Welcome to the 2016 MLA Annual Conference! MLA looks forward to celebrating its 125th Anniversary with you.
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Friday, September 30 • 3:50pm - 4:50pm
The Kids Don't Make the Choice: Supporting Schools without Libraries

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Many of our highest need schools don't have libraries and experience significant barriers in creating regular access to our public libraries. Though a school may have made a difficult choice to not provide text/digital resources based on limited budget, the child still suffers that consequence of limited access. This session will go well beyond a "library card in hand" practices to a "no excuses" rhetoric of student support in underresourced schools. Participants will be given the opportunity to reflect on the topic through case studies emphasizing the complexity of the work while also celebrating everyone's ability to accomplish it with serious thought and sincere commitment to the effort.


Anna Sheppard, Librarian, Hennepin County Library

Anna Sheppard worked with youth in public libraries, out of school programs, and as an elementary school teacher in high need urban contexts for 10+ years. Coming from an economically compromised area herself, this topic is one she is personally passionate about - knowing that meaningful... Read More →

Friday September 30, 2016 3:50pm - 4:50pm CDT
St. Louis River Room