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 • 2:15pm - 3:05pm
100 Years/100 Stories: How Saint Paul Public Library Used New Storytelling Tools to Advance Community Engagement

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One-hundred years ago, Saint Paul Public Library (SPPL) expanded from a single building to a network of neighborhood libraries, improving access to books and resources for Saint Paul residents. This year, SPPL celebrates the centennial of four of those early buildings with a new story-gathering campaign: 100 Years/100 Stories. This campaign is an expanding collection of stories from SPPL's community, as told through written word, photography, audio, and video. In celebration of one-hundred years of the library in the community, SPPL developed a set of fun, easy-to-use tools that allow patrons to share their stories directly. These tools include: Digital Scrapbook, StoryPhone, and StoryKit  The Digital Scrapbook is a collection of stories and items from our community that live online and can be interacted with individually. It's the digital hub for the campaign, used to collect and exhibit stories. Patrons can use it to upload audio, video, photos, and text.  StoryPhone allows patrons to call a Google Voice number and leave their story on their own time, in whatever setting they choose. Featuring a fun, easy-to-use set of audiovisual and artistic tools, StoryKit puts storytelling tools directly in the hands of patrons, who can check them out at their local library for up to three weeks! This session will touch on these platforms, how other libraries can replicate them, and the lessons SPPL learned in implementing them to kick off more concerted community engagement efforts. Attendees will hear from frontline library staff who have used these tools, in addition to SPPL's communications staff who developed them.


Tracy Baumann

Manager, Saint Paul Public Library, St. Anthony Park
Tracy Baumann is the Library Manager at Saint Paul Public Library's Arlington Hills Library and has worked for SPPL for nine years in varying capacities, including stints as the library manager at Riverview and Saint Anthony Park libraries. In addition to her MLS, Tracy has an M.A... Read More →

Phoebe Larson

Communications Director, Saint Paul Public Library
Phoebe Larson serves as Communications and Digital Services Director for Saint Paul Public Library (SPPL). Prior to assuming her role with SPPL, Larson worked in communications for higher education, the Metropolitan Airports Commission, and as an independent consultant to nonprofit... Read More →

Chase Maxwell

Communications & Design Specialist, Saint Paul Public Library
Chase Maxwell works on Saint Paul Public Library's Communications and Digital Services team. In his capacity as a Communications & Design Specialist, he supports SPPL's systemwide communications and marketing efforts. Prior to joining SPPL, Chase worked for The Friends of the Saint... Read More →

Therese Scherbel

Communications & Design Specialist, Saint Paul Public Library
Therese Scherbel is a Communications & Design Specialist at Saint Paul Public Library. She started at SPPL in 1998 as a Library Clerk and has held various roles in public information, community relations, and design with the library since 2000. She has a BA in Intercultural Communications... Read More →

Thursday October 5, 2017 2:15pm - 3:05pm CDT
Meeting Room 114