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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)

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!