SKC Librarian Carlene
Engstrom moves on; but she'll be back
left to right: Carlene Engstrom, Natalie Malatarre, Fred Noel, Mary Lou
Mires and Mary Driscoll are captured one final merry moment, as staff
family in front of the ‘do not reshelve books’ bookcase at SKC library.
(Lailani Upham photo)
PABLO — It’s always hard to leave home, but for
most Indians, they always come back.
That’s the buzz on Carlene Engstrom, Salish
Library Director. She is moving on in life she says, off to Oregon with
her husband, Dale, who recently received a position with the Oregon
Department of Energy, as a Natural Resource Specialist for the Nuclear
Safety and Energy Siting Department.
Engstrom says although they have relocated, they
plan keep their home in Polson and retire here in the future.
Her service and dedication with SKC Library has
lasted nearly a
decade. She has not only seen the library expand by leaps and bounds
but the college as well.
As a tribal college library director
Engstrom’s has acquired a list of honors and recognitions such as
President of the American Indian Library Association, Member of the
Federal Depository Library Council, named a Library Journal Mover and
Shaker in the March 2009 issue, Montana Library Association Director at
Large for the West and Chair of the Academic and Special Library
Division of the Montana Library Association, She also attended and
received a scholarship to the Association of College and Research
Library Harvard Leadership Institute.
Engstrom said since being with SKC, she is
especially proud of
the online library circulation and catalog functions that eventually
merged into an academic state-of-the-art system that enabled the
college to join the University of Montana shared library system.
As a library director she also guided the
development of the
genealogy research by adding an online genealogy web-based database.
expertise of years in the librarian profession led to many lasting
effects at SKC library such as: the annual poetry programs for the past
ten years, digitizing and posting the historic issues of the
Char-Koosta on the web for easy searching, and getting funding for
summer reading programs.
Although she is saying so long but not good-bye,
certainly be missed. “The library will miss her leadership and her
interest in improving tribal libraries,” said Fred Noel, SKC
Noel will be stepping up to take the library
director spot at SKC in July.
SKC’s library family took the time out last week
for a cakes,
nuts, and punch reception for Engstrom, where tons of big hugs were
given by SKC staff, former and current students along with community
As a librarian, Engstrom says she is looking
experiencing new things, but personally she adds, “It’s hard to go, as
a tribal member; you have a sense of pride of how it’s grown.”