Loriene Roy has commented as a member of the advisory council for this project. I would simply add as the San Jose SLIS director that I am very sensitive to this topic, having been responsible at one time for First Nations K-12 education in Vancouver and starting the first First Nations concentration in an MLIS program at UBC. In western Canada, First Nations is the preferred (and indeed only acceptable) term; in eastern Canada, aboriginal peoples is more common. Internationally, indigenous peoples prevails. These terms, and others such as native Americans and native Indians, are used in parts of the U.S. The American Indian Library Association has its (obvious from its name) acceptable term(s) as well. The terms used in our proposal were determined by our advisory council of leaders in service to aboriginal peoples.
As the poster’s moniker states below: “"A little learning is a dangerous thing...”
San Jose SLIS is not “the first graduate school of the ships” (a bit offensive) but we are one of the first (and certainly not the only) to try to do something substantive and concrete to advance our mission in these areas.
-- Ken
Ken Haycock, Professor and Director
San Jose School of Library and Information Science

On 6/16/10 4:52 PM, "Lambert, Frank" <[log in to unmask]">[log in to unmask]> wrote:

It is astonishing that any institution of higher learning would refer to North America’s native peoples as “Indians.”  It’s as though SLIS was the first graduate school off of the ships navigated by the first western European explorers 5-600 years ago and believing that it had actually landed on the Indian subcontinent.  Amazing!  Well, if it is okay for Library of Congress to continue to perpetuate this term of ignorance in its list of subject headings, I guess it is perfectly fine to continue using it in other contexts.  Or is it?
Frank Lambert, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
School of Library and Information Science
Kent State University
P.O. Box 5190
314W University Library
Kent, OH 44242
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"A little learning is a dangerous thing;
Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring."
-Alexander Pope (An Essay on Criticism - 1711)

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Subject: San Jose SLIS to Award Scholarships to American Indians and Alaska Natives

The San Jose School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) is partnering with the American Indian Library Association (AILA) to launch Circle of Learning — an initiative designed to recruit and support American Indians and Alaska Natives who are interested in earning a Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) degree.  
The scholarship program is designed for Native students who want to earn a fully online ALA-accredited MLIS degree.  Scholarship recipients will receive financial assistance and other support, including mentoring, career advisement, field experiences, involvement in professional conferences and workshops, and interaction with Native leaders in the profession.  
Because all courses are delivered fully online, students will be able to live anywhere while earning their MLIS degree.  Circle of Learning’s unique blended approach of online curriculum delivery and face-to-face social and professional interactions will help ensure that scholarship recipients receive personalized support and develop a professional network that will benefit them in the years ahead.
The Circle of Learning scholarship program is made possible because of a generous grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the primary source of federal support for the nation’s libraries and museums.  IMLS announced the award on June 15, 2010.  View their announcement here:  http://www.imls.gov/news/2010/061510.shtm
The Circle of Learning advisory committee is finalizing application criteria.  Details regarding eligibility for scholarships and application materials will be available on the project website by August 3, 2010.   Students will need to be admitted to the School’s MLIS program in order to receive scholarship funding, and the individuals selected to receive scholarships will be eligible to start receiving tuition reimbursement for courses taken during the Spring 2011 semester.
For more information regarding the Circle of Learning project, including application information and deadlines, please visit the project’s website at http://slisweb.sjsu.edu/circleoflearning/.
For more information about SLIS and how to apply to the School’s fully online MLIS program, visit http://slisweb.sjsu.edu/audience/prospective.htm.
To learn more about the American Indian Library Association and its initiatives to improve library and information services for American Indians, visit http://www.ailanet.org/.
For information regarding this announcement, please contact Lisa Valdez at [log in to unmask]">[log in to unmask].
Marcia Laughrey
School of Library and Information Science
San Jose State University
One Washington Square
San Jose, CA 95192-0029
Ph:  408-924-2490
Fax: 408-924-2476