Friday, September 20 • 8:00am - 8:50am
Interstate Collaboration: How Learning About Our Neighbors Can Help Us Do Better

Sign up or log in to save this to your schedule and see who's attending!

Full Session Description: McBride, Trojanowski, and Poplawska have a diverse background in librarianship and have all, within the past few years, come to Minnesota from another state. McBride started her career in Minnesota, left for Wisconsin for 5 years and is back. Trojanowski spent nearly 3 years in Iowa and Nebraska libraries before moving to Wisconsin, where he served as both a public library and a public library system director. Poplawska started her public library career in southwest Kansas, continued as a branch manager at a library district in central Michigan for 4 years, and is new to the world of public libraries in Minnesota. Each Librarian feels these experiences have strengthened their understanding of public librarianship- from legislation and funding to staffing, statewide collaboration, and general philosophical views. Additionally, they feel working with libraries and colleagues outside our immediate network creates opportunities for learning and sharing that lead to creative new experiences and services for our communities.


Kelly McBride

MLIS, St Catherine University, St. Paul, MN 2013-2019: Director, Osceola Public Library, Osceola, WI 2019: Director, Blue Earth County Library System, Mankato, MN

Paulina Poplawska

2007: MLIS, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI 2007-2014, Assistant Library Director, Liberal Memorial Library, Liberal, KS 2014-2018, Head Librarian of the Holt-Delhi Branch of the Capital Area District Libraries, Holt, MI 2018- : Library Director, New Ulm Public Library, New Ulm... Read More →

Jim Trojanowski

Jim Trojanowski began as Director of Northwest Regional Library in June after spending the previous 4 years as Director of Plum Creek Library System. Before coming to Minnesota, Jim worked in libraries in Wisconsin, Nebraska, and Iowa. He holds an MA in Library Science from the University... Read More →

Friday September 20, 2019 8:00am - 8:50am
Winona 1

Attendees (7)