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Meet the recipient of the 2017 Mango Languages/NMRT Professional Development Grant, Hannah Buckland.

A student walking through the shelves of a library.Have you met an extraordinary librarian today? If not, allow us to introduce you to Hannah Buckland, the recipient of the 2017 Mango Languages/NMRT Professional Development Grant. Hannah will be using the grant to attend the 2017 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition in Chicago June 22 - 27, 2017.

Hannah Buckland is the Director of Library Services at Leech Lake Tribal College on the Leech Lake Nation in Cass Lake, Minnesota. Hannah is a great fit for the Mango Languages/NMRT Professional Development Grant because she embodies the larger mission behind the grant to provide support to a rising star in the librarian world, maximizing their contributions and involvement in ALANMRT, and their own communities and organizations.


What is the Mango Languages/NMRT Professional Development Grant?


If you missed our previous blog post announcing this year’s grant, we’ll catch you up. The Mango Languages/NMRT Professional Development Grant is designed to encourage professional development and participation by new ALA members in national and New Member Roundtable (NMRT) activities.

In picking a winner, the committee considers an applicant’s current involvement in library and community associations, the impact the grant will have on their career and opportunities, and how the applicant will use their ALA conference experience to improve their own community and institution. While many incredible librarians applied, one all-star librarian rose to the top: let’s get to know our 2017 recipient, Hannah Buckland.


Meet the 2017 Mango Languages/NMRT Professional Development Grant recipient.


Hannah earned her MLIS in 2012 from the University of Pittsburgh, and her BA from Knox College in 2011. She is an active member of professional library organizations, including her role as Assistant Chair on the NMRT’s Resume Review Service Committee.

In her current role as Director of Library Services, Hannah goes above and beyond to provide the Leech Lake Tribal College campus and surrounding community with access to superior library resources and services. Leech Lake Tribal College is chartered by the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe and located on the Leech Lake Nation. The college, and the library as an extension, aims to be a center of academic excellence, advancing the Anishinaabe worldview and empowering lifelong learners who are fully engaged citizens, stewards, and leaders.

We could go on and on, but here are just a few incredible initiatives from Hannah’s highlight reel. She and her colleagues are working with Cinco Puntos Press to publish a board book in Ojibwe for the library’s youngest patrons. They’re also renovating their archive space and digitizing their archive collection to support the college's curriculum. This summer, they’re hosting iCamp for the second year in a row, a series of iPad digital media workshops that travels, along with library staff, to five different communities on the Leech Lake Nation. Some communities are over 50 miles one-way.

In a letter to the community on her library’s website, Hannah welcomes the college’s surrounding community with open arms, stating: “We’re eager to share our space, resources, and services with the entire community. Anyone can borrow our materials and use our computers! If you’re not an LLTC student or employee, just fill out a registration form to receive your library card.”

Hannah further advances that important work as a member of the Northern Lights Library Network Governing Board, a cooperative network of librarians committed to building strong libraries and communities in Minnesota. She was also appointed to the Minnesota Governor’s Broadband Task Force, a 15-member group that develops policy recommendations to promote the expansion of broadband access throughout Minnesota.

As Director of Library Services, Hannah is working hard to cultivate a library that serves students and community members alike, stating on their website that, “This library is your library. We’re here to help you find the information you need.” We’re excited to see how Hannah uses her time at ALA 2017 to find new resources, strengthen current offerings, and continue to transform her library.

We’ll also be at ALA 2017 in Chicago this year, and we hope you’ll join us at the NMRT annual reception to give Hannah and other NMRT members a round of applause for their hard work. 

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