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ATALM Concurrent Session, Photo Credit: Alison Freese

Now in their eleventh 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 is February 1, 2018. Proposals submitted after the deadline will be considered on a space available basis.

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 by April 1, after which the Program Committee will work with presenters to finalize session descriptions and content. The final program will be announced to the public on May 1.


When is the conference?: October 8-11, 2018 (Main dates are Oct. 10-11.)

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 topics that enable participants to earn a Certificate of Participation in the following areas:

  • Historic Preservation and Repatriation Skills for Tribal Employees
  • Oral History Programs for Indigenous Communities
  • The role of ALMs in Supporting Native Language Programs
  • Digitization Projects for Indigenous Communities
  • Fundraising, Grantwriting, and Generating Revenue for Indigenous Cultural Institutions
  • Community Outreach Programs and Services for Tribal Libraries
  • Meeting Community Needs through Tribal Library Collections, Services, and Programs
  • Exhibit Planning, Development, and Community Engagement for Indigenous Cultural Institutions
  • Archival Best Practices

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
  • 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. Presenters are responsible for registering for the conference, paying the conference registration fee, and securing and paying for travel and lodging. Session passes are discouraged and must be approved by the Conference Director. 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