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Wednesday, September 28
 

10:00am CDT

Pre-Conference Workshop: Advocacy/Intellectual Freedom Boot Camp
"Who needs libraries?" Beneath those three words is an iceberg of messaging, a fundamental challenge not only to librarians, but to our society. In this joint effort of ALA's Office for Library Advocacy and the Office for Intellectual Freedom, we'll explore some of the brutal facts of our environment, celebrate our assets, and offer practical tips to reclaim a moral sanction for the work we do, and the support our communities deserve.

Speakers
avatar for Jamie LaRue

Jamie LaRue

Director of ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom and the Freedom to Read Foundation, ALA
LaRue is the director of the ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom, and the Freedom to Read Foundation. Author of "The New Inquisition: Understanding and Managing Intellectual Freedom Challenges," LaRue was a public library director for many years, as well as a weekly newspaper columnist... Read More →
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Marci Merola

Director of ALA's Office for Library Advocacy, ALA
Marci Merola has been the Director of ALA's Office for Library Advocacy since its formation in 2007, providing advocacy resources, tools and support to librarians, staff and advocates at the state and local levels, speaking nationally and internationally on library advocacy, as well... Read More →


Wednesday September 28, 2016 10:00am - 4:30pm CDT
Fireside Room at Fitger's Inn 600 E Superior St, Duluth, MN 55802
 
Thursday, September 29
 

7:00am CDT

7:00am CDT

Registration
Thursday September 29, 2016 7:00am - 4:30pm CDT
Registration Area - Floor 1 DECC

8:10am CDT

Academic and Research Library Division (ARLD) Meeting

Please join us for our annual Academic and Research Libraries Division business meeting. We will introduce our newly elected board members, re-cap/celebrate the work done by ARLD over the past year, and provide an overview of upcoming events and ways to get involved in the year ahead. Our annual ARLD poster session will be held in the same room in the session immediately following the business meeting. The poster session highlights the current research, professional activities, and interests of select ARLD members. ARLD members and anyone interested in current trends in academic and research libraries is encouraged to attend both sessions.




Thursday September 29, 2016 8:10am - 8:40am CDT
Lake Superior Ballroom L

8:10am CDT

Minnesota Libraries Trustees and Advocates (MLTA) Meeting

Join the Library Trustees and Advocates to talk about what's happening in your library community, and how to support strong library services. Not a member of MLA or of MLTA? No problem! Everyone is welcome to join us.


Thursday September 29, 2016 8:10am - 8:40am CDT
Lake Superior Ballroom MN

8:10am CDT

Public Library Division (PLD) Meeting

Join us for the 2016 Public Library Division business meeting! Together we will review the division’s accomplishments from the past year, learn about what it means to serve on the PLD Board, and open up the discussion to share what's happening at public libraries all over the state. Not a member of MLA or PLD? No problem! Everyone is welcome to join us.


Thursday September 29, 2016 8:10am - 8:40am CDT
Lake Superior Ballroom O

8:50am CDT

ARLD Poster Session

Please join us for our annual ARLD poster session, highlighting the current research, professional activities, and interests of select ARLD members. See how Minnesota's academic and research libraries are engaging and developing 21st century learners! ARLD members and anyone interested in current trends in academic and research libraries is encouraged to attend.



Thursday September 29, 2016 8:50am - 9:50am CDT
Lake Superior Ballroom L

8:50am CDT

MILE 2017: Leading for Life
Learn about the Minnesota Library Association's Institute for Leadership Excellence (MILE). During this breakout session, MILE 2015 alumni will share their experiences, demonstrate MILE leadership & teamwork exercises, and a panel of MILE alumni and their mentors will provide a Q and A session. Attendees will learn about the MILE program and how to apply for the MILE 2017: Leading for Life conference. In addition to speakers and a panel, MILE alumni will be in the audience to support the discussion.

Speakers
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Karen Pundsack, Executive Director, Great River Regional Library

Karen has worked at Great River Regional Library since 1999, first as a branch manager in Sauk Centre and later in Albany. She moved into administration in 2009 and was appointed as Executive Director in May 2015.  Karen has a bachelor's degree in mass communication from St. Cloud... Read More →
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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 →
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Julia Carlis, Youth Programming & Outreach Librarian, Dakota County Library

As Youth Programming/Outreach Librarian, Julia Carlis ensures branch librarians are able to deliver excellent programs from storytime to art classes, computer programming to magic. She coordinates with program vendors, other county departments, and across the library system to create... Read More →
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Sarah Hawkins, Resource Librarian, East Central Regional Library

Sarah is the Resource Librarian for East Central Regional Library, where she has worked since 2011, after receiving her MLIS from Drexel University.  She loves all things digital, and is an audiobook junkie.  Sarah is also currently the co-chair for MLA's Reference and Adult Services... Read More →
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Jill Smith, Director, Bayport Public Library

Jill Smith is the director of the Bayport Public Library. She has worked in public libraries for over 20 years in many different roles. She completed her MLIS in 2001 at the University of North Texas. In the library world her two favorite things are eBooks and baby storytime.
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Shelly Grace, Executive Director, SAMMIE

Shelly has worked in public, academic, medical and corporate libraries. She has co-presented on assessment at the Library Technology Conference, co-presented a poster presentation on how librarians choose electronic or hard copy journals at NASIG, and co-authored a paper on adapting... Read More →
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Chris Magnusson, Automation Librarian, Arrowhead Library System

Chris Magnusson, Automation Librarian, Arrowhead Library System (MILE 2015) Chris Magnusson worked in various positions at the Hibbing Public Library for ten years and continues to volunteer as a church librarian and work part-time as a library consultant for the Minnesota Military... Read More →



Thursday September 29, 2016 8:50am - 9:50am CDT
Gooseberry Falls Room 1

8:50am CDT

Reading the Art in Caldecott Award Books: What Makes a Picture Book Distinguished
Two recent Caldecott Award Committee members describe and demonstrate how "the most distinguished picture book for children" is chosen, taking under consideration the Caldecott criteria and the elements of art. Participants apply their newfound knowledge and skills in small groups to evaluate possible 2017 Caldecott contenders. The program helps participants gain a greater appreciation for Caldecott Award books and provides them with the tools to connect children and adults more effectively to picture books through the illustrations.

Speakers
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Gail Nordstrom, Public Library Consultant, Viking Library System

Gail is the Public Library Consultant for the Viking Library System in west central Minnesota.  She serves on the 2011 Caldecott Award Committee and has presented several workshops on picture book art around the country.  Nordstrom is the co-author with Heidi Hammond on Reading... Read More →
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Heidi Hammond, Associate Professor and SLMS Coordinator, MLIS Program, St. Catherine University

Heidi is an Associate Professor coordinating the school library media specialist portion of the MLIS Program at St. Catherine University.  She served on the 2011 Caldecott Award Committee and has presented several workshops on picture book art around the country.  Hammond is co-author... Read More →



Thursday September 29, 2016 8:50am - 9:50am CDT
Lake Superior Ballroom O

8:50am CDT

Launch a Book Club for Seniors
Leading a book club for seniors in assisted living may feel daunting. Learn more about the elderly, their challenges and reading interests, especially when there is a mix of independent, assisted, and memory care, and a wide range of interests and challenges under one roof. Leave equipped to support independent adult readers and book clubs, and to connect with patrons in a special way. Take away 50 great titles for adult book clubs.

Speakers
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Sarah Garbis, Services Manager, Hennepin County Library

Sarah Garbis works with library staff to identify community needs and provide services that meet them on a regional level. This includes leading the direction of programs, partnerships, community connections for a specific group of libraries. She also has a passion for services to... Read More →
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Holly Rakocy, Librarian, Outreach Services, Hennepin County Library

Holly Rakocy manages the Hennepin County Library At Home by Volunteer program, working both with readers and the volunteers that serve them. She also oversees the Deposit Collection Service which provides library materials and programs to senior housing sites in Hennepin County. She... Read More →
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Jan Gugino, Librarian, Hennepin County Library

Jan Gugino has been an Adult Services Librarian with Hennepin County Library for 20 years. She is the facilitator of 2 book clubs for seniors.



Thursday September 29, 2016 8:50am - 9:50am CDT
Split Rock Room 2

8:50am CDT

Weeding for Your Health: Kill the Dust Bunnies!
Are you running out of room on your shelves? Do you walk by certain stacks and just cringe? We will look at what constitutes current events, and how long something is considered to be politically correct. We work in the oldest community college in the state, and, therefore have the oldest collection of books. We needed to reduce our reference collection and wanted to bring our “fun” books (fiction, short stories and YA) to a much more accessible location. In addition, our library (a member of MNSCU) is going through a change in ILS, so we needed to inventory the entire collection. We had to come up with a plan to accomplish this multi-layered project, and in the process discovered some interesting things about our collection. We will share how we approached our semester-long deselection and shifting and weeding project. We’ll discuss strategies for making successful decisions to enhance and strengthen your collection, while staying true to your institution’s history, and suggestions for moving your collection forward!


Thursday September 29, 2016 8:50am - 9:50am CDT
French River Room 1

8:50am CDT

Deep Dive Into Digital Content: Minnesota Reflections Primary Source Sets
Join us as we dive into digital content and demonstrate a new, unique resource for historical research, Minnesota Reflections Primary Source Sets. The work of gathering primary sources on a specific topic and then providing the necessary context to those sources can be a difficult process for both educators and researchers. This new resource is designed to address this unique challenge. We'll discuss the creation of the Primary Source Set project, including the development of the project following the DPLA model, the formation of our collaborative team, and the establishment of project parameters and workflow. Next, we'll outline the primary source content selection along with curated secondary source lists for added context (e.g., scholarly articles from the Electronic Library for Minnesota databases, government websites). Finally, we'll showcase the Primary Source Sets and their related Teaching Guides which supply educators and researchers with discussion questions and classroom activities.

Speakers
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Jennifer Hootman, Digital Arts, Sciences, & Humanities (DASH) Program Associate, University of Minnesota Libraries

Jennifer Hootman is a Digital Arts, Sciences, & Humanities (DASH) Program Associate at the University of Minnesota Libraries. She helps manage DASH program logistics, marketing, outreach, instructional content, event planning, and collaborates with faculty on digital projects... Read More →
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Greta Bahnemann, Metadata Librarian, Minnesota Digital Library, Minitex

Greta is the Metadata Librarian for the Minnesota Digital Library, where she is responsible for implementing current metadata standards and best practices for the Minnesota Digital Library's primary project, Minnesota Reflections, a digital collection of more than 264,000 images... Read More →


Thursday September 29, 2016 8:50am - 9:50am CDT
Split Rock Room 1

8:50am CDT

Sustainable Social Media for Libraries
From MySpace to Facebook, from Flickr to Instagram, social media has become a vital way for libraries to share their story and interact with the diverse communities they serve. In this session learn how Hennepin County Library uses a team approach for providing a sustainable social media presence on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. As the cultural landscape changes, it is critical for libraries to be seen as online communities as well as physical ones. A sustainable social media model is open to exploration and is flexible to accommodate new tools, new trends, and new people. This session is intended for libraries of all sizes who are developing or are interested in improving their social media presence.

Speakers
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Ben Brown, IT Specialist, Hennepin County Library

Ben Brown is an IT Specialist at Hennepin County Libraries supporting all 41 libraries and staff. Previously he has worked as a Library Technical Assistant at the Ridgedale Library in Minnetonka, MN, and started with the library working in the mail room (no kidding) after wandering... Read More →
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Becky Rech, Librarian, Hennepin County Library

Becky Rech is the Adult Services Librarian at Hennepin County Library’s Golden Valley Library.  With a passion for photography, Becky was an earlier digital camera adopter and has been sharing images and stories online for more than ten years on Flickr.   As an online graduate... Read More →
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Ian Stade, Senior Librarian, Hennepin County Library

Ian Stade was hired as the Online Communication Senior Librarian at Hennepin County Library in 2013.  He oversees home page news communication, is a Sharepoint site owner and manages social media for the library. His first foray into library social media was creating a Tumblr for... Read More →
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Heather Wambach, Patron Experience Supervisor, Hennepin County Library

Heather Wambach is the Patron Experience Supervisor at Hennepin County Library’s Nokomis and Roosevelt Libraries in Minneapolis. She loves memory keeping and using social media to tell stories and has been a passionate user of Instagram since 2010. Some of her favorite Instagrammers... Read More →


Thursday September 29, 2016 8:50am - 9:50am CDT
Lake Superior Ballroom MN

8:50am CDT

Being the Voice of an Organization: A New Approach to Advocacy
Advocacy has long been a focus area for the MLA Fall Conference, and something the MN Library legislative community has struggled with. At the 2015 Legislative Forum, Sam Walseth lit a fire in the advocacy break-out group that still burns brightly. He briefly described a completely different approach to advocacy that markets the strengths, partnerships and proven effectiveness of a group rather than focusing on individual requests. This session will review and expand his thoughts on better communication, a focused voice for an organization which could result in a real change for advocacy methods in the future. Sam will also include MALF's 17,000 points of light, and how they can be brought into this model.

Speakers
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Sam Walseth, Vice President Capitol Hill Associates, Inc.

Sam is a proud graduate of Moorhead public schools and Augsburg College.  Since college he has spent his time building a professional network in Minnesota's political scene.  He's logged sixteen legislative sessions lobbying at the state Capitol on behalf of a broad range of public... Read More →


Thursday September 29, 2016 8:50am - 9:50am CDT
Gooseberry Falls Room 2

8:50am CDT

Moving Forward: A Guide for New Members and First Time Conference Attendees
This session will present new members and first time attendees with information and guidance on how to make the most of the MLA conference and their membership with the Minnesota Library Association.

