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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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Wednesday, October 4
 

5:30pm

Dine Around: Public Libraries Division (PLD)

If you're a member of the Public Libraries Division of MLA, work in a public library or want to talk with those who do, join us for an appetizer happy hour with optional meal to follow.

PLD is hosting and will pay for appetizers.  Drinks and meal will be on your own.

The Loop, 5:30, http://rochester.looprestaurants.com/

Space is limited to 20 people.

Contact Allison Girres at agirres@rochester.lib.mn.us


Wednesday October 4, 2017 5:30pm - 7:30pm
The Loop

6:00pm

Dine Around: Magical Metadata Fairies

Technical Services is where the magic happens -- and also sometimes where the crazy happens.  Come share your secrets for staying sane in a multilayered world.  Or just come and pretend you are in a peaceable faraway kingdom where "manifestation of work" is -- la, la, la, I can't hear you!  You are responsible for your own food and drink.  An RSVP to Rebecca (contact below) is appreciated but not required.

Chesters, 6 p.m.  http://chesterskb.com/

We are reserving tables for up to 18 people.

Rebecca Ganzel ganzel@augsburg.edu


Wednesday October 4, 2017 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Chester's

6:00pm

Dine Around: RART Happy Hour & Dinner

Do you read books? Do you like to share them with others? Then the RART Happy Hour & Dinner is for you! You do not need to be a RART member to come, you just need to like books and bring a recommendation for the group!

Individual Pay

Victoria's, 6 p.m. https://victoriasmn.com/

Maximum number of participants - 20

Rachel Gray, Director - Van Horn Public Library rgray@selco.info


Wednesday October 4, 2017 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Victoria's

6:30pm

Dine Around: Youth Services Unite!

Meet up for a casual dinner with your fellow youth services librarians. We'll discuss Storytimes, STEM and Selection. We may also vent about solar eclipse glasses (ugh) and what to do with the new numbering of the Magic Tree House series (seriously?!?).

Individual pay

Tap House, 6:30 p.m. http://taphousemn.com/

Maximum number of participants 15

Monica Stratton mstrat@rclreads.org


Wednesday October 4, 2017 6:30pm - 8:30pm
The Tap House

8:00pm

Dine Around: ARLD Knows Happy Hour

Wash away those pre-conference jitters at the annual ARLD Happy Hour!  Drop your bags at the hotel and join your academic and research library colleagues at Forager Brewery for hand-crafted brews and locally-sourced wood-fired pizzas. Not an alternative fact, all are welcome!  Look for us in the Library Room. Attendees will be responsible for their own food and drink.

Wednesday, October 4th from 8:00pm-10:00pm at Forager Brewery, 1005 6th St NW, Rochester, MN 55901

Your hosts: Jodi Grebinoski (ARLD Chair) & Phil Dudas (ARLD Chair elect)


Wednesday October 4, 2017 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Forager Brewery
 
Thursday, October 5
 

7:00am

Welcome & Continental Breakfast
Thursday October 5, 2017 7:00am - 8:00am
Grand Ballroom 2 & 3

7:00am

Registration
Thursday October 5, 2017 7:00am - 4:25pm
Ballroom Lobby

8:00am

Queering the Stacks: LGBTQ Young Adult Literature
When John Donovan's novel I'll Get There: It Better Be Worth the Trip was published in 1969, it was considered to be one of the first mainstream novels for teens about homosexuality. Ths was important, because it gave gay teens a chance to see themselves in literature, however, it also sparked a controversy surrounding the appropriateness of LGBTQ themes in children's and young adult literature. However, in the last 38 years, tremendous progress has been made towards portraying characters in young adult literature that accurately reflect the diversity of the LGBTQ community. But there is still lots to do. As society has changed, so has the the number of teens between the ages of 13-17 who identify as LGBTQ. However, according to Human Rights Campaign's groundbreaking 2017 study, Growing Up LGBT in America, nearly half of LGBTQ teens feel they are disconnected from their communities, in comparison to only sixteen percent of non-LGBTQ teens. This is troubling! How can libraries help to provide support to LGBTQ tweens and teens? In particular, how do the books on the shelves either support or discourage a sense of belonging for young people? This presentation will provide an in depth insight on the evolution of GLBTQ history, a brief look into the literature over the decades and highlight some resources that we, as librarians, educators and readers, should use when evaluating and implementing literature and programs into their libraries.

Speakers
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Molly Hazelton

MLIS students, St. Catherine University
Molly Hazelton is a student in the SLMS Certificate Program at St. Catherine University. An accomplished archivist, she received her MLIS from Simmons College in Boston, MA. Molly loves to teach, and is pursuing her SLMS certificate so that she can make a difference!
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Chayse Sundt

MLIS students, St. Catherine University
Chayse Sundt is a graduate student in the St. Catherine University MLIS Program, where he is focusing on youth librarianship. He has volunteered in youth programs and worked as a youth community engagement intern with the Anoka County library system. He is currently chair of the MLIS... Read More →


Thursday October 5, 2017 8:00am - 8:50am
Meeting Room 104

8:00am

Radical all along: A historical look at Minnesota librarianship
Learning more about our past can give us the strength to meet the challenges of our shared future. Presenters will highlight early examples of radical librarianship in Minnesota, with a focus on the people who founded and contributed to the MLA, the Public Library Commission, Twin City Library Club, and other radical collaborations. Libraries are often the first to adopt new technologies, advocate for intellectual freedom, and push for and provide equal access to information. We'll share some examples of how Minnesota libraries have done this. We will look to the audience for an engaging discussion of our future. What can we learn from these early examples of radical librarianship, and what new connections, projects, or advocacy should we engage in today?

