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Lotsee Patterson

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Dr. Lotsee Patterson, Professor in the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Oklahoma, was born and raised in rural southwestern Oklahoma on her motherís Indian allotment. She credits her experience growing up there and later as a teacher in a nearby rural school with developing her passion for libraries and library services in Indian country.

Having educated hundreds of students in librarianship in her role as a university professor she has also worked in libraries at Riverside Indian School, Anadarko, Norman Public Schools and Oklahoma City where she was Director of Library Media Services for the school district. She is best known, however, for her work with tribal libraries.

She is a recipient of the Oklahoma Library Associationís highest honor receiving their Distinguished Service Award in 1997. Dr. Patterson has also been honored for her work with tribal libraries and for recruiting and mentoring American Indian Librarians by the American Library Association with three awards including Honorary Membership and by the National Commission on Libraries and Information Science (NCLIS). Through her association with NCLIS she helped secure some permanent federal funding for tribal libraries. Today, most of Oklahomaís thirty nine Indian tribes are benefiting from this source of revenue which helps them provide basic library services to their communities.

An enrolled member of the Comanche Nation she is currently working with Comanche Nation College where she is leading efforts to develop their library collection into one which integrates Comanche culture and values with core library resources.

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