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 • 9:15am - 10:05am
Light Bulb to Launch and Beyond: Libraries Growing the Economy

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With complimentary and cooperative approaches to business reference and services, librarians from Hennepin County Library, James J. Hill Center, and St. Paul Public Library serve entrepreneurs at every stage of business development. We will review the 2017 entrepreneurial landscape and how it is changing (i.e. rise of microenterprise; rates of minority, immigrant, and women-owned start-ups; contributions to employment and local economies), outline our services to entrepreneurs, discuss how our unique approaches provide full coverage for entrepreneurs, review case studies, and show how to build small business programs. Our organizations' service to small business owners and entrepreneurs exemplifies the power of radical librarianship to "assist our patrons to build a better future."We are encouraging private enterprise in public spaces and providing a tangible return on the investment made in the public and nonprofit spheres.


Erin Cavell

Small Business Librarian, Minneapolis Central Library, Hennepin County Library
Erin Cavell specializes in developing small business programs through community partnerships at Minneapolis Central Library. She is the recipient of the 2017 Morningstar Public Librarian Support Award for her work on the Entrepreneur Expo, a resource fair highlighting government... Read More →

Lindsey Dyer

Director of Library Services, James J. Hill Center
Lindsey Dyer is the Director of Library Services at the James J. Hill Center, a 96-year-old non-profit dedicated to the support and empowerment of our local small business and entrepreneur communities. Prior to working at the Hill, Lindsey has experience with Dakota County Library... Read More →
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Amanda Feist

Librarian for the Nicholson Workforce and Innovation Center, Saint Paul Public Library
I manage the Nicholson Workforce and Innovation Center at downtown Saint Paul's George Latimer Central Library, which means I am responsible for this library's services to jobseekers, entrepreneurs, and creative professionals in an urban area. I also manage our Innovation Lab, a makerspace... Read More →

Friday October 6, 2017 9:15am - 10:05am CDT
Meeting Room 110