Recollect is proud to support the Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums as a founding member of the non-profit organization’s new initiative, the Tribal Library Council (TLC).

The TLC is an outcome of the 2020 Tribal Library Needs Assessment, created to address the unique challenges facing tribal libraries. Eight tangible actions items were formed to provide a cohesive approach to supporting relevant institutions.

Our team has considerable experience navigating obstacles that are inherently associated with culturally sensitive collections, and how various institutions have solved these challenges. As a founding member, Recollect will share our insight with the council to aid the group in achieving a number of these defined action items.

The TLC’s eight identified tangible Action Items include:

  1. Establish an inclusive Tribal Library Council to facilitate the Action Items.
  2. Organize monthly online gatherings that offer training, spotlight tribal library achievements, announce funding opportunities, and introduce new products and services.
  3. Provide self-directed opportunities for tribal library staff to gain skills and knowledge through free online tools and resources delivered through a dedicated web page on the ATALM site.
  4. Ensure in-person training programs are responsive to the needs of tribal libraries through the appointment of a dedicated Tribal Library Program Committee. The Committee will also be responsible for hosting social gatherings and networking opportunities for tribal librarians at ATALM’s annual conferences.
  5. Elevate the stature of tribal libraries by identifying and disseminating information about innovative programs and services.
  6. Advocate for the inclusion of indigenous perspectives in broader discussions about the libraries and education.
  7. Collaborate with other organizations, state library agencies, public libraries, educational institutions, and government agencies to leverage resources, expertise, and support.
  8. Help tribal libraries bridge the digital divide by providing access to technology, digital resources, and training on digital literacy.