Welcome to the 2016 MLA Annual Conference! MLA looks forward to celebrating its 125th Anniversary with you.
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Thursday, September 29 • 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Pop-up Library Services: Hennepin County Library service to Cedar Riverside

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Hennepin County Library has a new innovative project in the vibrant, diverse Cedar Riverside neighborhood of Minneapolis, where more than one-third of residents come from another country, lack a high school degree, and live below the poverty line. Funded from the Minnesota Department of Education through the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), staff with strong ties to the East African community in Cedar-Riverside have connected residents and organizations to library services; including employment, legal and continuing education resources. Work has included providing Pop-up in partnership with local community organizations. Participants will learn about the next level of community engagement and ways libraries can extend beyond their walls.


Ruqia Abdi, Cultural Liaision, Hennepin County Library

Ruqia Abdi is a Cultural Liaison at Hennepin County Library. She has an extensive experience in working with immigrant population of East Africa. As a teenager, Ruqia started to work for the United Nations Operation in Somalia in 1994 as translator. She arrived in the US 2000 and... Read More →

Chip Gehring, Librarian, Hennepin County Library

Chip Gehring is an Adult and Teen Services Librarian at the Hosmer Library in South Minneapolis, and was the project manager for Hennepin County's LSTA grant to serve the Cedar Riverside neighborhood.  Chip brings innovation to community centered library services. 

Kelly Stade, Library Services Manager, Hennepin County Library

Kelly Stade is a Library Services Manager at Hennepin County Library.  Her background includes ten years of experience in public libraries, working to embed the mission of the library into communities. Kelly Stade is an Administrative Manager at Hennepin County Library.  Her background... Read More →

Thursday September 29, 2016 1:45pm - 2:45pm CDT
Gooseberry Falls Room 3