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Woksape Tipi - Academic/Public Library and Archives: WOKSAPE TIPI Staff Handbook





Lakota Oyate Kin Wounspe Tantanhan Igloapi un Tokata Etkiya

“Rebuilding the Lakota Nation through Education”


               Woksape Tipi

Academic/ Public Library & Archives




Table of Contents:         

Welcome to Woksape Tipi Library!


1.              OLC Library Staff Contact Information

2.              Overview of OLC Academic & Public Library/Archives

3.              Library Program

4.              Assessment Plan

5.              Library Web Page

6.              Library Policies

7.              Databases

8.              Archive Policies & Fees



Library Staff Contact

How can we help you?


Darlene Bear Killer  - Circulation /ILL Tech       455-6069  

 Library Outreach                            455-6066          

Sharon R. Janis – Assistant Director                   455-6067

Michelle May – Director                                         455-6064


Tawa Ducheneaux – Archivist                                 455-6065  


Assistant Archivist                             455 – 6063         


OLC Woksape Tipi Academic & Public Library/ Archives

Monday – Friday 8:30 – 5:00             

Mission, Vision, Goals and Objectives


Woksape Tipi is the foundation of resources and connection that empowers the rebuilding of the Lakota Nation through education.


Woksape Tipi promotes, supports, and serves the students, staff, and faculty of Oglala Lakota College and community members of the Pine Ridge Reservation; Woksape Tipi cultivates and encourages use of the Lakota language; provides an information literacy program promoting effective and efficient research skills, and lifelong learning among all Lakota people.

Oglala Lakota College Library is the Academic and Public Library for OLC and the Pine Ridge Reservation. The library coordinates 13 branch libraries across the reservation which includes Cheyenne River College Center.  The main library “Woksape Tipi Academic & Public Library” is located on the main campus 7 miles east of Kyle S.D.


A library service program to all branch libraries provide students access to all library resources. The library website introduces databases as a vital part of the research process to all students and faculty at any time from virtually any location online and with a valid library card.

Interlibrary loan services are available to students, staff, and faculty as a form of research guidance whether it be an article, book, video, etc.

All students and faculty must get a library card in order to access the databases from home.

Staff at Woksape Tipi provide instruction in research using databases and the online card catalog.  Important steps in the research process begin with a valid library card, utilization of library tools, resources, and library services.

Library Program

Information Literacy Program Instruction For Students, Staff, Faculty And Community Members

Co-Curricular Programs


Build Your Own Library Program - Year Round Program- Donation Driven To Give Books To Every Child/Family On The Reservation, Promote And Support Early Literacy

Headstart Library Literacy Program

Lakota Woglaka Wounspe Reading Program; Research Skills Sessions

Outreach Program To All Centers

Reservation Wide School Book Talks & Reading Programs

Speaker/Presentation Program Series As Posted

Student Learning Outcomes At Woksape Tipi Library are based on Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Information Literacy Standards

The learning objectives for information literacy are based on the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education (American Library Association, Association of College and Research Libraries, 2000).







The OLC library program will provide top quality resources and services to the students, staff, faculty and community as well as training to access those resources. The library resources and assessment of student learning is demonstrated through library activities, and artifacts produced.  The learning objectives are stated before instruction and measurably revealed by the student in academic and personal challenges throughout a lifetime.


Outcomes assessment is the library and institution’s goal to examine and improve educational quality, i.e. teaching and learning.Woksape Tipi Academic library will provide a framework that promotes student persistence, retention, and completion of goals. Because of our direct role in the educational mission,  we provide instruction in lifelong information literacy skills.  

 Oglala Lakota College Woksape Tipi Academic/Public Library & Archive acknowledges the privilege and accepts the responsibility of helping students develop information literacy as a life long skill. These skills are developed from the heart of the library’s educational mission in partnership with classroom faculty.

