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Wednesday, September 18
 

1:00pm

Finding Your Mid-Career Mojo: Make It Magnificient not Meloncholy
Common myths and stereotypes associated with mid-career are negative in focus. Do phrases like “mid-career malaise”, “mid-career crisis”, and “mid-career slump” come to mind? These stereotypes can be a reality for some, but they don’t need to be a reality for you. Join us for the Finding Your Mid-Career Mojo session! We are going to learn about and use tools and approaches grounded in positive psychology, Appreciative Inquiry and Emotional Intelligence to make mid-career more magnificent than melancholy.
 
Emotional Intelligence (EI) is a set of social and emotional skills that allow us to effectively perceive and express ourselves, build and nurture relationships with others, cope with stress and challenges, and use emotional information to make meaningful and appropriate decisions. These skills are critical to personal well-being and success and can serve as a critical ally as we navigate life experiences and transitions and purposefully plan our mid-career strategy. 

Speakers
avatar for Robin Stubblefield

Robin Stubblefield

Robin Stubblefield is the owner and principal consultant, coach and facilitator at Vitalize Consulting LLC where she specializes in the areas of strengths-based performance, leadership development, career strategy, team effectiveness, emotional intelligence, and work/life effectiveness... Read More →


Wednesday September 18, 2019 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Prior Lake Library
 
Thursday, September 19
 

7:00am

Breakfast
Thursday September 19, 2019 7:00am - 8:00am
Waconia 1234

8:10am

Digitzation and the Role of Archives at a Public Library
How the development of a digitization program and the growth of community-based archival collections helps to strengthen relations with the community and build trust in the Library as a partner in preserving and providing access to community memory.

Speakers
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Ted Hathaway

Ted Hathaway is the manager of Special Collections, Preservation & Archives at the Hennepin County Library. He is also the director of the Library's digitization program.


Thursday September 19, 2019 8:10am - 9:00am
Chaska 1

8:10am

How to Talk to Vendors and Get Free Stuff
We are not vendors. We are librarians who enjoy getting free stuff, learning what's new, and gaining benefits for ourselves, coworkers, organization, and library profession. Sound too good to be true? Join us as we demystify the different types of vendors, their benefits, and share tips on communicating, getting the most from your exhibit hall experience, and how to get free stuff.

Speakers
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Stacey Hendren

Area Library Manager, Anoka County Library
Stacey R. Hendren is the manager of the Northtown Library in Anoka County, MN and serves on the adult services and social media teams. Hendren has presented at conferences and trainings on library management, reference, and youth services. Hendren was Chair of the Public Libraries... Read More →
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Olivia Hedlund

Branch Librarian, Anoka County Library
Olivia Hedlund is the Branch Manager of St. Francis Library, Anoka County's smallest library. She received her MLS from IUPUI in 2013 and has since worked in a variety of roles and settings in both public and academic libraries. If she were a character from the board game "Pandemic... Read More →



Thursday September 19, 2019 8:10am - 9:00am
Owatonna 1

8:10am

Transforming Libraries One Community at a Time
Through partnerships with local disability organizations like the Autism Society of Minnesota and Fraser, Dakota County Library developed new relationships with community members, inspiring innovative ideas for library programming, customer service, outreach, and building design. Participants will learn from Dakota County Library's community-focused approach and learn to leverage partnerships to transform library practices, services, and operations.

Speakers
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Tyler Williams

Tyler Williams is the branch manager of the Galaxie Library in Apple Valley, Minnesota. He has previously served in collections and management roles at the Wichita Public Library in Wichita, Kansas and at Emporia State University in Emporia, Kansas
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Renee Grassi

Youth Services Manager, Dakota County Library
Renee Grassi is Youth Services Manager overseeing youth and family services across Dakota County Library's 9-branch library system. She is Chair of her Library's Accessibility Team. In addition, Renee is the current Chair of MLA's Children and Young People's Section.



Thursday September 19, 2019 8:10am - 9:00am
Waconia 5

8:10am

Building for the Future: How Campus and Community Collaborations Drive Innovation in Academic Makerspaces
The University of Minnesota Libraries Makerspaces began as pilots in 2017 with the aim of being student-led and open to all. From the beginning, these spaces have been driven by collaboration and partnerships, some more successful than others. In this session we will talk through some of the challenges we have run into, from recruiting the student volunteers needed to keep the doors open, to staff team decision making, to figuring out who is going to fix the broken 3D-printer. We will also highlight the unexpected wins, such as a partnership with a local teen tech group and finding faculty who are excited to get involved in the spaces, and the transformations planned for the two spaces moving forward. We will close the session with time for audience members to share their own experiences with making and innovation spaces and how to build the crucial partnerships that drive success.

Speakers
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Tiffany Reichard

Library Assistant, University of Minnesota Libraries
Tiffany Reichard is the Information Services and Technical Support Specialist in Walter Library at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. She offers reference services, technology support and library instruction at the libraries. Additionally, Tiffany is an active member of the... Read More →
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Rami Jubara

Emerging Technology Support Specialist, University of Minnesota Bio-Medical Library
Rami Jubara is the Emerging Technology Support Specialist at the University of Minnesota Health Sciences Library. They provide information services and technical support for the library and are an active member of the Libraries Makerspaces team. Rami teaches workshops and facilitates... Read More →



Thursday September 19, 2019 8:10am - 9:00am
Owatonna 2

8:10am

Yawp! A National Poetry Month Project
Let's face it: many people are intimidated by poetry, but they don't have to be! National Poetry Month is a great opportunity to engage in a collaborative, creative project with your patrons and co-workers. In this panel, a project idea will be shared that incorporates poetry with audiovisual creations in an effort to make the genre more accessible. This presentation will cover the planning and steps involved in launching this project, and we’ll take a look at the final projects from Yawp 2019. This project's success was only possible because of the sheer number of talented people who worked together, and is proof of the concept that the minds of many can do so much more than an individual. Anyone who is interested in cultivating a love of poetry and creativity in their community will find this panel helpful.

Speakers
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Angela Duryee

Circ & ILL Coordinator, BLC Memorial Library
Angela Duryee holds an MFA in creative writing, and before joining the staff of an academic library two years ago, she was a college English instructor. She enjoys coming up with ways to get people excited about words.



Thursday September 19, 2019 8:10am - 9:00am
Anoka 2

8:10am

The Interlocked Library: Interweaving Your Community's Mission into Library Services
When the City of Waseca went through their Vision 2030 process, the library integrated itself into the planning process--helping Waseca meet its goals. Waseca Public Library staff realized their organization was perfectly positioned to take on some heavy lifting in creating a more vibrant and dynamic community. From Wellness Day and Adventure Packs to School Coding Days and a Community Music Garden, the library interlocked its mission with the community's to create healthy, interesting, and forward-thinking community events and assets--held inside and outside the library. Staff also reached out to community members to connect them to the library itself through events and our Leaders Are Readers initiative. In this presentation, we'll talk about a variety of community engagement techniques we use in working towards Waseca's vision. We'll also cover how to spot opportunities for libraries to step up to the plate in their communities.

Speakers
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Sarah Scheffert

Sarah Scheffert is a fanatical reader and terrible speller. When she's not helping patrons at the library, she compiles the library's monthly stats and helps with the teen programming. She likes taking pictures, her chickens, and red shoes.
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Kim Bauer

Kim Bauer is the Distribution Clerk for the Waseca Le Sueur Regional Library System. Kim runs the rotation of new materials throughout the library system. She loves working with patrons of all ages and helping bring resources to the community. Making fun displays is one of her favorite... Read More →
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Afton Finley

Librarian, Waseca Public Library
Afton Finley is the librarian at the Waseca Public Library. She handles the teen and adult events and works to build and strengthen relationships within the community. Afton enjoys spending time reading at the lake and binge watching reality TV.
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Stacy Lienemann

Director, Waseca-Le Sueur Regional Library System
Stacy Lienemann serves as the Waseca-Le Sueur Regional Library System Director for five years and the chair of the Waseca Vision 2030 Vibrant and Dynamic Action Team. She hopes someone will want to talk to her about moss gardening.
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Erica Forsythe

Erica Forsythe is passionate about making the library a pillar in its community. She works closely with Waseca's businesses and people to provide continued support and knowledge in the forms of classes, clubs, and reader's advisory. Erica enjoys staying current on what hobbies are... Read More →
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Brianna Bleeker

The children's librarian at Waseca Public Library, Brianna Bleeker has been working as an official librarian for 2 years and is very excited to be part of such a dynamic library.



Thursday September 19, 2019 8:10am - 9:00am
Owatonna 3

8:10am

Nutrition Labels for News: a journalistic approach to news literacy
Join NewsGuard for a discussion on the role of libraries in an age of misinformation, and an interactive presentation on its journalistic approach to helping people navigate the online media landscape. Participants will learn about how libraries across the U.S. use NewsGuard's free tool to counter misinformation and spread news literacy.

Speakers
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Sarah Brandt

VP of News Literacy, NewsGuard
Sarah Brandt is Vice President of News Literacy Outreach for NewsGuard, where she coordinates NewsGuard's partnerships with librarians, educators, and media literacy groups. Originally from St. Louis Park, Minnesota, she currently lives in Chicago. Sarah graduated from Yale Unive... Read More →
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Jackie Roehl

Teacher, Edina High School
Jackie Roehl has been teaching at Edina High School since 1998. She was named the 2012 Minnesota Teacher of the Year, recognized for her work with Culturally Responsive Teaching. Having earned undergraduate and Master's Degrees from the University of St. Thomas, Jackie is currently... Read More →


Thursday September 19, 2019 8:10am - 9:00am
Anoka 1

8:10am

The Library as a Nonpartisan Community Hub for Voter Outreach and Education
In 2018 Minnesota had- once again- the highest voter turnout in the country, including the highest youth turnout. That said, more than a third of eligible Minnesotans and over half of eligible young people here did not vote. Studies and anecdotal evidence have both shown that registration and voting increases as voters are educated in the processes and exposed to the voting experience, making them comfortable and familiar. Is the library the place to go to get registered, educated, and informed about candidates and issues? Should it be? This session will explore what libraries are doing around voter outreach, registration, and education (and how these tactics have been working) and what more they might do with resources and support from community and governmental partnerships. In addition to a brief presentation on the Minitex/OSS partnership, our discussion will be used to plan additional resources and to develop and facilitate community partnerships for interested libraries.

Speakers
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Zachariah Miller

Zach is the Head of Communications at Minitex. Before coming to the University of Minnesota, he worked in the Office of Legislative and Public Affairs at the U.S. National Science Foundation. Zach holds a BA in Philosophy with minors in Physics and Asian Studies from Saint Olaf College... Read More →
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Michael Wall

Voter Outreach Specialist, MN Secretary of State
Working in Voter Outreach means I want to help you register voters, educate them on the process, candidates, and issues, and get them out to vote (either to the polls or- as more and more are doing- voting at home by absentee ballot. We have ideas, resources, and training, and we... Read More →



Thursday September 19, 2019 8:10am - 9:00am
Waconia 6

8:10am

Understanding Book Clubs: New Research Offers Surprising Insights!
BookBrowse will present findings from its 2019 “Inner Lives of Book Clubs” report (based on 5000 respondents), offering actionable insights relevant to librarians who advise patrons in book clubs, run groups, or are responsible for collection development. Attendees will receive a free PDF of the full report--more at bookbrowse.com/innerlives.

Speakers
avatar for Davina Morgan-Witts

Davina Morgan-Witts

Publisher, BookBrowse
Davina Morgan-Witts is the founder and publisher of BookBrowse.com, a curated resource of the best and most interesting contemporary books, with a focus on fiction and nonfiction for book groups and those who read to expand their horizons. Some of BookBrowse's content can be browsed... Read More →



Thursday September 19, 2019 8:10am - 9:00am
Winona 1

9:10am

State Library Services: An Update
State Library Services has been busy this year, and will be providing updates on our accomplishments and upcoming activities, which will include additional training in equity and diversity and coding.

Speakers
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Jennifer Nelson

Jennifer R. Nelson has more than 30 years of experience in libraries, working in a number of different capacities at the Minneapolis Public and Hennepin County libraries. She takes an innovative approach to helping libraries serve their communities that resonates with changing environments... Read More →


Thursday September 19, 2019 9:10am - 10:00am
Anoka 2

9:10am

Take a Risk: Share Your Ideas for Effective Friends' Practices: Idea Exchange and Sharing
This workshop is intended to be a forum for local Friends groups to come together and share best practices and great ideas that others can replicate. It is also an opportunity to network and meet other Friends members.

Speakers
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Sue Hall

Sue Hall is retired director of Library Strategies Consulting Group (the in-house consulting arm of The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library). Sue co-founded Library Strategies in 2006; it remains the only library consulting firm in the country imbedded inside a library support... Read More →
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Sue Grove

Sue Grove is an Emeritus Faculty member of Riverland Community College in Austin and an Emeritus Phi Theta Kappa Advisor. She taught French, Speech, English and English as a Second Language (ESL). She is currently serving a term as immediate past president of the Friends of the Austin... Read More →


Thursday September 19, 2019 9:10am - 10:00am
Anoka 1

9:10am

From Amateur to Zealot: Becoming an Effective Library Advocate
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.

Speakers
avatar for Sara Ring

Sara Ring

Continuing Education Librarian, Minitex
Sara Ring is Continuing Education Librarian at Minitex. She also serves on the MLA LegWork Committee (Legislative Activities Committee) and leads the virtual legislative week activities each year.
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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
Ginny is a Research & Instruction Librarian for the Fine Arts and Humanities at Macalester College and served as the 2018-19 ARLD Legislative Liaison.
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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 →
avatar for Ann Hokanson

Ann Hokanson

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

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

9:10am

Read Brave Saint Paul: Expanding the One City One Book Idea
Saint Paul Public Library expanded its citywide one book program to include book selections and programming for ages birth to adult. Learn about the mission of Read Brave and how innovation became possible through collaboration with Saint Paul Public Schools, The Friends of SPPL, and the Mayor's Office.

Speakers
avatar for Leslie Spring

Leslie Spring

Librarian I, Saint Paul Public Library
Leslie Spring, Librarian, Saint Paul Public Library (SPPL) Leslie has developed a passion for youth services and community engagement through her work at SPPL. She co-founded the Read Brave program, has served as a Teen and Children’s Specialist, and currently manages the West... Read More →
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Chase Maxwell

Chase Maxwell, Communications & Design Specialist Chase has worked at SPPL for three years in marketing, communications, and design. Prior to joining SPPL, Chase worked at The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library where he led marketing efforts for the Minnesota Book Awards. He... Read More →
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Therese Scherbel

Therese Scherbel, Public Information Specialist Therese has worked at SPPL for over 18 years in Communications, Marketing, Promotions, and program coordination. She holds a Masters in Library and Information Sciences from St. Catherine’s University, Saint Paul, MN



Thursday September 19, 2019 9:10am - 10:00am
Anoka 3

9:10am

Teaching Undergraduates How to Think Like a Researcher
The University of Minnesota Libraries has partnered with the Office of Undergraduate Research to offer sessions for students interested in research opportunities. The model used is more broadly applicable and an opportunity for cross-campus partnerships. This session will discuss workshop specifics and how to offer something similar at your institution.

