Tribal Librarian, Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation, Smith River, Calif.
Jessica Haas is the Administrative Analyst for the social services department of a federally recognized Native American tribe, and one of her many responsibilities is management of the tribal library. The Tribal Family Resource Library specializes in Native American authors, indigenous peoples’ topics and self-help, along with a modest collection of young adult and children’s books and toys. While the tribe’s citizens may be found around the world, about half of them live locally across two counties. Jessica coordinates digital library services and provides programming that overcomes the challenges of rural life.