 Information literacy is defined as the ability to find, evaluate, organize, use, and communicate information in all of its various formats.  It is the integration of library literacy, computer literacy, media literacy, technological literacy, ethics, critical thinking, and communication skills.  The American Library Association defines an information literate person as one who demonstrates ability to:

  • Determine the nature and extent of the information needed
  • Access the needed information effectively and efficiently
  • Evaluate information and its sources critically
  • Incorporate selected information into one’s knowledge base
  • Use information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose
  • Understand the economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information and access and use information ethically and legally

The purpose of Oglala Lakota College Library’s assessment plan is to determine specific learning oucomes are met. The library staff will collect and analyze data that measures how well students are demonstrating the use of information literacy through a research process.

 Are our students learning what we think is essential to becoming information literate?

 If not, our teaching strategies must be modified.

 What other approaches and resources would help our students learn more effectively?



By the end of their OLC experience, the information literate student will be able to:

    1. Articulate a focused research question, topic, or information need.
    2. Identify a variety of types and formats of information sources and select search tools to find the needed information.
    3. Develop an effective research strategy using a wide range of search tools, use critical thinking skills to interpret results, and find respected information valid to the topic.
    4. Evaluate the significance, quality, dependability, and credibility of information retrieved.
    5. Access and use information ethically and legally.


Information Literacy Standards and Performance Indicators

Standard One

The information literate student determines the nature and extent of the information needed.

Performance Indicators:

  1. The information literate student defines and articulates the need for information.

2.     The information literate student identifies a variety of types and formats of potential sources for information.

3.     The information literate student considers the costs and benefits of acquiring the needed information.

4.     The information literate student reevaluates the nature and extent of the information need.


Standard Two

The information literate student accesses needed information effectively and efficiently.

Performance Indicators:

1.     The information literate student selects the most appropriate investigative methods or information retrieval systems for accessing the needed information.

  1. The information literate student constructs and implements effectively-designed search strategies.
  2. The information literate student retrieves information online or in person using a variety of methods.
  3. The information literate student refines the search strategy if necessary.
  4. The information literate student extracts, records, and manages the information and its sources.


Standard Three

The information literate student evaluates information and its sources critically and incorporates selected information into his or her knowledge base and value system.

Performance Indicators:

  1. The information literate student summarizes the main ideas to be extracted from the information gathered.
  2. The information literate student articulates and applies initial criteria for evaluating both the information and its sources.
  3. The information literate student synthesizes main ideas to construct new concepts.
  4. The information literate student compares new knowledge with prior knowledge to determine the value added, contradictions or other unique characteristics of the information.
  5. The information literate student determines whether the new knowledge has an impact on the individual’s value system and takes steps to reconcile differences.
  6. The information literate student validates understanding and interpretation of the information through discourse with other individuals, subject-area experts, and/or practitioners.
  7. The information literate student determines whether the initial query should be revised.


Standard Four

The information literate student, individually or as a member of a group, uses information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose.

Performance Indicators:

  1. The information literate student applies new and prior information to the planning and creation of a particular product or performance.
  2. The information literate student revises the development process for the product or performance.
  3. The information literate student communicates the product or performance effectively to others.


Standard Five

The information literate student understands many of the economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information and accesses and uses information ethically and legally.

Performance Indicators:

  1. The information literate student understands many of the ethical, legal and socio-economic issues surrounding information and information technology.
  2. The information literate student follows laws, regulations, institutional policies, and etiquette related to the access and use of information resources.
  3. The information literate student acknowledges the use of information sources in communicating the product or performance.


Instructional Demonstration Tool

Big 6 Research Process

1. Task Definition- Define topic or questions to answer.
2.  Develop Information Seeking Strategies –Where do I go?
3.  Locate and Access-Print and Online

4.  Use of Information- What is useful, relevant to my task?
5.  Synthesis-Use information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose-Organize
6.  Evaluate- the economic, legal, ethical and social issues surrounding the use of information


OLC Library Rescue Research Trail......Information Literacy                Instructional/Demonstration OnlineTool           

Information Literacy: Why Is It Important?

