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Alaska Native Libraries, Archives, and Museums: ANLAMs Summit

2011 Summit

The ANLAMS summit was convened at the University of Alaska Consortium Library in April 2011 for professional and paraprofessional staff members working in Alaska libraries, museums, archives, and cultural centers that serve a significant Alaska Native population or who work with Alaska Native cultural materials.

The Summit offered professional development and training at the paraprofessional and professional levels and was a launching point for a plan to make training in our fields more accessible for cultural heritage agencies throughout Alaska.

The 45 conference sessions followed these tracks: grants and grantwriting, archives, museums, libraries, and Alaska Native languages.


The summit featured 5 pre-conferences:

  • AHSRAB: Archival Collection Care and Preservation Training 
  • Libraries: Sharing Our Stories and Cultures 
  • Libraries: Beyond the Basics of Cultural Collections and Programs 
  • Museums: Disaster Preparedness Planning for Small Institutions 
  • Storage Mount Making at the Anchorage Museum 

Keynote Speakers

Daily Summit keynoters included:

  • Willie Hensley, former legislator and chair of First Alaskans Institute
  • Sven Haakanson, Jr., then of the Alutiiq Museum and Archaeological Repository, Kodiak
  • Loriene Roy, University of Texas Austin and first Native American president of the American Library Association
  • David George-Shongo, Jr., Seneca Nation Archivist
  • Cheryl Metoyer, University of Washington, iSchool
  • Joan Kane, award-winning Alaskan poet
  • Jill Norwood, Smithsonian Institution National Museum of the American Indian
  • Paul Ongtooguk, University of Alaska Anchorage

Later Workshops

The Summit was followed by four smaller workshops over the next two years:

  • Museum Boot Camp, Feb 2012, Anchorage
    Conducted by Scott Carrlee, Alaska State Museum
  • Archives Basics May 2012, Anchorage
    Arranged by Dean Dawson, Alaska State Archives, in collaboration with the Alaska State Historical Records Advisory Board
  • Culturally Responsive Libraries Workshop, May 2013, Anchorage
    Organized by Sue Sherif, Linda Wynne, and Jacque Peterson, Alaska State Library in cooperation with the Alaska Library Association
  • Library of Congress Digital Preservation Train the Trainer Workshop, August 2013, Fairbanks
    Conducted by the Library of Congress and organized by the Elmer Rasmuson Library, University of Alaska

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