Thursday, June 13, 2013

Tribal Archives meeting 2013

This week ANLA staff are participating in the annual meeting of the Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums at Tamaya (Santa Ana Pueblo), New Mexico. The meeting brings together about 500 representatives of organizations ranging from small tribal libraries to national museums. This year there has been a strong emphasis on digital preservation and access--an issue which resonates strongly with ANLA.

ANLA developed its first electronic catalog in 1999 and since that time has worked closely with the digital archiving community to develop standards for digital language archiving, serving as a founding member of institutions such as OLAC and DELAMAN. It's exciting to see digital standards being further discussed and more broadly adopted across the tribal archives community. We at ANLA have already learned much from our colleagues at ATALM -- certainly one of the most productive and informative professional meetings I have attended.

Yesterday ANLA staff gave a workshop entitled No longer gather dust: The role of digital repatriation in supporting traditional language and culture. The goal of the presentation was to show some of the ways that Alaskan organizations are transforming ANLA materials to create online and mobile materials for language learning. You can download a pdf version of the presentation here.

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