Video - Information Literacy: Why Is It Important

Research Process and Choosing a Topic


Video – The Research Process

Tutorial – Choosing a Topic

Video – So You Just Got Assigned a Research Paper

Narrowing Your Topic

Research Process and Choosing a Topic


Video – The Research Process

Tutorial – Choosing a Topic

Video – So You Just Got Assigned a Research Paper

Narrowing Your Topic

Reference and Searching Techniques

Video – Refining Search Results

Video – Search Techniques: Part 1

Video – Search Techniques: Part 2

Video – Types of Resources

Video – The Research Process

Tutorial – Choosing a Topic

Video – So You Just Got Assigned a Research Paper

Narrowing Your Topic

Choosing a Database


Video – Choosing a Database

Writing a Paper


Video – Anatomy of a Research Paper

Video – Writing Help Video Writing Help

Citing Resources


Video – Citing Resources

Plagiarism *

Video - Academic Integrity

Evaluating Information

Video – Citation Needed

Tutorial – Evaluating Resources

Video – Choosing the Best Web Resources

Video – Peer Review

Putting Your Information Literacy Skills to Use

Tutorial – Putting Your Skills to Use




            Information literacy skills are presented at OLC in the following ways:

  • 120 minute research seminars led by librarians utilizing active learning techniques; Big 6 Research Process Teaching Tool  (1987) Michael B. Eisenberg and Robert E. Berkowitz
  • Information Literacy Module Research & Writing Assessment-Online Guide
  • Individual instruction
  • Point-of-use printed instructional handouts
  • Seminars for faculty
  • Infusion in foundational education and general education courses and select disciplinary courses (yet to be developed in partnership with classroom faculty)

IV.  Analysis And Action


The data gathered in the pre and post assessment online and written platform will be used to document, evaluate, and improve the teaching and learning of information literacy at Oglala Lakota College.  A report will be written at the end of each semester which will analyze the results for the — student learning outcomes (SLO) intended skills and knowledge that students are expected to gain as a result of an educational experience SLO’s assessed that semester.  This analysis will include any proposed changes in our assessment methods or pedagogy.

Educational Instruction


The OLC Woksape Tipi Academic/Public Library is based on Information Literacy Standards. The teaching tool that reinforces research skills adhering to these standards is the Big 6 Research Process. 


Survey Tools


 Credo Information Literacy Module on the Library Webpage provides immediate feedback to student and instructor through pre-assessment of the research process followed by various quizzes and a post-assessment activity and print survey forms.




*1. Departments will include the rescue research information literacy assessment module in their syllabus.

*2. Pre-Assessment completion by the second class session. Post-Assessment prior to midterm or as arranged.

*3. Instructor discretion to schedule subject quizzes throughout the semester

*4. Instructor discretion to schedule library research staff for an in-class session of Big 6 library research skills.


All students of OLC will be encouraged to use the Rescue Research Trail Information Literacy Module. This link is found on the library webpage as Woksape Tipi Handbook





OLC General Education: Goal of Students will exemplify Wolakolkiciyapi: Learning Lakota ways of life in community.


Ability 1- Disposition

Learning Outcome 1: Apply cultural values in a learning atmosphere.


Ability 2 -Written and Oral Communication

Learning Outcome 2: Communicate effectively in writing using both Lakota and English.

Learning Outcome 3: Demonstrate oral communication skills is both Lakota and English.


Ability 3 Quantitative Reasoning

Learning Outcome 4: Apply quantitative analytical skills.


Ability 4 Critical Thinking

Learning Outcome 5: Examine concepts and theories across multiple contexts and disciplines.

Learning Outcome 6: Critically review resource material.

Learning Outcome 7: Develop ideas to address contemporary issues.

Learning Outcome 8: Critically examine sovereignty.


Ability 5 Technology

Learning Outcome 9: Demonstrate proficiency in the use of standard computer technologies


Ability 6 Diversity

Learning Outcome 10: Examine the importance of diversity.

