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 • 3:35pm - 4:25pm
Better Together: Building Partnerships with Adult Education and Workforce

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Do you want to boost your library's digital literacy efforts? Or maybe you want insight into how participating in digital literacy programming can translate into better job and educational opportunities for your patrons? Partnerships with adult education and workforce colleagues could be the answer. This session will build on two years of Better Together sessions gatherings of library, adult education, and workforce development staff that focused on how collaborative digital literacy efforts can increase communities' capacity to improve adult literacy and workforce outcomes for Minnesotans. Participants in this session will learn about successful partnership models and digital literacy tools that they can adapt to work best in their communities. They'll leave the session understanding how to leverage the different approaches to digital literacy implemented by adult education and workforce staff and to incorporate those perspectives into programming at their libraries.


Tom Cytron-Hysom

Tom Cytron-Hysom is a consultant specializing in Adult Basic Education, with an emphasis on distance learning and digital literacy.  He currently facilitates the St. Paul Community Literacy Consortium, works as a consultant with the statewide ABE Distance Learning Supplemental Services... Read More →

Emily Kissane

Library Development Specialist, Minnesota Department of Education
Library Development Specialist with State Library Services. She primarily works with state aid programs, the Library Construction Grant, and digital literacy initiatives in addition to partnerships with state agencies and other organizations.

Rebecca Ryan

Saint Paul Public Library
Rebecca Ryan has spent 13 years working inside and outside public libraries on issues of literacy, digital inclusion, and engagement. Previously the project manager for the mobile workplace, Ryan oversees the Rondo Library, Bookmobile, community services, and workplace programming... Read More →

Susan Wetenkamp-Brandt

Educational Technology Manager, Minnesota Literacy Council
Susan Wetenkamp-Brandt is Educational Technology Manager with the Minnesota Literacy Council. She has been working with technology and online learning in Adult Basic Education for 15 years. She provides training, technical support, and consultation to ABE practitioners on best practices... Read More →

Friday October 6, 2017 3:35pm - 4:25pm CDT
Meeting Room 109