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
ConnectED Library Challenge in Minnesota

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Putting library cards in the hands of kids pays dividends to public libraries, schools and students. Over the last year, three of Minnesota's public libraries accepted the White House ConnectEd Library Challenge to give every student a library card. ConnectEd supports student learning by providing with wide access to library programs and resources, including rich, digital content, through school partnerships with libraries. At the same time, a 2015 change in Minnesota statutes created a new opportunity for libraries and schools to share information to ease the process. Join colleagues from Ramsey County, Hennepin County and Saint Paul public libraries and learn about their successful projects as part of the challenge. State Library Services staff will also be on hand to provide information about working with schools around student data. Together, we can help to close the academic achievement gap by providing ready access to library resources to all students.


Katherine Debertin, Youth Programs and Services Manager, Hennepin County Library

Katherine Debertin earned her MLIS from Dominican University at St. Kate's in 2003, and joined Hennepin County Library as a youth services librarian in 2004.  She focused her work around building partnerships with educators, youth workers, and nonprofit organizations as a way to... Read More →

Marcus Lowry, Teen Librarian, Ramsey County Library

Marcus is the former chair of Great Graphic Novels for Teens, Amazing Audiobooks, and Intellectual Freedom committees for YALSA.  His focus is on outreach with marginalized youth as well and creating interesting Makerspaces.  He is delighted to be back to the north shore talking... Read More →

Marika Staloch, Youth Services Coordinator, Saint Paul Public Library

Marika’s passion for social justice got her involved in building a homework center at the Saint Paul Public Library in 2001. Since then she worked as a girls' engineering camp director; a library associate; an English teacher; and is now the Youth Services Coordinator at the Saint... Read More →

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