iSchool Directory

Specializations

  • Indigenous Systems of Knowledge
  • Information and Society
  • Information Services

Courses

  • LIS 520 - Information Resources, Services, And Collections

Biography

Sandy Littletree is a LIS educator and researcher with interests at the intersections of Indigenous systems of knowledge and the library and information science field. Her dissertation research focused on the history and development of tribal libraries in the United States, where she examined the themes of advocacy, leadership, self-determination, cultural knowledge, and government responsibilities to tribes. She has developed advocacy resources for tribal libraries, produced a series of oral histories that document the stories of Arizona’s tribal libraries, and oversaw the revision of the 3rd edition of TRAILS, a training manual designed for tribal libraries. As the former Program Manager for the Knowledge River project at the University of Arizona, she recruited and worked to retain students interested in serving Latino and Native American communities. She is a past president of the American Indian Library Association (AILA) and currently serves on several advisory boards for LIS projects in Indigenous communities in the US and Canada. She is an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation, originally from the Four Corners region of New Mexico.

Education

  • Ph D, Information Science, University of Washington, 2018
  • Information Science, University of Washington, 2015
  • MSIS, Information Studies, University of Texas at Austin, 2006
  • MA, Curriculum and Instruction, New Mexico State University, 2004
  • BS, Education, New Mexico State University, 2000

Awards

  • Notable Dissertation - American Libraries Magazine, 2019
  • Fellowship - American Indian Graduate Center, 2016-2018
  • Dissertation Fellowship - GO-MAP, University of Washington, 2016-2017
  • Cobell Summer Graduate Research Fellowship, 2017
  • Fellowship - American Indian Graduate Center, 2013-2014
  • NCAIS Summer Institute - Newberry Library, Chicago, 2014
  • Presidential Fellowship - GO-MAP, University of Washington, 2012

Consulting and Other Projects

  • Tribal College Librarians Institute (TCLI), 2017

Memberships

  • American Indian Library Association
  • American Library Association
  • REFORMA

Publications and Contributions

  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    Knowledge Organization from an Indigenous Perspective: The Mashantucket Pequot Thesaurus of American Indian Terminology Project (2015)
    Cataloging & Classification Quarterly Special Issue - Indigenous Knowledge Organization, Volume 53, Issue 5-6, Page 640-657 Authors: Sandra Littletree, Cheryl A. Metoyer
  • Conference Poster
    Native Systems of Knowledge (poster) (2014)
    Research Fair 2014 Authors: Cheryl A. Metoyer, Sandra Littletree, Miranda Belarde-Lewis, Marissa Duarte, Juan-Carlos Chavez, Ross Braine, Tess Cervantes, Ivette Bayo Urban, Sheryl Day
  • Journal Article, Professional Journal
    Message from AILA President (2012)
    American Indian Library Association Newsletter, Volume 35 Author: Sandra Littletree
  • Book, Chapter in Non-Scholarly Book-New
    Advocacy and Marketing for the Tribal Library (2011)
    Tribal libraries, archives, and museums: Preserving our language, memory, and lifeways, Page 199-202 Author: Sandra Littletree
  • Book, Chapter in Scholarly Book-New
    Communities of Practice in Residency Programs: The NCSU Libraries Fellows Program (2011)
    The New Graduate Experience: Post-MLS Residency Programs and Early Career Librarianship, ISBN/ISSN: 9781591588863 Authors: Sandra Littletree, Hyun-Duck Chung
  • Journal Article, Professional Journal
    Message from AILA President (2011)
    American Indian Library Association Newsletter, Volume 34 Author: Sandra Littletree
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    Knowledge River: A case study of a library and information science program focusing on Latino and Native American perspectives (2010)
    Library Trends, Volume 59 , Issue 1-2, Page 67-87 Authors: Patricia Montiel-Overall, Sandra Littletree
  • Book, Chapter in Non-Scholarly Book-New
    Tribal Libraries Advocacy Guide (2008)
    Author: Sandra Littletree
  • Book, Non-Scholarly-Revised
    Tribal Libraries Procedures Manual, 3rd Edition (2008)
    Author: Sandra Littletree
  • Conference Paper
    Honoring Generations: Developing the Next Generation of Native Librarians (2006)
    Proceedings of the First Joint Conference of Librarians of Color, Page 293-304 Author: Sandra Littletree

