" at the 2004 National Book Festival.

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Loriene's Interview with Reading Is Fundamental

added November 15, 2007

Read the short interview featuring Loriene here.

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Loriene on NPR's Tell Me More
added November 10, 2007

November 7, 2007: Loriene talks again with Michel Martin of NPR's Tell Me More, this time for American Indian Heritage Month. Listen here.

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to Deliver Keynote Speech at Mid-Winter Conference
added November 10, 2007

We are thrilled to announce that NBA star and author of six books Kareem Abdul-Jabbar will be delivering the Keynote Speech for the President's Program at January's Mid-Winter Conference. Read ALA's press release here.

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Certificate from
Feria Internacional del liro Monterrey
added October 20, 2007

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"Indigenous Libraries and Innovative Multicultural Services" paper

Check out Loriene's paper entitled Indigenous Libraries and Innovative Multicultural Services which she presented as the keynote speech at the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutes (IFLA) conference in Pretoria, South Africa, on August 15, 2007.

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Cloak Gift from Te Ropu Whakahau: Maori in Libraries and Information Management

added September 24,2007

Te Ropu Whakahau Cloak

Loriene models the cloak woven specifically for her, and presented to her by Te Ropu Whakahau. The following description of the cloak comes from Eddie Neha, current President of Te Ropu Whakahau:

The cloak is called a korowai and is made of traditional muka (a fiber extracted from harakeke (flax) and pukeko feathers. The pukeko is the swamp hen and has amazing feet, signifying its sure, safe and careful footsteps. If you watch the pukeko take off for flight it actually runs on water for a fews steps before lifting off. The pattern is the poutama, which signifies achievement and guidance. The green represents the turtle, which the weaver (Kai Raranga) understands is an integral figure in Native American culture. The brown lining (closest to the skin) represents Earth, and the bear represents Loriene's bear-clan connections. This korowai, much like Loriene, is a taonga to be treasured and cherished. Its significance is that we see Loriene as a shining light amongst indigenous librarians -- one who has stepped surely, safely and carefully to achieve many things but continues to provide guidance to those who ask. The weaver's name is Tania King, from Ngaati Maniapoto and Ngaati Maahuta. Ngaati Maniapoto has been the leader in rejuventaing raranga kakahu (weaving of cloaks) through the likes of Rangimarie Hetet and Diggeress Te Kanawa.

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ALA Executive Director Keith Michael Fiels with Loriene during ALA Annual
added September 24, 2007

Keith and Loriene at the International Reception on June 25, 2007

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Loriene with the Baker and Taylor cats, at ALA Annual
added August 20, 2007

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Loriene's interview with Indian Country Today
added August 7, 2007

Take a look at the feature article on Loriene -- and by extension, on the information issues of the Native community -- that ran August 1st in Indian Country Today.

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Joe Sanchez quoted in USA Today

added August 2, 2007

Joe Sanchez, a doctoral student in the UT-Austin School of Information and Loriene's Second Life trainer, was interviewed by USA Today regarding his Second Life teaching and research. Check the August 2nd issue of USA Today for the article quoting him called "Teachers, college students lead a Second Life" or read it online.

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State of Texas Senate Proclamation No. 127

added July 24, 2007

Loriene has been honored by the State of Texas Senate with a formal Proclamation.  Click the image for a larger version.

Texas Senate Proclamation No. 127

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Native Horizons" Radio Interview on Monday
updated July 24, 2007

Loriene will be a guest on KOOP's "Native Horizons" radio show on Monday, July 30th from 11am-12pm Central time. Check it out in the Austin area at 91.7 FM, or on the web at www.koop.org.

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Interview with NPR's new show "Tell Me More"
added July 19, 2007

Listen to Loriene and host Michel Martin discuss multicultural children's books on  NPR's new segment "Tell Me More."

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iSchool Reception in honor of Loriene's presidency
added July 17, 2007

On June 23rd, students from UT-Austin's School of Information gathered in D.C. at a reception celebrating the beginning of Loriene's presidency. Photos by Della Nohl.

iSchoolers at reception for Loriene in DC.

iSchoolers at reception for Loriene in DC

Sara Albert and Alex Hershey

Sara Albert and Alex Hershey

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Thank you note from Austin Bella Corda
added July 14, 2007

Austin Bella Corda, the classical guitar group that performed at the Inaugural Banquet on June 26th, sent this thank you note to Loriene.

Austin Bella Corda thank you note 

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Photos from the Presidential Inaugural Banquet, ALA Annual, Washington DC
Added December 9, 2007

Sara Albert and Tim Bullard escort Loriene into the Inaugural Banquet.

Loriene with Lisa Mitten at the Inaugural Banquet.

Bella Corda performs at the Inaugural Banquet.