Speakers
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Olivia Moris

Metronet Information Literacy Initiative (MILI) Program Manager, Metronet
Olivia Moris works for Metronet, the Twin Cities Multicounty Multitype Library Cooperative as the Program Manager for the MILI program. MILI provides information literacy training to K-12 library media specialists and teachers; using technology to help support a strong research curriculum... Read More →
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Sara Ring

Continuing Education Librarian, Minitex Digital Initiatives & Metadata Education
Sara Ring works at Minitex, a publicly supported network of all types of libraries working cooperatively to improve library service for their users. She provides training and consultation related to digitization, digital preservation, and metadata. She recently led the volunteer project... Read More →
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Ann Walker Smalley

Director, Metronet
Ann Walker Smalley has been Director of Metronet since 2007. At Metronet, she led the process for developing and implementing a variety of innovative programs around online learning and information literacy. She began her career as a consultant to public & school libraries, state-level... Read More →



Thursday October 5, 2017 8:00am - 8:50am
Meeting Room 102

8:00am

Project Management for the Uninitiated, or Why It's Never Okay to Call Your Coworkers 'Monkeys'
In this session, we will focus on how project management skills can be adapted to fit any role within a library system, including administrative, technology, technical services, and branch management. We will cover both best practices and what not to do when it comes to project management within libraries. Cindy Purser will speak about how a collaborative team-based strategy was necessary when Scott County switched to a floating collection; Lisa Motschke will present on the importance of transparency in a county website redesign project; Brittany Brown will describe the community-based strategies she used to develop an open mic and arts night in her branch, as well as why threats and intimidation aren't the best motivator; and Sarah Ethier will discuss how it took organization and elements of fun and competition to make a library inventory a success, as well as why it's truly never okay to call your coworkers "monkeys."

Speakers
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Brittany Brown

Branch Manager, Scott County Library
Brittany Brown is the Branch Manager of the Belle Plaine and Jordan Public Libraries. Previously, Brittany served 4 years as the K-5 media specialist in the Eau Claire School District. She received her Bachelor's degree in education and her Master's degree in Library Science from... Read More →
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Sarah Ethier

Technical Services Coordinator, Scott County Library
Sarah Ethier is the Technical Services Coordinator and self-appointed gamekeeper for Scott County Library. Previously, she was the Branch Librarian in Wyoming, MN (part of ECRL) and the Technical Services Librarian in Minot, ND. She received her MLIS from UW-Milwaukee in 2010. Her... Read More →
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Lisa Motschke

Digital Experience Manager, Scott County Library
Lisa Motschke is the Digital Experience Manager for Scott County Library. She's held all manner of library roles including shelver, circ/distribution aide, reference librarian, and library IT manager. These different viewpoints have helped shape her project management approach. Accomplishments... Read More →
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Cindy Purser

Assistant Director, Scott County Library
Cindy Purser, Associate Library Director, has worked for Scott County Library for 16 years. She received her MLIS from Dominican University in 1999. One of her more unusual library projects involved moving books into a new library in Kenya via wheelbarrow. With her compassionate... Read More →



Thursday October 5, 2017 8:00am - 8:50am
Meeting Room 111

8:00am

Radical Membership - Conference Apps & Hacks
If you are a first time attendee or a new member of MLA, this session is for you! Learn how to make the most of your conference experience and your membership in MLA to network, get involved, and make radical changes to your career, library, and community.

Speakers
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Deborah Bifulk

Librarian, Dakota County Library
Deborah is a librarian with Dakota County Library. She plans and presents programming for youth, maintains the children's collections, and answers any and all questions at the reference desk in a busy suburban branch. Prior to working for Dakota County Library, Deborah worked for... Read More →
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Kellie Meehlhause

Instruction Coordinator , University of Minnesota, Morris
Kellie Meehlhause is the Instruction Coordinator at the University of Minnesota, Morris' Briggs Library. In addition to providing information literacy instruction for a variety of classes and research needs, she provides research assistance at the reference desk, collaborates with... Read More →



Thursday October 5, 2017 8:00am - 8:50am
Meeting Room 109

8:00am

Small Libraries as a Makerspace
How do you turn a small library into a Makerspace? Looking at Victoria Library in Carver County we will show how we developed a small space as a makerspace with a focus on programming and the physical space itself. For Programming we will look at how we used the 3D Printer, Vinyl Cutter, Green Screen, and MinecraftEdu server in our programming. Discussion will include the decision making process of what programming to offer, community needs, trends, curriculum building, and implementation of the programming. For the actual physical space, we will show how we created it to be a Makerspace of all kinds. From movable equipment and furniture, using upscale and not so upscale equipment to teach and program with; how to create a playful and fun environment through passive intelligent design; and how to engage your community through the use of your space.