Speakers
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Deborah Bifulk, Librarian, Dakota County Library

Deborah is a librarian with Dakota County Library. She plans and presents programming for youth, maintains the children’s collections, and answers any and all questions at the reference desk in a busy suburban branch.  Prior to working at Dakota County Library, Deborah worked... Read More →
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Sara Ring

Continuing Education Librarian, Minitex
Sara Ring is Continuing Education Librarian at Minitex in the Digital Initiatives & Metadata Education unit. She develops and presents training on linked data and metadata standards for digital collections and digital preservation. She holds an M.A. in Library and Information Studies... Read More →
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Jenny McElroy, Reference Specialist, Minnesota Historical Society

Since 2010 Jenny McElroy has been a Reference Librarian at the Minnesota Historical Society's Gale Family Library.  In her daily job, she assists on-site and distance researchers, provides library and research instruction to library users, and works on projects designed to improve... Read More →


Thursday September 29, 2016 8:50am - 9:50am CDT
Gooseberry Falls Room 3

8:50am CDT

Two Efforts at Reaching Patrons Experiencing Homelessness
This session will describe two efforts at outreach to our patrons experiencing homelessness at Hennepin County Library: Coffee and Conversations at Minneapolis Central Library and Homeless Shelter Collections. Coffee and Conversations is an event held in the atrium of Minneapolis Central Library an hour before the library opens and is based on a program at the Dallas Public Library. During Coffee and Conversations our patrons waiting to enter the library, many of whom are experiencing homelessness, are offered coffee and are invited to take part in a conversation or activity. Chris will discuss the history of the program, how it is planned, and what activities have been tried. Kyle will discuss the following aspects of the Hennepin County Library Homeless Shelter Collections: 1) The history of the collections; 2) Description of the shelters being served; 3) Process of partnering with interested shelters; 4) Ordering books; 5) Maintenance and evaluation of collections; and 6) Outreach and community engagement with people in the shelters.

Speakers
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Chris Ruiz, Associate Librarian, Hennepin County Library

Chris Ruiz works at Minneapolis Central Library and has been helping put on Coffee and Conversations for a year and a half.
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Kyle Orcholski, Librarian, Hennepin County Library

Kyle Orcholski is the Fiction & Media librarian for Hennepin County Library - Minneapolis Central. A Wisconsinite by birth, he is reconciling the fact his son will say "gray duck" instead of goose.


Thursday September 29, 2016 8:50am - 9:50am CDT
St. Louis River Room

10:00am CDT

Morning Break with Exhibitors
Thursday September 29, 2016 10:00am - 10:45am CDT
Edmund Fitzgerald Exhibit Hall - Floor 1 DECC

10:00am CDT

Exhibit Hall and Silent Auction Hours
Thursday September 29, 2016 10:00am - 3:40pm CDT
Edmund Fitzgerald Exhibit Hall - Floor 1 DECC

10:55am CDT

50 in 60 Book Blast - Fiction
RART brings you its annual book blast for fiction! Buckle up and enjoy the ride as we talk about 50 books in a variety of genres including: Scary Fiction, African Authors, Pretty Books, Books with a Twist, & Austenesque. It's fast & furious, but always fun, entertaining, and educational!

Speakers
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Katie Polley, Librarian, Dakota County Library

Katie Polley really likes to read, which probably isn’t a surprise if you’re attending this panel. Favorite genres include basically all of them—except for horror. When she isn’t reading, Katie works as a librarian for Dakota County in West St Paul. She lives in Minneapolis... Read More →
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Angie Noyes, Library Program Coordinator, Washington County Library

Angie Noyes is a collection development library for Washington County Library.  She has worked in libraries since she was a teenager and fell in love with librarianship. She was recruited onto the RART steering committee years ago and enjoys the comradery and fun that Reader’s... Read More →
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Rachel Gray, Information Services Librarian, SELCO

Rachel Gray is the Information Services Librarian for Southeastern Libraries Cooperating (SELCO). She is also an active member of MLA, currently serving on the Conference Committee and the RART Steering Committee chair. Rachel got her MLIS from Dominican University in 2004. She loves... Read More →



Thursday September 29, 2016 10:55am - 11:55am CDT
Lake Superior Ballroom O

10:55am CDT

Artist Made : Community Engaged
This session will show how Springboard for the Arts is engaging communities in partnership with Minnesota libraries through artist-made tools for interaction and workshops for creative entrepreneurs. Two of Springboard’s many toolkits and replicable projects will be showcased, Ready Go and the Work of Art: Business Skills for Artists. Ready Go is a roster of artist-created, mobile projects (or tools) for hire that are designed to pique curiosity and prompt interaction. You will see examples of how Ready Go tools have been used at libraries and find out how you can easily tap into artists to engage your library users! Work of Art is a professional development curriculum designed to teach business skills to artists in all disciplines. You will see and experience examples of the curriculum and learn how you can bring the Work of Art workshop series to your community through the libraries. 

Speakers
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Noah Keesecker, Program Director – Artist Development, Springboard for the Arts

Noah Keesecker is the Program Director of Artist Development at Springboard for the Arts. He directs, creates, and teaches Springboard’s professional development curriculum, provides consulting for individual artists and creative startups, and co-directs Springboard’s legal resources... Read More →
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Peter Haakon Thompson, Community Development Coordinator, Springboard for the Arts

Peter Haakon Thompson is the Community Development Coordinator at Springboard for the Arts. His primary mediums are participation, interaction and conversation. Some of his works include: The A Project, Art Shanty Projects, Expeditionary Conversation Tents, Mobile Sign Shop and the... Read More →


Thursday September 29, 2016 10:55am - 11:55am CDT
French River Room 2

10:55am CDT

Early Literacy Play Spaces: How to Create and Maintain Opportunities for Playful Learning in Your Library
Play helps young children develop important early literacy and kindergarten readiness skills. In this session you will learn how Hennepin County Libraries have created hands-on, multi-sensory learning environments that incorporate the 5 early literacy practices of Every Child Ready to Read and empower caregivers as their child's first and best teacher. You will learn tips and best practices on how to achieve a successful play space no matter the size of your library or your budget. You can create opportunities for playful learning for the families in your community. This session will show you how!

Speakers
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Tracy Hvezda-Lehtola, Librarian, Hennepin County Library

Tracy Hvezda-Lehtola is a Youth Services Librarian and co-chair of the Early Literacy Traveling Team for Hennepin County Library. She leads a team of energetic and talented staff to plan and install early literacy play spaces in multiple Hennepin County library branches each year... Read More →
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Jane Boss, Librarian, Hennepin County Library

Jane Boss began her library career when she was 16 years old, and hanging out at her local public library so much that they said they might as well pay her to be there.  She has since worked for her college library, as well as held numerous positions within the Minneapolis Public... Read More →
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Joyce Linman, Librarian, Hennepin County Library

Joyce Linman is a Librarian for the Hennepin County Library system.  She has worked for the system for over 32 years in different size libraries and roles.  Currently she is a Youth Services Librarian at the Ridgedale Branch where early literacy play areas are used with great enthusiasm... Read More →



Thursday September 29, 2016 10:55am - 11:55am CDT
Split Rock Room 1

10:55am CDT

Development of eBook Purchasing Guidelines
In 2014, Cooperating Libraries in Consortium (CLIC), a consortium of seven libraries in the Twin Cities, tasked its Collection Development Committee with starting concerted efforts to cooperatively acquire ebooks for the consortium. To that end, the group developed a philosophy and a set of purchasing and renewal review guidelines that have so far proven very helpful to fairly and fully evaluate possible purchases and make efficient purchasing decisions. This session details our efforts so that other libraries can learn from our research as well as consider using our selection and evaluation model for their own library or consortium. 


Thursday September 29, 2016 10:55am - 11:55am CDT
Gooseberry Falls Room 3

10:55am CDT

Coding Camp: Teaching Middle School Students How to Code Python with Minecraft
The language of the future is coding, and the kids who can code will have a leg up in academics, job potential, and overall quality of life.  In collaboration with the Minnesota Department of Education and an LSTA Grant, Washington County Library recently finished a series of coding classes for middle school students featuring the Minecraft platform.  Using Raspberry Pi microcomputers, students were challenged to take their familiar, beloved online game and reshape it from the inside out using the Python coding language. Along with an understanding of coding basics, participants learned valuable skills such as collaboration, flexibility, and persistence.  Additionally, the grant supported a community event to showcase student work, and training for library staff in order to continue classes and extend them to other Washington County Libraries. In this session you will learn how WCL defined the parameters of the grant, our timelines for success, and resources created so that other libraries can replicate our program. In the spirit of open-source Raspberry Pi computing, all our tools are available online and free to use. We are excited to contribute to this spirit of learning!

Speakers
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Natalie Eierman, Librarian, Washington County Library

Natalie Eierman graduated from St Kate's in 2013 and worked at various metro area libraries as a sub before settling down at the Oakdale Branch where she manages five of the seven adult book clubs. A couple books she has recently given five stars to on Goodreads are Fates and Furies... Read More →
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Jessi Schulte, Senior Library Manager, Washington County Library

Jessi Schulte recently joined Washington County Library as the Senior Library Manager operating out of their Park Grove location. She spent the past five years living in Chicago, working as the Young Adult Services Supervisor for Skokie Public Library. Jessi is passionate about young... Read More →


Thursday September 29, 2016 10:55am - 11:55am CDT
Split Rock Room 2

10:55am CDT

Follow the Storyboard Road
Video is increasingly becoming a helpful tool for sharing your library's story, but how do you create something compelling? "Follow the Storyboard Road" provides a simple framework for taking great ideas and converting them into compelling, humorous, or informative stories. Learn the tools and tricks to shooting, editing, and sharing your library videos and also how to map out your plot. This interactive program will inspire you to take the video-production plunge.

Speakers
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Jon Allen, Youth Services Librarian, Rochester Public Library

Jon Allen  is a Youth Services Librarian at the Rochester Public Library.  He has the unusual combination of an MLS and an undergraduate degree in Film Studies.  He has filmed and edited videos for Rochester Public Library.   
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Karen Lemke, Head of Marketing and Community Engagement, Rochester Public Library

Karen Lemke started at Rochester Public Library in September of 2015. Prior to joining RPL, Karen worked as Marketing Director for the Pine River Library in Bayfield, Colorado (winner of the 2014 Library Journal "Best Small Library in America"). In addition to her time in libraries... Read More →


Thursday September 29, 2016 10:55am - 11:55am CDT
Gooseberry Falls Room 1

10:55am CDT

Forming a Partnership Between Community Supporters of Libraries
Along with professional library staff there are three other groups made up of citizens who enjoy and appreciate their libraries. The groups: Friends of the Libraries, Library Foundations, and Library Trustees or Library Boards, each work to support their libraries, but usually have different functions and work separately rather than partnering. This session will discuss how these three types of organizations work together to better serve their communities and their libraries. This is a joint effort of MALF and MLTA.

Speakers
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Judy Schotzko, President, MN Association of Friends

Judy is a retired attorney and RN. She has represented the Wabasha City Library on the SELCO board for over 8 years and has been a board member of the Minnsota Association of Friends (MALF) for 7 years. She currently serves as the president of MALF. Judy also maintains her RN license... Read More →
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Heidi Hoks, Director, Carver County Libraries

Heidi Hoks has been the director of Carver County Libraries for the past two years. Previously, she served as the branch manager of the three Western libraries in Carver County Library for seven years. Prior to coming to Carver County, Hoks was the Youth Services Coordinator at Great... Read More →
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Jim Weygand, Library Board, Carver County Library

Jim served 12 years on the Carver Council, ten as Mayor from 2001 to 2011, and has been serving on the Park and Recreation Commission for the last couple of years. Currently he is in the ninth year on the County Library Board, Vice President of the The Community Foundation of Carver... Read More →


Thursday September 29, 2016 10:55am - 11:55am CDT
Gooseberry Falls Room 2

10:55am CDT

Community Based Program Design
Imagine this nightmare: You develop a terrific program, tailor the marketing to your audience of interest... and they don't come. 

We've all been there. How can we design library programs that speak to the communities we wish to engage? It starts with understanding those communities and then building programming that speaks to their unique interests and expectations. In this highly interactive workshop, you will learn specific techniques for identifying communities of interest, articulating their assets and needs, and designing programming and collaborative opportunities based on their values. You will leave this workshop with tools you can use in your own library and fresh ideas for how you might meaningfully engage hard-to-reach communities at your institution.

Speakers
avatar for Nina Simon, Director, Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History

Nina Simon, Director, Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History

Nina Simon has been described as a “museum visionary” by Smithsonian Magazine for her community-centered approach to design. She is the author of the Museum 2.0 blog, the books The Participatory Museum (2010) and Relevance (2016). Nina is the Executive Director of the Santa ... Read More →


Thursday September 29, 2016 10:55am - 11:55am CDT
Lake Superior Ballroom MN

10:55am CDT

Partnerships to Improve Digital Equity in Tribal Communities
Whether offering iPad workshops to local middle schoolers, planning a community-wide workforce development project, or coordinating opportunities for adult learners, libraries are active in improving digital equity across Minnesota.  Tribal libraries in particular provide broadband connections and technology services to communities deeply impacted by Minnesota's digital divide. Tribal libraries are well poised to bring about positive change; however, limited budgets, staffing constraints, and geographic isolation often hinder the services these libraries can provide. To help bridge this resource gap, partnerships between tribal libraries and like-minded organizations like State Library Services, Adult Basic Education, and local governments are necessary. Join us to learn more about partnering to reduce access disparities and help us move digital equity in tribal communities forward.