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Loriene to host "Native America Calling" July 16th
updated July 14, 2007

Loriene will be hosting "Native America Calling," a national call-in radio program, on Tuesday, July 16th, 1:00 - 2:00 PM EST.  You can listen via various online and broadcast radio stations (from the NAC website, click on "Listen to NAC On-Line" for listings).

You can also hear a previous program featuring Loriene on "Tribal Archives, Libraries and Museums."  Click on "Past NAC Programs" and navigate to May 9, 2005.

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ALA Council Committees/ALA Committees
added July 5, 2007

A few ALA members have contacted me over the past several days, requesting appointments to ALA Committees and ALA Council Committees. Here's just a note about what you might do if you are interested in volunteering for similar service.

James Rettig, ALA President-Elect, will chair the ALA Committee on Committees (elected from Council) and the ALA Committee on Appointments (President-Elects of the ALA Divisions). Later this summer Jim will broadly broadcast a call, inviting members to submit online applications to serve on these committees. At that time you can click on a URL which will lead you to an online application. That application will allow you to enter information about yourself and indicate your committees of preference. Jim will work with the committees and will develop slates of appointments by the 2008 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia. Appointments will be made between February and April 2008.

Thanks for your interest in serving!

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Feature Article on Loriene in Austin American-Statesman
added June 28, 2007

"Reading Roy:"  This Austin American-Statesman article on Loriene was featured Sunday, June 24th, on the front and back pages of the Life section. 

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Dance Shawl Gift
added June 18, 2007

Russlene Waukechon and Susan Bennett presented Loriene with this beautiful dance shawl depicting the White Earth Nation tribal seal.  Susan created the seal and Russlene created the fringe.  Click on the image below for a close-up.

Dance Shawl

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Conference Updates
added June 13, 2007

Honor Dance:  Photos are allowed at this event.

Inaugural Banquet:  Tickets are sold out.  If you have a seat reserved at a table but haven't purchased your ticket yet, you will be able to purchase your ticket on site.

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Classical Guitar Group at Inaugural Banquet
updated June 5, 2007

Austin Bella Corda will be performing at the Inaugural Banquet. For more information about the group, contact the director Kevin Taylor at 1-800-950-8502 or 512-452-8765, or by email at childbloom@aol.com.

Austin Bella Corda

Some videos of Austin Bella Corda performing (videos on YouTube):

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Loriene on Second Life
added May 19, 2007

Loriene is now on Second Life with the avatar "Mukwa Dibou."

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Here's a photo of Loriene having some fun at the Jornadas Conference in Leon, Mexico

added November 10, 2007

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Honor Dance Information
updated May 3, 2007

The National Museum of the American Indian, a Smithsonian Institution museum, is hosting an Honor Dance for Loriene.  The Honor Dance will be held in the Potomac atrium of the museum and will be free and open to the public.  This event will be on Friday, June 22nd, from 3:30 to 5:30 pm.

Come equipped to the Honor Dance with a dance shawl!  You may make a shawl or purchase one.  Pendleton produces shawl designs in a variety of colors.  These shawls are 100% wool (or mixed blend) with 7-inch rayon fringes.

You'll find some images of Chief Joseph dance shawls at http://www.pendleton-usa.com.  Look under "Blankets & Home," then "Native American," then "Shawls."  These shawls are in antique green, bright red, turquoise, or white.

The Northwest Pendleton store in Seattle can order a shawl for you.  You can call them at
1-800-593-6773 for information on ordering a shawl in a Chief Joseph or Moab design.  The new Moab shawls are available in black, turquoise, and red.  Tribal discounts are available.
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Inaugural Banquet Information
updated March 2, 2007

Loriene will be inaugurated as ALA President for 2007-2008 at the upcoming ALA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C.
The Inaugural Banquet will be held Tuesday, June 26th, from 7:00 pm to midnight at the Grand Hyatt DC.  The event theme is "Celebrating Community, Collaboration, and Culture."  In addition to the procession of ALA elected officers, there will be a second procession of indigenous nations, followed by a multimedia preview of Loriene's plans, dinner, and dancing.  Guests are asked to wear Black Tie or Cultural Dress.  Tickets are required to attend this event, $85, available for purchase on the conference registration form.

Reserved seating at the banquet may be arranged for full tables, seating 10 individuals.  Make reservations at http://www.ala.org/inauguraltable.  Partial tables cannot be reserved.   Smaller groups are invited to arrive together and locate seating at unreserved tables. All table reservations requests made online will be coordinated by James Vertovec, ALA Meeting and Special Events Planner. If you have any questions regarding the process or table reservations you've already made, James can be reached at jvertovec@ala.org or via telephone at 1-800-545-2433, ext. 3227.

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Last updated June 13, 2008