Speakers
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Meghan Lafferty

Meghan Lafferty is a science and engineering librarian at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. She is the collections coordinator for physical sciences and engineering and a the liaison for chemistry, chemical engineering, and materials science.
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Jody Kempf

Science Librarian, University of Minnesota Libraries
Jody Kempf is a science and engineering librarian at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Jody also coordinates teaching for the Science and Engineering Library and is a liaison to the aerospace and biomedical engineering departments.
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Kim Clarke

Kim Clarke is the education librarian at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. In addition to her liaison responsibilities, she also participates in campus-wide activities concerning academic dishonesty and improving campus climate. Her research interests include graduate education... Read More →


Thursday September 19, 2019 9:10am - 10:00am
Owatonna 1

9:10am

Connecting Library Communities with Virtual Reality
Kristy and Tracey will share their experience with implementing Virtual Reality (VR) at Washington County Library. Learn about VR project successes and lessons learned along the way. Experience an exciting demonstration and see how Washington County utilizes VR for staff team building, partnerships, and library programming.

Speakers
avatar for Kristy Wessel

Kristy Wessel

Technology Manager, Washington County Library
Kristy is a Library Technology Manager at Washington County Library. She has over 10 years of experience in IT and is excited about merging her passion for efficient, effective technology with her deep interest libraries and the ways in which they serve their communities.
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Tracey Van Haaften

Library Information Systems Analyst, Washington County Library
Tracey is a Library Information Systems Analyst at Washington County Library. Her prior work experience includes roles at the U.S. Courts Library and the Minnesota Legislative Reference Library. She attained her Masters in Library Science from St. Catherine University and completed... Read More →



Thursday September 19, 2019 9:10am - 10:00am
Owatonna 3

9:10am

DIY Escape Room Workshop
Participants will walk away from this hands-on workshop with the tools to create unique, fun, and educational programming for all ages and interests. This DIY workshop tackles the logistics of creating an escape room, scaling it up or down depending on the audience, highlighting features in the library, and collaborating with community partners to reach the broadest audience possible. Escape rooms can be as versatile as the space allows and can accommodate single individuals or groups of up to 100. They can also be contained to a few minutes, expanded to last a week, or checked out for at-home use. All these scenarios and more will be covered while the group works to create a mini escape room. Speakers will share their experiences, tips, and tricks, gleaned from hosting a dozen escape rooms over the past year. No budget is too small to create a dynamic escape room experience.

Speakers
avatar for Jody Wacker

Jody Wacker

Director, Meinders Community Library
As the director of a combined school and public library, Jody Wacker works with a variety of educators and professionals to create engaging and innovative programming for Meinders Community Library. Over the past three years, events hosted by the library have garnered two Evy Nordley... Read More →
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Emily Blaeser

Children's Librarian, Meinders Community Library
Emily Blaeser is the Children's Librarian for Meinders Community Library. She brings her focus on children's lit from her MLS to create educational programming for area youth. As an integral part in crafting elaborate escape rooms for the library, Blaeser uses her working knowledge... Read More →



Thursday September 19, 2019 9:10am - 10:00am
Waconia 5

9:10am

Creating new job pathways through partnerships and POP UP hiring events!
Pop Up What? Come learn how partnerships between library science educators and library science employers can break down traditional hiring barriers and improve access to career pathways and positions! Hennepin County Library’s recent partnership with the St. Catherine University MLIS program and Minneapolis Community & Technical College Library Information Technology AAS program resulted in two Pop Up Interview/Hiring events at each respective institution. We will examine the Human Resources support of non-traditional hiring practices that were instrumental in facilitating the collaborations, as well as the hosting and promotional efforts required of the Academic Library Science program faculty and administration. We plan to explore successes of the events, as well as lessons learned and opportunities for improvement! Time permitting, we would solicit input and ideas from audience members.

Speakers
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Jennifer Sippel

Jennifer (Jenny) Sippel is a Faculty (Lead Outreach) Librarian & Instructor at Minneapolis Community & Technical College. She teaches introductory, outreach and internship courses within the Library Information Technology AAS degree, as well as information literacy courses for the... Read More →
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Trish Vaillancourt

Associate Librarian Substitute, Hennepin County Library
Ask me about MILE, Minnesota Library Association's Institute for Leadership Excellence!


Thursday September 19, 2019 9:10am - 10:00am
Winona 1

9:10am

Giving an Old Book New Life: Creating a Searchable Name Database from the Book of Concord
This session will discuss a digital humanities project to create a searchable database of the Lutheran subscribers to the 1580 Book of Concord. What began as a faculty member's interest in discovering the provenance and printing history behind the institution's 16th century Book of Concord, soon became a cross-departmental project working with students, faculty, and staff to transcribe 8600+ subscriber names and turn them into a searchable database. This session will discuss the project's inception, importance to the institution and Lutheran scholarship generally, the process, and project's future goals. Presenters will discuss the use of Google Apps for project management and database creation. The session will also focus on how collaboration among various departments on campus increased the visibility of the project and paved the way for additional opportunities.

Speakers
avatar for Megan Johnson-Saylor

Megan Johnson-Saylor

Public Services Librarian & University Archivist, Concordia University St. Paul
Megan Johnson-Saylor is Digital Scholarship Librarian and University Archivist at Concordia University, Saint Paul. Since completing her Masters in Library and Information Science in 2012, she has had the pleasure of digging around in the archives of CSP and excavating treasures as... Read More →
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Dr. Suzanne Hequet

Dr. Suzanne Hequet currently serves the students of Concordia University St. Paul, where she focuses on Reformation Studies and church history in the Department of Theology and Ministry. Her publications include The 1541 Colloquy at Regensburg: In Pursuit of Church Unity (2009) and... Read More →


Thursday September 19, 2019 9:10am - 10:00am
Owatonna 2

9:10am

Is it Just Bean Counting? What Faculty Think About Research Metrics and How Libraries Can Support Them
What do faculty, instructors, and researchers think about research impact metrics? We conducted a survey to find out when and how researchers use metrics, their concerns, and their support needs. Attendees will learn about respondents, preferred tools and resources, their perceptions, and the types of support librarians could provide.

Speakers
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Allison Langham-Putrow

Scholarly Communications and Engineering Liaison Librarian, University of Minnesota Libraries
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Caitlin Bakker

Caitlin Bakker is the Research Services Librarian and Medical School Liaison at the University of Minnesota Health Sciences Libraries. She supports researchers in a range of impact assessment activities, including the use of metrics and altmetrics.
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Jenny McBurney

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
Jenny McBurney is a social sciences librarian and the Research Services Coordinator for Social Sciences and Professional Programs at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities Libraries. She provides library support around the topics of research impact and scholarly metrics.
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Kristen Cooper

Plant Sciences Librarian, University of MN Libraries
Kristen Cooper is the Plant Sciences Librarian at the University of Minnesota. She supports the research of faculty and staff in her departments which includes research metrics and scholarly impact.


Thursday September 19, 2019 9:10am - 10:00am
Chaska 1

10:00am

Exhibit Hours
Be sure to grab a BINGO card and hit the Exhibit Hall!  The exhibitors support our MLA conference-without them, we wouldn't be here.  Stop in and say hello, thank them for their support, and learn about the latest and greatest of all things library-related!  

Thursday September 19, 2019 10:00am - 3:35pm
Exhibits and Silent Auction Hall-Minnetonka

10:00am

Silent Auction
Thursday September 19, 2019 10:00am - 3:45pm
Minnetonka Ballroom

10:30am

Express yourself! Understanding the legal and practical limits of patron and librarian conduct on social media platforms.
Social media is a space where librarians can engage their communities. But in these online spaces where are the boundaries between privacy and free speech? What rights to library staff have to discuss library issues online? Recent Supreme Court and lower court decisions regarding public employee speech rights are reviewed and delineate when a public employee is speaking as a private citizen on a matter of political, social, or other concern to the community or in their capacity as a public employee. What rights do the public have when expressing themselves on library social media platforms? If patrons post harmful material on library web space what are the boundaries of patron and library liability? Understanding the legal protections available to the library and how libraries can maximize that protections are discussed. How do you navigate the line between the law and putting principles into practice?

Speakers
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Karen Pundsack

Executive Director, Great River Regional Library
Karen Pundsack is Executive Director at Great River Regional Library, a six-county consolidated regional public library system headquartered in St. Cloud. She has worked in Minnesota public libraries for over 20 years and in library administration for 10 years. She is a St. Cloud... Read More →
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Dr. Tomas Lipinski

Professor Lipinski is the Dean of the School of Information Studies at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. He completed his Juris Doctor (J.D.) from Marquette University Law School, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, received the Master of Laws (LL.M.) from The John Marshall Law School, Chicago... Read More →



Thursday September 19, 2019 10:30am - 11:20am
Chaska 1

10:30am

Progressing Through Partnership Pitfalls
No Partnership is perfect, and yet libraries are able to provide amazing programs and services by working with community partners. Kirsten and Shannon will start things off by sharing some of their no-so-perfect partnership experiences and how they progressed through them. After, they will facilitate a discussion. Attendees will learn from one another’s experiences and leave with ideas for best practices to have in place to avoid pitfalls.

Speakers
avatar for Kirsten Vaughan

Kirsten Vaughan

Chisago Lakes Area Librarian, East Central Regional Library
: Kirsten has been the Branch Librarian at the Chisago Lakes Area Library in the East Central Regional Library System for the last three years. In that time, programming has become her favorite thing about being a librarian. As a result, she has worked with many local groups and organizations... Read More →
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Shannon Melham

Library Manager, Anoka County Library
Shannon is currently Branch Manager of the Mississippi branch (Fridley) of the Anoka County Library system. Engaging with and within the community she serves has been a priority since she began her library career 20+ years ago. By forming strategic partnerships with groups and organizations... Read More →



Thursday September 19, 2019 10:30am - 11:20am
Owatonna 1

10:30am

Story Maps: Sharing Stories of Places and Experiences
Story Maps have become an increasingly popular way to share digital content in an innovative and interactive way. Users can gain an understanding of issues and experiences using Story Maps, which can show data in a different way. In this session, the Minnesota Digital Library's Metadata Librarian and the Curator of the Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest will share their experiences collaborating on a Story Map project. This project documents one of Minnesota's most iconic phenomena: "going up north to the lake," as well as the Antisemitism some Minnesotans faced in the mid-20th century. Our Story Map explores the many nuances associated with both a particular time period and place. We will provide an overview of our project, including our workflow, challenges, and eventual outcome.

Speakers
avatar for Greta Bahnemann

Greta Bahnemann

Metadata Librarian, Minitex
Greta Bahnemann is the Metadata Librarian for the Minnesota Digital Library, a position she has held since 2010. At the Minnesota Digital Library, Greta is responsible for implementing current metadata standards and best practices for the Minnesota Digital Library’s primary... Read More →
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Kate Dietrick

Archivist, Upper Midwest Jewish Archives, University of Minnesota


Thursday September 19, 2019 10:30am - 11:20am
Owatonna 2

10:30am

Youth Taking the Lead: A Teen Services Sharing Session
Developing programs and services for teens in the library can feel loaded with uncertainty and risk. In this session, we’ll discuss how to empower teens to take a leadership role in developing programs that meet their needs and interests: through feedback and data, through direct involvement in program planning, and through flexible program structures. Come together with your fellow teen librarians to get peer help with the challenges you face, and share your own successes and strategies in this facilitated discussion. Leave with some new professional connections, a new approach to teen services, and concrete ideas to take back to your library.

Speakers
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Tom Jorgenson

Tom is a Teen/Technology Librarian at the Wescott Library in Eagan, where his 50+ summer Volunteens are the highlight of his year. Tom works with them to find opportunities for learning and leadership in the library that connect to their own interests and skills. He leverages data... Read More →
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Julia Carlis

As Branch Manager for the Pleasant Hill Library in Hastings, Julia works with her team, the library system, and partner organizations to provide responsive and engaging services, programs, and experiences to everyone in the community. She believes that sharing with and learning from... Read More →


Thursday September 19, 2019 10:30am - 11:20am
Winona 1

10:30am

Checking Out Superheroes: How Our Academic Library Got Students on Bicycles, Buses, and Trains
Augsburg University's Lindell Library became home to a flock of superheroes last year, superhero bicycles, that is. Augsburg Day Student Government bought 14 bicycles, 9 helmets, and 5 Metro Transit bus cards, all for checkout to Augsburg students at the library. It was up to us librarians to figure out how to catalog, process, maintain, and check out these new items. We classified the bikes with superhero names in alphabetical order (Ant-Man to Nightwing), created detailed OCLC catalog records and local holdings records in WMS, figured out checkout policies, trained student Circulation workers, marketed the program with LibGuide pages, and schlepped the bikes to a nearby repair shop when necessary. We also weathered some major setbacks, like villainous bike thieves, and learned some lessons that we are happy to pass on to other libraries. Bottom line: Bike- and transit-share is a popular program that is worth the effort.

Speakers
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Rebecca Ganzel

Metadata & Cataloging Librarian, Augsburg College
Rebecca Ganzel's LinkedIn profile grandly says that she "oversees the Cataloging Department of the library for Augsburg University" -- a Department that consists of Rebecca and up to three student workers. She has been Cataloging and Metadata Librarian for Augsburg since 2013, and... Read More →
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Karen Alexander

Karen Alexander has been working in Circulation and Interlibrary Loan since 2003. She was initially inspired by her 2001 student worker job at the University of Minnesota's ILL department in Wilson Library. She has circulated items and trained student workers at Minitex, Luther Seminary... Read More →



Thursday September 19, 2019 10:30am - 11:20am
Anoka 2

10:30am

Innovation and Efficiency, powered By Google
This session will explore the use of innovative and transformative Google-powered tools in the TdS Library Cooperative. We've become more efficient, collaborative, and communicative thanks to the investment in the Google GSuite platform. We'll talk about some of our greatest "hits", ranging from the implementation of easy-to-use library websites, to the deployment of managed Chrome devices in our public libraries...and much more. This session is applicable to libraries of all shapes and sizes - all are welcome.

Speakers
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Seth Erickson

Library Systems Administrator, Traverse des Sioux Library Cooperative
Seth Erickson is the Library Systems Administrator at the TdS Library Cooperative in Mankato, MN. He has lead technology initiatives in both public library and K-12 settings, and believes that focusing on staff training and development is the key to the long-term success of any innovative... Read More →
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John Miller

John Miller been a member of the library community for more than 25 years. He graduated from FSU with an MSLIS in the early 90’s, then served in the Mankato State Library as a graduate assistant in Systems & Reference. He then took a position with TdS as a Technology Librarian... Read More →



Thursday September 19, 2019 10:30am - 11:20am
Anoka 1

10:30am

40 in 50 Non-fiction Book Blast
Join the Reader's Advisory Round Table as we bring you reviews of 40 books in 50 minutes! Topics include true crime, biographies and memoirs, graphic non-fiction, and "Black Holes and Cephalopods: Mind-Blowing Popular Science Writing."