Speakers
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Jodi Edstrom

Youth Services Librarian, Victoria Library, Carver County
Jodi Edstrom joined the Carver County Library team in 2012 and is currently a Youth Services Librarian at their newest branch, the Victoria Library. Jodi graduated from Concordia College in 1996 where she earned bachelor's degrees in music and office administration. In 2002, she graduated... Read More →
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Suzi Stephenson

Adult Services Librarian, Hennepin County Library
Suzi Stephenson is currently an Adult Services Librarian at Hennepin County and formerly the Library Technology Assistant at Carver County, specifically at their technology-focused library in Victoria. Suzi graduated from Northland College in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in... Read More →


Thursday October 5, 2017 8:00am - 8:50am
Meeting Room 112

8:00am

Community Engagement: State of the State
Community engagement depends upon partnerships with diverse stakeholders. As partners, libraries join community organizations to help design and implement programs that bring about social change. State Library Services will share why public libraries make great partners, and how libraries can create valued partnerships and ideas for successful community engagement.

Speakers
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Joe Manion

Library Development and Services Specialist, Minnesota Department of Education
Joe Manion is the State Data Coordinator for State Library Services. He oversees data collection and reporting for the annual Minnesota Public Library Report. He believes in using data to demonstrate the value of public libraries.
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Jennifer Verbrugge

Library Program and Partnership Coordinator, Minnesota Department of Education
Jennifer Verbrugge is the Library Program and Partnership Coordinator for State Library Services. She oversees the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund (Legacy) grant program and statewide programs for youth, such as the 90-Second Newbery and Libraries Serving Youth Meetup. Jennifer came... Read More →



Thursday October 5, 2017 8:00am - 8:50am
Meeting Room 110

8:00am

Minnesota Public Library Structures - Simplified
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. 

Speakers
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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.
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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
Meeting Room 113

8:00am

Strategies for Tackling Tough Data Questions
Questions about locating hard-to-find data, including international data, historical and time series data, and microdata, are on the rise. These questions range across subject areas, including economics, politics, health, business, and agriculture, and in addition to the challenge of merely finding this data, users often lack general data literacy skills when first asking their research questions. When fielding these questions from students, researchers, and community members, it is apparent that no one-stop shop exists for finding this data regardless of topic. In this session, participants will learn about common questions and themes that users are researching, along with problem-solving strategies, tips, and techniques for how to approach these difficult data-related questions. These strategies are informed by the presenters' frequent collaborations in their roles as economics and data services liaisons, as well as their initial research into the complicated world of freely available international data aggregators and databases.

Speakers
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Alicia Kubas

Government Publications and Regional Depository Librarian, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
Alicia Kubas is the Government Publications and Regional Depository Librarian at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. She also serves as the data services liaison in the libraries, helping users find statistics and datasets from various sources including government sources. Prior... Read More →
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Jenny McBurney

Research Services Coordinator and Liaison Librarian, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
Jenny McBurney is the Research Services Coordinator for Social Sciences and Professional Programs at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities Libraries. She is also the liaison librarian to the Institute for Advanced Study and the department of Economics. Prior to this, she worked... Read More →


Thursday October 5, 2017 8:00am - 8:50am
Meeting Room 105

8:00am

Volunteer Summers: The Experience
Go from asking, "What can teen volunteers do for my program?" to "What can my program do for teen volunteers?" Learn how Anoka County Library staff retooled our 2016 summer VolunTeen program to build teens' 21st Century and job skills, foster creativity, recognize individual talents and interests, and help VolunTeens' service make a greater impact. Come away with tools to assess and improve current programing and practice various strategies in this collaborative presentation.

Speakers
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Katlin Heidgerken-Greene

Librarian, Anoka County Library
Katlin Heidgerken-Greene is a Librarian at the Northtown Library and formerly a Library Associate at the Crooked Lake Library in Anoka County. She has been an ALA Emerging Leader, a Minnesota Library Association Institute for Leadership Excellence (MILE) participant, and has presented... Read More →
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Stacey R. Hendren

Branch Manager, Anoka County Library
Stacey R. Hendren is the branch manager of the Crooked Lake Library in Anoka County, MN and serves on the digital literacy, older adults, staff training, and social media teams. She is chair of the Public Libraries Division of the Minnesota Library Association (MLA). Hendren has presented... Read More →



Thursday October 5, 2017 8:00am - 8:50am
Meeting Room 103

9:10am

Never forget who you really work for : Radical cataloging and the case for local adaptation
Under the leadership of Sanford Berman, Hennepin County Library once devised and maintained its own subject headings system and pioneered practices designed to better facilitate access, often deviating from established standards. When this catalog was dismantled in 2002, the need for standardization and interoperability were cited as the main reasons. Many trends have contributed toward the discouragement of local practices in cataloging: international standardization, consortium catalogs, and decreasing staffing levels. The use of local practices is sometimes disparaged as inefficient and wasteful, but maintaining the capacity for every library to make decisions that best serve its local users is essential. How can we retain, and exercise, local control in a realistic way that centers the needs of our users? It's time for those working with library metadata to challenge the conformist logic of standards, as well as to demand more from library system vendors, in order to transform our catalogs into discovery tools that are flexible and responsive to the varied needs of information seekers.

