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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!