Welcome to the 2016 MLA Annual Conference! MLA looks forward to celebrating its 125th Anniversary with you.
Friday, September 30 • 3:50pm - 4:50pm
Big Questions: Creating and Sustaining a Library Discussion Series

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What are your patrons talking about? Your library can facilitate conversations that matter to them. Since 2008 Briggs Library has offered a campus/community discussion series called Asking the Big Questions where a range of important topics are explored. Experts from the campus or community are enlisted to give a brief overview of the subject matter before general discussion. Examples of past discussions include: climate change, trigger warnings, artificial intelligence, feminism, beauty, immigration, gun violence, GLBT issues, Native Americans and Minnesota, religion, political advertising, memes, and racial justice. Briggs Library regularly partners with other disciplines and provides refreshments. In this session participants will learn how to create their own discussion series, plan for future topics, collaborate with other stakeholders, and publicize events in creative ways


LeAnn Dean, Library Director, Briggs Library, University of Minnesota Morris

LeAnn Dean has worked in libraries for over 50 years, including school, special, public and academic libraries. In addition to serving as Director at Briggs Library, she enjoys participating in many of day to date operations of the library, serving as a back-up in various library... Read More →

Peter Bremer, Reference Coordinator, Briggs Library, University of Minnesota Morris

Peter Bremer has been the Reference Coordinator at Briggs Library since 2004. His responsibilities include managing reference services, database subscriptions, website maintenance, as well as outreach activities including Librarian on the Loose, genealogy assistance and other community... Read More →

Friday September 30, 2016 3:50pm - 4:50pm CDT
Gooseberry Falls Room 3