Welcome to the 2017 MLA Annual Conference! This year’s theme is Radical Librarianship - the power of libraries to provide access to the truth, strengthen our community voices, create opportunity for exploration and innovation, and assist our patrons to build a better future. Libraries have always been radical, but what does Radical Librarianship mean for us today? Join us at the 2017 MLA Annual Conference to help shape that conversation!
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Thursday, October 5 • 8:00am - 8:50am
Project Management for the Uninitiated, or Why It's Never Okay to Call Your Coworkers 'Monkeys'

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In this session, we will focus on how project management skills can be adapted to fit any role within a library system, including administrative, technology, technical services, and branch management. We will cover both best practices and what not to do when it comes to project management within libraries. Cindy Purser will speak about how a collaborative team-based strategy was necessary when Scott County switched to a floating collection; Lisa Motschke will present on the importance of transparency in a county website redesign project; Brittany Brown will describe the community-based strategies she used to develop an open mic and arts night in her branch, as well as why threats and intimidation aren't the best motivator; and Sarah Ethier will discuss how it took organization and elements of fun and competition to make a library inventory a success, as well as why it's truly never okay to call your coworkers "monkeys."


Brittany Brown

Branch Manager, Scott County Library
Brittany Brown is the Branch Manager of the Belle Plaine and Jordan Public Libraries. Previously, Brittany served 4 years as the K-5 media specialist in the Eau Claire School District. She received her Bachelor's degree in education and her Master's degree in Library Science from... Read More →

Sarah Ethier

Technical Services Coordinator, Scott County Library
Sarah Ethier is the Technical Services Coordinator and self-appointed gamekeeper for Scott County Library. Previously, she was the Branch Librarian in Wyoming, MN (part of ECRL) and the Technical Services Librarian in Minot, ND. She received her MLIS from UW-Milwaukee in 2010. Her... Read More →

Lisa Motschke

Digital Experience Manager, Scott County Library
Lisa Motschke is the Digital Experience Manager for Scott County Library. She's held all manner of library roles including shelver, circ/distribution aide, reference librarian, and library IT manager. These different viewpoints have helped shape her project management approach. Accomplishments... Read More →

Cindy Purser

Assistant Director, Scott County Library
Cindy Purser, Associate Library Director, has worked for Scott County Library for 16 years. She received her MLIS from Dominican University in 1999. One of her more unusual library projects involved moving books into a new library in Kenya via wheelbarrow. With her compassionate... Read More →

Thursday October 5, 2017 8:00am - 8:50am CDT
Meeting Room 111