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Ruth A. Myers Library/Ojibwe Archives

Library Hours

Monday-Thursday     8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Friday                         8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Closed weekends, holidays and during academic breaks.
Hours are subject to change due to staff availability. Please call ahead to verify that the library is open.
Additional hours available upon request—contact Nancy Broughton

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Library Contacts
Nancy Broughton, Library Director
(218) 879–0837

Diane Kauppi, Library Technician
(218) 879–0790

Library Service Desk
(218) 879–0838

Circulation Information
Borrowing privileges are extended to patrons with a valid Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College identification card (students and employees) and to community borrowers.

Library Mission
The mission of the Ruth A. Myers Library/Ojibwe Archives is to select, maintain, enhance, promote, and make accessible the information, material, and research resources necessary to support the Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College mission in teaching, cultural diversity, public service, and lifelong learning, and to serve Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College and the larger community as a repository of Native American, especially Anishinaabe, history, culture, and sovereignty, within the limits of the library's resources and its primary commitment to the Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College community.

Ruth A. Myers Library/ Ojibwe Archives Overview
The Ruth A. Myers Library/Ojibwe Archives is central to the academic mission of the college. The library, recently expanded in 2008, is located on the first and second floors on the north end the academic building.

The library serves a dual capacity as both a tribal college and a community college library, providing library users a full range of services and access to materials supporting the Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College academic curricula and emphasizing Native American history, culture, and sovereignty, especially of the Anishinaabeg.

The library’s in-house materials include monographic, audio-visual, newspaper and journal, and microform collections. Government document materials include Minnesota State documents on microfiche and federal documents as appropriate to the missions of the library and college.

Native American materials are a major focus of all collection areas. Special collections include the Anishinaabe and Minnesota regional collections and a juvenile/young adult collection of American Indian materials.

The library’s physical collection is accessed via an on-line catalog system linked with academic libraries in Minnesota and other states. The library also provides electronic access to subject databases and indexes, some of which are full-text, and to the Internet. In addition, the library provides interlibrary loan to assist users in obtaining materials from other libraries.

Skills in library use are essential to the library’s mission, and library staff emphasize their educational role by promoting library literacy.

Integral to library services is the provision of reference and research assistance, available most hours the library is open. Library instruction is available to classes and individuals, being tailored to meet specific needs from general and point-of use to subject-specific research.

Who was Ruth A. Myers?
-by Erik Roadfeldt
Ruth Myers was the grandmother of American Indian education in Minnesota, and she consistently encouraged people to pursue higher learning, including friend Jack Briggs, through her outgoing personality and spirit.

As an education advocate, Myers was relentless and courageous, and she worked on approximately 70 boards/commissions in support of American Indians during her lifetime. She was the first American Indian to be appointed to the Minnesota State Board of Education, and the first American Indian to serve on the Duluth School Board. She also chaired the Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College task force in 1986 that helped establish the permanent campus in Cloquet.

Myers was born in Grand Marais in 1926 and was an enrolled member of the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. She was hired by the University of Minnesota-Duluth to co-direct the American Indian Programs (now the Center of American Indian & Minority Health) in 1979.

Upon retirement from UMD in 1994, Myers received an honorary degree that recognized her “distinctive achievements, which added materially to knowledge and the betterment of society.” She died in 2001 at age 75.

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