Welcome to the 2016 MLA Annual Conference! MLA looks forward to celebrating its 125th Anniversary with you.
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Friday, September 30 • 10:55am - 11:55am
State Public Library Funding: Fun & Facts

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Public library funding seems easy enough to understand - mostly local tax dollars. Right? That's not quite the whole story. Knowing more about state programs for public library funding in MN can help you better understand your library organization and inform your advocacy efforts. So if you've ever wondered:
  • How does regional public system funding work?  
  • What is RLBSS? And why is "The Formula" such a big deal? 
  • How are Legacy dollars distributed and put to use?
  • How does the RLTA program help keep staff and public computers connected? 
...or didn't know these were things to know, then, this is the session for you.  It's loaded with facts and more than enough fun to keep your eyes from glazing over. 


Ken Behringer, Executive Director, Metropolitan Library Service Agency

Ken Behringer is Executive Director of MELSA. He has also served as Director of the Dakota County Library and Great River Regional Library, as well as Executive Director of the MnLINK Project.

Karen Pundsack, Executive Director, Great River Regional Library

Karen has worked at Great River Regional Library since 1999, first as a branch manager in Sauk Centre and later in Albany. She moved into administration in 2009 and was appointed as Executive Director in May 2015.  Karen has a bachelor's degree in mass communication from St. Cloud... Read More →

Kathleen James, Youth Services & Project Manager, MELSA

Kathleen James is the Youth Services & Project Manager at MELSA.

Peg Werner, Director, Viking Library System

Peg Werner is the Director of the Viking Library System (VLS). 

Friday September 30, 2016 10:55am - 11:55am CDT
Lake Superior Ballroom L