Alaskan. Inupiaq. Wife. Mother. Librarian. Volunteer. Curious. Lifelong Learner. Reader. Tinkerer. Community. Nature. Hope. Green Tea.
Catalyst for inspiring readers and expanding book access for all through the Impact Library Program and developing the Native Library Initiative into a culturally responsive program.
IMLS grant funded project providing funding for 15 American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian graduate students to earn MLIS degrees with a Digital Asset Management certificate in partnership with San Jose State University.
Literacy. Indigenous Information. Access. Equitable, Inclusive. Participatory. Combined Archives, Libraries and Museums. Problem Solver.
Valarie believes in the transformative power of libraries, their contribution to community development through engagement, and the opportunity technologies offer to sustain culture and provide access to cultural information and knowledge.
Tales of Ticasuk by Emily Ivanoff Brown is special to me because she was both the first writer and the first Indigenous author I ever met, which left me in awe as a child.
If you want to go fast, go alone; if you want to go far, go together.