Sandy Tharp-Thee Wins Award

Sandy Tharp-Thee, OU SLIS MLIS student, has earned the Library Institutional Excellence Award from the Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, & Museums! The award, which recognizes an indigenous library that profoundly demonstrates outstanding service to its community, has been given to the Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma in Perkins, Oklahoma, its library director, Sandy Tharp-Thee, and Iowa Tribe Business Committee, Janice Rowe-Kurak, Chairman. For more about the award, please click here.

In three short years, the library has evolved from an organization with no budget and no viable programs to a well-funded organization that is considered an “essential service.”  The library now sponsors programs such as "Standing Together," a culturally relevant collection representing all Oklahoma tribes; a dedicated webpage that engages the community in library programs; a weekly Storytime reading program in partnership with the Four Winds Child Development Center; a reading promotion program in partnership with Sonic Corporation; and many other community endeavors and partnerships. The library works closely with the JOM program assisting with tutoring of children and shares  online, education, employment and career resources with five public libraries and one school library. For more about the library and its myriad social programs, please click here. Sandy is a member of American Indian Library Association, ALA, OLA, serves on the Oklahoma  Library Tribal Committee and serves on the Oklahoma Literacy Coalition Board of Directors representing the Iowa Tribe.

Congratulations to Sandy Tharp-Thee and the Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma!