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
Small But Mighty! Rural Library Staff Lightning Rounds

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Attend this session and experience four engaging lightning rounds from library staff with their feet on the ground around the state! Peter discusses his outreach efforts, working to engage students and residents, both on the UMM campus and in the community of Morris. Nate provides an insider-perspective of the background, workings and future of the independent Lake Elmo Library. Stacy shares the mindset that has allowed Waseca-Le Sueur Regional Library System to approach library services differently than traditional small town librarianship and why this is important to these communities. Nicole takes her spirit of "big ideas" from her previous position at the Gilbert Public Library and puts it into action in her new position. She shares her experiences working these ideas into collaboration opportunities within her new community. Steve will talk about projects big and small, and the impact they have on a library and a community. Featuring: Genealogy page at Iron Range Research Center, finding Madonna, bringing Audio Books to NE Minnesota, sparking gay pride in a small town, working the liquor store angle, and, if time permits, why it's important to get outside the library. We've designed the session to allow time for questions!


Peter Bremer

Reference Coordinator, University of Minnesota, Morris Rodney A. Briggs Library
Peter Bremer has served as a reference librarian at UMM since 2004. His areas of responsibilities and expertise include reference desk services, website management, databases, publicity, and outreach.

Nate Deprey

Director, Lake Elmo Public Library
Since 2014, Nate Deprey has been the Director, and soon to be branch manager, of the Lake Elmo Library. He has also served as the Director of the Osceola and Beloit Public Libraries. Nate reads a lot of comics and graphic novels and would be delighted to be your Goodreads friend... Read More →

Steve Harsin

Director, Grand Marais Public Library
Steve has worked in a variety of Minnesota libraries - public, regional, academic, and research. His first professional position was at Arrowhead Library System where he was the Outreach Librarian. Outreach has followed him throughout his career. He first began working in libraries... Read More →

Stacy Lienemann

Director, Waseca-Le Sueur Regional Library System
After 10 years in book publishing, Stacy Lienemann switched careers to join forces with radical librarians in rural places. She enjoys masterminding, from sneak attacks to grand schemes, in real life.

Nicole Miller

Library Director, Cannon Falls Library
Nicole Miller is a public library director with an unusual background for a librarian. Prior to her first gig as a librarian, she was a gymnastics coach and gymnastics director with private clubs and the YMCA. That experience has lent itself to some different, even radical, perspectives... Read More →

Friday October 6, 2017 8:00am - 8:50am CDT
Meeting Room 113