Speakers
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Hannah Buckland, Director, Leech Lake Tribal College

Hannah Buckland has worked as the library director at Leech Lake Tribal College since moving to Minnesota in January 2014.  Along with managing a joint-use academic/community library, she serves as a member of the Leech Lake Reservation's Native Community Development Institute team... Read More →
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Jennifer Nelson, Director of State Library Services, Minnesota Department of Education

Since 2013, Jen Nelson has served as Director of State Library Services at the Minnesota Department of education. Jen has more than 25 years of experience in libraries, working in a number of different capacities at the Minneapolis Public and Hennepin County libraries. She takes an... Read More →


Thursday September 29, 2016 10:55am - 11:55am CDT
St. Louis River Room

10:55am CDT

ReThink: Connecting Libraries to Metacognition, Student Learning, and Student Success
Student success is dependent on many factors. As librarians we make assumptions about student awareness of the services and tools we offer. Unpacking these assumptions led us towards research on metacognition - being aware of how you learn. In 2014, we developed tips based on the talent themes from Gallup’s StrengthsFinder, an ongoing campus initiative. These tips give context to the services and spaces in the Libraries.  We also created a workshop, Learning How to Learn with Library Tools. Attendees will discuss how their own work can be re-framed around metacognition, student learning and student success.


Thursday September 29, 2016 10:55am - 11:55am CDT
Lake Superior Ballroom L

10:55am CDT

Tax Resources for Minnesota Libraries
The 2017 tax season will be upon us before we know it! This session will give libraries the latest department updates and important tax information so they can point patrons to the best information and resources available. The session will be facilitated by State Library Services and will feature a presenters from the Minnesota Department of Revenue. The session will cover:
  • Minnesota Department of Revenue updates
  • Common Minnesota credits
  • Important tax dates
  • Free tax preparation sites
  • Helpful resources
  • Tax Research Library
...and plenty of time for questions and answers.

Moderators
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Sarah Bjorklund, Outreach Leadworker, Minnesota Department of Revenue - Income Tax & Withholding Division

Sarah Bjorklund is the leadworker of the Outreach and Education group within the Individual Income Tax & Withholding Division at the Minnesota Department of Revenue. She helps the Outreach and Education staff effectively reach and educate their respective communities on Minnesota... Read More →
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Chris Anning, Librarian, MN Department of Revenue

Chris Anning is the Librarian at Minnesota Revenue.  She manages the Tax Research Library serving Revenue employees, academic, special and other state agency libraries, and the public.  Chris began working as Revenue’s Tax Research Librarian in 2011, shortly after getting her... Read More →


Thursday September 29, 2016 10:55am - 11:55am CDT
French River Room 1

12:05pm CDT

Lunch Keynote: Relevance with Nina Simon

We all want our libraries to be "relevant." But what does that word really mean? In this interactive keynote, author and museum director Nina Simon will share inspiring examples and practical theories on how to make your work more vital and valuable to diverse communities. Relevance isn't about what's #trending. It's about unlocking meaning in people's hearts. Join Nina for a thought-provoking conversation about how we can use relevance to matter more to more people.


Speakers
avatar for Nina Simon, Director, Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History

Nina Simon, Director, Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History

Nina Simon has been described as a “museum visionary” by Smithsonian Magazine for her community-centered approach to design. She is the author of the Museum 2.0 blog, the books The Participatory Museum (2010) and Relevance (2016). Nina is the Executive Director of the Santa ... Read More →


Thursday September 29, 2016 12:05pm - 1:35pm CDT
Lake Superior Ballroom JK - Floor 2 DECC

1:45pm CDT

Library Legislative Process 101
Are you curious about the legislative process and MLA's legislative committee, the Legislative Forum, and Library Legislative Day? Library advocacy is for everyone, not just library directors and administrators. Join both seasoned and not-so-experienced library advocates at this roundtable to explore and share how we can advocate for library services for Minnesota citizens at the legislature. Discover how you can get involved in the exciting and critical legislative process.


Thursday September 29, 2016 1:45pm - 2:45pm CDT
Gooseberry Falls Room 1

1:45pm CDT

Presidential Panel - One Conference One Book - a Good Time for the Truth
“What is a true Minnesotan?  In a land defined by Lake Wobegon, the Vikings, Snoopy and Mary Tyler Moore, the ideas of who we are have not caught up to the realities, not by a long shot. This book helps narrow that gap.”  - Wing Young Huie, author of Frogtown and The University Avenue Project.

The library patrons walking through your door are, no doubt, different than the patrons who walked through the same door 30 years ago.  That’s what makes this year’s One Conference One Book selection a timely and vital read.   A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota is a collection of 16 essays from writers who give you the chance to step in someone else’s shoes and help you understand what it is like to be a person of color in Minnesota.

In their exceptionally engaging essays, they invite us to see the world through their eyes. Their world is very different than most of ours and yet their world is still Minnesota! In some ways, it is a challenging read – after all, the subject is provocative – but in other ways, it’s an easy read:  16 self-contained essays, each with a different idea and perspective.  Pick up the book and read a 15-page essay and then go back when you’re ready for another viewpoint.  Whether you read just one or all 16 essays, you’re going to want to talk about what you’ve read – and what is better than the opportunity to talk with the editor, Sun Yung Shin, plus three of the authors: Shannon Gibney, Andrea Jenkins and Rodrigo Sanchez-Chavarria.

Speakers
avatar for Sun Yung Shin, Editor, A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota

Sun Yung Shin, Editor, A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota

Sun Yung Shin is the editor of A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota, the author of poetry collections Unbearable Splendor; Rough, and Savage; and Skirt Full of Black (all from Coffee House Press), a co-editor of Outsiders Within: Writing on Transracial Adoption, and the author... Read More →
avatar for Shannon Gibney, Author/Contributor, A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota

Shannon Gibney, Author/Contributor, A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota

Shannon Gibney is a writer, educator, activist, and the author of See No Color (Carolrhoda Lab, 2015), a young adult novel that won the 2016 Minnesota Book Award in Young Peoples' Literature. Her writing appears in numerous anthologies, and in other venues including Al Jazeera America... Read More →
avatar for Andrea Jenkins, Author/Contributor, A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota

Andrea Jenkins, Author/Contributor, A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota

Andrea Jenkins is an artist-activist, and award-winning poet and writer. Andrea has been awarded fellowships from the Bush Foundation, Intermedia Arts, and the Playwrights Center and has won writing and performance grants and scholarships from the Givens Foundation, Intermedia Arts... Read More →
avatar for Rodrigo Sanchez-Chavarria, Author/Contributor, A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota

Rodrigo Sanchez-Chavarria, Author/Contributor, A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota

Rodrigo Sanchez-Chavarria is a writer and spoken word poet of Peruvian heritage heavily involved with Palabristas, a Minnesota based Latin@ poets collective.  He is an MFA student at Hamline University and writes about fatherhood, the duality of two cultures in English, Spanglish... Read More →


Thursday September 29, 2016 1:45pm - 2:45pm CDT
Lake Superior Ballroom MN

1:45pm CDT

Believe It. Build It. This Book Can Help You Offer Amazing Programs for Youth at Your Library

Out-of-school time programming is growing in libraries by leaps and bounds! At last, Minnesota has a blueprint to help you offer more effective afterschool and summer programs for youth. Believe It. Build It. is a guidebook that brings together librarians, youth workers and afterschool care providers around a common language and research-based practices. Learn about building quality into your programs from the out-of-school time experts who are part of Ignite Afterschool, Minnesota’s afterschool network.


Speakers
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Eric Billiet, Expanded Learning Education Specialist, MN Department of Education

Eric Billiet is the Expanded Learning Education Specialist and a member of the Health Promotion and Youth Development Team for the Minnesota Department of Education. Eric helps schools and community organizations develop and implement high-quality afterschool and summer learning opportunities... Read More →
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Jennifer Verbrugge, Library Program and Partnership Coordinator, State Library Services, MN Department of Education

Jennifer Verbrugge is the Library Program and Partnership Coordinator for State Library Services at the Minnesota Department of Education. She oversees the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund (Legacy) grant program and statewide programs for youth, such as the 90-Second Newbery and Libraries... Read More →


Thursday September 29, 2016 1:45pm - 2:45pm CDT
Lake Superior Ballroom L

1:45pm CDT

The MYRAs! Kids + Books = Winners!
Do you know MYRA? The Star of the North Picture Book Award? The Maud Hart Lovelace Book Awards? Join us and learn about Minnesota's only children's choice book awards, this year's nominees, and how the Minnesota Youth Reading Awards (MYRA!) organization works to promote literacy, create lifelong reading habits, and broaden cultural awareness for the children and young adults of Minnesota. And, do YOU like to read? Find out how you can help MYRA help kids by READING! The MYRAs... another example of how Kids + Books = Winners all around!

Speakers
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Connie Sterling, Media Specialist, White Bear Lake

Connie Stirling has been involved with MYRA even longer than Laura! She served as the Chair of the Maud Hart Lovelace Award Selection Committee from 2009 to 2014 and currently serves as MYRA's Membership Chair. Connie loves finding awesome books from new authors and sharing them with... Read More →
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Laura Randolph, Librarian, Rochester Public Library

Laura Randolph started as a Reader for MYRA's Maud Hart Lovelace Award in 2004 and for the Star of the North Award in 2012, served as the SELCO/SELS Regional Representative on the Maud Hart Lovelace Award Selection Committee from 2010 to 2015, Chaired the committee from 2014 to 2015... Read More →


Thursday September 29, 2016 1:45pm - 2:45pm CDT
St. Louis River Room

1:45pm CDT

1:45pm CDT

Raising Your Library's Profile with Google and Wikipedia Pages
Libraries often struggle with how they stack up against Google and Wikipedia. However, whether we like it or not, our patrons are overwhelmingly starting their information seeking with those sources. Furthermore, both are powerful search and information tools that offer much value to researchers and librarians. Inserting your library into these spaces offers you a way to control your presence there, to collect analytics, and to reach your audience in a mobile-friendly, linked data-forward way. In this session we will help librarians and library staff understand the value of having a Wikipedia page and a Google Business page for your library. Presenters will showcase their own institutional Wikipedia and Google Business pages, and give step-by-step practical advice in creating, developing, and promoting your own.

Speakers
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Christine Larson, Reference and Instruction Librarian, Metro State University

Christine Larson provides reference services and teaches online and in-person information literacy courses at Metro State.  She is also a member of the Metro Library's web and usability team, developing aspects of the library's web page and web presence.  Her interests include critical... Read More →
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Becca Peters, Cataloging and Acquisitions Librarian, Metro State University

Becca Peters is a cataloging and acquisitions librarian at Metro State. She also provides reference services and is a member of the Metro Library's web and usability team.


Thursday September 29, 2016 1:45pm - 2:45pm CDT
Split Rock Room 1

1:45pm CDT

Minnesota Association of Library Friends (MALF) Annual Meeting and Idea Exchange
Meet the Minnesota Association of Library Friends (MALF) board of directors and learn briefly about MALF activities, grants, and membership at this annual meeting. Immediately following the brief meeting, an ideas exchange will be facilitated where you can listen and share useful information to strengthen and maintain a vibrant friends organization. Share ideas and learn about building membership, creative fund-raising, advocacy and other friends projects. Feel free to bring samples and resources to share in this lively and informal session.

Speakers
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Judy Schotzko, President, MN Association of Friends

Judy is a retired attorney and RN. She has represented the Wabasha City Library on the SELCO board for over 8 years and has been a board member of the Minnsota Association of Friends (MALF) for 7 years. She currently serves as the president of MALF. Judy also maintains her RN license... Read More →


Thursday September 29, 2016 1:45pm - 2:45pm CDT
Gooseberry Falls Room 2

1:45pm CDT

It's All About Relationships: Build Your Best Diversity Outreach
Outreach to racially and ethnically diverse communities has always been part of librarianship, but in recent times has been moving from the periphery to the very core of what we do. As more librarians learn the basics of social justice and community engagement, we need to push for ever-deeper, collaborative relationships with our patrons. This session convenes librarians who already have some knowledge of the role of equity and diversity in librarianship and are ready to act on that knowledge. Our panel features leaders from diverse communities, community partners, and librarians who will share how they build relationships to serve community needs. Come prepared to generate questions for further discussion so that we can continue the conversation at this conference and beyond.

Moderators
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Sara Zettervall, Librarian, Hennepin County Library, Nokomis

Sara Zettervall is the Adult Services Librarian at Hennepin County Library's Nokomis branch in South Minneapolis. She has been with HCL for two years and for most of that time split her position between Nokomis and Community Connections, a division that supports community engagement... Read More →

Speakers
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Makeda Zulu-Gillespie, Director of Community Outreach, University of Minnesota Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Ce

Makeda Zulu-Gillespie is the Director of Community Outreach at the University of Minnesota's Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC) in North Minneapolis. At UROC, she works to establish alliances between the University and the Northside community. She coordinates the... Read More →
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Barb Fabre, Administrator, Child Care & Early Childhood Program, White Earth Reservation

Barb Fabre is an enrolled member of the Ojibwe Nation in Minnesota. She has worked for the White Earth Reservation for 27 years, most recently as Administrator for the Tribe’s Child Care & Early Childhood Program. Barb is co-founder of the Communities Collaborative Brain Development... Read More →
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Karen Cadigan, PhD, Screen@3 Director, Bloomington-Richfield Public Schools

Dr. Karen Cadigan is an education innovator focused on improving the lives and outcomes of at-risk young children and their families. Karen currently works on Bloomington-Richfield Public Schools team where she leads the Greater Twin Cities United Way-funded Screen@3 outreach project... Read More →
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Natalie Hart, Librarian, Hennepin County Library, Sumner

Natalie Hart has been the Adult Services Librarian at Hennepin County Library's Sumner branch in North Minneapolis since 2009. Before that she worked in the fee-based research division of Minneapolis Public Library's INFORM Research Services. Natalie is passionate about connecting... Read More →


Thursday September 29, 2016 1:45pm - 2:45pm CDT
Split Rock Room 2

1:45pm CDT

Pop-up Library Services: Hennepin County Library service to Cedar Riverside
Hennepin County Library has a new innovative project in the vibrant, diverse Cedar Riverside neighborhood of Minneapolis, where more than one-third of residents come from another country, lack a high school degree, and live below the poverty line. Funded from the Minnesota Department of Education through the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), staff with strong ties to the East African community in Cedar-Riverside have connected residents and organizations to library services; including employment, legal and continuing education resources. Work has included providing Pop-up in partnership with local community organizations. Participants will learn about the next level of community engagement and ways libraries can extend beyond their walls.

