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UCLA librarian of 19 years passes away

Monday, August 5, 1996

Salabiye recognized for her contributions to the study of
American IndiansBy Marie Blanchard

Summer Bruin Senior Staff

Velma Salabiye, a UCLA librarian at the American Indian Studies
Center, passed away last week. Salabiye, who had worked as a
librarian at UCLA since 1977, also served as an assistant editor of
the American Indian Culture and Research Journal.

Salabiye was born and raised in Arizona where she earned a
master’s degree in library science at the University of

During her 19 years at UCLA, Salabiye was a recipient of a
D’Arcy McNickle Fellowship from the Newberry Library Center for the
History of the American Indian, and was a founding member of the
American Indian Library Association.

In 1994, she was elected to the council of the American Library
Association. Salabiye had published six works and was in the
process of writing a chapter for a Native American Library

The UCLA American Indian Studies Center will be holding a
memorial service for Salabiye today in 3214 Campbell Hall at 2

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