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
Radical all along: A historical look at Minnesota librarianship

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Learning more about our past can give us the strength to meet the challenges of our shared future. Presenters will highlight early examples of radical librarianship in Minnesota, with a focus on the people who founded and contributed to the MLA, the Public Library Commission, Twin City Library Club, and other radical collaborations. Libraries are often the first to adopt new technologies, advocate for intellectual freedom, and push for and provide equal access to information. We'll share some examples of how Minnesota libraries have done this. We will look to the audience for an engaging discussion of our future. What can we learn from these early examples of radical librarianship, and what new connections, projects, or advocacy should we engage in today?


Olivia Moris

Metronet Information Literacy Initiative (MILI) Program Manager, Metronet
Olivia Moris works for Metronet, the Twin Cities Multicounty Multitype Library Cooperative as the Program Manager for the MILI program. MILI provides information literacy training to K-12 library media specialists and teachers; using technology to help support a strong research curriculum... Read More →

Sara Ring

Continuing Education Librarian, Minitex Digital Initiatives & Metadata Education
Sara Ring works at Minitex, a publicly supported network of all types of libraries working cooperatively to improve library service for their users. She provides training and consultation related to digitization, digital preservation, and metadata. She recently led the volunteer project... Read More →

Ann Walker Smalley

Director, Metronet
Ann Walker Smalley has been Director of Metronet since 2007. At Metronet, she led the process for developing and implementing a variety of innovative programs around online learning and information literacy. She began her career as a consultant to public & school libraries, state-level... Read More →

Thursday October 5, 2017 8:00am - 8:50am CDT
Meeting Room 102