Welcome to the 2016 MLA Annual Conference! MLA looks forward to celebrating its 125th Anniversary with you.
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Friday, September 30 • 8:50am - 9:50am
A Conversation about Collections

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Libraries are very much defined by their collections, but opportunities for professional development and collaboration for the staff who build these collections are relatively limited. This session will give collection development staff and stakeholders the opportunity to discuss a variety of issues in building modern collections and develop solutions that can be implemented in their work as well as develop an enhanced network of local colleagues and potential avenues for future collaboration. Proposed topics include: community demographics, diversity in collections, managing 21st century collections, career planning and managing organizational transition.  We envision this session to be a facilitated, structured conversation about issues surrounding materials selection today rather than a formal presentation.


Jessica Zillhart, Selection Librarian, Anoka County Library

Jessica selects materials for youth and teens at Anoka County Library. She got her start in selection as a Collection Development Specialist at Mackin Educational Resources and is now broadening her horizons as a member of the 2016 DPLA Content Curation Corps.

Katy Schulz, Materials Selection Librarian, Saint Paul Public Library

Katy selects materials for youth and teens at Saint Paul Public Library. She started her career in libraries in 1999 as an Americorps*VISTA at SPPL and never looked back.

Friday September 30, 2016 8:50am - 9:50am CDT
Gooseberry Falls Room 3