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
It's All About Relationships: Build Your Best Diversity Outreach

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Outreach to racially and ethnically diverse communities has always been part of librarianship, but in recent times has been moving from the periphery to the very core of what we do. As more librarians learn the basics of social justice and community engagement, we need to push for ever-deeper, collaborative relationships with our patrons. This session convenes librarians who already have some knowledge of the role of equity and diversity in librarianship and are ready to act on that knowledge. Our panel features leaders from diverse communities, community partners, and librarians who will share how they build relationships to serve community needs. Come prepared to generate questions for further discussion so that we can continue the conversation at this conference and beyond.


Sara Zettervall, Librarian, Hennepin County Library, Nokomis

Sara Zettervall is the Adult Services Librarian at Hennepin County Library's Nokomis branch in South Minneapolis. She has been with HCL for two years and for most of that time split her position between Nokomis and Community Connections, a division that supports community engagement... Read More →


Makeda Zulu-Gillespie, Director of Community Outreach, University of Minnesota Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Ce

Makeda Zulu-Gillespie is the Director of Community Outreach at the University of Minnesota's Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC) in North Minneapolis. At UROC, she works to establish alliances between the University and the Northside community. She coordinates the... Read More →

Barb Fabre, Administrator, Child Care & Early Childhood Program, White Earth Reservation

Barb Fabre is an enrolled member of the Ojibwe Nation in Minnesota. She has worked for the White Earth Reservation for 27 years, most recently as Administrator for the Tribe’s Child Care & Early Childhood Program. Barb is co-founder of the Communities Collaborative Brain Development... Read More →

Karen Cadigan, PhD, Screen@3 Director, Bloomington-Richfield Public Schools

Dr. Karen Cadigan is an education innovator focused on improving the lives and outcomes of at-risk young children and their families. Karen currently works on Bloomington-Richfield Public Schools team where she leads the Greater Twin Cities United Way-funded Screen@3 outreach project... Read More →

Natalie Hart, Librarian, Hennepin County Library, Sumner

Natalie Hart has been the Adult Services Librarian at Hennepin County Library's Sumner branch in North Minneapolis since 2009. Before that she worked in the fee-based research division of Minneapolis Public Library's INFORM Research Services. Natalie is passionate about connecting... Read More →

Thursday September 29, 2016 1:45pm - 2:45pm CDT
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