Speakers
avatar for Brian Lind

Brian Lind

Reference Librarian, Rochester Public Library
Reference Librarian, Rochester Public LibraryBrian Lind has been a Reference Librarian at Rochester Public Library since 2006. In addition to his reference work, he is in charge of Interlibrary Loan, Serials, and Music selection. He has set up a self-serve digital conversion space... Read More →
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Paul Lai

Librarian, Ramsey County Library
Adult services librarian at Ramsey County Library in Shoreview, Minnesota. Talk to me about doggos!
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Allison Girres

Librarian I, Readers Services, Rochester Public Library
Allison Girres is an adult services librarian at Rochester Public Library who works with adult programming and adult fiction. She likes depressing non-fiction and romance novels.
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Jon Schroeder

Substitute Librarian, Dakota County & Washington County Libraries
Jon Schroeder is a Substitute Librarian for the Dakota County Library, a Substitute Librarian for the Washington County Library, and a part-time stay-at-home dad to his two-month-old son. He enjoys going on adventures - in his daily pursuits, through reading (mostly nonfiction), and... Read More →



Thursday September 19, 2019 10:30am - 11:20am
Waconia 5

10:30am

Minnesota Public Library Structures - Simplified
Become a more informed library advocate: learn the fundamentals of Minnesota library systems and structures. Develop a deeper understanding of how Minnesota libraries are funded, organized, and governed.

Speakers
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Carla Lydon

Carla Lydon has worked in Minnesota libraries for 11 years. Her prior experience includes public, school and academic libraries in South Carolina and Michigan. She is a University of South Carolina MLIS graduate and is the Executive Director at East Central Regional Library, the oldest... Read More →
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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 →


Thursday September 19, 2019 10:30am - 11:20am
Owatonna 3

10:30am

Digital Humanities for the Masses
You may have heard the buzz about Digital Humanities--but--what is it? What counts as 'digital humanities'? How do you approach digital projects while not overextending resources? Who can do 'digital humanities' work? How do you get started? This session will broadly define digital humanities and scholarship and how the methods can be applied in a variety of communities. Highlighting how to get started working on basic DH projects using free or low-cost tools and technologies,this session will offer project ideas that can be applied across different types of libraries and/or museums. Come learn how you can capture stories, map experiences or explore local histories in your community. Digital humanities projects have the potential to forge new partnerships, broaden the definition of scholarship to be inclusive of average citizens, and to improve overall digital literacy.

Speakers
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Hannah King

Hannah King is the Curator/Researcher at the Stevens County Historical Society & Museum in Morris, MN. She studied history, anthropology, and folklore at UW-Madison and completed the museum studies program at UW-Milwaukee. She has been working to diversify the museum's collection... Read More →
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Naomi Skulan

Naomi Skulan is the Metadata and Technical Services Coordinator at the University of Minnesota, Morris Rodney A. Briggs Library. Naomi is the coordinator for the University of Minnesota, Morris Digital Well and Digital Collections, and she is currently managing a student-driven project... Read More →
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Angela Stangl

Digital Services Coordinator, University of Minnesota Morris
Angela Stangl is a librarian at the Rodney A. Briggs Library. Angela is interested in all types of technology and frequently helps troubleshoot technology challenges with all types of users. As Digital Services Coordinator, she is responsible for a variety of library servers and systems... Read More →



Thursday September 19, 2019 10:30am - 11:20am
Anoka 3

10:30am

Racial Equity in Programming and Collection Management : Libraries Are for Everyone
How can libraries better serve their communities in relation to people of color or indigenous backgrounds? Our urban library system will present some strategies and tips about increasing representation and equity in collections and programming, highlighting areas where we have been the most successful and made real changes for the better.

Speakers
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Jennifer Dietrich

Children's Librarian II, Ramsey County Libraries
children's librarian. nature girl. sighthound owner. average knitter. owns a cat. tall. inked. runner. introverted. hates crowds. bird nerd. loves the Cubs, Saints and coffee. loves to talk, work with, listen to, introduce reading and the outdoors to children even more.
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Anna Haase Krueger

Anna Haase Krueger is a children's librarian, picture book reviewer for School Library Journal, and an active participant in ALSC. Anna was active in the library blogging community for many years, but lately she has been too distracted by the small new human living in her home. Anna... Read More →
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Ann Wahlstrom

Ann Wahlstrom has been a children's librarian with Ramsey County Libraries for over 13 years and the RCL Children's Facilitator/Branch Manager for less than 1. In past lives, she has worked as a substitute teacher, a church secretary, a camp counselor, several times as an office manager... Read More →



Thursday September 19, 2019 10:30am - 11:20am
Waconia 6

11:35am

Lunch and Keynote Address: How to turn Workplace Conflict & Our Work with Diverse Communities into Success
Workplace conflicts happen everywhere, and ignoring them can be very costly. A good place to start in understanding conflict is by realizing that conflict is actually normal and healthy. Experts have found that the most effective teams are those in which members feel safe enough to disagree with one another. Difference is at the heart of conflict, so it’s important to explore areas where we as information professionals often don’t align. Is there a diverse population that you are afraid of? Uncomfortable working with or being around? Is this due to a difference in your background? Conflict is inevitable even with the patrons that we serve because we’re human beings and come from different backgrounds. One of the biggest drivers of conflict is when we misinterpret others’ intentions. We often confuse our interpretations or assumptions about the beliefs of others with their actual intent. Everyone wants to feel like they belong and you, your staff, your administration, are no different. A big part of a healthy workplace culture is dependent upon creating an atmosphere where employees feel valued, safe and free to be their authentic selves. Cultural diversity can manifest itself in different ways so it is important to learn what those differences are within your organization and the diverse populations you serve because one’s cultural background informs how we interact with others. Our cultural values influence our own biases and interactions, and our biases can then influence our interaction with others. Cultural awareness and understanding our biases are critical first steps towards improving our performance; however, we cannot stop there. Awareness alone does not guarantee success; the ultimate question is how to take that awareness and put it into action.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Michele A.L. Villagran

Dr. Michele A.L. Villagran

Dr. Michele A. L. Villagran is an accomplished educator, innovative speaker, entrepreneur, consultant, cultural intelligence and diversity & inclusion expert with over 25 years of experience in the public and private sectors. Dr. Villagran serves as CEO of CulturalCo, LLC consulting... Read More →




Thursday September 19, 2019 11:35am - 1:00pm
Waconia 1234

1:00pm

MLA Legislative Committee meet and greet
If you are curious about the Legislative Committee and want to ask questions or provide feedback in an informal setting, this time is for you!

Speakers
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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


Thursday September 19, 2019 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Winona 1

1:00pm

Reference and Adult Services Section Business Meeting
Annual business meeting for Reference and Adult Services section. We will discuss reference services in the past year and in the future.

Speakers
avatar for Brian Lind

Brian Lind

Reference Librarian, Rochester Public Library
Reference Librarian, Rochester Public LibraryBrian Lind has been a Reference Librarian at Rochester Public Library since 2006. In addition to his reference work, he is in charge of Interlibrary Loan, Serials, and Music selection. He has set up a self-serve digital conversion space... Read More →


Thursday September 19, 2019 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Waconia 5

1:00pm

Children and Young People's Section Business Meeting
Want to meet and network with other youth library staff from across the state? Come to the MLA CYP Business Meeting! The purpose of MLA's Children and Young People's Section is to promote and develop library service to children and young people in the State of Minnesota. In this meeting, 2019 Chair Renee Grassi will provide an overview of CYP's achievements from the past year. She will also provide information about state-wide opportunities for learning about youth development, and will gather membership feedback about ways MLA can better support youth library staff from around the state.

Speakers
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Renee Grassi

Youth Services Manager, Dakota County Library
Renee Grassi is Youth Services Manager overseeing youth and family services across Dakota County Library's 9-branch library system. She is Chair of her Library's Accessibility Team. In addition, Renee is the current Chair of MLA's Children and Young People's Section.


Thursday September 19, 2019 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Owatonna 3

1:00pm

Instruction Round Table Business Meeting
The Instruction Round Table (IRT) provides a forum for staff from all types of libraries to share information, resources, and best practices related to all types of library and information literacy instruction. IRT provides opportunities for training, discussion, idea-sharing, and networking among library staff who teach. Join us at our business meeting to learn more about IRT, share instruction-related information and ideas with staff from other libraries, and provide valuable input for future professional development opportunities.

Speakers
avatar for Anne Beschnett

Anne Beschnett

Research and Instruction Librarian, St.Catherine University Library
Anne Beschnett is the Instruction Round Table Co-Chair, and is a Reference and Instruction Librarian at St.Catherine University in St.Paul, MN.
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Krista Jacobson

Krista Jacobson is the Instruction Round Table Co-Chair, and is a Public Services Librarian at Northwestern Health Sciences University in Bloomington, MN.


Thursday September 19, 2019 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Anoka 2

1:00pm

Technical Services Section Business Meeting
Conference attendees interested in cataloging, acquisitions, metadata, or other technical services topics are invited to join the Technical Services Section to discuss topics of interest and vote on candidates for leadership positions.

Speakers
avatar for Erica Nutzman

Erica Nutzman

Head of Technical Services, Minnesota State Law Library
Erica is from St. Paul Minnesota and has been working in libraries for over 25 years. She received her MLS from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is currently the Head of Technical Services for the Minnesota State Law Library.


Thursday September 19, 2019 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Owatonna 1

1:00pm

MLTA/MFL Business Meeting
MLTA Business Meeting to elect new officers for the coming year

Speakers
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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 →


Thursday September 19, 2019 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Anoka 1

1:00pm

Intellectual Freedom Committee Roundtable Meeting
Join the Intellectual Freedom Committee today! Come discuss ideas related to intellectual freedom, materials challenges, public spaces, and more. See what's currently happening in Minnesota and around the country and discuss your own work and efforts in the field of intellectual freedom.

Speakers
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Ria Newhouse

Ria Newhouse is a Head Librarian in Pioneerland Library System, managing five public libraries in the communities of Spicer, New London, Lake Lillian, Raymond, and Atwater. She also serves as the Chair of the Intellectual Freedom Committee for MLA.


Thursday September 19, 2019 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Owatonna 2

1:00pm

Reader's Advisory Round Table (RART) Subunit Meeting
Join the Reader's Advisory Round Table (RART) for our annual subunit meeting! We will present our 2019 accomplishments, our goals and plans for 2020 and beyond, and discuss what the group would like RART to tackle next. There will also be time to share and recommend books with the group.

Speakers
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Katie Polley

Katie Polley is the teen librarian at the West St Paul library. She enjoys reading books, petting her dogs, and wearing fancy shoes.
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Carol Jackson

Carol Jackson is the manager of the Shoreview library. She enjoys reading books, attending all the theatre shows, and the macabre.


Thursday September 19, 2019 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Chaska 1

2:15pm

Featured Speaker: Our Window: Being Culturally Intelligent in Diverse Situations
Our libraries are very diverse. Whether you work across international borders or interact with diversity closer to home, we deal with uniqueness and differences. Culture matters in how we market ourselves, how we market to our patrons, and ultimately can make the difference between whether you thrive or flounder when faced with an intercultural situation. Cultural intelligence is a form of intelligence that draws upon the ability to reformulate one's concept of self and others. It can be integrated with other forms of intelligence and applies to any cultural context (i.e., diversity initiatives, organizational culture, generational culture, gender culture, etc.). In this session learn how we can use cultural intelligence in order to ensure our biases and interactions do not influence judgments about others, as this directly affects a library’s inclusive work environment and the strength of the organizational culture.

Feature Speaker:
Dr. Michele A. L. Villagran is an accomplished educator, innovative speaker, entrepreneur, consultant, cultural intelligence and diversity & inclusion expert with over 25 years of experience in the public and private sectors. Dr. Villagran serves as CEO of CulturalCo, LLC consulting in areas of cultural competency, diversity & inclusion, conflict resolution, and emotional intelligence. She is also an assistant profession with San José State University School of Information where her research focuses on diversity and social justice in library and information science and cultural intelligence phenomena within libraries. Dr. Villagran is an advanced certified cultural intelligence and unconscious bias facilitator through the Cultural Intelligence Center, and Conflicts Dynamic Profile consultant. She earned her Doctorate of Education in Organizational Leadership, her Masters of Dispute Resolution and Certificate of Dispute Resolution from Pepperdine University. At the University of North Texas, Dr. Villagran completed her M.L.S. degree in Legal Informatics and her M.B.A. in Strategic Management.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Michele A.L. Villagran

Dr. Michele A.L. Villagran

Dr. Michele A. L. Villagran is an accomplished educator, innovative speaker, entrepreneur, consultant, cultural intelligence and diversity & inclusion expert with over 25 years of experience in the public and private sectors. Dr. Villagran serves as CEO of CulturalCo, LLC consulting... Read More →




Thursday September 19, 2019 2:15pm - 3:05pm
Waconia 5

2:15pm

Leading Diversity and Inclusion Discussions
This session will describe recent Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion work happening in Dakota County - specifically the small Learning Circles being run for Library staff members. The session will include an adapted version of these Circles, with the goal of demonstrating their use in staff training and personal growth. The topic of the adapted Circle will be Unconscious Bias. Supporting notes will be available for attendees who want to bring the training model back to their own libraries.

Speakers
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Barbara Svoboda

Branch Manager, Dakota County Farmington Library
As a branch manager for Dakota County Library, Barbara Svoboda balances her work between providing thought-provoking programming for the local community and supporting staff growth throughout the library system. She is a member of the Equity & Diversity Learning Circle cohort, and... Read More →
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Jade Cabagnot

Jade Cabagnot has been a Youth Services Librarian at Dakota County Library for over two years. She is passionate about advancing equity and social justice by designing inclusive programs that are meaningful and reach diverse communities. She is a Racial Equity Trainer at Dakota County... Read More →
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Suela Deva

Suela Deva is a Circulation Supervisor at one of the most diverse communities in Dakota County, Burnhaven Library. From a different cultural background, Suela is passionate about Diversity & Inclusion, Equality & Equity, and connecting libraries with communities. Suela is a leader... Read More →



Thursday September 19, 2019 2:15pm - 3:05pm
Owatonna 1

2:15pm

Long Distance Leadership
Regional Library Systems in Minnesota face the challenge of working together as a team over vast geographic distances. How can staff work together effectively to proceed with large projects, carry out challenging transitions, or ensure that all staff have the tools they need to offer the best service? Supervisors from Lake Agassiz Regional Library will share what they've learned, including effective strategies for supervising, managing and working with staff from across their region. Learn tips and tricks for effective communication and project management with an emphasis on the importance of internal customer service and staff training.

Speakers
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Megan Krueger

Moorhead Library Director, Lake Agassiz Regional Library
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Greta Guck

Lake Agassiz Regional Library
Greta Guck is Director of the Detroit Lakes Public Library and Hub Supervisor with Lake Agassiz Regional Library System. She grew up in northern MN and has been a public librarian since 2011, but just moved back to MN in 2017. She is very excited to get to know the MN Library com... Read More →
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Chris Boike

Chris Boike is Director of the Crookston Public Library and Hub Supervisor with the Lake Agassiz Regional Library System. She grew up in Fairmont, MN and has been a public librarian since 2012. Chris enjoys the people aspect of working for a public library and the variety and new... Read More →



Thursday September 19, 2019 2:15pm - 3:05pm
Owatonna 3

2:15pm

MALF Awards Presentations: Evy Nordley Best Project & Stand Out Friends
MALF Board members will present the awards for best project by a Friends Group (Evy Nordley) and the Stand Out Friends awards. The three finalists for the Evy Nordley award will present their projects. The Stand Up for Stand Out Friends awards will be presented to individual members of local Friends groups. A brief Annual Meeting of MALF will be held to provide updates on MALF initiatives.

