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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Thursday, October 5 • 8:00am - 8:50am
Minnesota Public Library Structures - Simplified

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Become a more informed library advocate: learn the fundamentals of Minnesota library systems and structures. Develop a deeper understanding of how Minnesota libraries are funded, organized, and governed. Decipher library jargon like "Minimum Level of Support" and "Maintenance of Effort." Discuss the similarities and differences between federated and consolidated regional public library systems. Learn how federal, state, and local library support translates into local library services. Understand how Minnesota law ensures access to library services for all. 


Karen Pundsack

Executive Director, Great River Regional Library
Karen Pundsack has worked in Minnesota public libraries for 18 years. She is a University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee MLIS graduate and is executive director at Great River Regional Library, a consolidated regional public library system.

Mollie Stanford

Regional Librarian, Arrowhead Library System
Mollie Stanford has experience working in public and academic libraries, a children's museum, and has worked in federated regional library systems for 10 years. She graduated with a MLIS from the University of Illinois in 2007 and is the Regional Librarian at Arrowhead Library Sy... Read More →

Thursday October 5, 2017 8:00am - 8:50am CDT
Meeting Room 113