Learning Outcome 11: Examine the contexts of Lakota social organizations, communities,  and                                          global networks.




OLC provides assistance to students to improve retention, persistence, and completion

Overall Co-Curricular Outcomes (OCCOs):


 OCCO 1: OLC supports student research that strengthens nation building (tribal purposes                                   of OLC; General Education Outcomes 5-8)


OCCO 2: OLC provides a nurturing environment where Lakota values are exemplified                             (cultural purposes of OLC; General Education Outcome 1)


OCCO 3: OLC provides access to a diverse set of information resources to support                                                students’ achievement of their learning outcomes (academic purposes of OLC;                                 General Education Outcomes 1-11)

OCCO 4: OLC supports service learning, the enhancement of classroom instruction by                                      community service (community purposes of OLC; General Education Outcomes                               1-11)


Each semester traditional assessment tools relating to in house book use, patron use, computer use, circulation, database usage, reference calls, Interlibrary Loans; research article requests at Piya Wiconi as well as center library book use, patron use, computer and student reference services are compiled revealing increase, decrease or  steady use and/or changes in the use of library services.


These are additional survey tools that will be analyzed to determine student strengths and weakness in the research process based on the demonstration of scoring on the Rescue Research Information Literacy module and print surveys taken by students.


The following pages identify the link to general education and cocurricular core values to each of the cocurricular programs sponsored by OLC Woksape Tipi Academic/Public Library & Archive.









GEN ED 5-8










GEN ED 1-11





GEN ED 1-11


















Archives Ehanni etan takuku unkicupi unpatanpi (Gathering things from long ago that we are keeping)

























Build Your Own Library - Original Summer Reading Program NOW Year Round Program- Donation Driven. Gift of Books To Every Child/Family On The Reservation to enable  Early Literacy In Home and inspire life-long learning



















Headstart Library & Reading Sessions














Lakota Woglaka Wounspe Reading & Research Weekly On-Site Library Gatherings












Outreach To All Centers


















Reservation Wide School Promotion of Book Talk & Book Read



























Speaker/Presentation Series As Posted































Matrix for Information literacy and Big6 Research Process-student learning outcomes

Information Literacy Standards

Standard One-Determine Extent of Information Needed

Standard Two-Access and evaluates information effectively & Efficiently

Standard Three-Evaluate and determine Effective Use of Information

Standard Four-Use information effectively to accomplish effort

Standard Five- use  information and recognize ethical,  legal guidelines for access and use

Research Process introduction

Task Definition- what do I do-what information will I need; evaluate need to find information to fulfill purpose-personnel or academic.

Info Seeking strategies-identify types and sources for information; evaluate time element using search methods, efficiency of search.

Location & Access-Physical component access to resources-evaluation of sources.

Use of Information- resources-evaluation of source, cost of effort summarize, beginning of synthesis.

Synthesis & Evaluation-uses information and access legally, ethically; acknowledges citations, copyright).



Recognizes the need for information

Selects information appropriate to the problem orquestion at hand

Summarizes the main ideas to be extracted from the information gathered

Determines probable accuracy by questioning the source of the data

Identifies and discusses issues related to privacy and security in both the print and electronic environment


Recognizes that accurate and comprehensiveinformation is the basis for intelligent decision making

Distinguishes among fact, point of view, and opinion Identifies inaccurate and misleading information

Applies information in  evaluating information and sources

Selects information that provides evidence for the subject (topic)

Identifies and discusses issues related to free vs. fee-based access to information


Formulates questions based on information needs

Retrieves information online or in

person using a variety of methods

Compares new knowledge, the value and or contradictions in information

Revision  to determine whether the initial query (search) should be revised.

Understands ethical, legal and socio-economic surrounding use of information and technology.


Identifies key concepts and terms that describe the information need.


Refines the search strategy if necessary.

