This June the OMA traveled to Albuquerque, New Mexico, to attend and present at the 2013 International Conference of Indigenous Archives, Libraries, and Museums!
The Association for Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums (ATALM) hosts an amazing conference each year that includes a wide variety of topics – to learn more about the organization, check out the ATALM website
The two sessions featuring the OMA were:
“Developing and Organizing Professional Development Gatherings for Tribal Communities”
Over the past few years several states across the nation have created opportunities for professional development and networking specifically designed to meet the archival education needs of their local tribal communities. Three such gatherings
include Convening Culture Keepers in Wisconsin, the Native American Archives Symposium in Arizona, and the Oregon Tribal Archives Institute in Oregon (that’s us!).
Jennifer O’Neal, Historian and Archivist, University of Oregon Libraries was the session chair and the other two speakers included Omar Poler, Associate Outreach Specialist, University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Library and Information Studies and Jonathan Pringle, Curator of Visual Materials, Cline Library, Special Collections and Archives, Northern Arizona University
“Developing Successful Partnerships Between Tribal Communities and Non-Tribal Cultural Heritage Institutions”
Collaboration between tribal organizations and non-tribal cultural heritage institutions can create unique alliances and projects that build upon diverse and mutually beneficial partnerships. To encourage collaboration, several funding organizations have developed specialized initiatives for tribal organizations designed to strengthen and enrich the means for collaboration and project development. In this session each presenter discussed strategies used to develop relationships and highlighted various projects to showcase successful partnerships.
The session chair was Elizabeth Joffrion, Director of Heritage Resources, Western Washington University, and speakers included Kimberly Christen, Associate Professor, Washington State University; Jennifer O’Neal, University Historian and Archivist, University of Oregon Libraries; and Cheryl Hinton, Director Emeritus/ Curator of Collections, Barona Cultural Center & Museum
The OMA’s next conference appearance will be in New Orleans at the Society of American Archivists annual meeting, so stay tuned for that!