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 • 9:10am - 10:00am
Serving our Emerging Bilingual Community Members: Best Practices and Big Holes

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This presentation will give the preliminary results of a research study done in multiple types of libraries across Minnesota that looked at resources and strategies for working with Emerging Bilingual (or ELL) community members. In outreach work, and in providing basic library services, this can be a challenging population to identify and to serve. We want to know what best practices libraries are already using, what is working well for them, and about their successes. We also want to know what help we can provide to them, what resources they need, and the tools they need to reach into their community to identify these members, and then to provide quality library service to them.


Dr. Mary Wilkins Jordan

Executive Director, Central Minnesota Libraries Exchange
Mary has worked in public, special, and academic libraries. Before becoming a librarian she did many things, including skipping school to spend the day hanging out in libraries and reading books. She was, clearly, born to be a librarian. When she tears herself away, she reads books... Read More →

Thursday October 5, 2017 9:10am - 10:00am CDT
Meeting Room 103