Research Services Librarian
Montana State University: Renne Library
MaryAnne’s impact ranges far beyond the Montana State University campus: for more than two decades, she has worked to expand the resources, opportunities, and visibility available for tribal college libraries. In the words of her colleagues: “MaryAnne is a leader in the tribal college library community because she is constantly listening and learning.”
As the lead coordinator for the MSU Library’s Tribal College Librarians Professional Development Institute (TCLI), MaryAnne provides much-needed support to librarians at tribal colleges, as well as those serving Indigenous populations at non-tribal institutions. The TCLI’s annual weeklong event includes programs on digitization, community programming, language preservation, and other key issues for tribal college libraries. Over the past decade, MaryAnne has secured more than $800,000 in grant funding to cover travel costs for attendees and speakers, whose institutions rarely have a budget for professional travel.
In addition to her transformative work with the TCLI, MaryAnne also promotes equity and inclusion within MSU, through her involvement in campus Indian Education for All events and diversity fairs, as well as serving as a founding member of the MSU Common Threads Network of Indigenous Research Partners group. She also continues her impact through membership in the American Indian Library Association, including contributing to an advocacy toolkit for rural, Native, and tribal libraries.