Indigenous-specific collections development; Indigenous librarianship



Indigenous knowledge and library practices require cultural sensitivity and respectful, authentic collaboration to build, manage, and preserve collections that honor heritage. This program will discuss  best practices, ethical considerations, and the complexities of Indigenous librarianship. The goal is to impart the knowledge and skills necessary to ensure the appropriate representation and protection of Indigenous voices, perspectives, and traditional knowledge in library collections. Learn how to understand intellectual property rights and community-based practices, and how a culturally sensitive approach fosters respect, inclusivity and productive collaboration.

Confirmed speakers include Michelle Chouteau (Cheyenne / Arapaho), Collections Manager & Registrar, First Americans Museum, Melissa Stoner (Diné)Native American Studies Librarian, UC Berkeley and Allison Waukau (Menominee/Navajo), President, American Indian Library Association and Tribal Liaison & Native Relations Coordinator, Metropolitan Council of the Twin Cities. The Education Program Committee lead and moderator for this program is Katherine Witzig (Choctaw), Library Administrative Assistant, Oklahoma City University.  Katherine is also a NISO Plus 2024 Scholarship Awardee.

Event Sessions


Melissa Stoner

Native American Studies Librarian
University of California - Berkeley

Katherine Witzig

Chair, Okahoma Library Association Committee of Tribal Libraries
and MILS, University of Ilinois Urgana-Champaign

Allison Waukau

President, American Indian Library Association
Community Engagement, Hennepin County Library

Additional Information

NISO assumes organizations register as a group. The model assumes that an unlimited number of staff will be watching the live broadcast in a single location, but also includes access to an archived recording of the event for those who may have timing conflicts. 

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Links to the archived recording of the broadcast are distributed to registrants 24-48 business hours following the close of the live event. Access to that recording is intended for internal use of fellow staff at the registrant’s organization or institution. Shared resources are posted to the NISO event page.

Broadcast Platform

NISO uses the Zoom platform for purposes of broadcasting our live events. Zoom provides apps for a variety of computing devices (tablets, laptops, etc.) To view the broadcast, you will need a device that supports the Zoom app. Attendees may also choose to listen just to audio on their phones. Sign-on credentials include the necessary dial-in numbers, if that is your preference. Once notified of their availability, recordings may be downloaded from the Zoom platform to your machine for local viewing.