Validates new information understanding and interpretation with peers, experts

Reviews information retrieval sources used and expands to include others as needed

Demonstrates an understanding of intellectual property, copyright, and fair use of copyrighted material


Recognizes that existing information can be combined with original
thought, experimentation, and/or analysis to produce new information

Differentiates between primary and secondary sources, recognizing
how their use and importance vary with each discipline

Determines if initial  search should be revised

Communicates, organizes and synthesizes information for successful position, argument.

Preserves the integrity of information resources, equipment, systems and facilities








Identification of all resources is available from the library webpage, the online card catalog reveals what books are available at each center and if they are currently checked out and/or available at another center.

 *OLC library is a member of South Dakota Library Association/Network. The Online academic/public databases are available from the library webpage. All databases have access from each center and with your library card number and password , you may access all databases from a home computer.

 *Unique databases and newspapers that are purchased by OLC Woksape Tipi require special passwords that library staff will provide to you with your library card.

 *Identification of all resources is available from the library webpage, the online card catalog reveals titles available at each center, if they are currently checked out and/or available at another center.

*Please contact Woksape Tipi library staff for your library card as soon as possible for access all library online resources.

You may also contact the Outreach Coordinator at the branch library for a library card. The Coordinator follows a weekly schedule to each center library.  Students can request assistance with research questions or to help finding the resources. 

The Outreach Coordinator maintains branch library statistics of usage through the in-house book and computer use. Library Outreach provides assistance with print resources, databases and the operation of  printers and computers. Each branch library collection is secure with tags and gates. 

Checkout is available through contact with Woksape Tipi staff.  Books will be delivered to students from the main library by the outreach coordinator.

Sample Rotation Of Library Outreach Services:

                                MONDAY          Pass Creek 9:30- 12:00

                                                              Woksape Tipi


                                TUESDAY          He Sapa CC 10:45- 2:45


                                WEDNESDAY   East Wakpamni CC 10:00-12:00

                                                             La Creek CC 1:00-3:00


                                THURSDAY       White Clay CC 10:30–12:00

                                                             Pine Ridge CC 1:00-3:00

                                                             Pine Ridge Nursing 3:10-4:00


                                    FRIDAY         WOKSAPE TIPI All Day 

   Note: CRCC schduled on the last Friday of every month.

No library visits when OLC offices are closed.

*PHCC, ENCC, WKCC, PHCC visits on the rotating schedule.


The Learning Resource Center offers a variety of  information  in print and non-print materials. The mission of Woksape Tipi is to ensure that students, staff and community are effective users of ideas and information. The college provides materials to enable the patron a maximized educational experience and has the responsibility to insure that materials loaned out are also made available to others requesting them. We encourage the use of the centers for research and recreational reading.

(Rev. 4-14-03)                        LEARNING RESOURCE CENTER (PROCEDURE)

A. Woksape tipi

  1. The library of oglala lakota college provides access to the card catalog through its online reference page. Materials are available in each district center for student and staff use. Materials are delivered to the centers within one week of the request from any of our centers. Inter library loan is available through Woksape Tipi within 2-4 weeks from libraries within the state.

B. Patrons – Oglala Lakota College Library Card holders. (Patrons already agree to these policies when the fill out the Oglala Lakota College Library Card application.)

  1. Books, other than reference books, can be checked out for a two week period with an Oglala Lakota College Library Card. Patrons agree to be responsible for materials borrowed, there are no fines for late returns, however the patron agrees to pay for the necessary replacement costs plus processing charges of $1 per title for lost materials. Patrons also agree to give notice of change of address and report the loss of their card. The patron should contact the Library Director if they have questions library staff cannot answer.

OLC Woksape Tipi requires All book resources at all Branch libraries to be checked out through contact with Woksape Tipi.  The library patron will select their materials (books), stroll to the office and call Woksape Tipi at 455-6069.  Provide us with the barcode on the back of the book beginning with the numbers 31577.....we will ask you how long do you need the book?....we will then provide you with a  due date; you may return the book by dropping it in any red and white drop box located at every branch library.

