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ATALM Concurrent Session, Photo Credit: Alison Freese

Now in their tenth year, the International Conferences of Indigenous Archives, Libraries, and Museums fulfill the educational and networking needs of a diverse audience of more than 800 people from throughout the world. As a testament to the high quality of presentations offered, the conferences are known for their ability to deliver practical and culturally relevant training. ATALM invites you to join this unique opportunity to share your knowledge with an appreciative audience.

Deadline for Session Proposal Submission was February 1, 2018. Proposals submitted after the deadline will be considered on a space available basis.

Submit your session proposal here.If you can't complete your proposal in one setting, you may save your work and resume editing later. Once you submit, you will receive a detailed email confirmation with all the information you submitted. Program decisions will be announced in March.


When is the conference?: October 22-25, 2018 (Main dates are Oct. 24-25)

Where is the conference?: Mystic Lake Casino Hotel, Prior Lake, MN (Outside Minneapolis). Discounted room rates are $149.

Conference Session Types
ATALM conferences provide innovative, interactive sessions that create highly-valued learning experiences for participants. This is accomplished through a variety of session formats of varying lengths and styles. Click on each title to view a description. Priority is given to sessions that allow the audience to connect with each other and learn about important topics in new, engaging ways. Proposals should describe how the audience will benefit.

What are the focus areas for 2018?
ATALM participants place high value on sessions that provide case studies of successful programs with protocols for replication, as well as interactive or hands-on activities that build tangible skills. For many participants, this is their annual training opportunity and they look to you to provide practical "take home" skills. Specific focus areas for 2018 include:

  • Capacity building for organizations
  • Skill building for individuals
  • Tribal leadership engagement
  • Community outreach
  • Youth engagement
  • Digital Inclusion
  • STEM programs

Program books from previous years are available here.

What criteria does the ATALM program committee use in selecting programs?

  • Content appropriate to audience needs in correlation with conference focus areas
  • Usefulness of practical applications
  • Relevance of topic
  • Presenter’s expertise on the topic presented

Please note that presenters with a tribal affiliation receive priority consideration.

Is financial support available?
While ATALM has a small budget to support the attendance of a few presenters, these funds are reserved for presenters who offer multiple presentations, including pre-conferences and multiple conference sessions, with an emphasis on sessions that provide hands-on experiences. Single-session presenters are responsible for registering for the conference, paying the conference registration fee, and securing and paying for travel and lodging. To maximize the impact of presenters being onsite for the entirety of the conference, session passes will no longer be offered, except for special circumstances pre-approved by the conference director. Please note that generous scholarships are available and qualifying presenters receive priority.

How do I submit a proposal? Click here.

Questions? Email

The ATALM Program Committee reserves the right to combine program proposals and make other changes as necessary. The involvement and agreement of the program organizer will be sought on all changes. Final authority on all program-related decisions rests with the conference organizers.

ATALM Concurrent Session, Photo Credit: Alison Freese

ATALM 2018 Conference

October 8-11, 2018
Mystic Lake Center
2400 Mystic Lake Boulevard
Prior Lake, MN 55372