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October 20, 2013 in

Here is a short Slideshare presentation that explains what is and who it’s for, based on the mission statement and goals as stated in the About page.  Discussion and feedback are always welcome!

Welcome to!

May 4, 2013 in General, GLAM,, LAM

Welcome to!

This site is dedicated to anyone involved in galleries, libraries, archives or museums that serve indigenous populations.

iLAMs was inspired by a desire to extend meaningful connections beyond conferences and training events in order to continue to support each other in our efforts to serve our communities.

This site provides a space to share our stories, ideas, resources, to collaborate, and to celebrate our accomplishments.  Yet, it is not limited to specific content about indigenous information issues. It is up to the members to determine how best to use this site and feedback is always welcome!

The home page is a community blog and all members are invited to post content and comments. It is visible to the public. Members may also create and join groups to connect and discuss relevant topics. Group visibility and membership are customizable.

Hover over the “How To” top menu tab to visit pages to find out how to Join iLAMs, Manage Profiles, Post to Blog, Create a Group, or Join a Group. Start with the tutorial about how to join iLAMs today!

If you have any problems with this site, please email @ Include your name and the issue.

This site is sponsored by the Alaska Native Issues Roundtable (ANIR) of the Alaska Library Association (AkLA). We thank Mike Robinson of UAA for providing server space and technical help for this site.


Valarie Kingsland
iLAMs Administrator & Architect

What Does iLAMs Mean?

June 1, 2012 in General,, LAM

Choosing a name for this website was not easy.  It needed to meet specific criteria:

  1. Simple
  2. Meaningful
  3. Memorable
  4. Inclusive
  5. Matching Domain Name

iLAMs met all criteria.

The “i” stands for “indigenous,” because this website is devoted to libraries, archives and museums who have some sort of relationship with Indigenous people.  This may be through the people they serve, and/or collections they manage, as well as the people who work in them.

“LAM” stands for “Libraries, Archives and Museums,” and the “s” emphasizes the growing number of these indigenous institutions.  The inclusion of people from all of these institutions reflects the growing relationships between information professions and institutions.

Words like “tribal” and other similar words were deliberately left out because tribal membership and cultural identity can be complex and we want all to feel welcome to join and participate in this community. …because, TOGETHER, we are stronger!