Speakers
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Ruqia Abdi, Cultural Liaision, Hennepin County Library

Ruqia Abdi is a Cultural Liaison at Hennepin County Library. She has an extensive experience in working with immigrant population of East Africa. As a teenager, Ruqia started to work for the United Nations Operation in Somalia in 1994 as translator. She arrived in the US 2000 and... Read More →
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Chip Gehring, Librarian, Hennepin County Library

Chip Gehring is an Adult and Teen Services Librarian at the Hosmer Library in South Minneapolis, and was the project manager for Hennepin County's LSTA grant to serve the Cedar Riverside neighborhood.  Chip brings innovation to community centered library services. 
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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 →


Thursday September 29, 2016 1:45pm - 2:45pm CDT
Gooseberry Falls Room 3

1:45pm CDT

Rapid Fire Resources: 30 in 60
Stay up to date and be prepared to find answers for your patrons by learning about reference resources in rapid fire succession.  Our panelists will share resources in a variety of formats and subjects.  Whether you are a public, academic, or special librarian you will be inspired to seek out new resources and partnerships from librarians who get the job done!  This session is sponsored by the Reference and Adult Service Subunit.

Speakers
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Hannah Buckland, Director, Leech Lake Tribal College

Hannah Buckland has worked as the library director at Leech Lake Tribal College since moving to Minnesota in January 2014.  Along with managing a joint-use academic/community library, she serves as a member of the Leech Lake Reservation's Native Community Development Institute team... Read More →
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Liz Reppe, State Law Librarian

Liz Reppe is the Minnesota State Law Librarian. She started her career as an academic law librarian and later was a Manager at Thomson West in the Technology Product Development department. Prior to coming to the State Law Library she served as the county law librarian for Washington... Read More →
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Stacey Hendren, Branch Manager, Anoka County Library

Stacey Hendren is passionate about life-long learning and how the library can connect our communities.  In Anoka County, she serves on the Older Adults Team and Digital Literacy Team to discover and develop resources and programs.  As a member of MLA Stacey has served as co-chair... Read More →
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Jill Smith, Director, Bayport Public Library

Jill Smith is the director of the Bayport Public Library. She has worked in public libraries for over 20 years in many different roles. She completed her MLIS in 2001 at the University of North Texas. In the library world her two favorite things are eBooks and baby storytime.
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Mary Healy, Branch Manager, Anoka County Library

Mary Healy was working part-time as a library clerk at the Hopkins Library in 2003 when the sentence, "You'd make a great children's librarian, Mary" encouraged her to take the step of leaving a 9 year career as a naturalist to leap Into the unknown world of library science. After... Read More →



Thursday September 29, 2016 1:45pm - 2:45pm CDT
Lake Superior Ballroom O

2:55pm CDT

Afternoon Dessert in Exhibit Hall
Thursday September 29, 2016 2:55pm - 3:40pm CDT
Edmund Fitzgerald Exhibit Hall - Floor 1 DECC

3:50pm CDT

An Introduction to User Experience Thinking: Across the Library
This session provides a broad and accessible understanding of the key concepts involved with UX, as well as the inclusion of examples of thinking, planning, and design, that occur throughout the different entities that make up an academic library organization (reference, instruction, circulation, web design, physical layout, etc.) that emphasize the user's experience when interacting with library services. Real examples of these will be highlighted, discussed, and analyzed.


Thursday September 29, 2016 3:50pm - 4:50pm CDT
Split Rock Room 1

3:50pm CDT

Coach Your Team to Greatness!
One of the library’s most important assets is its staff; however, we often wait a full year to give them feedback on their work. Recently Anoka County Library switched to a quarterly coaching model, which included writing new work outcome statements for all staff and training supervisors to be coaches who meet with staff quarterly to review progress on their goals and improve performance. These coaching sessions allow a supervisor to check in on goals, training needs, ideas and more. In this session you will learn what the coaching model is and how it was implemented in Anoka County, how the coaching model changed the way supervisors and staff interact and improved communication in the library, how to fit these coaching sessions into your busy schedule, and how to get staff buy-in by developing work outcome statements from the ground up with feedback from all staff.

Speakers
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Jenn Straumann, Community Engagement Manager, Anoka County Library

Jenn Straumann is the Community Engagement Manager for Anoka County Library. In her role she supports library staff in developing learning opportunities, building partnerships and connecting the community with ideas, information and inspiration. Jenn has been a member of the MELSA... Read More →
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Maggie Snow, Director, Anoka County Library

As Director of the Anoka County Library, Maggie Snow brings significant experience within that system and within other libraries, including the Minneapolis Public Library/Hennepin County Library and Carver County Library systems. She is the Past President of the Minnesota Library... Read More →
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Stacey Hendren, Branch Manager, Anoka County Library

Stacey Hendren is passionate about life-long learning and how the library can connect our communities.  In Anoka County, she serves on the Older Adults Team and Digital Literacy Team to discover and develop resources and programs.  As a member of MLA Stacey has served as co-chair... Read More →



Thursday September 29, 2016 3:50pm - 4:50pm CDT
Lake Superior Ballroom O

3:50pm CDT

Legislative Insider Report
Join the MLA Legislative Chairs and our lobbyist for an analysis of all things legislative. What happened in the 2016 session? What expectations do we have for the 2017 session? Is MLA prepared? Will the November elections impact libraries? What should library advocates do now?


Thursday September 29, 2016 3:50pm - 4:50pm CDT
Lake Superior Ballroom MN

3:50pm CDT

Everyone Welcome: Best Practices for Racially Inclusive Storytimes
Pick up practical tips, resources, and advice on how to make your storytimes racially inclusive. Presenters Anna Haase Krueger and Tamara Lee will share expertise on making racial diversity an intentional part of storytime planning, regardless of whether you serve a diverse community. If you would like to create more inclusive everyday storytimes, but aren't sure how to go about it, this is the session for you. We'll arm you with some do's and don'ts, booklists and suggested themes, and some strategies for success. We'll also take time to hear what you're already doing to create racially inclusive storytimes. This session is suited for library staff at any level who plan and lead storytime.

Speakers
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Anna Haase Krueger, Children's Librarian, Ramsey County Library

Anna Haase Krueger reviews for School Library Journal, forces houseguests to listen to picture books, and spends way too much time making jokes on the internet. You can find her on Twitter @opinionsbyanna and at www.futurelibrariansuperhero.com
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Tamara Lee, Children's Librarian, Ramsey County Library

Tamara Lee is the children’s librarian for the New Brighton branch of the Ramsey County Library (MN) and has been working in the field since 2008. Tamara is an ALA Spectrum scholar (‘06) and is passionate about racial equity in the field of librarianship, early literacy and diversity... Read More →



Thursday September 29, 2016 3:50pm - 4:50pm CDT
Lake Superior Ballroom L

3:50pm CDT

A New Look for Minnesota Reflections: Enhancing the User Experience
This past spring staff at the University of Minnesota Libraries were charged by the Minnesota Digital Library to explore the possibility of replacing the current CONTENTdm discovery layer with a more effective solution. Our intent was to leverage new technologies by which we could increase user satisfaction of our site through increased response and interaction. The resultant prototype has to-date exceeded our expectations and allowed us to think about discovery and UX design in new ways, decoupled from the constraints of CONTENTdm.  This presentation will discuss the work done to create these customizations, including the use of the CONTENTdm API, the Blacklight (blacklight.org) discovery platform, and several open source image and document viewers. This new discovery integration successfully reduces user response time and allows for the creation of a more attractive, flexible and feature rich interface in order to deliver this digital library content. This project also continues to lean on the CONTENTdm application, particularly the vital role it plays as the administrative backend that supports the complex Minnesota Reflections project.


Thursday September 29, 2016 3:50pm - 4:50pm CDT
St. Louis River Room

3:50pm CDT

Ignite Session: Learn What's Sparking at Minitex
Ignite sessions are about having fun and showing that presentations don't have to be "death by PowerPoint." This Ignite session will be a series of fast-paced, five-minute talks. Each presentation includes 15 slides that will advance automatically after 20 seconds. This session will explore what's happening at Minitex. Join us to find out what's lighting up Minnesota libraries this year.


Thursday September 29, 2016 3:50pm - 4:50pm CDT
Gooseberry Falls Room 1

3:50pm CDT

Evy Nordley Award for Best Project by Library Friends Groups
Move your organization forward by learning about from this year’s creative Evy Nordly Award finalists.  The Minnesota Association of Library Friends will spotlight three exceptional projects from Minnesota Friends organizations.  Hear brief presentations from the Pipestone Area Friends of the Library (“Night at the Museum” event), the Friends of the Elmore Public Library (“Basket Book-nanza” project), and the Friends and Foundation of the Northfield Public Library (“Friends Book Bags” project).   The winner will receive a commemorative plaque and a $1,000 monetary prize for their friends’ organization.  Attendees are guaranteed to come away with at least one replicable idea! 

Thursday September 29, 2016 3:50pm - 4:50pm CDT
Gooseberry Falls Room 2

3:50pm CDT

Pause with a Purpose
Moving forward is great, but sometimes we need an intentional pause to refresh and regroup. Carla Powers, Duluth Public Library Manager and certified soma yoga teacher, will lead participants through a chair yoga practice that includes breath work, gentle stretching and guided relaxation, along with tips for using yoga to improve your health and productivity at the library. You'll leave this session refreshed and ready to keep moving!

Speakers
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Carla Powers, Manager, Duluth Public Library

Carla Powers has been working in libraries for 25 years and currently is the manager of the Duluth Public Library.  Recently she earned her certification as a 200-hour SomaYoga teacher through Yoga North in Duluth.  Carla has achieved greater comfort in her body and ease in her... Read More →


Thursday September 29, 2016 3:50pm - 4:50pm CDT
French River Room 1

3:50pm CDT

Accepting Passport Applications: Pros and cons
Becoming a Passport Acceptance Facility is a way to expand customer service in the community, generate foot traffic, and provide a revenue stream. The Grand Rapids Area Library began accepting passports in December of 2015. This session will discuss the pros and cons, talk about the process of becoming an acceptance facility, and describe the experience to date.  The Customer Service Office of the Regional Passport Agency will talk about the requirements and the process for becoming an acceptance facility.

Speakers
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Marcia Anderson, Director, Grand Rapids Library,

Marcia Anderson has been the Director of the Grand Rapids Area Library for more than 8 years, and has worked at the Library since December, 2005.  She has been a certified passport agent since September of 2015.  She received her MLIS from the University of Washington, where passport... Read More →



Thursday September 29, 2016 3:50pm - 4:50pm CDT
Gooseberry Falls Room 3

3:50pm CDT

Helping Decipher Doctorspeak: Health Literacy in Your Community
People are increasingly responsible for making their own health decisions.  Health literacy is recognized as a critical life skill that helps patients in making health care decisions.    Librarians can help navigate and evaluate health information.    Last March, a broad coalition of Minnesota health organizations released the Minnesota Action Plan to Improve Health Literacy.  In the plan, libraries are recognized as places other than healthcare facilities where people go to find reliable health information.  This session will provide an overview of the importance of health literacy, health literacy initiatives within the state of Minnesota, what resources are available for training for librarians to learn to assist patrons with finding quality health information or where to partner for access to expertise/resources, and guidelines for choosing trusted web-based health sources.  Libraries are gateways to health information and librarians are recognized as offering the needed support to help deal with health information literacy issues. 

Speakers
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Katherine Chew, Associate Librarian & Research/Outreach Services Librarian, UMN Health Sciences Library

Katherine Chew, MLS, is an Associate Librarian and the Research/Outreach Services Librarian for the Health Sciences Libraries at the University of Minnesota.  She provides research support and consultation to University of Minnesota researchers in the Academic Health Center including... Read More →


Thursday September 29, 2016 3:50pm - 4:50pm CDT
Split Rock Room 2

5:00pm CDT

6:00pm CDT

Glensheen Mansion Evening Event

The Minnesota Multicounty Multitype Library Systems and the Kathryn A. Martin Library, University of Minnesota Duluth invite you to the Glensheen Mansion for fun, food, and networking. There will be guided tours of the mansion and grounds - including a rare peek into the family library at Glensheen led by Director Dan Hartman - chili buffet and a cash bar.

Just minutes from downtown on the shore of Lake Superior, Glensheen (glensheen.org) is a beautiful site for an evening of relaxation and conversation with old friends and new. Free to registered attendees.

Shuttles are available from Holiday Inn & Radisson. You will need to check with your hotel for scheduling. Shuttles will not be available from Canal Park Lodge. Food served 6-8 pm.

Co-Sponsored by the Minnesota Multicounty Multitype Library Systems and the Kathryn A. Martin Library, University of Minnesota Duluth.



