Naomi Bishop, MLIS, is Akimel O’otham/Pima and a member of the Gila River Indian Community. She served as President of the American Indian Library Association (AILA) from 2017-2018 and received the AILA Rising Leader Award in September of 2018. Her ultimate career goal is to improve access to information services in Native American communities and to promote American Indian Youth Literature in all communities. She is a member of the Medical Libraries Association, the American Indian Science and Engineering Society, and the American Indian Library Association. Ms. Bishop interned at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian assisting the archives and repatriation departments for a summer. This internship at NMAI impacted her work and research interests in American Indian Youth Literature and representations of American Indians in STEM. After earning her MLIS degree, she took her first job as the Librarian in Residence at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana. Her work experience specializes in health, science, and engineering information.
Naomi chaired the American Indian Youth Literature Awards Committee from 2014-2018. She has presented on the topic of American Indian Youth Literature at local and national library and education conferences. Last year, she created an online module on Indigeneity and Colonialism for Project Ready: Reimagining Equity & Access for Diverse Youth from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. Her favorite activity is taking her young son to the library and reading books with him that reflect American Indians today.
Keywords = Indigenous Communities, Youth Literature, Colonialism, Equity, Access, STEAM, Medicine
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