Speakers
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Nancy Guerino

Nancy Guerino retired from 3M in 2008 after 33 years in IT Applications. She volunteered with 3M Tutors for 12 years, tutoring elementary students. Since 1997, she has volunteered with North St. Paul Green, a group dedicated to beautifying North St. Paul. She has served as President... Read More →


Thursday September 19, 2019 2:15pm - 3:05pm
Anoka 1

2:15pm

Mischief Managed! Conspire with your youth and community to create the best Yule Ball ever
On New Year's Eve 2018, the Scott County Library hosted a Hogwarts Yule Ball with over 150 tweens and teens enjoying Harry Potter-themed activities hosted by costumed staff and Teen Advisory Board members. We'll share our plan and the easy wins/hard losses required to create your own Yule Ball or any other popular fandom event, including: "Generating ideas from your youth volunteers" Event timing to maximize interest and attendance, Promotion, “reaching fans, creating staff buy-in, and generating excitement" Mistakes were made (or, how command strips let us down)Outcomes, getting meaningful feedback from a room full of super-excited Potterhead" Building on success with follow-up events Panelists include Scott County Library Learning & Outreach Manager Lisa Pollard, Learning & Outreach Specialist Ally Addison, and members of the library Teen Advisory Board.

Speakers
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Lilly Kuiken

Teen Advisory Board Member
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Maria Braun

Teen Advisory Board Member
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Lisa Pollard

Learning & Outreach Manager, Scott County Library
Lisa Pollard is the Learning & Outreach Manager at the Scott County Library, where she has worked most of her 20+ library career. She received her undergraduate degree from Gustavus Adophus College and her MLIS from St Catherine's/Dominican University. She threw her very first Harry... Read More →
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Ally Addison

Learning & Outreach Specialist - Youth Services, Scott County Library
Ally Addison is a Learning & Outreach Specialist for Scott County Library. In addition to coordinating Readmobile programming, she works on youth services projects including summer programming, the Teen Advisory Board, designing weird games and/or art projects, and developing baby... Read More →



Thursday September 19, 2019 2:15pm - 3:05pm
Waconia 6

2:15pm

Writers Across Minnesota: Engage Your Community Through Stories
The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library, as the Minnesota Center for the Book, presents two statewide initiatives: the Minnesota Writers Directory and the author tour program Moving Words, with the goal of connecting more writers with the state's library communities. Launched in February 2019, the Directory is an interactive listing of authors throughout the state, aiming to connect writers with event hosts and readers who want to learn more about their stories and craft. We'll walk through the website and engage in a conversation about how the Directory can help serve libraries. Moving Words: Writers Across Minnesota is an author-tour program, now in its second year, which brings four Book Award-winning writers to each library region in the state. The conference event will explore how more libraries can become connected with this program and magnify the impact among more communities.

Speakers
avatar for Alayne Hopkins

Alayne Hopkins

Assistant Director of Programs & Services, The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library
Alayne Hopkins is Assistant Director of Programs & Services at The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library, where she has worked since 2003. In her position, she oversees the statewide activities of the Minnesota Center for the Book, which include the year-round Minnesota Book Awards... Read More →


Thursday September 19, 2019 2:15pm - 3:05pm
Anoka 2

2:15pm

Engagement: outreach librarianship and connecting with your community
Outreach librarians connect with a wide range of people. They serve a variety of people based on the environment, community and the population which their library seeks to serve. Understanding what outreach means is the first critical step in a successful library outreach program. All parties involved need to have a clear concept of what outreach means to their staff and institution, whether it is raising awareness of library services and resources, educational, or creating community. Successful outreach initiatives often include groups that would not or cannot come to the physical library for library services, reaching those in need at their off-site locations. This session will cover the various definitions of library outreach, both public and academic, how to develop goals around outreach programming and the types of library outreach (there are at least six) including non-traditional approaches to outreach. The session will also cover what goes into planning an outreach program and methods of assessment and if time permits, funding and connecting with community partners.

Speakers
avatar for Katherine Chew

Katherine Chew

Associate Librarian, University of Minnesota Health Sciences Libraries
Katherine Chew, MLS, is an Associate Librarian and the Research/Outreach Services Librarian for the Health Sciences Libraries at the University of Minnesota. She provides research support and consultation to University of Minnesota researchers in the Academic Health Center. As Outreach... Read More →



Thursday September 19, 2019 2:15pm - 3:05pm
Anoka 3

2:15pm

Navigating the Line Between Data Privacy and Community Engagement
Explore the balance between engaging patrons online and data privacy. Options for digital marketing platforms are growing. Minnesota data privacy statutes and library principles protect patron library data. How do you navigate the need to tell the library story and stay within the bounds of data security? What do you look for in a vendor's privacy policy? This session will help you learn about some of the tools available for targeted marketing. We will also explore points to consider before launching a new digital marketing tool.

Speakers
avatar for Karen Pundsack

Karen Pundsack

Executive Director, Great River Regional Library
Karen Pundsack is Executive Director at Great River Regional Library, a six-county consolidated regional public library system headquartered in St. Cloud. She has worked in Minnesota public libraries for over 20 years and in library administration for 10 years. She is a St. Cloud... Read More →
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Paul Swanson

Paul is the Director of Technology at Minitex, a multi-type library consortia in Minneapolis. He has worked in library technology for over twenty years with experience including interlibrary loan technology, standards development, and ebook encryption and delivery.


Thursday September 19, 2019 2:15pm - 3:05pm
Winona 1

2:15pm

All Roads Lead to Access: A Minitex Cataloging & Metadata Update
The cataloging world continues to be in flux. As the standards, best practices, and implementation tools change, we can only do our best to keep up. We must also try to address the ways our legacy data impacts our communities. Join Minitex staff for an update on current developments and trends in the cataloging & metadata world, including technical advancements, social justice initiatives, and some inspiring collaborations.

Speakers
avatar for Lizzy Baus

Lizzy Baus

Cataloging & Metadata Education Librarian, Minitex
Lizzy Baus is the Cataloging & Metadata Education Librarian for Minitex. She provides training for library staff on cataloging and other related topics, including RDA, BIBFRAME, and Linked Data.
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Sara Ring

Continuing Education Librarian, Minitex
Sara Ring is Continuing Education Librarian at Minitex. She also serves on the MLA LegWork Committee (Legislative Activities Committee) and leads the virtual legislative week activities each year.



Thursday September 19, 2019 2:15pm - 3:05pm
Owatonna 2

2:15pm

From Good to Amazing? Evaluating and Improving Library Programs
You know what goes into creating great programs, but how are you intentional about improving them to ensure they're of the highest quality? In this interactive session, participants will learn about the continuous improvement cycle (plan, do, check, adjust) and how they can apply it to their programs and projects.

Speakers
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Leah Larson

Leah administers the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grants and oversees statewide library projects benefiting youth, with a particular focus on grades 4-12. She especially supports the work of school media specialists, as she spent many years working as both a teacher... Read More →
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Eric Billiet

Eric is the expanded learning specialist at the Minnesota Department of Education and provides technical assistance/professional development for the 21st Century Community Learning Center grant recipients. In addition, Eric is the department's liaison the Minnesota Youth Council and... Read More →


Thursday September 19, 2019 2:15pm - 3:05pm
Chaska 2

3:05pm

Dessert
Thursday September 19, 2019 3:05pm - 3:20pm
Minnetonka Ballroom

3:35pm

Pockets of Joy: A Minnesota Author’s Journey
Pockets of Joy: A Minnesota Author’s Journey

Speakers
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Roxanne Battle

Roxanne Battle, a St. Paul native, is a veteran television jouralist, author and mom. Her award-winning memoir, Pockets of Joy:Deciding to Be Happy, Choosing to Be Free (Whitaker House 2017), became an Amazon best-seller in multiple categories. Following her successful television... Read More →


Thursday September 19, 2019 3:35pm - 4:25pm
Chaska 2

3:35pm

Coming Together for National Library Giving Day
First conceived in a conference room in Denver Public Library, National Library Giving Day debuted across the country in 2019, with over 100 libraries across the US participating. We hear from three in Minnesota who participated - three very differently sized organizations - about what they learned from the experience. Additionally, we will look at how your library can use the tools and momentum that this day has available to bring in funds for your library and bring your community together.

Speakers
avatar for Greg Giles

Greg Giles

Greg is the Senior Director of Development for The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library. He has over 25 years of fundraising experience in annual, capital, estate and institutional giving, and has presented at national and international fundraising conferences.
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Laura Vitko

Laura is the Individual Giving Manager for The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library. Prior to joining The Friends, Laura was the Manager of Membership and Annual Giving for the Bell Museum, and has also worked for the University of Minnesota Libraries. In addition to being a successful... Read More →
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Michelle Aspelin

Michelle is the Secretary of the Carver County Library Foundation, and also the Chair of the Marketing Committee for the Friends of the Victoria Library. She is the owner of Mindshare Marketing and Implementation Services in Victoria, MN.
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Patra Sevastiades

Patra is the Executive Director of the Duluth Library Foundation. She earned her Master’s Degree at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and subsequently worked as a program manager in Washington, D.C., and an editor in New York City. She... Read More →



Thursday September 19, 2019 3:35pm - 4:25pm
Chaska 1

3:35pm

Reconciliation in Libraries
Libraries are steeped in colonization: They prioritize the written word, which contradicts Anishinaabe and Dakota oral traditions; they organize information in ways that oppose Native cultural worldviews; and they undermine the role of Native elders, who are the traditional knowledge keepers in Native communities. At Hennepin County Library, staff who aspire to hold the library more accountable for historic and ongoing harm are engaging in the work of reconciliation. In this context, reconciliation aims to foster healing and repair harm the library has inflicted upon the Native community and includes providing educational support for library staff; building relationships between HCL and Native community partners; and creating opportunities for library staff to openly acknowledge and understand the role settler colonialism has played in HCL's history and continues to play today. Session attendees will learn practical information about these efforts.

Speakers
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Hannah Buckland

Hannah Buckland works as a State Library Program Specialist with the Minnesota Department of Education.
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Allison Waukau

Allison Waukau is Navajo and Menominee and the Community Liaison for the Franklin Library CELS project with a concentration in the Native community of Minneapolis. She has extensive experience working within Native communities on and off the reservation in areas of education, youth... Read More →
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Becky Wolf

Becky Wolf is a librarian focused on building relationships, connecting people to resources, and empowering people through access to information. Actively working towards reconciliation efforts within libraries, she works closely with the Native community to develop library services... Read More →


Thursday September 19, 2019 3:35pm - 4:25pm
Owatonna 3

3:35pm

A Little Dirt Never Hurt: Growing a collaboration between libraries and environmental partners
Common ground is a key to any collaboration. Similar mission statements and strategic goals create the perfect opportunity for libraries and their local parks or environmental sites to work together to support the lifelong learning of their residents. This session will detail how the library and parks department in Anoka County came together to establish a partnership and collaborate on programs, events, and staff development opportunities. Those attending the session will learn the practicalities as well as some of the barriers that can occur and muddy up that initial planning. Staff from both library, parks and partners like the UMN Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve will not only, give the dirt on programming ideas, but, also lay down the ground work for participants to take back to their library to start uncovering the potential for their own amazing partnerships. Come prepared to get your hands dirty with some hands-on activities.

Speakers
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Mary Healy

Branch manager at the Anoka County Library, Centennial branch, and librarian of 13 years, Mary Healy had always wanted to combine her two passions: libraries and nature. As a formal naturalist of 10 years working mostly at Westwood Hills Nature Center in St Louis Park, MN, it was... Read More →
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Elizabeth Ripley

Elizabeth Ripley is the Branch Manager at the Johnsville Branch of Anoka County Library. At Anoka County, Elizabeth works with people of all ages, but especially loves working with children and is passionate about literacy. Previous to working at Anoka County, Elizabeth worked at... Read More →
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Lisa Gilliland

Lisa Gilliland is the Program Supervisor for the Wargo Nature Center, which is part of the Anoka County Parks system. Having been with the center from day one, Lisa has had the opportunity build a nature center from the ground up, including designing and developing environmental education... Read More →


Thursday September 19, 2019 3:35pm - 4:25pm
Waconia 6

3:35pm

Legislative Issues Affecting All Libraries: A Deep Dive into ACRL's Legislative Agenda
ACRL's annual Legislative Agenda focuses on issues that the U.S. Congress has recently taken action on, or will act on, in the year ahead that affect libraries. The speaker will present the current year's Agenda and lead a discussion of their impact on libraries.

Speakers
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Kevin William Baggett

Kevin Baggett is the Instruction and Reference Librarian at Concordia College- Moorhead. He served as ACRL Government Relations Committee chair in 2018-2019 and as vice-chair the year previous.


Thursday September 19, 2019 3:35pm - 4:25pm
Anoka 3

3:35pm

One Chapter At A Time: How Fergus Falls Built Its New Library
What are the steps between imagining a library and making the vision real? Learn about the process used to develop the recently expanded Fergus Falls Public Library, including examples of important steps to take and some to skip! Members of the collaborative team share a graphical timeline from beginning to end.

Speakers
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Erin Smith

Viking Library System Director
Erin has been the Director of the Fergus Falls Public Library for 8 years and was a Children's Librarian with the library prior to becoming Director. Erin has also worked in public libraries in Fargo-Moorhead and Duluth. She received her Master's Degree in Library Science from Clarion... Read More →



Thursday September 19, 2019 3:35pm - 4:25pm
Anoka 1

3:35pm

There's an Archives in My Library!: Archives Basics for Library Professionals
Some libraries or library systems have collections of archives materials, but many library professionals have not received any archives training. They may be unfamiliar with how archives work and may feel unprepared to assist patrons seeking archival resources. This session will review the differences between libraries, archives, and special collections; provide library professionals with basic information about archives, including what to expect when visiting an archives and how to best work with archival materials; and discuss ways for librarians and archivists to understand and support each other’s work. This session will include sharable resources for library professionals to learn more about archives.

Speakers
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Monica R. Howell

Serials Librarian, Archivist, Northwestern Health Sciences University
Monica R. Howell is a librarian, archivist, and assistant professor at Northwestern Health Sciences University in Bloomington, MN. In addition to her library and archives duties, Monica conducts research in the history of complementary and alternative medicine in Minnesota. She is... Read More →



Thursday September 19, 2019 3:35pm - 4:25pm
Anoka 2

3:35pm

Expand your collection to the stars!
Learn how the telescope collection at Great River Regional Library started as a single telescope pilot project and later grew to a collection of 20 telescopes sponsored by the Buffalo Rotary Club and two community volunteers. We'll discuss how the telescopes were modified for public use, lessons learned along the way, opportunities for STEM programming/community engagement, and questions to consider when exploring circulating non-traditional items.

Speakers
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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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Mark Boyd

Retired research director from General Mills with a life long interest in Astronomy fueled by the space race in childhood, and guiding mentors who cultivated interest in science and technology and saw the night sky as a astonishing window to the rest of the universe.
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Mark Job

10 year member of the Minnesota Astronomical Society with a lifelong interest in science, space and astronomy. Owner or more than two telescopes with a love of sharing the night sky with anyone with an interest.


