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 • 2:15pm - 3:05pm
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Rochester Public Library partnered with Olmsted County to provide wifi hotspots for patrons in the Rochester area. We worked with local agencies to provide hotspots and computer training for targeted job seekers. In addition, hotspots, both with and without computers, are available for any patron to check out. We also offer bookable hotspots on a rental basis. See what challenges we faced in this project and how it allowed us to reach several different populations within our community.


Brian Lind

Reference Librarian, Rochester Public Library
Brian Lind has been teaching technology classes at Rochester Public Library for more than 10 years and is a frequent presenter at the Library Technology Conference and MLA.

Steve Mosing

Library IT Manager, Rochester Public Library
Steve Mosing has worked in IT at the Rochester Public library for 20 years and has a strong background in innovate technology projects

Keri Ostby

Head of Technical Services, Rochester Public Library
Keri Ostby joined Rochester Public Library in 2012 as the Head of Technical Services. Keri has been involved in some of the most innovative changes at RPL including RFID implementation, the BookBike, and non-Dewey cataloging.

Andy Stehr

Circulation Services Manager, Rochester Public Library
Andy Stehr has been Circulation Services Manager for more than 12 years and has overseen the implementation of automated materials handling, RFID and other circulation projects.

Friday October 6, 2017 2:15pm - 3:05pm CDT
Meeting Room 113