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Labriola Scanning Day with ASU Library Labriola Center

Date(s): By appointment Saturday, February 20, 2021, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Phoenix MST
Palabras Bilingual Bookstore, 906 W Roosevelt St, Phoenix, AZ 85007
Community Event, Professional Development, Workshop
Genre and Form(s): American Indian, Community, Family History, Indigenous
Cost: Free

NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

About this Event

Every family has its own unique history, passed down from one generation to the next. How do we care for and preserve our personal, family, and community histories, especially when our stories have been silenced and unrepresented in history and archives? How do we keep our letters, photographs, and other artifacts safe and accessible for future generations?

In the second installment of our three-part workshop series, community members will learn how to scan archival material with the Labriola National American Indian Data Center on Saturday, February 20, 2021 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Palabras Bilingual Bookstore (906 W Roosevelt St, Phoenix, AZ 85007).

Each appointment session is approximately one hour long and includes a quick run-down of archival practices, basic tips for preserving and organizing objects, and an opportunity to digitize photographs, letters or other documents. ASU Library will offer free consultation services and can scan material as time permits (50 scans max per person). This will be scheduled by appointment with the Labriola Center staff and CDC guidelines will be enforced in all interactions. 

Please note: while walk-ins are acceptable, attendees are strongly encouraged to make appointments. You don't need to have participated in previous workshops to attend. Attendees maintain complete ownership and control of their materials. As this is an Indigenous space, non-Native community members are kindly asked to refrain from attending, and are invited to join us for the Labriola Community Celebration on March 20, 2021.

Looking for more events? Share your story at the Labriola Show and Share on February 13, write about your loved ones with Amber McCrary on February 27, or view the full schedule for the NEA Big Read today at

About the Author

The Labriola National American Indian Data Center's primary purpose is to support scholarship and instruction on Indigenous knowledge across all disciplines at ASU. Since its inception in 1993, the Labriola Center has become a pivotal service for the ASU Indigenous community.

About the NEA Big Read: Phoenix

This event is presented as part of the NEA Big Read: Phoenix, celebrating Indigenous literary arts and culture in the Valley with over 25 talks, workshops, performances, book clubs, art exhibits other virtual events inspired by The Round House by Louise Erdrich. The NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. The NEA Big Read: Phoenix is presented by the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University with additional support from Arizona Humanities, Phoenix Public Library, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Humanities Division at ASU, and over 40 authors, performers, and community organizations. Find events, meet our partners, and start reading today at

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The Phoenix Indian Center is the oldest American Indian non-profit organization of its kind in the United States, providing workforce development, cultural enrichment, and other vital services to Indigenous communities throughout the Valley for over 70 years. To support their work, visit their website at, click the donate button, enter an amount, and enter "NEA Big Read" in the description. Please consider making a gift to the Phoenix Indian Center today.

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