Valarie Kingsland

Alaskan. Inupiaq. Wife. Mother. Librarian. Volunteer. Curious. Lifelong Learner. Reader. Tinkerer. Community. Nature. Hope. Green Tea.

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Little Free Library--Program Manager

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.

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Bridging Knowledge: Supporting Indigenous Scholars into the Field of Librarianship--Co-Director

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.

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INTERESTS

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.

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NOTABLE BOOK

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.

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PHILOSOPHY

If you want to go fast, go alone; if you want to go far, go together.