Thursday September 19, 2019 3:35pm - 4:25pm
Owatonna 2

3:35pm

Accessibility Tools for Reading: Meeting the Diverse Needs of All Readers
In this session two assistive technology specialists from PACER’s Simon Technology Center will give an overview of tools to support reading for the diverse needs of library users. Demonstrations will include low-tech tools, high-tech devices, mobile apps, Chrome extensions, and other online reading tools. These accessibility tools can benefit people with a range of disabilities, as well as the aging population. Reading tools can support the needs of individuals with various disabilities, including dyslexia, learning disabilities, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and vision impairment. Join us to learn about technology that can help to perceive content through magnification, visual settings, and auditory reading support. The presentation will include formats such as print material, e-books, audiobooks, and other digital content. This will be a fast-paced session to expose you to as many tools as possible in a short amount of time.

Speakers
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Sarah Giffen-Hunter

Assistive Technology Specialist, PACER's Simon Technology Center
I work as an Assistive Technology Specialist at PACER and am the Co-Coordinator of the Simon Technology Center Lending Library. Before coming to PACER, I worked at an independent high school providing library services, academic support, and college counseling. I have my MLIS degree... Read More →
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Tara Bruss

Tara has been an Assistive Technology Specialist with the PACER Simon Technology Center (STC) for over ten years. She is also a Co-Coordinator of the STC Lending Library. She provides services and assistance to individuals, parents, and professionals to increase awareness and capacity... Read More →



Thursday September 19, 2019 3:35pm - 4:25pm
Owatonna 1

3:35pm

User-Centered: Designing Outcomes and Assessment for Programs and Services
How do we know that a program or service is effective for our patrons? Using attendance or satisfaction survey results only tells part of our story. In this interactive session, participants will develop user-centered outcomes and correlated assessment tools for measuring program and services effectiveness.

Speakers
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Emily OConnor

Adult Services Coordinator, Hennepin County Library
Emily is the Adult Services Coordinator of Hennepin County Library, with 20 years of experience in public and academic librarianship. She earned her MLIS from Florida State University and is completing her Master's in Leadership at Creighton University. Emily also serves as a consultant... Read More →



Thursday September 19, 2019 3:35pm - 4:25pm
Winona 1

3:35pm

Effective Summer Library Programs for Youth: Best Practices and Sure-Fire Ideas
Summer library programs for youth are both exhilarating and exhausting for staff who coordinate them. Keeping the program fresh to entice young participants is both an ongoing challenge and opportunity for creativity. In this session, the audience will share ideas and resources – or simply glean information from others – in small group discussions on reading logs/activity sheets, low-cost school-aged programs, and summer library program evaluation. Participants may move among the groups, as desired. Through peer-to-peer sharing, participants will gain ideas for revitalizing summer reading and learning in their libraries. Facilitators will compile ideas, reporting to the full group and the end of the session and posting the information on the conference website.

Speakers
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Jenna Kahly

Program Coordinator, Lake Agassiz Regional Library
Youth Services, Legacy Programming, Marketing
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Gail Nordstrom

Gail Nordstrom is the Public Library Consultant for Viking Library System. Previously, she coordinated Summer Library Programs for 19 years as a youth services librarian at Stillwater Public Library. From 2011-2014, she traveled to regional public library systems around the state... Read More →
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Mollie Stanford

Regional Librarian, Arrowhead Library System (MN)
Mollie Stanford's experiences include working in public libraries, an academic library, a children's museum, and two of Minnesota's federated regional library systems, which is her specialty. She is currently Regional Librarian at Arrowhead Library System with a focus on youth services... Read More →


Thursday September 19, 2019 3:35pm - 4:25pm
Waconia 5

4:00pm

Thursday pickup for Silent Auction
Thursday September 19, 2019 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Minnetonka Ballroom

4:45pm

MLA State of the Association Meeting
The MLA Annual Meeting of the Membership (sometimes called the business meeting) is the required, official annual meeting of the Association. Come to the meeting to meet the Board of Directors, be updated on the state of MLA and its financial health, and learn about what's coming up for MLA.

Speakers
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Kirsten Clark

Director, Access & Information Services, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities



Thursday September 19, 2019 4:45pm - 5:45pm
Waconia 5

5:45pm

MLA Happy Hour
Come celebrate with us at the MLA Happy Hour! This cash bar and hors d’ oeuvres event is a great opportunity to continue conversations started throughout the day, network with other librarians, and spark inter-library conversations to help us continue to grow stronger together. The “Above and Beyond” and “Intellectual Freedom” awards will be presented during this time. Also, the MN Reads MN Writes winners will also be announced.

Thursday September 19, 2019 5:45pm - 6:45pm
Prefunction Space

7:00pm

ARLD Happy Hour
Join ARLD for a happy hour at The Meadows Bar & Grille at Mystic Lake. All are welcome! You don’t have to be an ARLD member or academic librarian to join the fun!

Speakers
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Amy Mars

Librarian, Saint Catherine University
Amy is a Research & Instruction Librarian at St. Kate's Library. With her colleagues, she delivers information literacy instruction to students in the CORE, including The Reflective Woman classes. She also serves as the librarian for the humanities which includes providing students... Read More →


Thursday September 19, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm
The Meadows Bar & Grille Mystic Lake
 
Friday, September 20
 

7:00am

Breakfast
Friday September 20, 2019 7:00am - 8:00am
Waconia 1234

7:00am

Exhibit Hours
Friday September 20, 2019 7:00am - 3:20pm
Exhibits and Silent Auction Hall-Minnetonka

7:00am

Silent Auction
Friday September 20, 2019 7:00am - 3:20pm

8:00am

Always Innovating with Our Partners: What's New With OverDrive
Don't miss this chance to gain insight into all the exciting ways we're helping your library Create Reading Happiness. From the one-tap reading app Libby to sharing opportunities between libraries & schools, the launch of our magazine service and much more, it's all about delivering proven value by empowering you with unrivaled discovery & engagement tools.

Speakers
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Kate Connell

Public Libraries Account Manager at OverDrive
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Kim Edson

Head of Readers' Services at Rochester Public Library


Friday September 20, 2019 8:00am - 8:45am
Anoka 3

8:00am

3,2,1 Engage! Tools and Tips for Launching Authentic Power Partnerships
Inspired by participating in the First Wave, Of, By for All cohort, Dakota County Library staff will share tips to ignite your library's community engagement strategy and a tool to help you develop meaningful relationships in your community to co-create responsive programming, cultivate understanding and set your partnerships on a trajectory for success.

Speakers
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Laura Morlock

Adult Services Librarian, Dakota County Library
Dakota County Adult Services Librarian Laura Morlock plans, leads, and implements creative programming for adults in the library and iLab sewing classes. Community service is integral for Laura. She’s had the opportunity to be the MN Library Association Board Secretary, co-chair... Read More →
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Kristy Barnes

Kristy Barnes is a youth services librarian at the Burnhaven Library in Dakota County. After an early career as an international patent administrator, she lost her mind and went to library school. She is part of a number of diverse groups in the city and school district, working to... Read More →
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Stephanie Opstad

Branch Manager, Dakota County Library
Stephanie Opstad is the Branch Manager at the Heritage Library in the growing community of Lakeville, Minnesota. She enjoys building, nurturing, and managing relationships with customers, staff and community partners. She has also worked for Arizona libraries, Anoka County Library... Read More →



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

8:00am

ELM Input Session: Crafting a new statewide database collection
eLibrary MN (ELM), formerly known as Electronic Library for Minnesota, is the statewide database collection. Every five years we ask for your input to gauge if these databases are meeting your patrons' needs. We invite you to be part of this process by attending this session to learn more about the decision-making process, provide feedback on current databases, and share ideas for new resources. This will be an active, discussion-driven session. Bring your ideas to help craft the new ELM!

Speakers
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Matt Lee

Associate Director at Minitex
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Beth Staats

Beth Staats is one of three Reference Outreach & Instruction Librarians with Minitex. She holds a BA in History from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, and a Master's Degree in Library and Information Studies from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
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Rita Baladad

Rita Baladad is an electronic resources librarian at Minitex. She manages cooperative purchasing of electronic resources and services for libraries and research centers in Minnesota, South Dakota, and North Dakota. In short, she is the bridge between libraries and vendors.
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Carla Pfahl

Carla Pfahl is a Reference Outreach & Instruction librarian with Minitex and is Coordinator of AskMN: The Librarian Is In!, Minnesota’s 24/7 statewide digital reference service. She received her MLIS degree from St. Catherine University and has over 15 years experience working... Read More →


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

8:00am

Resource Sharing: navigating change through partnerships
Innovation, emerging technology, and new leadership at Minitex are all playing a part in shaping the strategy for our state's world-class resource sharing program. From the successful implementation of Alma ILL to examining the process public libraries will use for their upcoming migration to a next-generation ILL system, our collaborative efforts continue to enhance resource sharing in the Minitex region. Catch up on the changes and learn what is on the roadmap for our libraries.

Speakers
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Gerri Moeller

Minitex
Gerri Moeller is the new Associate Director for Resource Sharing and Delivery at Minitex. Previously, she was the director of the Viking Library System in Fergus Falls, and the director of the Outagamie Waupaca Library System in Appleton, WI. She started her career in Interlibrary... Read More →
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Agnes Lee

Agnes Lee is a Resource Sharing Manager with extensive experience in Interlibrary Loan systems. She currently manages staff working in the ExLibris Alma Interlibrary Loan system, campus libraries at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities and staff working in OCLC verification. Agnes... Read More →
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Nicholas Banitt

Nick Banitt is a Resource Sharing Manager at Minitex. His worklife revolves around the day-to-day management of the MNLINK program. He worked for several years at the Minneapolis Public Library before finding his way to Minitex.


Friday September 20, 2019 8:00am - 8:50am
Owatonna 2

8:00am

Show Your Library Card
Show Your Library Card is a Washington County Library campaign that enables the library to partner with local businesses to provide library cardholders unique offers on goods and services. This county-wide initiative promotes local businesses, library services, and community collaboration.

Speakers
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Sarah Rosten

Sarah Rosten is a Group Manager for Washington County Library. She oversees library services and community engagement for the northern communities of Washington County. Prior to working as a Group Manager, Sarah served as the Youth Services Librarian at the Hardwood Creek Library... Read More →


Friday September 20, 2019 8:00am - 8:50am
Waconia 6

8:00am

Teen Lit Con: Scale It or Hack It To Work for Your Library
Teen Lit Con, where teens and authors collide, is a metro public library Legacy event that attracts hundreds of teens each year to connect around books. Despite having attendance as high as 1400, it is an event that can be scaled to meet any library's needs or hacked to work pieces into other programs. The session will cover the project goals, collaboration, and outcomes and what you need to create a successful teen book festival of any size. The most successful components of the event such as poetry, games, book crafts, reader's advisory, and more will be highlighted.

Speakers
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Kathleen James

Youth Services Manager, Metropolitan Library Service Agency (MELSA)
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Bethany Winter

Librarian, Henry Sibley High
Media Specialist, Henry Sibley High School
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Lisa Gearman

Information Innovation Learning Specialist, Chaska High School
Media Specialist, Chaska High School
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Sara Swenson

Media Specialist, Edina Public Schools
Media Specialist, Edina High School



Friday September 20, 2019 8:00am - 8:50am
Waconia 5

8:00am

The Pedagogical Advantages of Classroom Media Projects
The presenters, a First Year Seminar instructor and a librarian, will discuss the pedagogical advantages and limitations of integrating new media-based projects into a college classroom. We have recently shifted our focus from standard one-shot information literacy instruction sessions and traditional research papers to new video production and podcasting assignments. We will go over what has worked over multiple iterations of these media projects, and we'll discuss how to help students effectively integrate and properly attribute source material in these alternative formats, while also attending to concerns of voice and audience. Ultimately, these projects seem more "real" to students and encourage them to see themselves as true information producers and creators.

Speakers
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Diana Symons

Diana Symons is the Associate Director for Learning and Research at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University Libraries.
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Carl Lindgren

Carl Lindgren is a First Year Seminar instructor at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University.


Friday September 20, 2019 8:00am - 8:50am
Owatonna 3

8:00am

Creating Welcoming Environments Through Authentic Connections
The Saint Paul - Ramsey County Public Health Authentic Connections initiative began in 2002 with a focus on reducing family violence. Over the years, this work has supported people in understanding how powerlessness, judgment, culture and empathy shape our environments and experiences. It is a set of principles and strategies that support safety and well-being throughout communities. Based in Saint Paul, Minnesota, the Authentic Connections model has been replicated in libraries, educational settings, community centers, youth work and child care organizations, museums and neighborhood associations throughout the United States. This session will introduce this proven public health model, and share how this work has been successfully implemented in Saint Paul Public Library and Hennepin County Library. This work requires little to no budget – it is a personal tool for library staff. No matter the size or location of your organization, Authentic Connections benefits yourself, your co-workers, and your patrons.

Speakers
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Katherine Debertin

Youth Programs & Services Manager, Hennepin County Library
Katherine Debertin is the Youth Programs and Services Manager for the Hennepin County Library System. She has been practicing the principles of the Authentic Connections project since 2014. Katherine facilitates Authentic Connections trainings for teams of staff across the Hennepin... Read More →
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Erin Dahl

Erin Dahl (she/her/hers) has worked in the Hennepin County Library System for almost 20 years and is currently a Youth Services Librarian at Minneapolis Central Library. She has been practicing the principles of the Authentic Connections project since 2014. Erin facilitates Authentic... Read More →
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Grit Youngquist

Grit Youngquist is the Healthy Youth Development Coordinator for Saint Paul - Ramsey County Public Health. For more than 30 years, she has worked in public/community health to promote adolescent health and well-being. Grit's primary areas of focus: working with community partners... Read More →
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Suzanne McGinn

EAII, Saint Paul Public Library
Suzanne McGinn is an Executive Assistant at the Saint Paul Public Library. She has thirty plus years of dedicated service that focuses on streamlining and efficiencies throughout the library system, managing the Materials Management Center clerical team, and facilitating and developing... Read More →



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

8:00am

Demystifying Business Information
There are many reasons that students from all majors, and patrons from all backgrounds, seek out business information. Yet, for many people, business information seems like a specialized genre that’s confusing or even intimidating. Librarians, too, might doubt their ability to successfully help patrons find and use business information. Our panel will share lessons learned about the unique opportunities and challenges involved in bringing business information to new audiences beyond the business school. The business liaisons at the University of Minnesota will discuss their experiences supporting entrepreneurship research and classes, and how they learned ways to translate business information to users who are rooted outside the business school. Our third panelist has experience in both business and traditional liberal arts settings, and will speak to her experiences introducing liberal arts students to business information.

