Library, archives, and museum (LAM) associations have entered into ongoing discussion on issues relating to traditional knowledge and its expressions. This interest is evidenced by development of documents and protocols/etiquette statements, incorporation of indigenous ways into professional education guidelines; and the emergence of Mukurtu, an ethically based tool.
The heart of these efforts is the complex intersection between cultural protocols of indigenous peoples and professional values in holding, collecting, providing access, and using indigenous material and intellectual content. The School of Information at The University of Texas at Austin is partnering with the American Indian Library Association through an IMLS collaborative planning grant to assess the degree of awareness of indigenous ways among educators and recent graduates of programs that prepare entry level professionals in LAM work settings. This will be a starting point in considering sharable curricular content for educators and strategies for tracking changing attitudes.