Presentations

  • A Brief History of Tribal Libraries (2019)
    American Indian Library Association's 40th Anniversary Celebration, Annual ALA Conference - Washington, DC
  • ALA Leaders Wanted (2019)
    American Library Association - Washington, DC
  • Focusing on Indigenous Ontologies in LIS (2019)
    Mount Royal University Library - Calgary, Alberta
  • Honoring Relationality: Centering Indigenous Perspectives in Library Services (2019)
    Mount Royal Univerity Library - Calgary, Alberta
  • Indigenous Systems of Knowledge at the Intersections of the Information Science Field and Academia (2019)
    HASTAC 2019 Decolonizing Technologies, Reprogramming Education Conference - Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Indigenous Systems of Knowledge at the Intersections of the LIS Field and Academia (2019)
    International Indigenous Librarians’ Forum 2019 - Auckland, New Zealand
  • Native American Library Services History: Stories from the Archives (2019)
    Tribal College Librarians Professional Development Institute - Bozeman, Montana
  • The Evolution of Library Services for Native People: A Timeline (2019)
    IMLS Tribal Libraries Convening: Guiding IMLS Funding to Meet the Needs of Tribal Librarians and Their Communities - Washington, DC
  • The History and Development of Tribal Libraries in the United States (2019)
    International Indigenous Librarians’ Forum 2019 - Auckland, New Zealand
  • The Things We Do: Indigenous Approaches to Knowledge and the Verbs that Drive Our Work (2019)
    Sorting Libraries Out: Decolonizing Classification and Indigenizing Description 2019 - Burnaby, British Columbia
  • Indigenous Systems of Knowledge in the Library and Information Science (LIS) Curriculum (2018)
    Native American and Indigenous Studies Association Conference - Los Angeles, California
  • Relationality and Indigenous Systems of Knowledge: At the Heart of an LIS Pedagogy (2018)
    iSchool Colloquia Series at the University of British Columbia - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  • Relationality and Indigenous Systems of Knowledge: At the Heart of Indigenous Librarianship (2018)
    3rd Joint Conference of Librarians of Color - Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Relationality. Reciprocity. Responsibility. Respect: Library Services Based on Indigenous Systems of Knowledge (2018)
    Puget Sound Educational Service District Teacher Librarian Institute - Seattle, Washington
  • The History and Currency of Tribal Libraries: Sovereignty, Information, and Empowerment (2018)
    3rd Joint Conference of Librarians of Color - Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Archival Education That Serves the Needs of Tribal Archivists and Communities (2017)
    Society of American Archivists Annual Meeting - Portland, OR
  • Indigenous Systems of Knowledge (2017)
    Tribal College Librarians Professional Development Institute - Bozeman, Montana
  • Sharing Stories of Tribal Libraries: History, Sovereignty, and Empowerment (2017)
    2017 International Conference of Indigenous Archives, Libraries, and Museums (ATALM) - Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico
  • Tribal Library Stories (2017)
    Tribal College Librarians Professional Development Institute - Bozeman, Montana
  • The Indigenous Information Research Group: Rebuilding Nations, Empowering Communities (2016)
    International Conference of Indigenous Archives, Libraries, and Museums - Phoenix, Arizona
  • Co-creating knowledge: Indigenous Systems of Knowledge and Information Institutions (2015)
    International Indigenous Librarians’ Forum - Winnipeg, Canada
  • Exploring the PhD Option (2015)
    IFLA New Professionals Special Interest Group webinar series - webinar
  • Indigenous Systems of Knowledge and Information Institutions: Intersections and Strategies (2015)
    Symposium of Native & Indigenous Scholarship - Seattle, Washington
  • Leaders Wanted: Is an LIS Doctoral Program Right for You? (2015)
    American Library Association Annual Conference - San Francisco, California
  • Native Systems of Knowledge (2015)
    International Indigenous Librarians’ Forum - Winnipeg, Canada
  • Rebuilding Nations: Empowering Communities (2015)
    iSchool Research Fair - Seattle, Washington
  • Indigenous Knowledge Organization Project: Knowledge Organization from an Indigenous Perspective (2014)
    Newberry Consortium in American Indian Studies, Graduate Student Conference - Chicago, Illinois
  • Leaders Wanted: Cultivating Diversity in LIS Education (2014)
    American Library Association Annual Conference - Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Native Systems of Knowledge (2014)
    iSchool Research Fair - Seattle, Washington
  • Indigenous Knowledge Organization Project: Knowledge Organization from an Indigenous Perspective (2013)
    iSchool Research Fair - Seattle, Washington
  • Indigenous Librarianship: A Pathway to Revitalizing Culturally Informed Senses (2013)
    12th Annual Symposium of Native & Indigenous Scholarship at the University of Washington - Seattle, WA
  • Leaders Wanted: Cultivating Diversity in LIS Education (2013)
    American Library Association Annual Conference - Chicago, Illinois
  • We are All Related: Relationality and Cultivating Communities of Practice for Indigenous Librarians? (2013)