Speakers
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Hannah Buckland

Director of Library Services, Leech Lake Tribal College
Hannah Buckland has worked as the Director of Library Services at Leech Lake Tribal College since moving to Minnesota in January 2014 and serves as a member of Governor Dayton's Task Force on Broadband, the Leech Lake Workforce Development Steering Committee, and the Northern Lights... Read More →
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Violet Fox

Metadata Librarian, College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University
Violet Fox is the Metadata Librarian at the College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University in Saint Joseph, Minnesota. She completed her MLIS at the University of Washington iSchool in 2013 and currently serves as the News Editor for Cataloging and Classification Quarterly. Her... Read More →
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Tina Gross

Catalog Librarian, St. Cloud State University
Tina Gross is the Catalog Librarian at St. Cloud State University. She received her MLIS from the University of Pittsburgh in 1998, and is currently working on an MFA in creative writing at Minnesota State University, Mankato. She co-authored the 2005 study "What Have We Got to Lose... Read More →
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Jessica Schomberg

Media Cataloger and Library Services Department Chair, Minnesota State University, Mankato
Jessica Schomberg became interested in cataloging in high school, after she kept arguing with the public library cataloger about where the science fiction should be shelved. She currently serves as the Media Cataloger and as the Library Services Department Chair at Minnesota State... Read More →


Thursday October 5, 2017 9:10am - 10:00am
Meeting Room 109

9:10am

Fundraising: the good, the bad, the 'What was I thinking?'
In these times of fiscal uncertainty, fundraising, grant writing, capital campaigns, etc., are becoming part of the librarian experience. Running a fundraiser is a daunting prospect. Finding resources can be problematic, especially in out-state and rural libraries, where staff sizes are small and networking with others can be difficult. Just having someone to share ideas with would be enormously helpful. With twenty-five years of successful fundraising, I will be sharing what has worked for me, what has not, and how to find assistance and support in unexpected ways. From ideas, to resources, to plans that do not cost a lot of money (or any at all), to maintaining sanity along the way, I will present practical, doable suggestions and examples for raising money for small and not-so-small projects, from matching grants, to capital campaigns, to needed in-kind donations. Leave the session with ideas and information that can work for you.

Speakers
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Meredith Stanton Vaselaar

Librarian, Nobles County Library, Adrian Branch
Ms. Vaselaar is a Librarian in Southwest Minnesota. She has also served as a Director of organizations in the arts, history, and humanities fields. Vaselaar has twenty-five years of experience with fundraising, grant writing, project coordination (Library as well as non-library community... Read More →



Thursday October 5, 2017 9:10am - 10:00am
Meeting Room 112

9:10am

Minitex, where libraries are strong, staff are good-looking, and patrons are above average
You may not know that one of the busiest interlibrary loan operations in the country is headquartered right in Minnesota. Minitex, located at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus, began 46 years ago based on the radical idea that everyone should have equal access to information. It continues to stay on the cutting edge of new trends in interlibrary loan. This session will include some history of the service, stories of successful collaboration in our region, comments from happy patrons, and a vision of interlibrary loan in the future. Learn more about how our network stays relevant in a changing library landscape.

Speakers
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Carol Nelson

Resource Sharing Manager, Minitex
Carol Nelson has been working at Minitex for over 30 years. Her current responsibilities include managing the University's ILL Lending division (Documents to U), electronic delivery, and the Resource Sharing website.


Thursday October 5, 2017 9:10am - 10:00am
Meeting Room 110

9:10am

Creating a culture of collaboration with 3D printing
As we've expanded our 3D printing and design support at the College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University, we have formed strong collaborative relationships across departments and into the local schools. The teacher preparation program is one such collaboration. Elementary education majors are utilizing 3D printing to learn the engineering design process and how to integrate this technology in schools. Our team of digital media specialists, information technology, librarians, and faculty works together to enable elementary education students to develop prototypes and turn them into 3D printed objects. After learning the process and technology, the pre-service teachers teach this technology to elementary students incorporating learning standards in engineering and life sciences. This session will highlight the process, the success, and the challenges of this collaborative project.

Speakers
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Jonathan D. Carlson

Science Librarian, College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University
Jonathan Carlson is the Science Librarian at CSB/SJU. With a background in and liaison to the physical sciences, he helps to integrate 3D design/printing across the liberal arts curriculum.
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Dr. Diana Fenton

Assistant Professor of Education, College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University
Diana Fenton is an Assistant Professor in the Education Department who joined CSB/SJU in the fall of 2015. Her specialty is in science education and her research interests surround technology integration in the classroom.
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Adam Konczewski

Digital Media Specialist, College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University
Adam Konczeski is the Digital Media Specialist at CSB/SJU. He works to integrate technology into the college classroom and gets his hands on any technology he can including 3D printing, robotics, video production, and data visualization. Find out more on his blog at http://csbsju... Read More →
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Sarah Lauer

Elementary Education Major, College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University
Sarah Lauer is a senior in the Elementary Education program at the College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University. She is interested in meaningful technology integration in the elementary classroom and preparing students for the future of technology.


Thursday October 5, 2017 9:10am - 10:00am
Meeting Room 113

9:10am

Locking In Literacy: Using Breakout Boxes for Library Programming
This interactive session will put participant's critical thinking skills to the test. Breakout boxes are a great way to engage learners as they work together to solve puzzles in order to open the box. Participants will leave with the keys to creating their own box, designing their own challenges, and ideas for implementation in a library setting.