Thursday September 29, 2016 6:00pm - 8:00pm CDT
Gleensheen Mansion 3300 London Road, Duluth, MN 55804
 
Friday, September 30
 

7:00am CDT

Continental Breakfast
Friday September 30, 2016 7:00am - 8:00am CDT
Edmund Fitzgerald Exhibit Hall - Floor 1 DECC

7:00am CDT

Exhibit Hall & Silent Auction Hours
Friday September 30, 2016 7:00am - 3:40pm CDT
Edmund Fitzgerald Exhibit Hall - Floor 1 DECC

7:00am CDT

Registration
Friday September 30, 2016 7:00am - 4:30pm CDT
Registration Area - Floor 1 DECC

8:10am CDT

Children and Young People's Section (CYP) Subunit Meeting
The Children and Young People's Section is looking for new members, new ideas, and new leaders. The Annual Conference is one of the only opportunities for subunit members to meet in the same room and plan for the upcoming year. Use this opportunity to get subunit business done, find out what's happening around the state, and make plans for moving your subunit and association forward. Not a member of MLA or the subunit? No problem! Everyone is welcome to join us.

Friday September 30, 2016 8:10am - 8:40am CDT
Gooseberry Falls Room 1

8:10am CDT

Diversity and Outreach Round Table (DORT) Subunit Meeting
The Diversity and Outreach Round Table is a growing force within MLA. We value continuing education and are building a reputation for excellence in conference programs. We value professional connection and helped establish a search tool on the MLA website based on areas of expertise. To continue to advance our work in these key areas, this year's meeting will use our brief amount of time for a "speed brainstorming" exercise. Grab some coffee and then come kick off your day - and our plans for next year - with a burst of ideas and action points.

Friday September 30, 2016 8:10am - 8:40am CDT
Gooseberry Falls Room 2

8:10am CDT

Government Documents Round Table (GODORT) Subunit Meeting
The Government Documents Roundtable is looking for new members, new ideas, and new leaders. The Annual Conference is one of the only opportunities for subunit members to meet in teh same room and plan for the upcoming year. We plan to use this opportunity to get subunit business done, find out what's happening around the state, and make plans for moving our subunit and the association forward. No a member of MLA or GoDORT? No problem! Everyone is welcome to join us.

Friday September 30, 2016 8:10am - 8:40am CDT
Gooseberry Falls Room 3

8:10am CDT

Instruction Round Table (IRT) Subunit Meeting
Join us as we:
  • Review last year's activities
  • Elect a new co-chair
  • Share instruction problems and solutions
  • Gather input for what you want to see from IRT
  • Set the course for next year 

Friday September 30, 2016 8:10am - 8:40am CDT
Split Rock Room 1

8:10am CDT

Intellectual Freedom Committee (IFC) Subunit Meeting
The Intellectual Freedom Committee is looking for new members, new ideas, and new leaders. The Annual Conference is one of the only opportunities for subunit members to meet in the same room and plan for the upcoming year. We're going to use this opportunity to get subunit business done, find out what’s happening around the state, and make plans for moving our subunit and the association forward. Not a member of MLA or the IFC? No problem! Everyone is welcome to join us.

Friday September 30, 2016 8:10am - 8:40am CDT
Split Rock Room 2

8:10am CDT

Reader's Advisory Round Table (RART) Subunit Meeting

The Readers Advisory Roundtable is looking for new members, new ideas, and new leaders. The Annual Conference is one of the only opportunities for subunit members to meet in the same room and plan for the upcoming year. We'll use this opportunity to get subunit business done, find out what’s happening around the state, and make plans for moving our subunit and the association forward. Not a member of MLA or RART? No problem! Everyone is welcome to join us.



Friday September 30, 2016 8:10am - 8:40am CDT
St. Louis River Room

8:10am CDT

Reference and Adult Services Section (RASS) Subunit Meeting
RASS (Reference and Adult Services Section) is looking for you! Get involved with MLA, make connections, and have fun. Join us for the RASS annual business meeting where we will:
  • Select our new co-chair
  • Review our activities from the past year
         --Our annual RASS Rendezvous was held in August – share your feedback and ideas for the 2017 Rendezvous
  • Brainstorm new activities to engage with each other, our organizations, and our communities
  • Discuss current issues and trends related to Reference and Adult Services
You do not need to be a member of MLA or the section to attend! Everyone is welcome! If you have ideas for RASS, need ideas for your Reference and Adult Services teams, or are just curious about RASS, MLA and/or its subunits, attend our annual business meeting. We hope to see you there!

Friday September 30, 2016 8:10am - 8:40am CDT
French River Room 1

8:10am CDT

Small and Rural Libraries Round Table (SRLRT) Subunit Meeting
The Small and Rural Library Roundtable is looking for new members, new ideas, and new leaders. The Annual Conference is one of the only opportunities for subunit members to meet in the same room and plan for the upcoming year. We will use this opportunity to get subunit business done, find out what’s happening around the state, and make plans for moving your subunit and the association forward. Not member of MLA or the SRLRT? No problem! Everyone is welcome to join us.

Friday September 30, 2016 8:10am - 8:40am CDT
French River Room 2

8:10am CDT

Technical Services Section (TSS) Subunit Meeting

Join us for the Technical Services Section (TSS) business meeting to find out what’s happening in Technical Services around Minnesota and help TSS plan for the upcoming year. You’ll learn about exciting projects that help colleagues and staff to “search, create, and inspire.” We’ll brainstorm new ways to assist and collaborate with TSS subunit members across the state. Plans for a TSS Day will be initiated. Not a member of MLA or the subunit? No problem! TSS welcomes new members, new ideas, and new leaders (we’ll be voting on the Chair-Elect position as well). Everyone is welcome to join us!



Friday September 30, 2016 8:10am - 8:40am CDT
Lake Superior Ballroom O

8:50am CDT

State Library Services On-Demand!
Are you interested in getting one-on-one answers about LSTA and Construction grants, running customized reports using public library annual survey data, services offered from the Braille & Talking Book Library, or statewide youth services initiatives from the State Library staff? If so, come to this walk-in "reference" desk and consult with the librarians from State Library Services. We will answer your questions on the spot–or get back to you–whatever it takes to answer your queries.

Speakers
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Jennifer Verbrugge, Library Program and Partnership Coordinator, State Library Services, MN Department of Education

Jennifer Verbrugge is the Library Program and Partnership Coordinator for State Library Services at the Minnesota Department of Education. She oversees the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund (Legacy) grant program and statewide programs for youth, such as the 90-Second Newbery and Libraries... Read More →
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Jacqueline Blagsvedt, Youth Literacy and Library Program Specialist, MN Department of Education

Jackie coordinates Minnesota's Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) state grant program and administers competitive LSTA grant opportunities. She was previously a children's librarian at Brookdale Library with Hennepin County Library and continues to advocate for high quality... Read More →
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Jennifer Nelson, Director of State Library Services, Minnesota Department of Education

Since 2013, Jen Nelson has served as Director of State Library Services at the Minnesota Department of education. Jen has more than 25 years of experience in libraries, working in a number of different capacities at the Minneapolis Public and Hennepin County libraries. She takes an... Read More →


Friday September 30, 2016 8:50am - 9:50am CDT
St. Louis River Room

8:50am CDT

Library Resources for those Serving Asian Communities Across Minnesota
This session will provide attendees information related to specific service needs of Asian communities, suggestions of collection and vendor resources and examples of successful cultural programs to meet the needs of Minnesota's growing Asian communities; as well as the broader society's need for high quality resources related to the cultural heritage of Asian Minnesotans. Attendees will leave with increased information about the Asian communities in Minnesota and how they may meet the service needs of the Asian populations they serve with their libraries.

Speakers
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Mark Pfeifer, PhD, Hmong Cultural Center

Dr. Mark Pfeifer is the Director of Programs and Development at the Hmong Cultural Center in Saint Paul. He is also the Librarian for Hmong Cultural Center. Pfeifer is the editor of the Hmong Studies Journal and editor of Diversity in Diaspora: Hmong Americans in the Twenty-First... Read More →
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Cecelia Hsu, Associate Librarian, Hennepin County Library

Cecilia Hsu is a new associate librarian with the Hennepin County Libraries. She earned her Bachelors degree in Animation at Ball State University, and has always had a strong interest in cross disciplinary work. Her time at Ball State was heavily invested in meeting study abroad... Read More →
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Kay Yang-Cha, Librarian, Hennepin County Library

Kay Yang-Cha is a librarian in Hennepin County, Minnesota. She had over ten years of librarian experience at a public library in South Korea before moving to the American Library System. She offered world Language story-times and many cultural events at the Hennepin county libraries... Read More →
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Phuoc Thi Minh Tran, Librarian, Author, and Storyteller

Phuoc Thi Minh Tran is the first Vietnamese librarian in Minnesota, a storyteller, and a published author. She has shared her experiences and knowledge of Vietnamese culture at various cultural events, storytelling programs, conferences, libraries, universities, colleges, and schools... Read More →


Friday September 30, 2016 8:50am - 9:50am CDT
Gooseberry Falls Room 1

8:50am CDT

Begin Your Love Affair with Data: Evaluating Programs = Finding Success
Are you offering awesome programs for tweens and teens, but ending up with empty meeting rooms? Believe it or not, looking at the types of data you collect and why you collect it can help you meaningfully connect with more kids through your library programs. This session will help you begin an evolution from simply doing evaluation to being evaluative–and reaping the benefits through improved relationships with young people and increased youth program attendance.

Moderators
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Jennifer Verbrugge, Library Program and Partnership Coordinator, State Library Services, MN Department of Education

Jennifer Verbrugge is the Library Program and Partnership Coordinator for State Library Services at the Minnesota Department of Education. She oversees the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund (Legacy) grant program and statewide programs for youth, such as the 90-Second Newbery and Libraries... Read More →

Speakers
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Eric Billiet, Expanded Learning Education Specialist, MN Department of Education

Eric Billiet is the Expanded Learning Education Specialist and a member of the Health Promotion and Youth Development Team for the Minnesota Department of Education. Eric helps schools and community organizations develop and implement high-quality afterschool and summer learning opportunities... Read More →


Friday September 30, 2016 8:50am - 9:50am CDT
Lake Superior Ballroom MN

8:50am CDT

Brace Yourself, College is Coming!! Engaging Older Teens through Test Preparation Programming
Getting high school students into the library is hard. Engaging high school students with library programming is even harder. Learn how two Scott County Librarians tapped into the desire of teens (and their parents!) to do well on the ACT by developing a free 2.5 hour class using ELM's LearningExpress Library and other free resources. What started as a single program during Teen Read in October 2015 expanded into 14 more classes with full or nearly full rosters throughout the school year and following summer. Attendees at this session will come away with the tools to replicate this program in their own libraries.

Speakers
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Lisa Pollard, Youth Services Coordinator, Scott County Library

Lisa Pollard has worked in Youth Services at the Scott County Library for 14 years, since getting her MLIS from St Catherine University in St Paul. She also brings six years of experience wrangling her own teen sons into caring about school and getting ready for college, making her... Read More →
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Ally Addison, Youth Services Subject Specialist, Scott County Library

Ally Addison has been library-ing for nine years, focusing on technology and youth services. She received her MLIS from Wayne State University in 2011. She is an alumnus of MILE 2013 cohort. She has been with Scott County Libraries as a youth service subject specialist since 2015... Read More →


Friday September 30, 2016 8:50am - 9:50am CDT
French River Room 1

8:50am CDT

A Conversation about Collections
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.

Speakers
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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.
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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

8:50am CDT

Deep Roots and New Growth: A Minitex Digital Initatives & Cataloging Update
Join Minitex Digital Initiatives & Metadata Education staff to learn about the latest trends and emerging standards in cataloging and resource description. RDA, BIBFRAME (Bibliographic Framework Initiative) development, and OCLC cataloging updates are a few of the topics that will be covered. Minnesota Digital Library staff will discuss new initiatives such as the Scan For Keeps service, Ebooks Minnesota, and provide an update on new additions to the statewide digital resource, Minnesota Reflections.

Speakers
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Greta Bahnemann, Metadata Librarian, Minnesota Digital Library, Minitex

Greta is the Metadata Librarian for the Minnesota Digital Library, where she is responsible for implementing current metadata standards and best practices for the Minnesota Digital Library's primary project, Minnesota Reflections, a digital collection of more than 264,000 images... Read More →
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Jolie Graybill, Assistant Director for Digital Initiatives & Metadata Eduction, Minitex

 Jolie Graybill joined Minitex in September 2014 as Assistant Director for Digital Initiatives & Metadata Education.
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Lizzy Baus, Cataloging & Metadata Education Librarian, Minitex

Lizzy Baus joined Minitex in June 2015. As the Cataloging & Metadata Education Librarian, she develops training curriculum and oversees the Contract Cataloging Program.
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Carla Urban, Digital Exhibit Outreach Coordinator, Minitex/MDL

 Carla Urban has been part of Minitex since 1995.  She currently works with the Minnesota Digital Library on digital exhibits and community scanning events.
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Molly Huber, Outreach Coordinator, Mintex/MDL

Molly Huber has been the Outreach Coordinator for the Minnesota Digital Library (MDL) since September 2014. As MDL's Outreach Coordinator, she develops and manages new digital projects for Minnesota Reflections as well as taking part in planning and implementation of new initiatives... Read More →
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Sara Ring

Continuing Education Librarian, Minitex
Sara Ring is Continuing Education Librarian at Minitex in the Digital Initiatives & Metadata Education unit. She develops and presents training on linked data and metadata standards for digital collections and digital preservation. She holds an M.A. in Library and Information Studies... Read More →


Friday September 30, 2016 8:50am - 9:50am CDT
Split Rock Room 1

8:50am CDT

What's New in Interlibrary Loan -- Trends, MnLINK Discovery and more
This presentation will highlight techniques and best practices used by libraries in the Minitex region and other interlibrary loan operations. Learn how electronic resources, patron expectations, fee-based services, and Minnesota's changing discovery layer for the MNLINK Gateway are making big impacts on interlibrary loan. Get tips to make sure you are leveraging these changes to enhance your services. In this presentation, Minitex Resource Sharing staff will share the trends, best practices, and challenges that make working in interlibrary loan so interesting and unique. Come ready to share your ideas and solutions that have delighted your patrons.

Speakers
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Nick Banitt, Resource Sharing Manager, Minitex

Nick is a Resource Sharing Manager at Minitex. His work-life revolves around the day-to-day management of the MNLINK program. He worked for several years at the Minneapolis Public Library before finding his way to Minitex.
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Carol Nelson, Resource Sharing Manager, Minitex

Carol has worked at Minitex for over 30 years. Her current responsibilities include managing the University's ILL Lending division (Documents to U), electronic delivery, and the Resource Sharing website.


Friday September 30, 2016 8:50am - 9:50am CDT
Lake Superior Ballroom L

8:50am CDT

Beyond the Reading Room: Engaging Archives Users through Social Media
Special collections in archives and libraries can often seem hidden and mysterious. Using social media to reach current and potential archives users can be a powerful opportunity for conversation and education. This session will offer a comparison and contrast of the social media strategies employed by two special libraries/archives, both of which are smaller units within larger institutions. We will share examples of successes, failures, and potential explanations for results as we present our different approaches to social media. Specific topics include how to launch team-based vs individual management approaches, finding your voice, understanding audience, and using metrics. In addition to sharing concrete examples from our own experiences, we will incorporate broader scholarly literature and recommended best practices. Finally, we plan to emphasize why maintaining a social media presence is an important component of a well-rounded outreach and communications strategy.

Speakers
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Jamie Hoehn, Assistant Archivist, Migration and Social Services Collections, University of Minnesota

Jamie L. Hoehn began working in an archives as an undergraduate. Like many student workers, she got covered in dust and red rot, but more importantly, she got bitten by the “archives bug.” Concurrent with earning her MLIS at St. Catherine University, Hoehn worked for a number... Read More →
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Jennifer Rian, Reference Librarian, Gale Family Library, Minnesota Historical Society

Jennifer Rian has an affinity for working with special collections and libraries tracing back to her work as a graduate assistant at the small, but mighty Goldstein Library (Tallahassee, FL) and including a position as an educator at the Iron Range Research Center (Chisholm, MN... Read More →


Friday September 30, 2016 8:50am - 9:50am CDT
Gooseberry Falls Room 2

8:50am CDT

eGovernment: Assisting Library Patrons in a Paperless Landscape
The American Library Association defines eGovernment as "the use of technology, particularly the internet, as a means to deliver government services and to facilitate the interaction of the public with government entities." The MELSA eGovernment Task Force was convened to examine how library patrons navigate the paperless, online government world and how libraries can support those with limited tech skills or access. To study the eGovernment landscape, the Task Force met with representatives from a variety of federal, state, and local agencies, including MN Courts Self-Help Center, MNSure, MN Dept of Revenue, IRS, AARP Tax Assistance, MN Secretary of State Elections Office, Metropolitan Council Housing Authority, MN Unemployment Insurance Office, MN Driver Services, MN Coalition of Government Information, the Social Security Administration, and E-democracy.org. Attend this session to hear about what this group has learned, including their summary recommendations.

Speakers
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Maureen Gormley, Digital Services Manager, Dakota County Library

Maureen Gormley is the Digital Services Manager for Dakota County Library and has worked for Dakota County for 24 years. She serves on several MELSA committees and has been part of the MELSA eGovernment Task Force since its inception.
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Jenn Straumann, Community Engagement Manager, Anoka County Library

Jenn Straumann is the Community Engagement Manager for Anoka County Library. In her role she supports library staff in developing learning opportunities, building partnerships and connecting the community with ideas, information and inspiration. Jenn has been a member of the MELSA... Read More →


Friday September 30, 2016 8:50am - 9:50am CDT
Split Rock Room 2

8:50am CDT

Transforming Lives: Addressing the Diverse Needs of Our Communities
Ramsey County Library has taken deliberate steps to expand access to our resources and make connections with underserved members of our community. Through programming and collaborations, we are striving to respond to the diverse needs of the public. In this presentation, Carrie will first provide an overview of RCL’s Life Skills Project, an overarching designation for educational and social service programming. Meg will provide an update from the community corrections outreach program that she has been working on for four years, and Pete will present on the Community Resource Outreach Project (CROP), which has social workers providing services in the library environment. After the presentations, questions and discussion are encouraged.


Friday September 30, 2016 8:50am - 9:50am CDT
Lake Superior Ballroom O

10:00am CDT

Morning Break in Exhibit Hall
Friday September 30, 2016 10:00am - 10:45am CDT
Edmund Fitzgerald Exhibit Hall - Floor 1 DECC

10:55am CDT

Marketing Magic: Top Tips and Tricks for Marketing Your Library
With so little time and so little money, how can you magically make your marketing dreams come true? Learn the top tips from library marketers in the trenches, with experience from small, large, and regional libraries. With a little organization and a lot of enthusiasm, you can market your library like a pro!  

Speakers
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Jennifer Harveland, Communication Specialist, SELCO (Southeast Libraries Cooperating)

Jennifer Harveland has worked in media, communication and marketing in varying capacities since her days as an Army broadcaster in the late 1980s. She has experience in print journalism, radio and television, and was even a small town librarian for a couple of years. She has embraced... Read More →
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Karen Lemke, Head of Marketing and Community Engagement, Rochester Public Library

Karen Lemke started at Rochester Public Library in September of 2015. Prior to joining RPL, Karen worked as Marketing Director for the Pine River Library in Bayfield, Colorado (winner of the 2014 Library Journal "Best Small Library in America"). In addition to her time in libraries... Read More →


Friday September 30, 2016 10:55am - 11:55am CDT
Gooseberry Falls Room 1

10:55am CDT

State Library Services: Moving Ahead to 2022
In 2017, State Library Services is looking ahead to a new Library Services and Technology Act Five Year plan. The plan will support the on-going efforts of Minnesota's libraries to positively impact their communities from 2018 through 2022. Please join us and share your thoughts on trends and directions for library services in the coming years. Come prepared for a wide-ranging conversation about programs that expand services through partnerships for learning and access to information and educational resources for individuals of all ages, circumstances and abilities. Together we will share ideas for statewide initiatives to build networks to support research, education and innovation, improve staff skills, and build the capacity of libraries to serve their patrons. 

Speakers
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Jennifer Nelson, Director of State Library Services, Minnesota Department of Education

Since 2013, Jen Nelson has served as Director of State Library Services at the Minnesota Department of education. Jen has more than 25 years of experience in libraries, working in a number of different capacities at the Minneapolis Public and Hennepin County libraries. She takes an... Read More →


Friday September 30, 2016 10:55am - 11:55am CDT
French River Room 1

10:55am CDT

50 in 60 Book Blast - Nonfiction
RART brings you its annual book blast for nonfiction! Buckle up and enjoy the ride as we talk about 50 books in a variety of genres including: World War I, Home Sweet Home, Medieval Madness, and a couple of surprise categories. It's fast and furious, but always fun, entertaining, and educational!

Speakers
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Laurel Bradshaw, Librarian, Carver County Library

Laurel Bradshaw is currently an adult-services librarian for the Carver County library system. She was quite possibly born in the wrong century. A student of medieval music, she played with the University of Iowa Collegium for many years, and built her own harpsichord. She also reads... Read More →
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Rachel Gray, Information Services Librarian, SELCO

Rachel Gray is the Information Services Librarian for Southeastern Libraries Cooperating (SELCO). She is also an active member of MLA, currently serving on the Conference Committee and the RART Steering Committee chair. Rachel got her MLIS from Dominican University in 2004. She loves... Read More →
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Donovan Lambright, Automation Librarian, SELCO

Donovan Lambright has been the Automation Librarian at Southeastern Libraries Cooperating (SELCO) in Rochester, MN since 2000.  Before that, he served as a paraprofessional at Lincoln University and as a Reference/Technology Librarian at Missouri River Regional Library, both in Jefferson... Read More →



Friday September 30, 2016 10:55am - 11:55am CDT
Lake Superior Ballroom O

10:55am CDT

Passive Program Power!
Kid-powered passive programs are low-cost, low stress, and high fun programs that stretch your time and budget and increase library use/literacy support. Join two veteran passive programmers and discover multiple ways to create these DIY programs including 1000 Books Before Kindergarten, check-out clubs, exploration stations and more in this lively session. We'll also share what ideas other libraries of all sizes are doing. Adaptable and endlessly innovative, passive programs create easy-to-do programming that is available anytime the library is open and make the library a highly anticipated destination for preschoolers, school-agers and teens.

Speakers
avatar for Marge Loch-Wouters,  Children's Librarian, retired and Consultant, La Crescent, MN

Marge Loch-Wouters, Children's Librarian, retired and Consultant, La Crescent, MN

Marge recently retired from a 40 year career as a children's librarian and manager. She works as a youth consultant and educator and has presented numerous classes , workshops and webinars on innovative youth services and challenging issues in youth services. She is active in national... Read More →
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Kelsey Johnson-Kaiser, Youth Services Manager, George Latimer Central Library, St. Paul

Kelsey Johnson Kaiser has worked with youth in Columbus, WI and La Crosse, WI, and especially enjoys reading books for school agers and teens and connecting them with eager (and not-so-eager) readers. She is also passionate about creating fun and engaging programs and working with... Read More →



Friday September 30, 2016 10:55am - 11:55am CDT
Split Rock Room 2

10:55am CDT

Library Linked Data for the Uninitiated
What is this "Linked Data" thing? What does it mean for my library? What's the benefit for me and my data? What does this have to do with that BIBFRAME thing? If you have ever asked yourself these or similar questions, this is the workshop for you. In today' digital information age, libraries must meet users where they are on the web. Library data remains largely hidden from search engines and other services that people frequent on a daily basis, and the library linked data movement seeks to expose and integrate our rich, authoritative data into the web. This workshop will provide a firm foundation on the principles of linked data and what it means for all libraries. We will discuss the emerging BIBFRAME model for library (and other) data and show how it fits into the linked data world. With several types of audience participation, we will present one possible workflow for transforming your own library data into linked data. Case studies of libraries already working with this technology will also be highlighted.

Speakers
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Lizzy Baus, Cataloging & Metadata Education Librarian, Minitex

Lizzy Baus joined Minitex in June 2015. As the Cataloging & Metadata Education Librarian, she develops training curriculum and oversees the Contract Cataloging Program.
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Sara Ring

Continuing Education Librarian, Minitex
Sara Ring is Continuing Education Librarian at Minitex in the Digital Initiatives & Metadata Education unit. She develops and presents training on linked data and metadata standards for digital collections and digital preservation. She holds an M.A. in Library and Information Studies... Read More →


Friday September 30, 2016 10:55am - 11:55am CDT
Gooseberry Falls Room 2

10:55am CDT

BiblioTech – Bringing the Library to the Public

In September 2013, Bexar County, Texas, launched BiblioTech, the first entirely digital public library in the United States.  Capitalizing on technology, BiblioTech challenges the paradigm of the library and presents an inverted service model by breaking down library “walls” with accessibility to disengaged populations.   BiblioTech has captured the imagination of people all over the world and has sparked dialog about new and exciting ways library services can be delivered to the public.


Speakers
avatar for Laura Cole, Administrator, BiblioTech

Laura Cole, Administrator, BiblioTech

Originally from Minnesota, Laura has worked in county government for the past 12 years; first in Washington County, Oregon, and, since 2008, for Bexar County, Texas. Laura earned a Master of Public Administration from the University of Texas San Antonio and Master of Library Science... Read More →



Friday September 30, 2016 10:55am - 11:55am CDT
Lake Superior Ballroom MN

10:55am CDT

State Public Library Funding: Fun & Facts
Public library funding seems easy enough to understand - mostly local tax dollars. Right? That's not quite the whole story. Knowing more about state programs for public library funding in MN can help you better understand your library organization and inform your advocacy efforts. So if you've ever wondered:
  • How does regional public system funding work?  
  • What is RLBSS? And why is "The Formula" such a big deal? 
  • How are Legacy dollars distributed and put to use?
  • How does the RLTA program help keep staff and public computers connected? 
...or didn't know these were things to know, then, this is the session for you.  It's loaded with facts and more than enough fun to keep your eyes from glazing over. 

Speakers
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Ken Behringer, Executive Director, Metropolitan Library Service Agency

Ken Behringer is Executive Director of MELSA. He has also served as Director of the Dakota County Library and Great River Regional Library, as well as Executive Director of the MnLINK Project.
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Karen Pundsack, Executive Director, Great River Regional Library

Karen has worked at Great River Regional Library since 1999, first as a branch manager in Sauk Centre and later in Albany. She moved into administration in 2009 and was appointed as Executive Director in May 2015.  Karen has a bachelor's degree in mass communication from St. Cloud... Read More →
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Kathleen James, Youth Services & Project Manager, MELSA

Kathleen James is the Youth Services & Project Manager at MELSA.
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Peg Werner, Director, Viking Library System

Peg Werner is the Director of the Viking Library System (VLS). 


Friday September 30, 2016 10:55am - 11:55am CDT
Lake Superior Ballroom L

10:55am CDT

Diversity Salons: A Safe Place to Engage in Challenging Conversations
While an institution may not have a formal group charged with developing and implementing diversity programming, diversity programming can still happen, still be impactful, and still further the conversation around this important topic. University of Minnesota Libraries staff members have created Diversity Salons as a low-barrier opportunity for library staff to explore a diversity-related topic in an informal atmosphere and actualize the University's expectation that diversity is everyone's everyday work.  Grounding assumptions are used to ensure that participants are working within a safe space. Each salon incorporates use of popular media such as a book, a Ted Talk or a film as a launching off point to move the group toward a lightly facilitated discussion. This session will describe the origin of the Diversity Salons, program goals, and how-tos.  The session will also provide information about past Diversity Salon media selections and evaluation survey responses. 

