Specializations

  • Indigenous Knowledge
  • Indigenous Health & Wellbeing

Biography

I am Tlingit and an enrolled member of the Tulalip Tribes. I have an academic and professional background in both the library and museum fields. I hold an MLIS (UW Information School) and a Master's in Museum (Johns Hopkins University). I have worked in libraries for 12 years: academic, public and specialized. I worked for my tribal cultural center as the senior curator for 12 years developing exhibitions, giving public presentations and overseeing collections. I am a 3rd year, full-Time PhD student at the UW Information School. I am a recipient of the 2022-2025 American Library Association Spectrum Doctoral Fellowship.

My research focus on the information seeking behaviors and needs of Native Americans that pertains to wellness and mental well-being. My method is to do ethnographic observations of tribal mental health and wellness settings in the Pacific Northwest. Other research interests include Indigenous Research methods, Native American museums and cultural centers and information literacy.

Presentations

  • Investigating The Health Seeking Information Behaviors of Native Americans Through a Culturally Reflective Lens (2023)
    Bridge the Gap: Teaching, Learning, Practice, and Competencies, ALISE 2023 Annual Conference - Chicago, Illinois