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(ANLAMS) Alaska Native Libraries, Archives, and Museums Summit

ANLAMS logo: a raven rising from the water

The ANLAMS project was inspired by a focus group of Alaska Native staff from libraries, museums, archives, and cultural centers that met at the Alaska State Library Anchorage office in May 2007. Their collaboration resulted in a grant proposal to the Institute of Museum and Library Services that was awarded to the Alaska State Library, Division of Libraries, Archives, and Museums, Alaska Department of Education & Early Development in 2010.

The activities of the project spanned 3 years from 2011-2013 and offered professional development and training opportunities to paraprofessionals and professionals in these cultural gathering fields. Learn about the Alaska Native Libraries, Archives, and Museums Summit in Anchorage, April 2011.

To connect and communicate with others who work in libraries, archives, museums and culture centers in indigenous communities or with indigenous collections, join


Children's Literature

There is a lot of children's and teen literature written and/or illustrated by Native Americans. Below are recommendations of some of the best books about or by Native peoples.

Health Issues

A Story of Health: Multimedia eBook
Using the setting of a family reunion as a backdrop, A Story of Health multimedia eBook explores how our environments interact with our genes to influence health across the lifespan. Described as "brilliant, innovative, and fun to use" by physicians, researchers and advocates, the peer-reviewed, 150-page eBook tells its story through the lives of fictional characters with asthma, developmental disabilities and leukemia (the first three case studies released to date). The eBook features the latest scientific research about disease origin and helpful facts about disease prevention. Free continuing education credits are offered through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)/the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR). A Story of Health was developed by ATSDR, the Collaborative on Health and the Environment, the University of California, San Francisco, Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit, the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, California EPA, and the Science and Environmental Health Network.
Native VOICES Toolkit for Prevention
We R Native, announces the release of Native VOICES, an evidence-based video designed to prevent HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases. The 23 minute video was designed to encourage condom use among heterosexual and LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, and Queer) American Indian teens, and young adults 15-24 years old. Watch the movie trailer. The Native VOICES Toolkit is available on request. Please send your name, tribe or organization, and mailing address to Tommy Ghost Dog Jr.,, to receive a free copy.
Social Determinants of Health for Rural People
The Rural Assistance Center offers a new topic guide: Social Determinants of Health for Rural People. Visit this guide to learn how income-level, educational attainment, race, and where you reside impact health. Find statistics and FAQs on the health inequities that rural residents experience. This guide focuses on the health inequities that rural residents experience, discussing the impact of and documenting rural differences.

Native Archives

  • Native Archives Special Issue: Volume 6, Issue 1 (2015) of the Journal of Western Archives. This is the issue developed toward Native American issues in Archives and has an article by our very own archivist Zach Jones.


  • Encyclopedia Arctica, a 15-volume unpublished reference work (1947-51)
    “The Encyclopedia Arctica is the typescript of a proposed 20-volume reference work on the northern arctic and subarctic regions. The project was begun in 1947 under the sponsorship of the Office of Naval Research, Department of the Navy and drew on the expertise of governments (especially Canada), learned societies, and scholars from all over the world. In 1951 the Navy withdrew its support after 3 or 4 million words had been written. … [Vilhjalmur] Stefansson and dozens of other writers worked on the project for five years.” Alaska Native cultures are included in VOLUME 8: ANTHROPOLOGY AND ARCHEOLOGY: The Pacific Eskimo, Bering Sea and Arctic Coast Eskimos of Alaska, The Aleuts and The Indians (regions, peoples, cultures, archaeology) [Tlingit, Haida, and Eyak].
  • IK: Other Ways of Knowing
    In spring 2015, The Penn State Libraries, in collaboration with The Interinstitutional Center for Indigenous Knowledge (ICIK) launched a new, electronic, open access, peer reviewed journal titled IK: Other Ways of Knowing.

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