Speakers
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Todd Fenton, External Services Librarian, University of Minnesota Libraries

Todd Fenton has been a corporate librarian and research librarian for most of his career. His introduction to diversity began with programming at the University of Minnesota where he recognized the interaction of his interests in sustainability and community engagement. For Todd... Read More →
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Lara Friedman-Shedlov, Description and Access Archivist, University of Minnesota Libraries

Lara Friedman-Shedlov is Description and Access Archivist for the Kautz Family YMCA Archives, a unit of the Department of Archives and Special Collections at the University of Minnesota Libraries. Her interests include exploring ways to make archival description more culturally competent... Read More →
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Scott Marsalis, Social Sciences Librarian, University of Minnesota Libraries

Scott Marsalis is a liaison librarian whose departments include social work and youth studies. His passion for diversity work comes from an intersection of his lived experiences and these departmental assignments. He tends to view diversity through a social justice lens and finds... Read More →


Friday September 30, 2016 10:55am - 11:55am CDT
Gooseberry Falls Room 3

10:55am CDT

Integrating Data Literacy and Management into the Liberal Arts Curriculum
Academic research, even at the undergraduate student level, is increasingly data-driven. As a result, effective management of research data is an increasingly important part of a student researcher's responsibilities. Librarians at Macalester College have been working with faculty to develop and incorporate data literacy and management instruction into the undergraduate classroom to help them develop these important skills.  This has included the creation of online instruction modules on topics  ranging from finding and organizing the research data needed for their project to strategies for documenting and sharing this data.  We have also offered course-integrated exercises for getting students to think through and implement good data management practices as well as offering one-on-one "data consultations" or in-class sessions.  For academic departments with a strong empirical research component, librarians are working with faculty on implementing the successful Project Tier protocol developed at Haverford College which focuses on the comprehensive documentation of all the steps of data management and analysis that go into an empirical research paper.  


Friday September 30, 2016 10:55am - 11:55am CDT
Split Rock Room 1

10:55am CDT

Vocal Lessons 101 for Librarians
Do you provide weekly storytimes at your library? Do your job duties involve class instruction or presentations? Would you like to learn the full potential of how you can effectively use your voice to sing, read and speak in a healthy way? Many librarians are required to use their voice in a public way on a daily or weekly basis. Repetitive use can cause strain on the voice and sometimes cause the speaker or singer to go hoarse.  In this session you will learn the basics of how your voice works, how you can maintain its health, and how correct breathing technique can help you project without strain or injury. Librarian Monica Stratton, also a trained singer, will lead you through a series of breathing and vocal exercises as you discover the potential of your voice. She will give you tips you can use at your own library to explore your voice and use its full potential as you speak, sing, or read for classroom instruction, presentations, or storytime sessions. Come prepared to breath deeply and vocalize with clarity!

Speakers
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Monica Stratton, Branch Manager & Children's Coordinator, Ramsey County Library

Monica has over 18 years experience as a children's librarian providing weekly storytimes. She currently serves as the MLA-CYP Chair. Additionally, she has an advanced degree in vocal performance and sings professionally in the Twin Cities area.


Friday September 30, 2016 10:55am - 11:55am CDT
St. Louis River Room

12:05pm CDT

Lunch Keynote: Privacy and Libraries in the 21st Century
This keynote will explore the historical relationship between libraries and privacy before delving into the role that libraries play in privacy in the 21st Century. Technology advances have changed the depth and breadth of data that can be collected and allowed for longer storage and easier access. At the same time, patrons' expectations of libraries have shifted regarding services and educational opportunities.

Speakers
avatar for Bobbi Newman, Librarian, Writer, Consultant, Library Advocate, and International Speaker

Bobbi Newman, Librarian, Writer, Consultant, Library Advocate, and International Speaker

Bobbi Newman is a librarian, writer, consultant, library advocate, and an international speaker.  Her interests include privacy, public policy, technology, new media, digital literacy, class, political communication and behavior. She is passionate about the role of libraries in equal... Read More →



Friday September 30, 2016 12:05pm - 1:35pm CDT
Lake Superior Ballroom JK - Floor 2 DECC

1:45pm CDT

Divine Secrets of the Library Sisterhood: In-State Sister Libraries and Why They Matter
Learn how your library can reap benefits, such as staff development, mentoring experiences, and problem-solving skills, from partnering with another in-state, “sister” library. This program is all about libraries helping other libraries. Minnesota librarians, library directors, and state library leadership will now have the chance to help lead the nation with this practical approach to collaboration. Kentucky has successfully piloted this concept for the last six years with the Kentucky Sister Library Project (KSLP). We will look at specific projects you can work on with your “sister.” You will glean valuable do's and don'ts from this session and will leave with concrete ideas and lots of inspiration. See how easy it is to participate!

Speakers
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April Ritchie, Adult Services Coordinator, Kenton County Public Library

April Ritchie is the Adult Services Coordinator at the Kenton County Public Library, Erlanger, Kentucky.  She is also the Statewide Coordinator for the Kentucky Sister Library Project, an endeavor of the Kentucky Public Library Association.


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

1:45pm CDT

Learn, Lead, Repeat: Professional Development for the Long haul
Join the MLA Continuing Education Committee to discuss our recent survey about what Minnesota libraries need in skill training and experiences.   What will make us leaders at every level? How do we spread our knowledge across the whole state? What are barriers to your library getting what you need, and what do your peers need to serve your community to the best of their abilities?   This is not a presentation, but an opportunity to discuss the results of our survey, hear what the committee has planned, and plan options for the future. 



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

1:45pm CDT

LSTA Grantee Panel: Meeting Emerging Community Needs through LSTA
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.

Speakers
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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 →
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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 →
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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

1:45pm CDT

More with Less: Project Management for Beginners
There isn't enough time. There isn't enough money. Time and money are the two most precious and finite resources in a library, and there simply isn't enough of either. Yet, we are constantly asked to do more, to do more with less. In this session we will explore techniques and methods to stretch our time and money by relying on project management techniques. Library roles are increasingly becoming project-oriented, from collection management to summer reading programs, most of our day-to-day activities are actually projects with a budget and a specific start and end date. Learn how the basic tenets of project management can help you and your team work smarter, not harder while delivering the high quality services your patrons have come to expect. Participants will explore principles of project management through examples from many areas of library work, including the construction of a new building, fundraising, event planning, and collection management.

Speakers
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Kelly McBride, Director, Osceola Public Library

Kelly is director at Osceola Public Library.  In 2013 the Library embarked on a capital campaign to build a 6.5 million dollar facility meant to house municipal functions, community spaces, the library and a Fab Lab. As a member of the campaign cabinet, Kelly is instrumental in... Read More →
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Anthony Molaro, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, St. Catherine University

Anthony Molaro is a nationally recognized speaker, teacher and consultant.  He has written and presented on a wide range of topics, and as a previous Dean and director, he has planned, implemented, and successfully executed multiple projects from building renovations to summer reading... Read More →



Friday September 30, 2016 1:45pm - 2:45pm CDT
Lake Superior Ballroom L

1:45pm CDT

Now That's What I Call Community!: Professional Development through Local Collaboration
Everyone loves the camaraderie of a statewide/national conference with its endless learning opportunities and networking events. However, for some a trip to MLA, ACRL, or ALA isn't enough. For others, it can be difficult to find funds and time for an overnight, multi-day conference. This is when a regional library community can be used to supplement learning and networking. The Lake Superior Libraries Symposium is just such a regional group, dedicated to developing the local library community and educational experiences in the Northland. Comprised of library professionals and like-minded allies from diverse roles and types of libraries, the group has hosted small conferences, tours, socials, and unconferences and has learned a lot along the way! Attendees will learn about how a DIY, come-as-you-are community can be a way to further develop skills, relationships, and community. Expect a list of tools to take home.

Speakers
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Adam Brisk, Online Learning and Outreach Librarian, University of Minnesota Duluth

Adam Brisk is a member of the Lake Superior Libraries Symposium and a resident of Duluth. He has held technology and library positions at Marshall School, WITC, Grinnell College and UMD. He enjoys hiking, biking, and brewery tours, and is proud supporter of the University of Minnesota... Read More →
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Richmond Kinney, Adult & Technical Services Supervisor, Duluth Public Library

Richmond Kinney is a member of the Lake Superior Libraries Symposium and lives in Duluth, MN. Currently she is the Adult & Technical Services Supervisor at Duluth Public Library, and has worked at large and small public libraries, an academic library, and an archive. She is particularly... Read More →
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Shana Aue, Special Collections and Archives Librarian, University of Wisconsin-Superior

Shana Aue is a member of the Lake Superior Libraries Symposium and lives in Duluth, MN. She is currently the Special Collections and Archives Librarian at the University of Wisconsin-Superior.


Friday September 30, 2016 1:45pm - 2:45pm CDT
Lake Superior Ballroom O

1:45pm CDT

ConnectED Library Challenge in Minnesota
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.

Speakers
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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 →
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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 →
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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
Split Rock Room 2

1:45pm CDT

What Do They Really Need? Polling Twin City Residents on Digital Access Issues

In 2015, MELSA received a $100,000 grant through the State Library Services agency to learn more about how metro residents use computers, employ network technologies, and adapt to changing online access patterns for government services. Most importantly, we asked how public libraries might provide assistance in these endeavors. This program will cover the scope of the project including: - preliminary planning, - selection of a survey firm - development of a survey instrument - collection and analysis of survey data by the National Research Center, Inc., - integration of the survey results in service planning discussions at two MELSA member libraries: Anoka County Library and Scott County Library.



Speakers
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Ken Behringer, Executive Director, Metropolitan Library Service Agency

Ken Behringer is Executive Director of MELSA. He has also served as Director of the Dakota County Library and Great River Regional Library, as well as Executive Director of the MnLINK Project.
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Erin Caldwell, Senior Research Associate, National Research Center, Inc.

Erin Caldwell is the Director of Research for the National Research Center, Inc. She has worked for the firm in a variety of roles over a 16 year career. She holds a Masters of Science in Public Health degree from the University of Colorado.
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Maggie Snow, Director, Anoka County Library

As Director of the Anoka County Library, Maggie Snow brings significant experience within that system and within other libraries, including the Minneapolis Public Library/Hennepin County Library and Carver County Library systems. She is the Past President of the Minnesota Library... Read More →
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Jacob Grussing, Director, Scott County Library

Jacob Grussing has been the Scott County Library Director since December 2013. Prior to that time, he served with the title Associate Director - Collection Development at Great River Regional Library in St. Cloud, MN.


Friday September 30, 2016 1:45pm - 2:45pm CDT
Gooseberry Falls Room 3

1:45pm CDT

CANCELLED - Digital Literacy Requires Life Long Learning

Ever evolving technology, social network sites that come and go, how can you possibly keep up? What does digital literacy look like in 2016? Newman will talk about why digital literacy matter to our patrons and our libraries, what it means to be digitally literate, and offer some suggestions for those just getting started and for those who think they are already digitally literate.


Speakers
avatar for Bobbi Newman, Librarian, Writer, Consultant, Library Advocate, and International Speaker

Bobbi Newman, Librarian, Writer, Consultant, Library Advocate, and International Speaker

Bobbi Newman is a librarian, writer, consultant, library advocate, and an international speaker.  Her interests include privacy, public policy, technology, new media, digital literacy, class, political communication and behavior. She is passionate about the role of libraries in equal... Read More →


Friday September 30, 2016 1:45pm - 2:45pm CDT
Lake Superior Ballroom MN

1:45pm CDT

Developing Financially Capable Adults and Youth @ The Library
Consumers come to the public library as a trusted source for reliable information regarding numerous topics including financial information. What are the financial education sources that you use as a librarian? Are they reliable sources for consumers to depend upon? In this session, you will explore financial education resources to use in the library recommended by Extension Educators from the University of Minnesota who are also Accredited Financial Counselors. This session will explore:
  • Using children's books to share financial topics;
  • Finding reliable adult personal finance books;
  • Sharing financial and community resources with consumers; and
  • Identifying opportunities to partner to provide financial workshops.

Speakers
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Lori Hendrickson, Extension Educator, University of MN Extension

Lori has worked as an Extension educator for 28 years. She is certified as an Accredited Financial Counselor by the Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education and holds a Certified in Family and Consumer Sciences (CFCS) certification from the American Association... Read More →
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Becky Hagen Jokela, Extension Educator, University of MN Extension

Becky Hagen Jokela has worked as an educator and professor in Family Resource Management for 23 years with the University of Minnesota's Extension Center for Family Development. Becky is certified as an Accredited Financial Counselor by the Association for Financial Counseling and... Read More →



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

1:45pm CDT

Moving On: Lessons Learned from an Information Literacy Instruction Assessment Project
Despite careful planning and best efforts, sometimes assessment results don't necessarily show you what you want to see. Just because the destination is not where you expected to be doesn't mean the journey wasn't worth it. The St. Catherine University Library instruction librarians undertook a significant assessment project with the information literacy instruction provided to all students in their first year shared experience course in the Fall of 2015. Librarians worked with seven class sections to deliver information literacy instruction at strategic times throughout the semester, as opposed to a traditional one-shot library orientation session typically provided. Student learning outcomes were developed, instruction was planned, and assessment tools (pre-test/post-test and evaluation of student work samples) were selected to measure outcomes. Although the results were not what was expected, they were eye opening, and in the process, this project has opened doors, built relationships, created in-roads, and started a dialogue with key stakeholders that has been invaluable. This presentation will explore the methodology and results of our assessment efforts and our reflections on the process, lessons learned, and plans for moving forward.