Speakers
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Danya Leebaw

Director, Social Sciences & Professional Programs, University of Minnesota
Danya Leebaw is Director, Social Sciences and Professional Programs at the University of Minnesota Libraries. She spent ten years as a social sciences librarian at Carleton College, and prior to that was a business librarian at Emory University. Danya earned her MLIS from the University... Read More →
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Caroline Lilyard

Caroline Lilyard is librarian for the Carlson School of Management and the Institute for Global Studies at the University of Minnesota. Caroline holds an MLIS from UW-Milwaukee, and a MPA from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota. Research interests include... Read More →
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Mary Schoenborn

Mary Schoenborn is the subject liaison librarian to the Humphrey School of Public Affairs and the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. She has more than 30 years experience providing business research support and consultation services to the University of Minnesota... Read More →


Friday September 20, 2019 8:00am - 8:50am
Anoka 2

8:00am

Interstate Collaboration: How Learning About Our Neighbors Can Help Us Do Better
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.

Speakers
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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
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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 →
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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

9:15am

2018-2019 Minnesota Library Advocacy Update
Join the MLA legislative chair, incoming chair and MLA lobbyist for a current status report, recap, and look forward for library issues and funding affected by state government. State funding reaches library budgets and/or impacts our work in wide-ranging ways. You will learn how to stay informed, become involved, and weigh in on important issues that affect your work and community.

Speakers
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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.
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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.
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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


Friday September 20, 2019 9:15am - 10:05am
Anoka 2

9:15am

Collaborate, Create, Inspire: Bringing the Community Together with Art and Music
Over the past three years we have hosted a bi-monthly open mic and art night at the Belle Plaine Library called “Loud at the Library”. During these events, community members can sign up to perform at our open mic. They can also display artwork for others to view. The goal of this event is to bring the community together for a night of music and art. We encourage an inclusive culture, diversity, and free expression. In this presentation we will outline the process we took for implementing an art and music night at the library. We will discuss the necessity of community collaboration, determining community needs, funding, and logistics. We will also share stories of how this event has brought people with diverse backgrounds together in a small town to share their love for music and art. The support the community has shown for one another has been inspirational.

Speakers
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Brittany Brown

Brittany Brown is the branch manager of the Jordan and Belle Plaine Libraries. She has held this position for three years. During this time she has gotten to know the community she serves and strives to find creative ways for the library to meet the needs of the community. She was... Read More →
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Maria Ricke

Maria grew up on a farm in Iowa, making art with whatever she could find. In 1999, she earned a BA in Peace Studies from the College of Saint Benedict/Saint John’s University. Following college, she completed a year of AmeriCorps volunteer service in Chicago. She now calls... Read More →
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Bekah Linn

Bekah is well known for her outgoing personality and stunning vocals. She has always had a passion for music and has performed in a variety of venues as a vocal artist. Her love for music motivated her to find a way to bring music and art to her community.
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Autumn and Pete Santovi

Autumn and Pete are a dynamic music duo. There is not much that Pete cannot do when it comes to instrumentals and rocking the sound equipment. Autumn is a master of composing original songs and belting out some amazing tunes. They have lived in Belle Plaine for many years. They are... Read More →


Friday September 20, 2019 9:15am - 10:05am
Owatonna 1

9:15am

Indigenous Representations: Evaluating Resources and Creating Partnerships
Come and learn about a partnership between the MN Department of Education's Office of Indian Education, State Library Services, children's literature experts, MLIS students, and tribal communities. This project--called Indigenous Representations--is a curated collection of outstanding children's books by and about Native people with emphasis on tribes from Minnesota. Librarians and educators can enhance their local collections and curriculum using the resource list this partnership created. During this session, you will receive resource recommendations across content areas and reading levels, gain practical insight in how to evaluate representation of American Indians in children's literature, and learn about opportunities to get involved in this project.

Speakers
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Hannah Buckland

Hannah Buckland works as a State Library Program Specialist with the Minnesota Department of Education.
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Dr. Sarah Park Dahlen

Sarah Park Dahlen is an associate professor in the MLIS Program at St. Catherine University. She co-founded and co-edits Research on Diversity in Youth Literature with Gabrielle Halko, co-edited Diversity in Youth Literature with Jamie Campbell Naidoo, and co-edited the Chil... Read More →
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McKayla Schafer

McKayla Schafer is a MLIS graduate student at St. Catherine’s University with a focus on school library media specialist. She received her BA in English Literature at Minnesota State University, Mankato in 2015. After completing her undergraduate degree, she volunteered with the... Read More →
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Meghan Crandall

Meghan Crandall has been teaching for eight years; five of those as a Media Specialist in both private and public schools. She received her undergraduate in Elementary Education from UW-River Falls. In December she will be graduating with her Masters in Library and Information Science... Read More →
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Robyn Westrem

Robyn Westrem is Upper School Librarian and Chair of the English Department at Minnehaha Academy. She has taught literature and writing classes, in addition to other elective courses like Introduction to Shakespeare and Speech Communications for grades 9 through 12. She is a writing... Read More →


Friday September 20, 2019 9:15am - 10:05am
Anoka 1

9:15am

Share Your Pain Points and Find Relief: Collaboration in Print Serials
Do you have a task you despise? Does it make you want to pack a swimsuit and hop on a plane to Maui? Does that task affect others? Come join us as we explore ways to use collaboration to come up with solutions and alleviate pain points. We will be using examples from print serials claiming, but the strategies we used can be applied in any library sphere.

Speakers
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Julie Rashid

Julie Rashid, MLIM, is the Manager of the Acquisitions and Rapid Cataloging unit at the University of Minnesota. She is responsible for providing leadership and management for the 10 member unit, contributing to the overall strategic planning and leadership of the department, and... Read More →
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Laurie Jedamus

Laurie Jedamus works in Collection Management & Preservation at the University of Minnesota Libraries. She has been contributing to University library systems for over 30 years, in locations ranging from Boulder, Colorado to the Twin Cities in Minnesota. She has worked collaboratively... Read More →


Friday September 20, 2019 9:15am - 10:05am
Winona 1

9:15am

Can't stop the reading! A DIY programming adventure
Academic Libraries: citation managers, journals, and… summer reading programs? Frontline staff at Wilson Library, the largest of 12 libraries on the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus, decided to take their love of reading to the next level by creating a summer reading program to engage with students and staff. Being on the frontlines of the library, we saw both the need for creating welcoming interactions, as well as promoting reading outside the contexts of required class material. This program has allowed us to reach out to the campus community and encourage them to utilize our collections and services. We will share what we have learned throughout the growth of our summer reading program, as well as inspire you to create your own program at your institution or library.

Speakers
avatar for Ashley Merrill

Ashley Merrill

Library Assistant 3, University of Minnesota
Ashley has worked in the University of Minnesota Libraries, both as a student employee and as full time staff for the past eight years. She is currently a Library Assistant in Wilson Library, acting primarily as a student supervisor. Here, she has a passion for working with students... Read More →
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Becky Adamski

Library Assistant, University of Minnesota
Becky Adamski is a Library Assistant at Wilson Library on the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus. She helps to monitor & maintain the collection through stacks management activities, coordinates the social media channels of Wilson Library, helps users at services points and... Read More →
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Lacie McMillin

Library Assistant, University of Minnesota Libraries
Lacie McMillin is a Library Assistant at Wilson Library on the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus. She co-coordinates Intro to Library Research sessions for first year writing classes, helps users at the Wilson service points and on QuestionPoint, provides support for a collaborative... Read More →



Friday September 20, 2019 9:15am - 10:05am
Chaska 1

9:15am

Engaging With Your Community: We're Doing All This Work For Them, We May As Well Talk With Them Too!
Connecting to your community is key to great service! Our whole purpose is to serve their information needs; but it can be challenging. In this session we will walk through tactics to accomplish two important goals: Getting to better know your community, and strategies to connect people to your stuff.

Speakers
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Mary Jordan

I am the Exec Director of the Central Minnesota Libraries Exchange multitype library system. In this job I help to provide training and advocacy for all types of libraries, including academic libraries; and I share information across libraries. I have worked in public, special, and... Read More →


Friday September 20, 2019 9:15am - 10:05am
Chaska 2

9:15am

Graphic Novels, and How to Make Them Pay!
Basic pruning and care for your graphic novel collection along with 15 hot new titles for adults, 15 hot new titles for teens, and 15 new educational and wholesome titles for kids, emphasizing authors and illustrators of color and GLBTQI communities.

Speakers
avatar for Amy Boese

Amy Boese

Prior Lake Manager, Scott County Library
My favorite thing about the annual conference is that it both reassures me that the struggles libraries face are universal, and challenges me to try new things and expand what our service encompasses. I also love new science fiction, fantasy and graphic novel book talks, and anything... Read More →
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Marcus Lowry

Marcus Lowry has been reading graphics across all genres and ages his whole career as a librarian, and translated that knowledge into service on the YALSA Great Graphics for Teens selection committee, and later taught graphic novels to library science students. Marcus Lowry had a... Read More →



Friday September 20, 2019 9:15am - 10:05am
Waconia 6

9:15am

Here to Help: The Trauma Sensitive Library at SPPL
As librarians, we encounter major societal issues in our buildings on a daily basis. They are issues that go beyond the traditional scope of library work to include poverty, homelessness, unattended youth, mental health conditions, and more. As people who want to help, bearing witness to these problems weighs heavily. In 2018 SPPL was awarded an LSTA grant that enabled us to hire a full time social worker through the Wilder Foundation. The Library Social Worker rotates though 4 libraries with a high need of such services in their communities and a high need for staff member support. Staff members also engaged in an intensive training component around trauma. As the project has grown and evolved, so have we as individuals and as an organization. Join us as we share what’s worked, what hasn’t worked, and where the project is going in the future.

Speakers
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Katrina Hartz Taylor

Public Service Manager, Saint Paul Public Library
Katrina Hartz Taylor, Public Services Manager for the Saint Paul Public Library, has worked in public libraries for over 16 years. Over the past 10 years, she’s managed library branches and partnered with a variety of organizations to connect library users with needed services... Read More →
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Ruby Rivera

Ruby Rivera is the Library Social Worker for the Saint Paul Public Libraries. She is contracted through the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation in St. Paul. She has worked with diverse populations in multiple settings, including substance abuse, education, and the social service field. She... Read More →


Friday September 20, 2019 9:15am - 10:05am
Waconia 5

9:15am

Make your program dreams come true with LSTA
If you have an idea for your library but lack the funds to bring it to life, this session is for you! Come and learn about projects that have received funding and how you can apply to have your own project funded for the 2020 grant round.

Speakers
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Jennifer Nelson

Jennifer R. Nelson has more than 30 years of experience in libraries, working in a number of different capacities at the Minneapolis Public and Hennepin County libraries. She takes an innovative approach to helping libraries serve their communities that resonates with changing environments... Read More →


Friday September 20, 2019 9:15am - 10:05am
Anoka 3

9:15am

Preserving the now: is our library history headed towards a digital graveyard?
Minnesota libraries have a rich history of the development of new programs and services. Pre-Internet, library staff published information about new endeavors in print journals and newsletters, which later become a part of our collections. Increasingly, today's communications about programs and services are only publicized via email, online newsletters, or on our websites with no guarantee that the information will be preserved for future researchers. Join us (MLA and Minitex staff) for a discussion of how we can begin the work to save the history of our libraries. What tools, resources, and training can we develop collaboratively that will allow us to archive our born-digital documents, statistics, and announcements? Members of the MLA digital preservation task force will also share the results of their work.

Speakers
avatar for Carol Nelson

Carol Nelson

Resource Sharing Manager, University of Minnesota/ Minitex
Carol Nelson has been working in Minitex Resource Sharing for over 30 years. Her current responsibilities include managing the University of Minnesota’s ILL Lending division (Documents to U), electronic delivery, and the Resource Sharing website.
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Sara Ring

Continuing Education Librarian, Minitex
Sara Ring is Continuing Education Librarian at Minitex. She also serves on the MLA LegWork Committee (Legislative Activities Committee) and leads the virtual legislative week activities each year.



Friday September 20, 2019 9:15am - 10:05am
Owatonna 3

10:30am

Featured Speaker: Resources that Engage
Searching for resources? Are you looking for new stories and compelling narratives that increase community engagement? The Minnesota Humanities Center’s (MHC) Absent Narratives Resource Collection contains award-winning videos, books, and resource guides that reflect the experiences, cultures, and perspectives of Minnesota’s increasingly diverse communities. Absent narratives bring into public life the stories and experiences of people and communities that are often left out or marginalized. Learn more about MHC’s Absent Narratives Approach™ and how to access resources for use in your libraries and communities.

Feature Speaker:

Speakers
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Eden Bart

Eden Bart is a program officer at the Minnesota Humanities Center. She’s worked on a wide range of projects since joining the Minnesota Humanities Center staff in 2003 and is currently in charge of the 1000+ educational resources collection. She has also served as a liaison to schools... Read More →


Friday September 20, 2019 10:30am - 11:20am
Waconia 5

10:30am

Hello, Universe, Hello, Asian American Children's and Young Adult Literature in Public Libraries
In 2018, Erin Entrada Kelly won the Newbery Medal for her novel Hello, Universe. This recognition of a Filipina American writer's book brings Asian American voices into the public eye. Celebrating authors with awards is just one aspect of reading and understanding the work of Asian American writers in children's publishing and public libraries, though. We trace the long history of Asian American youth literature, highlighting the social forces that create cultural meanings of Asian Americans. Our discussion covers stereotypes (perpetual foreigner, model minority, terrorist), representation (who gets to tell stories of individuals and communities, with an emphasis on the #OwnVoices and We Need Diverse Books movements), and the industries that make literature possible (publishing houses with their editorial staff, booksellers and distributors, libraries and librarians, etc.). We provide action steps for librarians and other educators to assess their collections, programming, and outreach to align with anti-racist social justice goals.

Speakers
avatar for Paul Lai

Paul Lai

Librarian, Ramsey County Library
Adult services librarian at Ramsey County Library in Shoreview, Minnesota. Talk to me about doggos!
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Sarah Park Dahlen

Sarah Park Dahlen is an associate professor in theMLIS Programat St. Catherine University. She co-founded and co-edits Research on Diversity in Youth Literature with Gabrielle Halko, co-edited Diversity in Youth Literature with Jamie Campbell Naidoo, and co-edited the Children’s... Read More →



Friday September 20, 2019 10:30am - 11:20am
Owatonna 2

10:30am

The Readmobile: Or how we learned to create sustainable outreach in a giant vehicle
Learn how Scott County Library is supporting the county vision of having every student reading at level by third grade through a mobile literacy programming that challenges library conventions and thrives on community partnerships. Readmobile tours available after the session.

Speakers
avatar for Ally Addison

Ally Addison

Learning & Outreach Specialist - Youth Services, Scott County Library
Ally Addison is a Learning & Outreach Specialist for Scott County Library. In addition to coordinating Readmobile programming, she works on youth services projects including summer programming, the Teen Advisory Board, designing weird games and/or art projects, and developing baby... Read More →
avatar for Lisa Pollard

Lisa Pollard

Learning & Outreach Manager, Scott County Library
Lisa Pollard is the Learning & Outreach Manager at the Scott County Library, where she has worked most of her 20+ library career. She received her undergraduate degree from Gustavus Adophus College and her MLIS from St Catherine's/Dominican University. She threw her very first Harry... Read More →
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Jamie Bachaus

Jamie Bachaus is the former Statewide Health Improvement Partnership Coordinator for Scott County Public Health. For over three years, she led the Scott County Community Leadership Team, a dynamic group of leaders representing a variety of sectors focused on partnering to improve... Read More →



Friday September 20, 2019 10:30am - 11:20am
Chaska 2

10:30am

We Haven't Broken the Library: Challenging Perceptions and Creating Access Through Eliminating Late Fines
On January 2nd, 2019, Saint Paul Public Library eliminated overdue fines on all materials, after a nine-month process of research, staff and community engagement, and policy decisions which restored borrowing privileges to 42,261 patrons. Join us as we share our story, the strategies we used, and the lessons we’ve learned.

