[Libs-Or] ALA Workgroup Releases Advanced Draft on “Librarianship and Traditional Cultural Expressions”

Diedre Conkling diedre08 at gmail.com
Mon Oct 19 12:32:05 PDT 2009

I am interested in this so I just assume the rest of you are as well. ;-)   ALA
Workgroup Releases Advanced Draft on “Librarianship and Traditional Cultural
Expressions” <http://www.wo.ala.org/districtdispatch/?p=3895>

October 19th, 2009 | Category:

Over the last ten months, an OITP-lead workgroup has been collaborating with
librarians, archivists and members of various indigenous communities within
the United States in order to draft a statement of guiding principles
concerning the management and protection of traditional cultural expressions
(TCEs). TCEs are defined as, but not limited to, narratives, poetry, music,
art, designs, names, signs, symbols, performances, architectural forms, and
handicrafts created by indigenous and/or traditional communities.

The purpose of this document is to help librarians appreciate the unique
nature of indigenous culture and to highlight ways that librarians can
better manage traditional cultural expressions in their collections and
share expertise with cultures that choose to self manage their own cultural
heritage. In the next few months, the workgroup will continue to share the
document with ALA divisions, roundtables, executive board, Council, and
other interested units and organizations. The group aims for the principles
to be considered for adoption as ALA policy at the 2010 Midwinter Conference
in Boston. As always, feedback is welcome in this process–email crussell
[AT] alawash [DOT] org.

For more information about traditional cultural expressions, visit the TCE
website <http://wo.ala.org/tce> and Janice Pilch’s excellent issue

Librarianship and Traditional Cultural Expressions: Nurturing Understanding
and Respect – Draft 5


Diedre Conkling
Lincoln County Library District
P.O. Box 2027
Newport, OR  97365
Work phone & fax:  541-265-3066
Work email:  diedre at beachbooks.org
Home email:  diedre08 at gmail.com
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