    Alaska Native Libraries Archives Museums Summit - Anchorage, Alaska
  • 10 Years of Knowledge River at the University of Arizona: Graduates Reflect on Latino and Native American Library Services in LIS Education and in the Field (2012)
    Joint Conference of Librarians of Color - Kansas City, Missouri
  • Bringing Our Children Home: Co-Creating a Knowledge Management System with the National Indian Child Welfare Association (2012)
    iSchool Research Fair - Seattle, Washington
  • Celebrating 10 Years of Knowledge River at the University of Arizona: Perspectives of Indigenous Students and Alumni (2012)
    IFLA Presidential Programme: Indigenous Knowledges. Local Priorities, Global Contexts. - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  • Navigating Indian Country: Library Services to Indigenous Communities (2012)
    Joint Conference of Librarians of Color - Kansas City, Missouri
  • Qualitative Data: Stories of Arizona's Tribal Libraries (2012)
    Arizona Archives Summit - Phoenix, Arizona
  • Stories of Arizona's Tribal Libraries: The Value of Stories and Lived Perspectives (2012)
    Arizona Centennial Conference - Phoenix, Arizona
  • Stories of Arizona’s Tribal Libraries: An Oral History Project (2012)
    Joint Conference of Librarians of Color - Kansas City, Missouri
  • What’s New with the IFLA Indigenous Matters Special Interest Group (2012)
    Joint Conference of Librarians of Color - Kansas City, Missouri
  • A Conversation with Distinguished Guests Camila Alire and Cheryl Metoyer on Leadership (2011)
    Knowledge River 10 Year Reunion, Knowledge River Leadership: Perspectives from Students, Alumni, and Distinguished Guests - Tucson, Arizona
  • Digital Divide to Digital Inclusion: Increasing Access for Native and Latino Communities (2011)
    Arizona Library Association Pre-Conference - Tucson, Arizona
  • Emerging Best Practices for Latino/a Recruitment in Academic Librarianship (2011)
    REFORMA National Conference - Denver, Colorado
  • Knowledge River (2011)
    Association of Tribal Libraries, Archives, and Museums - Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Library Services to Native American Populations (2011)
    University of AZ School of Information Resources and Library Science Graduate Student Symposium - Tucson, Arizona
  • Managing Digital Archives: What Does Cultural Competence Have to Do With It? (2011)
    University of AZ School of Information Resources and Library Science - Tucson, Arizona
  • The Diversity Imperative for Cultivating 21st Century Librarians: The Knowledge River Model (2011)
    World Library and Information Congress, 77th IFLA General Conference and Council, New Professionals Special Interest Group session - San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Knowledge River Scholars, Where are They Now? (2010)
    Arizona Library Association - Fort McDowell, Arizona
  • The Future of Libraries and Library Education (2010)
    University of AZ School of Information Resources and Library Science - Tucson, Arizona
  • What is Knowledge River? (2010)
    Tribal College Librarians Professional Development Institute - Bozeman, Montana
  • Reinvent Your Professional Identity: How to maximize job opportunities during a downturned economy (2009)
    American Library Association Annual Conference - Chicago, Illinois
  • Advocacy for Tribal Libraries (2008)
    Gathering of Arizona Tribal Libraries - Salt River, Arizona
  • Advocacy for Tribal Libraries (2008)
    National Institute for Tribal Libraries - Catoosa, Oklahoma
  • IM a Native Librarian: The NCSU Fellow Experience as a Technology Bridge for Native American Librarians (2008)
    Southwest Texas Popular/American Culture Association - Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • The Tribal Library Procedures Manual (TRAILS) (2007)
    National Conference of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Thinking Outside the Box: Librarians Outside the Library (2007)
    Spectrum Leadership Institute - Washington, D.C.
  • Tribal Library Advocacy Resources @ the American Library Association (2007)
    National Conference of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Expanding the Circle of Honoring Generations (2006)
    Sequoyah Research Center Symposium, - Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Honoring Generations: Developing the Next Generation of Indigenous Librarians (2006)
    World Library and Information Congress, 72nd IFLA General Conference and Council - Seoul, Korea
  • Honoring Generations: Developing the Next Generation of Indigenous Librarians (2006)
    American Library Association Annual Conference - New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Honoring Generations: Developing the Next Generation of Native Librarians (2006)
    Joint Conference of Librarians of Color - Dallas, Texas
  • Honoring Generations and Services With Indigenous Peoples (2005)
    International Indigenous Librarians' Forum - Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
  • Honoring Generations: Developing the Next Generation of Native Librarians (2005)
    World Indigenous Peoples' Conference on Education - Hamilton, Aotearoa, New Zealand
  • Honoring Generations: Developing the Next Generation of Native Librarians (2005)
    Sequoyah Research Center Symposium - Little Rock, Arkansas