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Thursday, September 19 • 9:10am - 10:00am
From Amateur to Zealot: Becoming an Effective Library Advocate

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Library funding affects all libraries and our communities, but do you feel equipped to advocate for libraries? Regardless of your job title, position, or type of library, learn tips from colleagues that will help you advocate at the local, state, & national levels. In lightning round style, speakers will walk you through the A to Z of Minnesota library advocacy to help you gain ideas applicable for advocacy at every level. After this session, you will better understand opportunities for action, current issues, and how to obtain the latest news.


Sara Ring

Continuing Education Librarian, Minitex
Sara Ring is Continuing Education Librarian in the Minitex Digitization Initiatives & Metadata Education unit. She develops and presents training on metadata and other standards for building digital collections and preserving them.

Jami Trenam

Associate Director - Collection Development, Great River Regional Library
Jami is the Associate Director of Collection Development at Great River Regional Library and the incoming MLA Legislative Chair
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Ginny Moran

Research & Instruction Librarian, Macalester College
I'm a Research & Instruction Librarian for the Fine Arts and Humanities at Macalester College and have served as the Minnesota Library Association Academic and Research Libraries Division Legislative Liaison since 2017. I'm a past chair of the Art Libraries Society of North America... Read More →

Jim Weygand

Jim is a retired semiconductor process engineer. He currently serves on the MLA Boardas the President of the Mn Library Trustee and Advocates, and on the Board of MNAssoc. of Library Friends. He has served nine years on the Carver County LibraryBoard and, 13 years on the Carver City... Read More →
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Ann Hokanson

Executive Director, Traverse des Sioux Library Cooperative
Ann is Executive Director of the Traverse des Sioux Library Cooperative and MLA legislative chair.

Ann Walker Smalley

Ann Walker Smalley is Director of Metronet and past chair of the MLA LegWork Committee.

Sam Walseth

Sam is the principal lobbyist for MLA, which is represented by Capitol Hill Associates. He has 19 years of experience advocating for library and education causes at the Minnesota legislature.

Thursday September 19, 2019 9:10am - 10:00am
Waconia 6

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