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Alaska Library Association Conference in February

December 29, 2013 in Announcement, General, Libraries

Since most of the members of this group are in Alaska and there haven’t been any postings lately, I thought it might be good to remind everyone to be on the lookout for Alaska Library Association registration information, which should be up after the first of the New Year. Thanks to many of you, the conference program will contain many sessions that will be of interest to the Alaska Native Issues Roundtable.  Valarie Kingsland has organized several sessions.  Sandy Tharp-Thee (Cherokee), a  White House Champion of Change and honored for  Library Institutional Excellence Award from the Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, & Museums, and all-around library innovator and mentor in her home state of Oklahoma, will be attending our conference.  Author Tom Tingle (Choctaw), also from Oklahoma and honored by the American Indian Library Association for his books Crossing Bok Chitto: A Choctaw Tale of Friendship and Freedom and Saltypie, will be the Authors Luncheon speaker.   Our friends from the Alaska Native Language Archive in Fairbanks will be down for the conference in Anchorage, February 27-March 2, too.

Take a look at the program and you’ll see that Zachary Jone’s, excellent presentation on contrived images of Alaska Natives, has been re-scheduled from last year’s conferernce when Zach was one of the unlucky speakers who was snowed out of Valdez.  Some of us saw the program when Zach presented at the Tulsa ATALM conference two years ago and learned so much from our colleague from Sealaska Heritage Institute.

There will be other sessions as well, so check out the AkLA registration site when it goes live soon.  Happy 2014!

Culturally Relevant Libraries Workshop

May 9, 2013 in Announcement, Education, LAM

Culturally Relevant Libraries Workshop 5.2013

Culturally Relevant Libraries Workshop

Sponsored by the Alaska State Library, funded by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services

In 2001, a group of public library directors met under the instigation of David Ongley of the Tuzzy Consortium Library in Barrow and with the guidance and leadership of Dr. Lotsee Patterson of the University of Oklahoma. They worked together to produce “Culturally Responsive Guidelines for Public Libraries.” Over more than a decade, these guidelines have been reprinted, discussed, and adapted all over the country. Now it is time to review how they apply to Alaska libraries of all types.

This workshop is a follow-up to the 2011 Alaska Native Libraries, Archives, and Museums Summit for library staff and will feature Alaska leaders including Linda Wynne, Past President of the Alaska Library Association, and David Ongley of Ilisagvik College and a Library Journal “Mover and Shaker.” Our keynote speaker will be Bernice M. Joseph, Vice Chancellor for Rural, Community and Native Education at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Also presenting will be Esther Ilutsik, instructor of Alaska Native Children’s Literature, and Sorrel Goodwin of the Alaska State Library Historical Collections, whose career spans museums, libraries, and archives. Sandy Littletree, former program manager of the University of Arizona Knowledge Rivers program, past president of the American Indian Library Association, and current doctoral candidate at the University of Washington iSchool will join us from Seattle. Representatives of culturally active Alaska school and public libraries will provide practical knowledge from the field. Interactive sessions will allow participants to share common library concerns and to think about the environment in which our libraries exist. Materials from historical collections, digital collections, and Alaska Native language resources will be spotlighted.

A limited number of seats are available for this small workshop, so please reserve yours by requesting a registration form. Registrations must be received by May 14, 2013. We will maintain a wait-list in case of cancellations.

Questions? Call Sue Sherif at the Alaska State Library Anchorage office: 269-6569 or toll-free in Alaska 800-776-6566 OR email to Jacque Peterson at

(posted on behalf of Sue Sherif)