South Dakota Library Network (SDLN)-DATABASE COLLECTION

Ancestry Library, Chilton Library  – Library only access


*Academic Search Premier,

*CINAHL – Nursing Dept.

EBSCO HOST -     GALE Virtual Reference Library

Journal of Studies in Alcohol and Drugs


Learning Express Library

*Soc Index w/ full text

*Science Reference Center

 Digital Sanborn Maps

OLC Unique Academic Database Subscriptions


Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs

American Indian Experience

American Indian Histories & Cultures

Adam Matthews Collection-The material from the Newberry Library’s extensive Edward E. Ayer Collection; one of the strongest archival collections on American Indian history in the world.

Native American IndianThought & Culture


OLC Library Collection Development Policy


The goal of the library is to support the mission of OLC by providing access to a collection of materials which best serves the classroom and research needs of the undergraduate and graduate students.  The collection must provide resources to support and enrich classroom instruction for the OLC curriculum, and when financially possible, should provide materials to meet general and recreational needs of the Pine Ridge tribal community.  Faculty research efforts will be supported by providing access to information as well as making document delivery services available to fulfill specific information needs.  The library recognizes the need for the active participation by the faculty in the development of the library collection.

The library collection includes all formats, i.e, books, periodicals, microforms, audiovisual materials, electronic resources, etc.  The OLC Library upholds and promotes the following statements from the American Library Association:

1.     Bill of Rights

2.     Freedom to Read Statements

3.     Intellectual Freedom Statements


1.     To provide resources to support and enrich classroom instruction.

2.     To anticipate and fulfill the information and curricular needs of the primary user group (students and faculty) by actively seeking and maintaining communication through the faculty liaison program, purchase requests, and meetings with the faculty.

3.     To be cognizant of the resources in subject areas taught at OLC, and to acquire these materials as funds permit.

4.     To be aware of and responsive to the dynamics of curriculum change based on the course descriptions provided by the undergraduate and graduate curriculum communities.

5.     To maintain and develop current and easily accessible collection through judicious weeding or de- selection, plus continuously review the scope and depth for adequacy of support. 

6.     To emphasize the purchase of materials which correspond to the OLC mission statement and the needs of the Pine Ridge tribal members.                                                       

7.     To subscribe to online information services related to the disciplines of each college.

8.     To acquire electronic and citation services which will support faculty research and scholarly work.

9.     To develop and support a number of services to provide faculty with access to information and research related to their research and scholarly work.

10.  All materials acquired with library funds are college property available for the use of the entire campus community.                                                                                             7


Oglala Lakota College welcome’s donations of books and other library related materials as a way of enhancing our collections.

It is important to note that the scope and size of Oglala Lakota College Library’s collection is due in part to the generosity of past and present donors.

Materials are evaluated and accepted for inclusion in our collections based on their relevance to the college curriculum, research needs of library users, and the needs of tribal members as determined by the library’s collection policies.  Oglala Lakota College Library reserves the right to decline or dispose of donated materials in a manner that best benefits it.

Conditions of Acceptance:

Please keep in mind that not all donations can be added to our collection, In such cases, gift materials are disposed of as follows:

·       Item transferred to other tribal college library

·       Donations are given to Oglala Sioux Tribal members when appropriate.

·       Disposed/recycled in another way as deemed appropriate.

All donations become the property of the Oglala Lakota College and the Oglala Sioux Tribe, and may not be re-claimed at a later time.  Oglala Lakota College Library does not accept gifts on long term loans nor can we accept gifts where the donor places restrictions or limitations on use or disposal of such gifts.  Library policy dictates that gift materials become integrated into the existing collections and is subject to the same conditions of use as the library collections.



