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The library department continues to be one of the busiest department within the Cultural College.
It was first set up in a small room on Quebec Avenue in the fall of 1973 and was then moved to Emmanuel St. Chad in that same year.
The job of the library staff is not an easy one as the work is quite extensive. Not only do they lend out books they are also involved in helping federal schools set up their own libraries as well as helping individual bands set up resource centres. The library staff also take part in cultural days in different parts of the province, story telling, film displays and, more recently, puppet shows.
The library staff also does all of its own processing, typing, most of the cataloguing, film cleaning and splicing, mailing and so on.
Arsene Tootoosis looking over the
research material available
at the Cultural College Library.
Behind Arsene is a large collection
of research material.
Erna Gamble is a regular visitor to
the Library. Behind her is
just a small portion of the
reading material available through
the Cultural College Library.
Heather said "due to the large population that they are serving in Saskatchewan, we can not lend out of the province. However within the province, the borrowing of books is not restricted. Bands as well as individuals can borrow books through the mail. The length of borrowing time for the books is three weeks and two weeks for the audio visual material. The postage is also prepaid on books so the borrower can return them free of charge."
The collection of books is almost totally Indian content. It deals with Indians from North and South America. Heather said they would prefer to concentrate on the plains but not too much has been published to-date. The library has been called one of the best in North America.
The library consists of six staff members. Dave Sparvier is the coordinator, Heather Grimson is the librarian, Seraphine Peeace, Marie Ahenakew and Iris Loewen are the library technicians while Darlene Whitecalf is the librarian assistant. For the amount of work involved, the library is terribly understaffed.
Two of the staff members, Seraphine Peeace and Marie Ahenakew have recently completed a 10 month library technician course at Kelsey Institute. Robert Spence, an employee of the library department since 1973, left last fall to continue his studies at the Federated College, University of Regina and is greatly missed by all the staff.