Workshop on Digital Heritage Preservation for Alaska Native Libraries, Archives, and Museums

March 9-10, 2016

Fairbanks, Alaska

Held in conjunction with the Alaska Library Association meeting.

Workshop materials


SHN logoAdditional materials from the workshop can be found on the Sustainable Heritage Network.


The Alaska Native Language Archive is hosting a workshop on Digital Heritage Preservation for Alaska Native Libraries, Archives, and Museums, March 9-10. This two-day workshop will cover basic digitization planning, preservation, workflows, and project organization, as well as issues specific to Alaska Native languages and the Mukurtu Content Management system. Participants will learn best practices for digitizing documents, photographs, and audio recordings, as well as strategies for mobilizing these resources to make them more useful and accessible to patrons. Participants will work directly with demonstration materials, hardware, and software on site.

The workshop will be held at the Rasmuson Library in Fairbanks, immediately prior to the Alaska Library Association Conference. Registration for the workshop is $25, which includes all materials and breakfast and lunch on both days. Registration is being handled through the Alaska Library Association website. Scholarships are also available (see below).


Confirmed Workshop Presenters

Presenter Topic
Jennifer O'Neal (University of Oregon) metadata, collection management

Aaron Leggett (Anchorage Museum)
Patti Brown (Haines Public Library)

cultural preservation
Leslie McCartney (UAF Rasmuson Library)
Robyn Russell (UAF Rasmuson Library)
oral history workshop
Angie Schmidt (UAF) working with film
Marge Thompson (UAF Rasmuson Library ) working with photos
Siri Tuttle (UAF, Alaska Native Language Archive) working with Native language
Lotus Norton-Wisla (Washington State University)
Michael Wynne (Washington State University)
Mukurtu content management



Participants will be split into two groups for some of the sessions. Groups assignments will be given out on Wednesday morning.


Wednesday, March 9
Time Session
8:30 AM

Breakfast / Introductions

9:00 AM

Overview of collections management

10:00 AM

Cultural preservation

12:00 PM


1:00 PM

Group 1: Working with film
Group 2: Oral History

3:00 PM

Group 1: Oral History
Group 2: Working with film

5:00 PM


Thursday, March 10
Time Session
8:30 AM

Group 1: Working with Native language
Group 2: Working with photos

10:30 AM

Group 1:Working with photos
Group 2:Working with Native language

12:30 PM


1:30 PM

Mukurtu Content Management

5:00 PM




The workshop will be held on the 3rd floor of the Rasmuson Library on the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus, 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM on both days. Transportation will be provided from the Westmark Hotel each morning, departing at 8:00 AM. If you drive to campus, parking is available in the Taku Lot, located off Farmers Loop Road. Be sure to park in the visitor area and purchase a daily parking pass from the machine. Breakfast and lunch will be provided each day for workshop participants.



The scholarship application period has closed. However, we will accept a limited number of applicants for the waitlist. If you are interested in being placed on the waitlist please contact the organizers.



Tyson Rinio
Chair, Alaska Native Issues Roundtable
tsrinio [at]
(907) 474-7406

Gary Holton
Director, Alaska Native Language Archive
gmholton [at]
(907) 474-6585

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