Speakers
avatar for Gardner Brenneisen

Gardner Brenneisen

Library Clerk, Saint Paul Public Library
Gardner Brenneisen is a Library Customer Service Assistant (LCSA) at Saint Paul Public Library. He received his MLIS from St. Catherine University in 2018, and his bachelor's degree in theatre arts from the University of Minnesota Morris in 2015. At SPPL he is a member of the Reader's... Read More →
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Maureen Hartman

Maureen Hartman is the Deputy Director for Public Services with the Saint Paul Public Library. In this role she provides management and leadership support for strategy development, implementation and delivery of library services in 13 library branches and via outreach and engagement... Read More →


Friday September 20, 2019 10:30am - 11:20am
Waconia 6

10:30am

Secrets of the State Government Libraries
The Capitol Area Libraries Consortium (CALCO) librarians will explain how public, academic and school librarians can utilize our specialized collections and experienced staff. Librarians will leave with the knowledge that there are places to turn when faced with a difficult question related to Minnesota state government.

Speakers
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Karen Neinstadt

Karen Neinstadt is in her eleventh year at MnDOT Library as a Reference and Outreach Librarian, where she answers complex reference questions and plans events for marketing library services, in addition to representing the library at various meetings and conferences throughout the... Read More →
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Erica Nutzman

Head of Technical Services, Minnesota State Law Library
Erica is from St. Paul Minnesota and has been working in libraries for over 25 years. She received her MLS from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is currently the Head of Technical Services for the Minnesota State Law Library.
avatar for Elaine Settergren

Elaine Settergren

Reference Librarian, MN Legislative Reference Library
Elaine is a reference librarian at the Minnesota Legislative Reference Library (LRL). The LRL serves the Legislature and the citizens of Minnesota by assuring access to essential information resources that support the legislative process and promote the understanding of state gov... Read More →
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Leslie Hunter-Larson

Leslie Hunter-Larson is the librarian for the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA). She earned her Master of Library and Information Science from St. Catherine University and her B.A. in English from the University of Minnesota. Leslie has a broad range of experience that includes... Read More →



Friday September 20, 2019 10:30am - 11:20am
Anoka 3

10:30am

Census 2020: What Libraries Need to Know
In 2020, the Census will be conducted primarily online for the first time. Like past e-government efforts, this will likely impact libraries and libraries’ technology resources as staff work to assist people in participating in the Census. The 2020 Census also presents an opportunity to increase public awareness and use of Census data. Learn more about why the Census is important, key roles for libraries, and how libraries can advocate for a fair, accurate, and inclusive Census.

Speakers
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Jill Smith

Jill Smith is the director of the Bayport Public Library. She has 25 years of experience working in public libraries, working in various roles, from a shelver, to a circulation clerk, to a youth services librarian, and now in her current role as director. She believes passionately... Read More →
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Andrew Virden

Andrew Virden is the Director of Census Operations and Engagement since April 2018. In his role, Andrew’s work applies his knowledge of the Census, including recruiting and field operations, as well as experience community organizing to help ensure Minnesota gets an accurate... Read More →


Friday September 20, 2019 10:30am - 11:20am
Winona 1

10:30am

Every Book Its Reader: Promoting Recreational Reading Among College Students
In what ways can an academic library support recreational reading? How does fostering leisure reading align with the mission of an academic library? What are the challenges and rewards of working to promote recreational reading among college students? How do young adults' reading habits change as they move from high school to college and beyond? We will discuss these questions and more, and share strategies we have employed at our library to promote leisure reading, ranging from collection development to credit-bearing courses, displays, and events. In addition to discussing initiatives at our library, we'll encourage attendees to share experiences and initiatives from their own libraries. We hope attendees will come away from the session with practical strategies for promoting recreational reading among college students. The session will also appeal to librarians at any type of library who are interested in connecting readers with books.

Speakers
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Anna Hulseberg

Electronic Resources Librarian, Gustavus Adolphus College
Anna Hulseberg is a librarian at Gustavus Adolphus College, with responsibilities in reference and instruction, collection development, and e-resources management. She also teaches a partial-credit reading workshop course, in which students read and discuss books and reflect on the... Read More →
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Julie Gilbert

Julie Gilbert is a librarian at Gustavus Adolphus College, with responsibilities in reference and instruction, collection development, and community engagement. Julie’s interest in recreational reading grew out of a study she conducted in 2015 and published in College & Research... Read More →


Friday September 20, 2019 10:30am - 11:20am
Anoka 2

10:30am

Level Up Your Youth Services With YALSA's Transforming Teen Services Project
Have you heard about Connected Learning or Computational Thinking and don't know where or how to start? Come learn about how the national YALSA Transforming Teen Services program is addressing that -- what the program is, how it can help you serve your teen population, and how you can get involved!

Speakers
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Leah Larson

Leah administers the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grants and oversees statewide library projects benefiting youth, with a particular focus on grades 4-12. She especially supports the work of school media specialists, as she spent many years working as both a teacher... Read More →


Friday September 20, 2019 10:30am - 11:20am
Anoka 1

10:30am

Making radical cataloging everyday cataloging : incorporating EDI principles in your catalog
Library cataloging standards instruct us to be neutral, but our biases inevitably color our decisions. The classification structures we use are inextricably bound with the late nineteenth century ideas they were created to function within. While we can never create a neutral system, we must strive to make the frameworks we work within as equitable as possible. However, change in these systems seems to move at a glacial pace, and the revision process can seem complex and opaque. Attend this session to learn to identify harmful bias in catalogs and evaluate potential solutions on both a local and global scale. Participants will be empowered to advocate for the value of culturally-considerate cataloging and learn about ways to become involved in shaping classification for the benefit of library users around the world. Non-catalogers are especially welcome!

Speakers
avatar for Violet Fox

Violet Fox

Violet Fox is a cataloging and library metadata expert. Her research interests and publications center on the ethical dimensions of controlled vocabularies and best practices in library cataloging and classification. Violet was named a 2019 Mover & Shaker by Library Journal.
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kalan Knudson Davis

kalan Knudson Davis is an American Library Association (ALA) 2019 Emerging Leader sponsored by the Minnesota Library Association. kalan has worked in academic and research libraries throughout North Dakota and Minnesota since 2002. She currently works in the at the University of Minnesota... Read More →


Friday September 20, 2019 10:30am - 11:20am
Owatonna 1

10:30am

MnSpin: Minnesota music from Hennepin County Library
Just blocks from First Avenue, in the midst of Minnesota's vibrant music scene, Hennepin County Library has engaged the community and brought non-traditional users to our libraries through MnSpin--music from diverse Minnesota musicians covering many genres. MnSpin offers music different from Spotify or iTunes, as the platform is uniquely Minnesotan. Submitted songs are curated by local music experts and library staff and albums can be downloaded or streamed. As an added value, we offer financial support to artists by paying them for their work. MnSpin is currently in our third season, with over 125 artists on our roster. We will be adding up to 100 albums this year, from a record number of 396 submissions. In this session, we'll discuss originating the project, forming a team, working with our vendor, reaching out to musicians, conducting community engagement, selecting curators and even applying for a trademark.

Speakers
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Jeff Radford

Jeff Radford is an Art/Music/Literature librarian with Hennepin County Library. He wrote the proposal for MnSpin and helped spearhead the project through its initial phases. Currently he works as community engagement coordinator and artist liaison on the MnSpin team.
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Aaron Lundholm

Hennepin County Library
Aaron Lundholm is a librarian, a Patron Experience Supervisor for Hennepin County's Northeast Library and Project Manager for MnSpin.
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Ehsan Alam

Ehsan Alam is a librarian with Hennepin County Library. He works in community engagement on the MnSpin team.


Friday September 20, 2019 10:30am - 11:20am
Chaska 1

11:35am

Lunch and Keynote: Civic Engagement and Voting
As Minnesota’s chief elections administrator, Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon pledged in his inaugural address to “work with anyone, of any political affiliation, from any part of our state” to protect, defend, and strengthen the right to vote in Minnesota. Join our Friday Keynote speaker to learn more about the importance of civic engagement and voting in the state, and how Minnesota libraries can support this important work. (working title)

Speakers
avatar for Secretary of State Steve Simon

Secretary of State Steve Simon

Steve Simon is Minnesota’s 22nd Secretary of State. He was sworn into office on January 5, 2015, and as Minnesota’s chief elections administrator pledged in his inaugural address to “work with anyone, of any political affiliation, from any part of our state” to protect, defend... Read More →


Friday September 20, 2019 11:35am - 1:00pm
Waconia 1234

1:00pm

Public Library Division Business Meeting
Meet and network with library staff who work in and advocate for public libraries in Minnesota. Forge connections, share ideas, and build a support network with and among like-minded colleagues who are focused on how public libraries serve their communities and support their staff and allies.

Speakers
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Julia Carlis

As Branch Manager for the Pleasant Hill Library in Hastings, Julia works with her team, the library system, and partner organizations to provide responsive and engaging services, programs, and experiences to everyone in the community. She believes that sharing with and learning from... Read More →


Friday September 20, 2019 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Waconia 6

1:00pm

ARLD Division Meeting and Poster Session
Current Academic and Research Library Division (ARLD) members (along with anyone interested in learning more about our organization) are invited to the ARLD Division Meeting. There will be a short business meeting followed by a dazzling (and informative) poster session. ARLD bingo (with prizes) will be making a return.

Follow along with the presentation slides here: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/18cCOiIvKplDZw946OnmQqHqNwZz1R-IZfYqToazMrJo/edit#slide=id.p  

Speakers
avatar for Amy Mars

Amy Mars

Librarian, Saint Catherine University
Amy is a Research & Instruction Librarian at St. Kate's Library. With her colleagues, she delivers information literacy instruction to students in the CORE, including The Reflective Woman classes. She also serves as the librarian for the humanities which includes providing students... Read More →



Friday September 20, 2019 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Waconia 5

2:00pm

Recalibrating for Stronger Leadership
Since 2015, approximately 10,000 Baby Boomers turn 65 every day, and this rate is projected to continue for the next 15+ years. This means that by 2030, one in five Americans will be 65 and older. The Office of Employment Projections at the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that between 2015 and 2024, the average large company in the US will see between a 30-40% reduction in the general workforce simply due to retirements alone (2009). These impending projected retirements, coupled with the much smaller Gen Xers cohort, is set to create a significant number of leadership opportunities. The oldest Millennials turned 36 years old in 2018, and overall, Millennials will comprise 50% of the workforce by 2020. Since the bulk of the Millennial generation is early career or has yet to enter the work force, the potential exists for Millennials to fill management and leadership positions in the academic libraries. But who are the Millennials and what are their leadership perceptions and how do they compare to Gen X and Boomers? -- come find out!

Speakers
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Dr. Jolie Graybill

Jolie Graybill joined Minitex in September 2014 as Assistant Director for Digital Initiatives & Metadata Education. Prior to joining Minitex, she served the UNL Libraries in two different positions: Multicultural Services Librarian, and Image & Multimedia Collections Coordinator and... Read More →


Friday September 20, 2019 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Owatonna 2

2:00pm

"When is your next appointment?" Allowing book borrowers to set their own due dates
The Minneapolis VA Medical Center contains a small book lending library for patients and their family members visiting the hospital. This library is made up of books on various health care topics. A new librarian overseeing this book collection decided to scrap the old three-week loan period, instead letting the borrowers decide for themselves when they wanted to bring the books back. The borrowers often chose the date of their next appointment as the due date. The librarian began tracking these loans, and a case study was born. Tracking continued for more than eight months. Some interesting patterns emerged in the returning (or not returning) of the books that the librarian would not have expected or guessed at, without the benefit of this study.

Speakers
avatar for Thomas Keeler

Thomas Keeler

Librarian, VA Medical Center
Thomas Keeler is a patient education librarian at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center. He also has experience in academic libraries and other cultural organizations, as well as a background in public affairs. He graduated with an MLIS from St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minn... Read More →


Friday September 20, 2019 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Waconia 5

2:00pm

Comedy in Your Community: How Hennepin County Library Learned to LOL
Comedian Brandi Brown and Hennepin County Library staff will discuss their collaboration to host a trio of accessible after-hours comedy shows. We will explore ways that libraries can engage with comedy, an art form that addresses difficult topics while uniting people through laughter. Comedy in Your Community was a segment within "Laughing Matters", a Legacy-funded humor series. Each show featured local stand-ups from traditionally marginalized groups and humorous interviews with library staff. Learn how HCL was led to increase accessibility by offering features like live captioning and variable seating. Gain insight into ways to build ties with comedians while cultivating new relationships with library users. Hear about the benefits and challenges of offering after-hours comedy in free and sober public library spaces. Be inspired to design humor-based projects for your library.

Speakers
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Ben Brown

Ben Brown is an IT Support Analyst at the Hennepin County Library IT Help Desk. He does technical support for the staff of all 41 libraries in the Hennepin County System. Ben is part of the team that manages over 3000 computers as well as other networked equipment and the systems... Read More →
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Christine Schmidt

Christine Schmidt is a Library Specialist at the Walker branch of Hennepin County Library. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English Education from St. Olaf College and an Associate of Science degree in Library Information Technology from Minneapolis Technical & Community College. She... Read More →
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Natalie Hart

Natalie Hart has been a public librarian for over 25 years. She is the Adult Services Librarian at Hennepin County Library – Sumner branch, located in North Minneapolis. She heads up the Humor Team and is active with the Social Justice in Libraries Community of Practice at... Read More →
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Brandi Brown

Comic and writer Brandi Brown is currently the co-host of the podcast "Bill Corbett's Funhouse." Brandi regularly hosts at Minneapolis' Acme Comedy Company. She has toured with Jim Norton and opened for comics including: Maria Bamford, Joe Mande, Vanessa Bayer, Hannibal Buress and... Read More →


Friday September 20, 2019 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Anoka 3

2:00pm

Strengthening Libraries, Librarians, and the Profession through the Fulbright Specialist Program
Many people are aware of semester- and year-long Fulbright Research Grants, but did you know there are shorter Fulbright opportunities available to librarians through the Fulbright Specialist Program? These experiences strengthen librarians and organizations abroad and domestically by using travel to foster professional relationships across cultures. This presentation by a current member of the Fulbright Specialist Roster will discuss the Fulbright Specialist Program, providing information about the application process and what it means to be admitted to the program. It will offer experience-based tips for applying for the roster, applying for opportunities once selected for the roster, and preparing for work abroad, if selected. Finally, the presentation will close with a summary of how she was asked to help strengthen India’s libraries during her time there and how this experience strengthened her professional muscles—and required her to also enhance her professional flexibility.