Speakers
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Meg Curtiss

Children's Librarian, Plainview Public Library
Meg Curtiss has served at the Plainview Public Library as Children's Librarian since 2012. She received her MISLT from the University of Missouri, Columbia and a MA in History from Auburn University in Auburn, AL. Previously, she worked at libraries in Athens, AL, and Hastings, NE... Read More →
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Angie Gustafson

Children's Librarian/Assistant Director, Zumbrota Public Library
Angie Gustafson has served as the Children's Librarian and Assistant Director at Zumbrota Public Library in Zumbrota, MN for the last 5 years. She received her MLIS from St. Catherine University in St. Paul, MN in 2012. Other libraries she has worked at include the Rochester Public... Read More →
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Alice Henderson

Director, Plainview Public Library
Alice Henderson has worn several hats at the Plainview Public Library in Plainview, MN. She has served as a Library Assistant and a Children's Librarian, and in 2013 became Director. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Secondary Education from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN... Read More →



Thursday October 5, 2017 9:10am - 10:00am
Meeting Room 104

9:10am

Engaging with the Dakota Access Pipeline Protests as a Librarian/Archivist

Sitting Bull College Library serves as both a tribal college and community library for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and the Standing Rock Reservation region which is slightly smaller than Connecticut. The recent Dakota Access Pipeline protests presented opportunities and challenges in serving the unique community of thousands that came to Standing Rock. The library sought to serve visitors, engage with camp organizations, and preserve a record of an important moment in history. Library Director Mark Holman will share experiences from the unique vantage point of the library and engage the audience in a dialogue about the role of the library and librarian during times of upheaval or significant change. 


Speakers
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Mark Holman

Library Director, Sitting Bull College Library
Mark Holman has been Library Director at Sitting Bull College since 2001.


Thursday October 5, 2017 9:10am - 10:00am
Meeting Room 102

9:10am

Serving our Emerging Bilingual Community Members: Best Practices and Big Holes
This presentation will give the preliminary results of a research study done in multiple types of libraries across Minnesota that looked at resources and strategies for working with Emerging Bilingual (or ELL) community members. In outreach work, and in providing basic library services, this can be a challenging population to identify and to serve. We want to know what best practices libraries are already using, what is working well for them, and about their successes. We also want to know what help we can provide to them, what resources they need, and the tools they need to reach into their community to identify these members, and then to provide quality library service to them.

Speakers
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Dr. Mary Wilkins Jordan

Executive Director, Central Minnesota Libraries Exchange
Mary has worked in public, special, and academic libraries. Before becoming a librarian she did many things, including skipping school to spend the day hanging out in libraries and reading books. She was, clearly, born to be a librarian. When she tears herself away, she reads books... Read More →


Thursday October 5, 2017 9:10am - 10:00am
Meeting Room 103

9:10am

Flipping Information Literacy
How do we teach first-year college students about information literacy, and how do we know if we've been successful? This session explores the writing classes at the University of Minnesota, Rochester. We've flipped the classroom, and have had the students complete an information literacy assessment that has informed the teaching throughout the year. At the end of the spring semester, the same tool was given again, allowing us to determine what worked, what needed improvement, and how we could present the curriculum more effectively in the future.

Speakers
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Mary Beth Sancomb-Moran

Librarian, University of Minnesota, Rochester
Mary Beth Sancomb-Moran is the librarian at the University of Minnesota, Rochester. She has worked with the regional library consortium (SELCO) in Rochester, and is the former director of the Sidney Public Library in Sidney, Nebraska. Mary Beth is originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin... Read More →


Thursday October 5, 2017 9:10am - 10:00am
Meeting Room 105

9:10am

Transforming Summer Reading: Using Outcomes to Create More Impactful Summer Reading Programs
Youth librarians know their Summer Reading and Summer Learning Programs make a difference in the lives of the children they serve. But how can libraries more effectively translate the impact of this work to their communities? Join Youth Services Manager Renee Grassi and Youth Programming and Outreach Librarian Julia Carlis to learn how Dakota County Library's Youth Team implemented outcome measurement and reimagined their Summer Reading Program. Explore strategies for program assessment and evaluation, and learn how librarians can use these strategies to transform their library's summer programs and advocate for their value to the community.

Speakers
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Julia Carlis

Youth Programming and Outreach Librarian, Dakota County Library
Julia Carlis, Youth Programming and Outreach Librarian at Dakota County (MN) Library: As Youth Programming and Outreach Librarian at Dakota County Library, Julia Carlis ensures branch librarians are able to deliver excellent programs from storytime to art classes, computer programming... Read More →
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Renee Grassi

Youth Services Manager, Dakota County Library
Renee Grassi, Youth Services Manager at Dakota County (MN) Library: Renee Grassi is a nationally recognized library leader and was named a 2012 Library Journal Mover & Shaker for her work with patrons with disabilities. Renee was a member of the ALSC Committee for Special Populations... Read More →



Thursday October 5, 2017 9:10am - 10:00am
Meeting Room 111

10:00am

Morning Break With Exhibitors
Thursday October 5, 2017 10:00am - 10:30am
Grand Ballroom 1

10:00am

Silent Auction
Thursday October 5, 2017 10:00am - 3:25pm
Grand Ballroom 1

10:30am

Privilege: Calling In, Calling Out, and Promoting Conversation
The charged dialogue present in social media and in-person interactions has given rise to tactics including "calling out," or bringing public awareness that an individual's behavior is oppressive or uninformed. When is "calling out" appropriate, and is "calling in," or addressing these behaviors more privately as individuals, a more effective approach? In this session, participants will learn the drawbacks and benefits of "calling in" and "calling out," how to identify many types of privilege, and multiple methods of discussing privilege with others. Case scenarios will be discussed to help participants identify and engage with others on topics such as racism, sexism, and ableism, in and out of library settings, and with varying levels of formality. This session will be of value to those hoping to learn more about disparities and inequities as well as those who are already actively promoting social justice in their communities.

