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Presenter: Sandra Littletree, PhD
University of Washington Information School 



Sandra Littletree is an Indigenous scholar, forever librarian, educator, daughter, and auntie. She is a descendent of the Eastern Shoshone Tribe and is a citizen of the Navajo Nation (Diné). She is an Assistant Teaching Professor at the University of Washington Information School. Her research interests lie at the intersections of Indigenous systems of knowledge and librarianship. She is a past president of the American Indian Library Association (AILA) and was the Program Manager of Knowledge River at the University of Arizona from 2009-2012. She currently lives in Olympia, WA, and is originally from the Four Corners region of New Mexico. 


The collection, classification, manipulation, storage, retrieval, movement, dissemination, and protection of information are the hallmarks of library and information science. As this field is based upon understandings of knowledge and information, and with so much at stake for Native communities’ stories, documents, and histories, the use of Indigenous systems of knowledge as an intellectual construct should be critical to research and teaching. Sandra Littletree, PhD, will explore a conceptual model that contains integral components of the philosophical basis of Indigenous systems of knowledge. The model will be offered as a tool to help library workers imagine how they can make spaces for Indigenous perspectives in their institution.

Date: Tuesday, September 15, 2020
Time: 4:00 – 6:00 pm (MST/PST) 

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Past Talks

2019-2020 Talks


Yolanda Padilla

“Recovering Borderland Modernism: Mariano Azuela’s Los de abajo and El Paso’s Spanish-Language Print Culture”


Anjali Arondekar

“Sexuality’s Abundance: Towards a Poetics of the Archive”


Michelle Caswell

“Centering Archives on Oppressed People: Feminist Standpoint Epistemology and Archival Values”


Elvia Arroyo-Ramirez

“Centering practitioner experiences in archival scholarship: What does feminist editorship look like?”


Jennifer R. O’Neal

“Centering Indigenous Knowledge in the Archival Paradigm”


Mithün Paul Panenghat

"Are Neural Networks Learning Spurious Hidden Patterns?"


Dr. Hong Hua

"The Quest for Vision Comfort in Virtual and Augmented Reality Displays"


Joseph Farbrook

"Digital Fabrication: A New Art Medium"


Shanshan Ji

"Research and Application of Knowledge Organization Systems"


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