Researcher Guidelines


  • All food, drink, tobacco products and candy are prohibited in the research room.
  • Patrons must properly store all backpacks, briefcases, purses, coats, hats, etc. immediately upon entering the research room. Lockers and a coat rack are provided for storage of personal items. All belongings that are brought into the archives are subject to search by an LRC staff member before they are taken out of the archives, including bound pads of paper used for note taking.
  • Only pencils, paper, portable computers and portable recorders may be used for note taking. Extra pencils and paper are available to borrow while using the research room. Portable computers and recorders are not provided.
  • All archival research must be done at the research table in the archives, with the exception of microform research and when the archivist gives permission otherwise. Reference books in the archives are not to leave the research room.
  • The archivist or a LRC staff person will provide each researcher one box at a time. The LRC staff will do their best to have all requested materials on-hand and be available to take the box the researcher has completed and provide the next one the researcher requests.
  • Keep the existing order of archival materials within each folder and box. Do not lean on books or documents or mark pages in any way, unless with a strip of paper provided by an LRC staff member. If there is any doubt as to the order of materials, suspicion of missing materials, or apparent damage to materials please notify the archivist immediately. When needed, gloves will be provided for the handling of some archival materials (e.g., photographs). Please follow the archivist's instruction regarding any special handling techniques.


  • Make duplication requests with the archivist by filling out a Request for Service form. Materials may be photocopied and/or photoduplicated, but the archives has reasonable restrictions to protect fragile, damaged or restricted materials. OLC abides by all existing copyright laws and will not knowingly violate these laws. Please see the Request for Service form for further information.
  • Oglala Sioux Tribal members are exempt from paying service fees. This exemption may have limitations regarding the quantity of items or services requested, and may be subject to proof of membership by the patron, both at the archivist's discretion.
  • In accordance with US copyright laws, no more than 10% of any book or collection will be photocopied or photoduplicated in the archives.





  • The use of certain collections and materials may be restricted by statute, by office of origin, by the archives, or by the donors. The researcher assumes full responsibility for fulfilling the terms connected with any restricted material. For the protection of its collections the archives reserves the right to restrict the use of materials which are not arranged or are being arranged, materials of exceptional value (cultural or monetary), and especially fragile materials.
  • The archivist reserves the right to request a valid form of ID from patron and to refuse service to any individual who does not comply with request, or who knowingly violates any of these guidelines.
  • In giving permission to copy, quote from, or publish a manuscript or other material, the archives does not surrender its own right to print such material or to grant permission to others to print it. The researcher assumes full responsibility for the use of the material and for conformity to the laws of libel and copyright or publication rights and restrictions. Please see the Request To Publish form for further information.

Archives Fee Schedule

Prepayment for the services listed below is required from all patrons, except students and employees of OLC or Oglala Sioux Tribal Members (proof of membership required), who are not required to pay fees. Foreign patrons must send their fees in United States dollars (international money order preferred). MasterCard and Visa are also accepted. Patrons must prepay for postage as well (typically $1.00 per order).

Send mail or e-mail requests for specific fee assessments. Only a limited number of requests will be honored from any one individual or institution. The Archives reserves the right to determine whether or not its staff can accommodate any particular request. All patrons must complete a Service Request Form for any and all services listed below.


  • 15 cents per exposure (legal or letter size only)
  • Maximum of 50 pages per order


  • $1.00 per exposure from a reader/printer
  • Maximum of 50 pages per order


  • (Includes a maximum of 10 photocopies or 2 microfilm copies; additional copies will be charged as noted above. Researcher is charged for research regardless of whether desired information is found.)                                                                                               
  • $10.00 per search of a single record group (one subject in one newspaper, book, folder, microfilm rolls, etc.)
  • $20.00 per search of multiple record groups (one subject in multiple newspapers, books, folders, microfilm rolls, etc.)


  • Text delivery by fax: $1 per page
  • Text delivery by e-mail: $1 per page
  • Image delivery by e-mail: $5 per image
  • Image delivery by optical disk (diskette, CD-R or DVD-R): $5 per image plus $2 per disk


  • $5 per audio tape or CD-R
  • $8 per video tape or DVD-R