Speakers
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Emilie Hanson

Librarian, Science House Educator Resource Center at the Science Museum of Minnesota
Emilie Hanson is an avid supporter of the Black Lives Matter movement. She is the librarian of Science House at the Science Museum of Minnesota, a resource center for educators which increases awareness, access, and equity for MN students. Emilie is proud to be the 2017 Chair of... Read More →
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Daniel Ostroot

Library Services Coordinator, Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Daniel has been haunting libraries since he was young, and working in them for the past seven years. When he's not shelving, or re-shelving, or re-re-shelving, his idea of a good time is teaching information literacy to higher ed students. On occasion, he can be found working on his... Read More →


Thursday October 5, 2017 10:30am - 11:20am
Meeting Room 103

10:30am

From the Ground Up: Re-framing Assessment @ The Carl B.
In adopting the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy, Carl B. Ylvisaker Library librarians found themselves re-evaluating their assessment plans. For 2017-18, we will be assessing the use and communication of a single frame (Authority is Constructed and Contextual) in instruction sessions, at the reference desk, in the Archives, in internships, in student-worker training, and in sample surveys across campus. In doing so, we will work with librarians, our Circulation/ILL Manager, our Curriculum Center Assistant, our Archivist, our Serials Coordinator, and campus faculty to "measure twice, cut once" to assess the frame of Authority. In doing so, we hope to measure students' everyday understanding of Authority, inside and outside of the classroom. With this work as our foundation, we plan to form the architecture to support assessment of all six ACRL Frames. We will report on our progress and lessons learned as part of our presentation.

Speakers
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Leah Anderson

Circulation & Interlibrary Loan Manager, Concordia College
Leah Anderson has managed circulation and interlibrary loan for many years at Concordia; she knows Concordia, its traditions and its people very well, having also graduated from Concordia. Leah trains students yearly for numerous desk responsibilities and library projects
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Mary Anderson

Curriculum Center & Circulation Assistant, Concordia College
Mary Anderson ties together two areas of the library with her extensive knowledge of the Curriculum Center for Education majors and of the Circulation Desk. Mary trains many students to provide both directional responses and Curriculum Collection support.
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Kevin Baggett

Instruction & Outreach Librarian, Concordia College
Kevin Baggett comes to academic librarianship from a Law library background; he brings a wide range of experiences to the library classroom, developing creative and responsive sessions for students in Business and several professional programs at Concordia.
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Virginia Connell

Coordinator of Library Instruction, Concordia College
Virginia Connell comes to librarianship after a first career teaching FYE Humanities cornerstone and Writing classes. She has worked with college-age students for 30 years and finds interacting with students the best part of working in the library.


Thursday October 5, 2017 10:30am - 11:20am
Meeting Room 105

10:30am

Gamification: Training Edition
Are your new employees experiencing information overload during training? Are your training materials so mind-numbingly repetitive that they make you want to take a nap? And after all the time spent training, how do you know that your newly trained employee really "got" it? Gamification may just be the training tool you are looking for. This presentation will explore gamification and why we should be using it, focusing on the gamification of training, but also looking toward future uses within the library and creating connections within our communities. Using examples from Krueger Library at Winona State University and their use of Library Flair and Breakout EDU, this presentation will demonstrate how gamification can be applied to training and why it is a useful tool that all trainers can implement. Grounded in the knowledge that appreciation and recognition are the cornerstones of workplace motivation, Library Flair created a friendly competition among student workers, and Breakout EDU provided a unique way to assess their knowledge. Both of these programs are low tech, low investment solutions with a high impact on worker motivation and performance. With a few minor changes, these programs can be implemented in various ways to increase community participation within the library and provide opportunities for resume building. With gamification the options are endless!

Speakers
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Mackenzie Morning

MPNA Access Services Manager, Krueger Library, Winona State University
Mackenzie Morning is an Access Services Manager at Winona State University's Krueger Library. She holds a MLIS from UW Milwaukee and a MPNA from Metropolitan State University. With over ten years of experience training student workers in all things Access Services the traditional... Read More →


Thursday October 5, 2017 10:30am - 11:20am
Meeting Room 112

10:30am

Faith Talk Show - A Program That Breaks the Rules
The "Faith Talk Show: Where Religions Meet" is a highly successful program at the Rochester Public Library that goes where many fear to tread. The show blends education and humor as it aims to both entertain and mentally stimulate the show's guests and attendees. Join Regina as she shares her experiences in creating and developing the show, as well as the challenges and rewards of maintaining a long-running program. Finally, enjoy a real Faith Talk Show as Regina and her guest take on those tough questions.