Speakers
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Sue Gray, Reference and Circulation Librarian, St. Catherine University Minneapolis Campus Library

Sue provides research assistance to students, faculty, and staff, as well as teaching workshops on information literacy, APA, and RefWorks. Sue is the liaison librarian to the Master of Arts in Holistic Health Studies program, and to the Liberal Arts and Sciences Core. Before becoming... Read More →
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Anne Beschnett, Research and Instruction Librarian, St. Catherine University

Anne is the liaison librarian to the nutrition and exercise science, public health, respiratory care, and science programs, and helps organize instruction at the library. Anne has also taken the lead on assessment efforts within the library, and completed the Association of College... Read More →


Friday September 30, 2016 1:45pm - 2:45pm CDT
St. Louis River Room

2:55pm CDT

Afternoon Desserts in Exhibit Hall
Friday September 30, 2016 2:55pm - 3:40pm CDT
Edmund Fitzgerald Exhibit Hall - Floor 1 DECC

3:50pm CDT

How to Learn To Stop Worrying And Love Mindfulness: Wellness in the Workplace
According to the American Psychological Association's 2015 Work and Well-Being Survey, 29% of employed adults indicated that they felt tense or stressed out during the workday, although 62% of employed adults reported that they had the resources to manage the stress in their daily work life (APA 2015). We all know the technological advancements in libraries are changing the way we do our work and that change causes stress. How well individuals are able to cope with these stressors can affect not only their own engagement and job effectiveness, but their interactions with others. What is the role of the organization in supporting wellness in the workplace?  How can staff incorporate mindfulness in simple ways into their day-to-day work?  Join these presenters as they discuss hands-on exercises and grassroots efforts to support wellness and mindfulness in their departments without spending a lot of time and money on the effort.

Speakers
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Katherine Chew, Associate Librarian & Research/Outreach Services Librarian, UMN Health Sciences Library

Katherine Chew, MLS, is an Associate Librarian and the Research/Outreach Services Librarian for the Health Sciences Libraries at the University of Minnesota.  She provides research support and consultation to University of Minnesota researchers in the Academic Health Center including... Read More →



Friday September 30, 2016 3:50pm - 4:50pm CDT
Split Rock Room 2

3:50pm CDT

Looking Back to Move Forward: 'What I Wish I Had Learned in Library School'
Are you a librarian just starting to move forward with your career? Or are you a veteran willing to share your hard earned "in-the-trenches" knowledge? Join us in this entertaining session as we look back at our own education and career: regrets, mistakes, and also successes. What surprised us on entering the field? What do we wish we had learned? What does the constantly evolving profession need from us? Join us as we play "Jeopardy" with our panel of experienced librarians: We will give you tricks from our toolbox to help you better serve the public, manage a successful career, and negotiate the web of relationships that working within a public system involves. We will provide time to share your own tips and techniques. Working together we can use what we've learned collectively to help our profession move towards the future.

Speakers
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Mary Healy, Branch Manager, Anoka County Library

Mary Healy was working part-time as a library clerk at the Hopkins Library in 2003 when the sentence, "You'd make a great children's librarian, Mary" encouraged her to take the step of leaving a 9 year career as a naturalist to leap Into the unknown world of library science. After... Read More →
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Jill Smith, Director, Bayport Public Library

Jill Smith is the director of the Bayport Public Library. She has worked in public libraries for over 20 years in many different roles. She completed her MLIS in 2001 at the University of North Texas. In the library world her two favorite things are eBooks and baby storytime.
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Matt Youngbauer, Library Associate, Anoka County Library

Matt Youngbauer is a Library Associate at the Centennial branch in Anoka County, where he focuses on Youth Services and is co-chair of the Early Literacy Team. In previous lives he's been a bookseller, bookstore manager, magician, leader of Red Balloon's Guys Read program, janitor... Read More →
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Reagen Thalacker, Regional Librarian, SELCO

Reagen wants to live in a world filled with unlimited library funds, books that come bundled with salted caramel hot chocolate, and a personal teleportation device which guarantees that she can travel as much as she'd like without the time spent getting there. As a librarian with... Read More →


Friday September 30, 2016 3:50pm - 4:50pm CDT
Lake Superior Ballroom MN

3:50pm CDT

The Night Library: Providing Outreach through a Massive Interactive Art Installation
In 2015 and 2016, Hennepin County Library staff and partner artists designed and built a 1600-square-foot installation out of cardboard and wood for Northern Spark, a free, dusk-to-dawn, multidisciplinary arts festival in Minneapolis. Learn how The Night Library engaged thousands of participants, primarily young adults, in exploring the role of information and libraries in society through puzzles, storytelling, and theater in an immersive, interactive environment. Presenters will share details about how they developed the narrative, partnered with artists, constructed and staffed the installation, and evaluated the project.

Speakers
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Amy McNally, Library Services Manager, Hennepin County Library

Amy McNally has been working at Hennepin County Library since 2003. In addition to building giant cardboard libraries for Northern Spark, she is currently a Library Services Manager, managing a group of six libraries. Amy has worked on the Northern Spark Team at HCL since its inception... Read More →
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Elizabeth Hilber, Associate Librarian, Hennepin County Library

Elizabeth Hilber received her BA in Global Studies from the University of Minnesota in 2013. Her first experience working in libraries was for the Department of Applied Economics at the University of Minnesota primarily focusing on digitization and open repositories. She is currently... Read More →


Friday September 30, 2016 3:50pm - 4:50pm CDT
French River Room 1

3:50pm CDT

The Kids Don't Make the Choice: Supporting Schools without Libraries
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.

Speakers
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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

3:50pm CDT

An Urban Public Library Analysis: Diversity in Young Adult Collections
The #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign was formed in 2014 to create a roar that can't be ignored, catalyzing the discussion of needing more diverse books in children's literature. While there has been some progress, more work needs to be done in public libraries to diversify collections and make sure that acquisitions are current and authentic. In this presentation, we will describe the results of our research investigating the new young adult acquisitions at an urban public library specific to Asian American young adult texts.   According to the latest census data, a sizeable portion of the library's community under the age of twenty is of Asian descent. We studied young adult acquisitions from 2010, 2012 and 2014 to determine whether or not there was any significant increase in materials having authentic representations of Asians and Asian Americans, and we locate our analyses within the larger context of scholarship, critical analyses, and book reviews on Asian American youth literature, particularly those that originate from the Asian American community. This research will provide a model for how we can analyze diverse collections at public libraries, as well as encourage librarians to conduct their own evaluations of how their systems are doing in diversifying their collections for this particular community. 

Speakers
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Chayse Sundt, MLIS Student, St.Catherine University

Chayse Sundt is a second year graduate student at St. Catherine University in the Master of Library and Information Science Program, where he is the chair for the ALA Student Chapter. He interned at both the University of Minnesota’s Kerlan Collection and the Anoka County Library... Read More →
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Antonio Backman, MLIS Student, St. Catherine University

Antonio Backman is currently a graduate student in the Master of Library and Information Program at St. Catherine University, and was a 2015 Spectrum Scholar. He was the caretaker of the Rachel Anne Gaschott Library at the Loft Literary Center from 2013 to 2015. He now works at the... Read More →
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Sarah Park Dahlen, Assistant Professor, St. Catherine University

Sarah Park Dahlen is an assistant professor in the Master of Library and Information Science Program at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minnesota. Sarah serves on the University of Minnesota’s Kerlan Friends Board (Children’s Literature Research Collection) and the Children... Read More →


Friday September 30, 2016 3:50pm - 4:50pm CDT
Gooseberry Falls Room 2

3:50pm CDT

Diversity! Move Your Collection Forward
Building on the popular Diversity! readers' advisory sessions at the past two annual conferences, this year we are back and better than ever. Push the boundaries of your collection with edgy new materials for teens and adults. Our Diversity & Outreach Round Table (DORT) member panelists will deliver recommendations with energy and wit, covering race, gender, economic diversity, and more. This session is not to be missed! 

Moderators
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Sara Zettervall, Librarian, Hennepin County Library, Nokomis

Sara Zettervall is the Adult Services Librarian at Hennepin County Library's Nokomis branch in South Minneapolis. She has been with HCL for two years and for most of that time split her position between Nokomis and Community Connections, a division that supports community engagement... Read More →

Speakers
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Kathryn Pierce, Branch Librarian, ECRL, Aitkin Library

Kathryn (Katie) Pierce is a public librarian with the East Central Regional Library system. She currently serves as the branch librarian for the Aitkin Public Library in north-central Minnesota, where she enjoys living in proximity to many beautiful lakes. Katie earned her Master... Read More →
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Emilie Hanson, Science House Librarian, Science Museum of Minnesota

Emilie Hanson is the librarian of Science House at the Science Museum of Minnesota, a resource center for educators which increases awareness, access, and equity for MN students. An MLIS graduate from Saint Catherine University, published poet, and meticulous editor with over ten... Read More →
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Heather Fisch, Associate Librarian, Hennepin County Library, Outreach Services

Heather Fisch is an Associate Librarian in Outreach Services at Hennepin County Library. In the spirit of Outreach's mission "to bring the library to anyone facing barriers" she provides library services to residents of the Hennepin County Adult Corrections Facility, senior housing... Read More →
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Phuoc Thi Minh Tran, Librarian, Author, and Storyteller

Phuoc Thi Minh Tran is the first Vietnamese librarian in Minnesota, a storyteller, and a published author. She has shared her experiences and knowledge of Vietnamese culture at various cultural events, storytelling programs, conferences, libraries, universities, colleges, and schools... Read More →
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Stacy Lienemann, Director, Waseca-Le Sueur Regional Library System

Stacy Lienemann is the Director of Waseca-Le Sueur Regional Library System, a 9-library mini-system which functions as a quasi-governmental unit, where she works with exceptional staff dedicated to improving library service to their patrons. She lives in Mankato with her husband and... Read More →


Friday September 30, 2016 3:50pm - 4:50pm CDT
Gooseberry Falls Room 1

3:50pm CDT

Do More with Less: Getting Started with Your Digital Asset Management Initiative
We all know that digital asset management (DAM) is an important issue and would like to do more with it. But it is a hard topic to address. How do you get started? Is it really important? How do we pay for it? For the past few years PALS has worked with the Islandora open source solution and built a community of five partners in Minnesota. They are Southwest Minnesota State University, Minnesota State University-Mankato, Winona State University, College of St. Scholastica, and St. Cloud Technical and Community College. Through our work we have learned of various ways to start your DAM initiative, build support for it, and pay for it. This presentation will provide you with strategies on how to start DAM, gain support, and pay for DAM. Our goal for this session is to help make it easier to get started on your DAM work. No DAM experience required.

Speakers
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Heidi Johnson, Librarian, College of St. Scholastica Library

Heidi Johnson is a librarian at The College of St. Scholastica. She wears several hats as many librarians do at small institutions. She is the first year/information literacy librarian where she does library lectures and reference work; she also serves as the college's archivist... Read More →
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Kevin McGrew, Director, College of St. Scholastica Library

Kevin McGrew is the Director of the Library at The College of St. Scholastica. Kevin has been at the St. Scholastica since 1989, working in Reference, Serials, Electronic Resources, and Interlibrary Loan during that time. He also served as the college's archivist for a number of years... Read More →
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Linda Richter, Innovation Coordinator, PALS

Linda duties include providing technical support for the Islandora Digital Asset Management System and for the Interlibrary Loan module of Aleph. She is also involved in management and planning activities. She holds degrees in Mathematics and Computer Science.
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Alex Kent, Digital Initiatives Librarian, PALS

Alex Kent started at PALS in July 2012 as the Cataloging and Metadata Training and Support Specialist. Prior to PALS he worked as a Collections Cataloger processing archival collections for the Minnesota Historical Society. Currently Alex is the Digital Initiatives Librarian for... Read More →


Friday September 30, 2016 3:50pm - 4:50pm CDT
Split Rock Room 1

3:50pm CDT

Always Be Closing: Providing Effective Customer Service in Libraries
Are you getting the most out of your interactions with your public, staff, and stakeholders? Do you have fantastic programs that go unattended? Regular patrons not coming around as often, or newcomers that get their cards and seem to never return? Rediscover the fundamentals of good customer service! This program covers customer service and sales best practices to create a solid patron-focused culture in your library.

Speakers
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Jake Fejedelem, Technology Librarian, Austin Public Library

Jake Fejedelem has been fascinated with the art of customer service since his first job in retail. He has a wide variety of front-line customer service, selling everything from dishes to pet food, including 15 years in public libraries big and small. Currently the Technology Librarian... Read More →


Friday September 30, 2016 3:50pm - 4:50pm CDT
Lake Superior Ballroom O

3:50pm CDT

Big Questions: Creating and Sustaining a Library Discussion Series
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

Speakers
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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 →
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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

3:50pm CDT

I Don't Want to Adult Today: Children's Programs for Adults
More and more we are seeing adult programs that stimulate memory, overcome stress, and help with networking.  All of these programs reflect childhood in some way or another.  Storytime, coloring clubs, craft days, and even Lego clubs are just a few examples of programs.  The presenters will discuss the importance of having programs that bring proponents of childhood memories to the library and types of programs libraries can have.

Speakers
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Samantha TerBeest, Adult Services Librarian, Winona Public Library

Samantha has worked in Adult Services for six years; one of her favorite parts of the job is programming events. She has found that some of her crazier ideas have been some of the most successful events.
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Ingvild Herfindahl, Director, Dodge Center Public Library

Ingvild was a Children’s Librarian for six years before becoming Library Director. She has discovered that many of the skills she learned working with toddlers work equally well in working with adults.



Friday September 30, 2016 3:50pm - 4:50pm CDT
Lake Superior Ballroom L