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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Friday, October 6 • 8:00am - 8:50am
Every Minnesotan an Author: Self-Publishing Using Your Local Library

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Want to self-publish a book or create an open textbook? Minnesota libraries are here to help! Learn about MN Writes MN Reads and the Minnesota Libraries Publishing Project, which provide suites of services that allow you to turn your manuscripts into ebook formats and share them with readers across the state and potentially across the country. The core of these services are Pressbooks, an easy-to-use online book production tool, and SELF-e, a sharing and discovery platform for ebooks. Minitex, MELSA, and a group of academic libraries are collaborating to support these exciting community-building initiatives.


Rita Baladad

Electronic Resources Librarian, Minitex
Cooperative purchasing is the acquisition and negotiation of collaborative electronic resources to achieve economies of scale for libraries. Rita manages planning, purchasing, invoicing, and renewal of electronic resources and services for institutions in Minnesota, South Dakota... Read More →

Anne Hatinen

Electronic Resources Librarian, Minitex
Anne Hatinen works in Cooperative Purchasing and Electronic Resources Services (CPERS) at Minitex. I've been here since 2008, which makes me the newbie in CPERS! Before Minitex, I have played many roles in libraries including: collection development at a book jobber for the K12 library... Read More →

Andrea McKennan

Project Manager, MELSA
Andrea McKennan is a Project Manager at MELSA, where she oversees projects related to arts programming, jobs and small business initiatives, and world language acquisitions. She manages MELSA's MN Writes MN Reads project. Prior to MELSA, Andrea worked in the Communications Department... Read More →

Friday October 6, 2017 8:00am - 8:50am CDT
Meeting Room 103