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 • 10:30am - 11:20am
Collaborations that engage communities in transforming libraries

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For most of us non-professional librarians, we are aware of our community's library. We support our libraries, and as a member of a Friend's group or similar organization we may try to raise money for the library. Few of us understand the structure and financing of our public libraries, although more than ever, it is critical that we do understand so that we can be effective supporters and work to influence the right branches of government to insure quality library systems. Today we would like to provide a brief description of several systems along with their governance and revenue sources. We would also like to talk about several completed and proposed library expansions, and the factors that moved them forward. Hopefully this will help library supporters work to support and improve their libraries. We hope to also answer any questions the audience has.


Sue Grove

Sue Grove recently retired from a long-time language instructor position at Riverland Community College. She served on the faculty at the Austin, Minn., institution for nearly 40 years, teaching both French and English as a Second Language (ESL). She is currently serving a term as... Read More →

Rollin Hall

Rollin Hall a lover of the Minnesota Twins, golfing, reading mystery novels, and libraries. He graduated from Winona State University with a degree in elementary education, and taught school for two years in Luverne, MN. He then joined State Farm Insurance where he spent 33 years... Read More →

Joseph Owens

Joseph Owens holds a BA from Grinnell College and an MBA in Finance from Columbia University. He served with the U.S. Navy for 20 years before retiring with the rank of Commander. He rounded out his career with five years as a Navy management consultant and another 16 as a realtor... Read More →

Jim Weygand

President of the Minnesota Library Association (MLA) Trustee and Advocates division, Minnesota Library Association
Jim Weygand is deeply invested in public libraries and other public causes in the Southwest Twin Cities metro. Although a (retired) semiconductor process engineer by trade, residents of Carver County will know Weygand best as a past City Council member and Mayor of Carver. He recently... Read More →

Friday October 6, 2017 10:30am - 11:20am CDT
Meeting Room 110