iWarrior Project

Connecting Reading Nation Waterfall and Professional LIS Education

To read more about the iWarrior Project narrative, please visit iWarrior IMLS Proposal.

  • To deepen the impact of Reading Nation Waterfall (RNW), a three-year IMLS funded National Leadership Grant focused on increasing access to literacy resources and libraries for Native American children and families, iWarrior will investigate how fully funding MLIS degrees and creating a supportive learning community within each of RNW’s tribal partners affects the engagement and educational outcomes of ten selected librarians (two per tribe) and the rural, high-poverty, low–literacy proficiency tribal communities they serve.

  • The five existing tribal RNW partners and their librarians that will be involved in this project are the Crow Tribe of Montana, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indian, the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina, the Northern Cheyenne Tribe of Montana, and the Santo Domingo Pueblo (New Mexico).

  • Our research into the effects of these targeted investments will both study and support the relationship between LIS professional credentials and community impact, thereby primarily addressing IMLS’s agency Goal 1: Champion lifelong learning and Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program.

    Goal 1: Recruit, train, develop, and retain a diverse workforce of library and archives professionals and Objective 1.2 (Collaborate with formal and/or informal learning organizations to incorporate promising practices from allied domains into library and archives services) and Objective 1.3 (Develop training for library and archives workforces to support families, groups, and individuals of diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds and needs.

  • The project’s three research questions are:

    • (RQ1) What impact would an MLIS degree from an ALA-accredited program have on the tribal librarian?
    • (RQ2) Does having an MLIS-credentialed librarian lead to increased usage of library services within an RNW community? and,
    • (RQ3) Are the new tribal librarians educating other librarians and the field to improve library services for Native American and indigenous people?

What does an MLIS degree mean to you?

Tribal partners speak on their library and education experience, and what an MLIS means for their community and future.

Mya Sampson
Administrative Assistant, Mary Livermore Library
Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina
Adrienne Violett
Library Director, Chief Dull Knife College
Northern Cheyenne Tribe of Montana
Lynette Dial
Library Supervisor, Hoke County Public Library
Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina
Jesseca Chavis
Red Springs Branch Manager, Robeson County Public Library
Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina
Elizabeth Bishop
4th Grade Teacher, Crow Agency Elementary School
Crow Tribe of Montana