Oksale: An indigenous approach to creating a virtual library of education resources

Loriene Roy, The University of Texas at Austin
Peter Larsen, St. Edward's University


Service-based learning experiences have long been appropriate for library and information science [1]. This is especially true for reference classes where students must acquire both knowledge of hundreds of sources and strong interpersonal skills in order to interact successfully with library patrons. Coursework in library use instruction further extends this curricular responsibility by giving students the opportunity to explore the application of learning theories to the information professional's role in teaching library skills. This article documents how students in the "Library Instruction and Information Literacy" class in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Texas at Austin incorporated a service-based learning model drawing on indigenous learning styles to create a virtual library for students and educators at a tribal college.