Speakers
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Jennifer Turner

When she isn't traveling to India or Australia to learn about international libraries (so, most of the time), Jenny Turner serves as Instructional Services Librarian at Minnesota State University, Mankato. In Spring 2019, she took a sabbatical from her normal duties providing, promoting... Read More →


Friday September 20, 2019 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Anoka 2

2:00pm

The Perfect Mousetrap - using Lean methods to refine library service referral processes
Lean principles are not frequently applied within libraries. Lean methodology, for the purpose of our work, meant: “creating maximum value for the end user at the lowest total cost with respect for all people.” The presenting librarians were selected for a 6-month Lean methods training. We led a cross-disciplinary team that conducted an in-depth study of the referral processes for academic skills interventions. Using Lean methods to guide the exploration, we surveyed more than 175 staff, including: advisors, enrollment counselors, library staff, writing coaches, tutors, et. alia. Through surveys and focus groups, we found that a surprising number of extra-library staff were both: 1) receiving library questions and 2) confused about library services. Our counter-measures consolidated 30+ referral service pathways into one form. Now, all student-facing teams can follow the same inter-referral processes. This presentation will cover: the Lean investigation, the presentation of the solutions, and the pilot launch.

Speakers
avatar for Erika Bennett

Erika Bennett

Supervisor, Curriculum & Instruction Team, Capella University Library



Friday September 20, 2019 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Anoka 1

2:00pm

Plant a Seed, Grow Food Access: Rochester Public Library's Collaborative Seed Library
"Stronger Together" describes the community-wide partnerships that make the Seed Library at Rochester Public Library (RPL) a success. It could not be done without the passion and expertise of all the partners. What started as a program proposal to RPL by Kelly Rae Kirkpatrick of the Plant a seed. initiative and Heidi Kass of the Backyard Bounty Urban Homesteaders Meetup, turned into a free, educational, skill-based, and culturally aware project for our community. In this presentation, we will recount pulling together the Southeast Region University of Minnesota Extension Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP-Ed), the History Center of Olmsted County, and University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardeners of Olmsted County to make the Seed Library possible. We will review the process that went into creating the Seed Library including making sure the 9,000+ packets of seeds offered reflected the diverse cultural diets of our area. We will also cover our funding mechanisms and the cataloging, marketing, classes, and outreach we are doing to provide resources, educate, and inspire participants to grow their own food. Lessons learned regarding processing costs, time, and sustainability of the project will also be shared.

Speakers
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Keri Ostby

With sixteen years of library experience, Keri Ostby has spent the last seven years as Head of Technical Services for Rochester Public Library (winner of the 2018 National Medal for Library Service). Keri’s role throughout the Seed Library project has focused on managing partnerships... Read More →
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Kelly Rae Kirkpatrick

Kelly created the Plant a seed. initiative to educate and inspire her community to better understand the food system. Food security is a growing concern globally, and Rochester, Minnesota has nearly doubled its food deserts since 2010. Through agency partnerships, Kelly plants seeds... Read More →
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Heidi Kass

Heidi Kass is a long-time Rochester resident and avid gardener. In 2017, Heidi established a community-wide group for people interested in learning about urban homesteading and self-sufficiency. Starting a seed library in Rochester was their first community outreach project. She teaches... Read More →
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Judy Goldsmith

Judy Goldsmith’s career spans 34 years at Rochester Public Library (winner of the 2018 National Medal). As a member of the Technical Services staff at RPL, Judy created cataloging records for the Seed Library. An avid gardener and member of the local garden club, Judy utilizes... Read More →


Friday September 20, 2019 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Owatonna 3

2:00pm

40 in 50 Fiction Book Blast
Join the Reader's Advisory Round Table as we bring you reviews of 40 books in 50 minutes! Topics include "The Great British Baking Show Read-Arounds," biographical fiction, diverse picture books, and more.

Speakers
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Jean Silverberg

Librarian, Dakota County Library
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Deborah Bifulk

Librarian, Dakota County Library
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Anna Haase Krueger

Anna Haase Krueger is a children's librarian, picture book reviewer for School Library Journal, and an active participant in ALSC. Anna was active in the library blogging community for many years, but lately she has been too distracted by the small new human living in her home. Anna... Read More →
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Katie Polley

Katie Polley is the teen librarian at the West St Paul library. She enjoys reading books, petting her dogs, and wearing fancy shoes.



Friday September 20, 2019 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Waconia 6

2:00pm

Goodbye Reading Logs!-A New Way to Do Summer Reading
A step-by-step look at how we revamped our Summer Reading Program to focus on community engagement and investment in the library. Through community check-out goals and voting for materials to be added to the collection, we reached new users and eliminated reading logs, tracking cards and trinket prizes.

Speakers
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Jenny Trushenski

Jenny Trushenski is the Martin County Library Director, a four-branch library system in rural south central MN with a population of 20,000.
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Amber Sternitzke

Martin County Library
Amber Sternitzke is the Martin County Children's Librarian, a four-branch library system in rural south central MN with a population of 20,000.



Friday September 20, 2019 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Winona 1

2:00pm

Extending Knowledge: Digging Deeper Into Google Extensions
Google Extensions, for use with Chromebooks and the Chrome browser, are part of a rising trend. Schools and libraries are turning more toward Google for Education and Chromebooks as tech tools. Extensions are not particularly well-known and their numbers are constantly growing. This presentation will help attendees understand what an extension is and where to begin. Additionally, the presentation will demonstrate many different extensions and discuss how they can be used and which might benefit various users the most. While not required, attendees are welcome to bring their own device to follow along.

Speakers
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Olivia Moris

Olivia is a librarian with a love for teaching information literacy. She works with Metronet as the Program Manager for the Metronet Information Literacy Initiative. She has worked in public and academic libraries before finding her groove as a librarian who helps other librarian... Read More →


Friday September 20, 2019 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Owatonna 1

2:00pm

From App Smarts to Smart Apps: Navigating the World of Learning Apps
Projections show there will be more than 5 million apps available by 2020. With a commitment to bridging the digital divide, how can librarians navigate this overwhelming world of digital content to provide relevant and appropriate educational apps for their patrons? Join us for a special presentation by Playaway Products to learn what resources and tools exist to review children's apps, as well as guidelines for selecting high quality apps, including an App Evaluation Rubric. Get recommendations for the best children's educational app developers and see how your library can help close the app gap in underserved communities, even in areas with low Internet connectivity.

Speakers
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Cassy Baskin

Content Curation Strategist, Playaway
Cassy Baskin is Playaway's Content Curation Strategist. For the last 3 years, Cassy has overseen all content for Launchpad with a focus on acquiring and curating the best apps, activities, and videos to enhance development and education. Cassy is the app guru at Playaway.
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Julie Dorn

Materials Selection Manager, Dakota County Library
Julie Dorn is the Selection Manager at Dakota County Library in Minnesota. She is responsible for selecting all youth materials and popular media for a nine-branch system. She also assists with inventories, evaluates data to right-size the collection and encourages a system-wide view... Read More →



Friday September 20, 2019 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Chaska 2

2:50pm

Beverage Break
Friday September 20, 2019 2:50pm - 3:05pm
Minnetonka Ballroom

3:20pm

Assumed Safe: Library Employee Perceptions and Safety Concerns Regarding Potential Workplace Violence
This program will discuss the perceptions and safety concerns of library employees regarding potential workplace violence. While issues regarding high-risk occupations, such as policing, have been identified and studied, there is a current lack of knowledge regarding environments - such as libraries - that are often considered, or assumed to be, low-risk for potential workplace violence incidents. The program will provide insight into how library employees' mental health may be impacted when working in these types of assumed low-risk environments, based on original research conducted by the program presenter.

Speakers
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Dr. Amy Helfritz

Dr. Amy Helfritz is the owner of Controlling Chaos, LLC, which provides coaching and consulting services regarding mental health in the workplace. Her doctorate is in Psychology with a focus on Organizational Leadership, specializing in Criminology and Justice Studies, and her master's... Read More →


Friday September 20, 2019 3:20pm - 4:10pm
Anoka 1

3:20pm

Fighting Childhood Food Insecurity @ Your Library
As community hubs, libraries are ideal partners to address childhood hunger year-round. This session will provide a brief overview of out-of-school time meal programs. A panel of librarians who work with mealtime programs, both Metro and Greater Minnesota, will share their experiences. There will be time for Q & A.

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Sarah Kroning

Circulation Supervisor at Dakota County Library, Wentworth branch in West St. Paul.Sarah manages fifteen circulation staff members, and works to provide easy access to library materials and excellent customer service to all DCL patrons. She has been active in library programming for... Read More →
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Leah Larson

Leah administers the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grants and oversees statewide library projects benefiting youth, with a particular focus on grades 4-12. She especially supports the work of school media specialists, as she spent many years working as both a teacher... Read More →
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Jenny Butcher

Jenny Butcher is Lead for Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and At-Risk Afterschool Meals Outreach at the Minnesota Department of Education, Community Nutrition Programs. She conducts outreach and provides technical assistance to expand these child nutrition programs statewide to... Read More →
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Jenna Kahly

Program Coordinator, Lake Agassiz Regional Library
Youth Services, Legacy Programming, Marketing
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Kate Buechler

Kate Buechler is currently a Patron Services Librarian for Great River Regional Library. Since receiving her MLIS from St. Kate's in 2013, she has also been an independent bookseller at Red Balloon Bookshop and a Youth Services Librarian in Clinton, Iowa, but none of those will ever... Read More →


Friday September 20, 2019 3:20pm - 4:10pm
Owatonna 2

3:20pm

Become an Intellectual Freedom Fighter for Your Library
Librarians are intellectual freedom fighters championing patron's privacy, stopping censorship, promoting freedom of the press, and preventing the banning of books. Find out ways to improve intellectual freedom in your own library, such as learning how to deal with challenges to materials in your collections, thoughtful data collecting that doesn't infringe on patron privacy, stopping self-censorship in libraries, and more! Also, think of ways to promote a library community where intellectual freedom is valued and protected. Become the library superhero you were meant to be!

Speakers
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Heather Biedermann

Head Librarian, South Central College, North Mankato
Heather Biedermann fights for intellectual freedom every day as a librarian at South Central College in North Mankato. She also hosts a live online radio show/podcast called "Liberty Librarian" that discusses intellectual freedom news, libraries, authors, and independent thinkers... Read More →


Friday September 20, 2019 3:20pm - 4:10pm
Anoka 2

3:20pm

For a strong profession: Development opportunities across the state
Professional development helps library staff to grow in their careers, and to better serve their patrons and researchers. And opportunities abound in Minnesota! This session will officially launch a new statewide professional development website, organized by a collaborative called the Library Professional Development Network (LPDN). Join us to learn more about what development is available, to hear from organizations that provide it across the state, to make connections with others, and to inform future opportunities. The LPDN includes representation from library organizations in Minnesota that provide professional development. We’ll talk about the work we’ve done to increase cross-organizational awareness, about our goal to provide greater clarity to library staff in what training is available in the state, and about strategies to respond to gaps that may exist.

Speakers
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Matt Lee

Associate Director at Minitex
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Jen Nelson

State Librarian, Minnesota Department of Education
State Librarian
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Ann Walker Smalley

Ann Walker Smalley is Director of Metronet and past chair of the MLA LegWork Committee.
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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 3:20pm - 4:10pm
Owatonna 1

3:20pm

Community Embedded Library Service: A Hennepin County Library Initiative
Learn how Hennepin County Library extends programs and services directly into communities through Community-Embedded Library Service (CELS). The model seeks collective impact and looks for key partnership opportunities, including partnerships with other Hennepin County or nonprofit organization initiatives, and develops strategies around assets in the community. Hear about current work with the Latino community in Bloomington/Richfield, with the Native American community in the American Indian Cultural Corridor in Minneapolis and the East African community in Cedar Riverside.

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Karina Kelton

Karina Kelton is the Community Liaison with the CELS project at the Oxboro Library that serves the Latino Community. Karina has strong roots and deep knowledge of the Latino community in the Twin Cities. She has lived in Mexico and understands the values and needs of immigrants who... Read More →
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Mary Dubbs

Youth Services Librarian, Hennepin County Library
Mary Dubbs is the Community Embedded Librarian with the Oxboro Library CELS project that serves the Latino community. She has lived and volunteered in Latin America, and worked with the Latino community in Oakland, CA before moving home to Minnesota. Her background is in children’s... Read More →
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Abshir Omar

Abshir Omar is the Community Liaison for CELS project team at Cedar Riverside Opportunity Center. Cedar Riverside resides large Somali community. Abshir was born in Somalia and moved to Minnesota in the mid- 1990’s. He attended middle school, high school, and college in Minnesota... Read More →
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Allison Waukau

Allison Waukau is Navajo and Menominee and the Community Liaison for the Franklin Library CELS project with a concentration in the Native community of Minneapolis. She has extensive experience working within Native communities on and off the reservation in areas of education, youth... Read More →
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Becky Wolf

Becky Wolf is a librarian focused on building relationships, connecting people to resources, and empowering people through access to information. Actively working towards reconciliation efforts within libraries, she works closely with the Native community to develop library services... Read More →
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Sara Zettervall

Whole Person Librarianship
Sara Zettervall is the Community Embedded Librarian for Hennepin County Library at the Cedar Riverside Opportunity Center, a collaboration of library, city, county, college, and nonprofit partners in Minneapolis. Alongside the HCL Somali Community Liaison, she supports the education... Read More →
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Sarah Garbis

Sarah Garbis is the Service Manager for the Hennepin County Library Community Embedded Library Service initiative. Sarah leads programs, partnerships, and community engagement for the three communities in the library’s CELS initiative. Sarah also manages HCL’s presence... Read More →


Friday September 20, 2019 3:20pm - 4:10pm
Waconia 5

3:20pm

Use of Usage Data
When managing electronic resources, we work in constructive ways to gather and record data that reflects our patrons’ interests and patterns of use. This session will explore how we can interpret this usage data to support collection development decisions.  We will ask the questions, “How do we effectively use the information that we have gathered about usage?" What are the possible outcomes of measuring use?  Some of these outcomes are relatively straightforward, such as supporting renewal decisions. Others lead in new directions, such as identifying subjects for further growth and development in our collections. The context for this presentation is a medium sized academic library that supports a curriculum with a broad range of subject areas.

Speakers
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Joe Holtermann

Joe Holtermann is currently a Collection Development & Acquisitions Librarian at Minnesota State University, Mankato.


Friday September 20, 2019 3:20pm - 4:10pm
Owatonna 3

3:20pm

Fun & Fitness @ Your Library
With information from Let's Move in Libraries, Cannon Falls Library launched a weekly fitness program in the fall of 2018 to fill the gap in it's community's needs for accessible and free or affordable fitness opportunities. Nicole Miller will talk about the pitfalls, lessons, and triumphs of finding affordable instructors, getting certified in group fitness instruction, and developing weekly and fresh classes to build a devoted group of regular attendees in her Fit Fridays programs.

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Nicole Miller

Nicole Miller is the Director of the Cannon Falls Library and a certified group fitness instructor. She is a long-time fitness devotee and former gymnastics coach. She always looks for new ways to engage the community and share valuable information, and thought fitness seemed like... Read More →


Friday September 20, 2019 3:20pm - 4:10pm
Anoka 3

3:30pm

Friday pickup for Silent Auction
Friday September 20, 2019 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Minnetonka Ballroom