Speakers
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Robin DeVries

Reference Librarian, Rochester Public Library
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Regina Mustafa

Founder, Community Interfaith Dialogue on Islam (CIDI)
Regina Mustafa is the founder of the Community Interfaith Dialogue on Islam (CIDI), a nonprofit organization formed in 2014 that fosters interfaith education and conversation through various means. Regina has been hosting the Faith Talk Show at the Rochester Public Library since December... Read More →


Thursday October 5, 2017 10:30am - 11:20am
Meeting Room 111

10:30am

Would Trader Joe's Hire You?: Lessons from the Best Retailers
Who doesn't love to go to Trader Joe's, Nordstrom, Caribou, Apple, or any of a number of other retail establishments? Have our patrons come to expect the same level of service and experience in our libraries? Can these retailers, who spend tons of money on marketing, development, and leadership teach us anything? In this presentation we will engage customer service, displaying and merchandising, team building, and other best practices from the best retailers around. Session participants will explore the team building process and hiring practices that Trader Joe's uses to provide such a successful experience. We will discuss the decision behind product selection, how to merchandise to improve selection, and how to decrease decision fatigue of our patrons. We will describe the policies and procedures used to create a playful and cheerful workplace environment that ensure longevity of employees and a great atmosphere for patrons. In other words, we will show you how to transform services by applying best practices.

Speakers
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Tasha McLachlan

Tasha McLachlan, Hennepin County Library
Tasha McLachlan is a recent MLIS graduate from St. Catherine University in Saint Paul. She has over fifteen years of retail experience and has presented on student leadership, international talent scouting and networking. She is a currently an Associate Librarian with Hennepin County... Read More →
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Dr. Anthony Molaro

Ph.D. Program Director, MLIS Program, St Catherine University
Anthony Molaro, Ph.D. is a nationally recognized speaker, teacher, and consultant. He has written and presented on a wide range of topics but loves to talk about how to improve the patron experience.
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Suzi Stephenson

Adult Services Librarian, Hennepin County Library
Suzi Stephenson is currently an Adult Services Librarian at Hennepin County and formerly the Library Technology Assistant at Carver County, specifically at their technology-focused library in Victoria. Suzi graduated from Northland College in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in... Read More →


Thursday October 5, 2017 10:30am - 11:20am
Meeting Room 104

10:30am

Let's Talk About Serving Patrons with Dementia
How can Minnesota libraries serve the unique needs of older people, especially those with diminished cognitive abilities? Learn what libraries and community partners are doing including programs for caregivers and those with cognitive losses, circulating activity kits with adaptive materials, and structured programs for memory care sites.

Speakers
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Carrie Brunsberg

Librarian, Hennepin County Library, Outreach Services and Eden Prairie
Carrie Brunsberg works in a grant-funded position creating and providing programming for senior residents served by Hennepin County Library's Outreach Services department.
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Laura Carlson

Associate Librarian, Hennepin County Library, Penn Lake
Laura Carlson has worked for Hennepin County Library for over 15 years providing programming focused on the community's youngest and oldest residents. This gives her the foundation to create and present "Let's Talk About" Kits, engaging seniors in social interactions and sparking... Read More →
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Carol Jackson

Library Manager, Ramsey County Library, Shoreview
Carol Jackson has been a librarian for over ten years. In that ten years nothing has been as gratifying as the last two years spent focusing on issues of dementia and caregiving.
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Janet Kleckner

Branch Manager, Anoka County Library, Rum River
Janet Kleckner has been bringing a variety of library services to seniors and senior care providers for over 30 years.
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Susan Lubbers

Librarian, Hennepin County Library, Oxboro
Susan Lubbers has worked with library patrons of all ages providing services in the library, online, and in the community. She feels passionate about providing services for people who are not able to visit the library in person, which was the foundation for starting the "Let's Talk... Read More →



Thursday October 5, 2017 10:30am - 11:20am
Meeting Room 114

10:30am

Using STEM in Afterschool Best Practices
High quality afterschool programs are ideal settings for young people to spark their passion while working on concrete skill building. In this session, Ignite Afterschool will lead an overview and discussion of the "Believe It, Build It" STEM Addendum to understand the effective practices in Ignite's new STEM in Afterschool STEM effective practices guide. Participant copies of the STEM addendum will be provided.

Speakers
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Brandon Bagaason

Manager of Program Improvement & Partnerships, Ignite Afterschool
Brandon B. manages Ignite's afterschool program quality improvement initiatives, including the Professional Development Coordinating Council, the Making Meaning with Multiple Data Sets (M3) process, and Believe It, Build It, Minnesota's Guide to Effective Afterschool Practices. He... Read More →



Thursday October 5, 2017 10:30am - 11:20am
Meeting Room 110

10:30am

Featured Session: Using Storytelling to Uplift Immigrant Voices: Panel with Immigrant High School Students

In this session, two immigrant high school students and Green Card Voices' Executive Director Tea Rozman Clark will share about how the book series “Green Card Youth Voices” helped empower young immigrants through sharing their stories. In 2016, GCV partnered with Wellstone International High School in Minneapolis to record and publish 30 stories written by immigrant students. This model has been replicated in Fargo, ND and St. Paul, MN. It is specifically designed to meet the needs of recently arrived immigrant students. You will see the broad impact of the project as it directly strengthens young immigrant voices while also working to navigate this particularly divisive time in our history. 

