Welcome to the 2016 MLA Annual Conference! MLA looks forward to celebrating its 125th Anniversary with you.
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Friday, September 30 • 1:45pm - 2:45pm
LSTA Grantee Panel: Meeting Emerging Community Needs through LSTA

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Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grants are available through State Library Services to assist many types of libraries from across Minnesota in addressing emerging community needs. In this session, recent LSTA recipients will share how they recognized a need in their community and developed a project to respond to the need. Panelists will also share their experiences with administering their grant projects and highlight project milestones from conception through completion. Learn best practices for identifying and demonstrating a need in your community, and crafting a plan that meets both the organizational and primary audience needs. The session will also include an overview of Minnesota's LSTA plan and World's Best Workforce legislation, which shape the types of projects we are able to support.


Paul Ericsson, Branch Manager, Carver County Library

Paul manages the Waconia, Watertown and Norwood Young America branches. Paul is also the administrative liaison for the Youth Services Team and a passionate champion for early literacy. Prior to working for the Carver County Library, Paul was the Branch Manager of the Bemidji Public... Read More →

Mary Lukkarila, Director, Cloquet Public Library

Mary Lukkarila became the director of the Cloquet Public Library in 1983.  Many changes have occurred in the delivery of library service to the public during her tenure.  She has observed that one of the most important ways to deliver library service has remained constant (with... Read More →

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 →

Friday September 30, 2016 1:45pm - 2:45pm CDT
Gooseberry Falls Room 2