Every New Beginning Comes From Some Other Beginning’s End

I am a graduate student at the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. This is my first semester and I have been lucky enough to have a Project Assistantship created for me to assist the POSOH project, which I have been working on for the past three years as an undergraduate Philosophy student.

The POSOH project is a five-year project funded by the USDA.The project is the hub for a variety of educational projects focusing on sustainability and bioenergy. A bulk of the project has focused on creating culturally relevant, place-based science curriculum to be taught throughout Wisconsin, but specifically in the Menominee Nation and the Oneida Nation, both of Northeastern Wisconsin. These curricula, for 7th, 8th, and 9th grades have then been taught to teachers in Professional Development Institutes, which in turn have been taught in classrooms throughout northeastern Wisconsin. There are many other aspects of the POSOH project, which I will not go into here, because more information will be available on the website, which will be available in the near future. This is where I come in.

I have been incredibly lucky to be a part of the project for the past three years. As I entered the SLIS community, my role has changed within the project to reflect my leveling up. I am able to continue being a part of the project for at least the next year, within another path of the project, while I, along with help from members of the SLIS community, primarily Omar Poler, create a digital library of the resources both used to make the POSOH curricula and resources that have been created for the POSOH curricula. The POSOH digital library will be built using Mukurtu CMS.

Mukurtu CMS is a wonderful content management system created to allow Indigenous communities around the world to create digital libraries, which reflect the same cultural protocols with regard to access to objects and information seen in their own communities. For more information on the mission of Mukurtu, please visit www.mukurtu.org. In using Mukurtu CMS, we will be allowing for further development of the library by the Menominee Nation once the POSOH project reaches its completion, with the hopes that the digital library will then be housed on the College of Menominee Nation’s Sustainable Development website.