Several regional organizations are developing a database of social services and educational resources.
The federal Institute of Museum and Library Services in Washington, D.C., awarded the Tlingit-Haida Central Council a $149,760 library services grant for the project, a joint effort of the tribes, their library and the United Way of Southeast Alaska.
The database will be available on the Internet and on CDs, to help residents of Southeast villages identify available services.
B. J. Gardner, who has been volunteering as librarian for Tlingit-Haida, put together the grant application. Archie Cavanaugh, Tlingit-Haida vocational training and resources manager and higher education coordinator, said council President Ed Thomas and he will meet with Gardner to determine how to administer the grant.
Native American Library Service Enhancement Grants are competitive grants that support established libraries serving the needs of tribal communities and Alaska Native villages. Forty-six Native American libraries throughout the nation competed for this year's grants. Grants totaling $1.5 million are headed for 13 libraries, said Robert Martin, director of the museum and library services institute.
"The grants IMLS makes today will help tribal libraries use the power of technology to connect their communities and provide the critical information they want and need," Martin said.
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