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
Conversations in a Difficult Time: The Role of Libraries in Finding Common Ground

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Libraries can help foster public engagement about community and public policy issues, often through programming in partnership with government or organizational partners. Innovative partnerships provide forums for dialogue which foster relationships, build understanding and ultimately inform decisions which effect community life. These forums, are not without risk, they also have the potential to draw detractors, generate disagreement, and increase divisiveness. Presenters Dan Greensweig and Aimee Gourlay will discuss frameworks for addressing controversial issues, include multiple layers of differences, conflict, recurring patterns of incivility, and worldview differences which impede people's ability to understand each other.


Aimee Gourlay

Director, Mediation Center
Aimee Gourlay JD is CEO of Mediation Center, an affiliate of Mitchell Hamline Law School's Dispute Resolution Institute, for whom she is also a Senior Fellow and Adjunct Professor. Aimee brings 30 years of experience managing mediation programs, designing and providing adult education... Read More →

Dan Greensweig

Assistant Administrator, League of Minnesota Cities Insurance Trust
Dan Greensweig is the Assistant Administrator of the League of Minnesota Cities Insurance Trust. He has also served as the Director of Operations and General Counsel for the Minnesota Association of Townships Insurance Trust, as an Assistant State Auditor and Director of that office's... Read More →

Friday October 6, 2017 3:35pm - 4:25pm CDT
Meeting Room 105