Spotlight on Rural, Native and Tribal Libraries at ALA Annual Conference

For Immediate Release
Thu, 05/25/2017


John L. Amundsen

Program Officer, Outreach and Communications

ALA Office for Literacy & Outreach Services

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) Rural, Native and Tribal Libraries of All Kinds Committee (RNTLOAK) and the American Indian Library Association (AILA) will be hosting two presentations during its Spotlight on Rural, Native, and Tribal Libraries: From Fresno to Alaska program at Annual Conference. The session will take place Monday, June 26th from 8:30-10:00am in room W176a in McCormick Place.

The first presentation, “Supporting Native Voices, Cultures and Stories Through Multicultural Programming and Community and Campus Engagement at Fresno State,” presented by Raymond Pun and Julie Renee Moore, will discuss how academic librarians at Fresno State collaborated on creating a variety of academic outreach activities, exhibits and resources to encourage learning and understanding of indigenous cultures in multidisciplinary studies, including health, language, history and cultural experiences.

Immediately following will be “Implementation of the Mukurtu CMS at Utqiaġvik Alaska; a joint partnership between the North Slope Borough Iñupiat History Language and Culture department and Iḷisaġvik College Tuzzy Consortium Library," presented by Jason Russell. Russell’s presentation will focus his library’s participation in the Institute of Museum and Library Services-sponsored Tribal Stewardship Cohort Program: Digital Heritage Management, Archiving and Mukurtu CMS Training. Russell will explore the Tuzzy Consortium Library’s goals for the project, including digitization of its various collections while safeguarding existing culturally sensitive material, utilizing the library as another tool for language development via the Mukurtu Dictionary module’s multi-media functionality, and providing ways village communities served by the library can safely house family collections of archival material.

This session is free and open to all attendees of ALA’s Annual Conference. For more information, please visit