Green Card Voices (GCV) is a Minneapolis-based nonprofit that shares first-person immigrant stories in order to foster tolerance and understanding between immigrant and nonimmigrant communities.


Speakers
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Dr. Tea Rozman Clark

Co-founder and Executive Director, Green Card Voices (GCV)
Dr. Rozman Clark was born in Ljubljana, Yugoslavia (now Slovenia) and it was there at age 15 that she experienced the effects of war first-hand. She was so profoundly moved by her experience that she vowed to do everything she could to help those whose lives had been unjustly disrupted... Read More →


Thursday October 5, 2017 10:30am - 11:20am
Meeting Room 102

10:30am

Reinventing ourselves: Making Organizational Changes Work
Radical changes in libraries begin with the people who work in libraries. Is your library organization working for you? Perhaps it is time to shake up the team so that people can find success in ways that positively impact workflows, customer service, and more. A library re-organization needn't always be frightening, caused by cuts, or involve extra consultancy expenses. Improving the structure of your organization can be a catalyst for positive change. In this lively and participatory presentation we'll discuss organizational dynamics and change management, and look at an example of a recent re-organization project that could be implemented at a variety of library types and sizes.

Speakers
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Matt Rosendahl

Library Director, University of Minnesota Duluth Kathryn A. Martin Library
Kathryn A. Martin Library Director Matt Rosendahl's experiences in public and academic libraries, and as a participant in library boards and consortia, have highlighted the importance of organizational dynamics. Whether creating new services or re-organizing a library, he has found... Read More →


Thursday October 5, 2017 10:30am - 11:20am
Meeting Room 113

10:30am

When in Doubt, Throw It Out: When Storytime Isn't Working
Learn how Oakland Public Library (CA) is transforming empty rooms during storytime into bustling, busting-at-the-seams programs for toddlers & their caregivers, with special success in reaching underserved communities. Presenter Mary Dubbs, now at Hennepin County Library, designed and co-led what came to be called Play Cafe. The program would not have been such a success without the support of an amazing team at OPL and the larger community. Attendees will learn the "magic mix" of community research, outreach, and program structure. We'll delve into the importance of community input & cultural relevance at every step. We'll discuss strategies for funding as well as adjusting for staff, building, and scheduling impacts. By the end of the session, attendees will be buzzing with ideas of how they can implement the most pertinent ideas and start a storytime revolution of their own.

Speakers
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Mary Dubbs

Youth Services Librarian, Hennepin County Library, North Regional Branch
Mary Dubbs joined Hennepin County Library as a youth services librarian at the Minneapolis North Regional branch in March 2017. Previously, she was a children's librarian with Oakland Public Library in California. She is currently serving on the ALSC Library Services for Special Population... Read More →



Thursday October 5, 2017 10:30am - 11:20am
Meeting Room 109

11:20am

Break With Exhibitors
Thursday October 5, 2017 11:20am - 11:35am
Grand Ballroom 1

11:35am

Lunch & Keynote with Alicia Sojourner, YWCA Minneapolis: Intentional Inclusion: Do Not be the Monkey!
The everyday world is full of verbal, visual and environmental messages that tell us that we either belong and meet understood societal norms or we simply do not. Creating an intentionally inclusive environment means that we need to be aware of the messages, recognize when we are giving, receiving and witnessing them and learn some steps to eliminate those practices. These are thoughts and skills that, when learned and practiced, will become second nature. 

Speakers
avatar for Alicia Sojourner

Alicia Sojourner

Racial Equity Consulting Manager , YWCA Minneapolis
Alicia Sojourner serves as the Racial Equity Consulting Manager at YWCA Minneapolis. Alicia has many years in the Education and Public Policy fields. Alicia currently uses her background in grassroots community and political organizing for early childhood education, disability rights... Read More →


Thursday October 5, 2017 11:35am - 1:00pm
Grand Ballroom 2 & 3

12:30pm

DIY Screenprinting: Make your own "This is what radical looks like" shirt
Make your own "This is what radical looks like" t-shirt with the help of Elpis Enterprises. No experience necessary. Three colors & multiple sizes to choose from. More information here

Elpis Enterprises (Elpis is Greek for Hope) is a Saint Paul-based 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that provides job training, work experience, and job placement for homeless or precariously-housed young people ages 16-23. Through several social enterprises, youth build skills, experience, and relationships in the community. Young people develop as individuals and potential employees by working in real enterprises gaining the skills, knowledge, and confidence necessary to overcome homelessness and become contributing members of our community. Read more about Elpis here.

Thursday October 5, 2017 12:30pm - 2:30pm
TBA

1:00pm

Academic and Research Library Division (ARLD) Meeting
Please join us for our annual Academic and Research Libraries Division business meeting. We will introduce our newly elected board members, re-cap/celebrate the work done by ARLD over the past year, and provide an overview of upcoming events and ways to get involved in the year ahead. Our annual ARLD poster session will be held in the same room immediately following the business meeting. The poster session highlights the current research, professional activities, and interests of select ARLD members. ARLD members and anyone interested in current trends in academic and research libraries are encouraged to attend this session.


Thursday October 5, 2017 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Meeting Room 102

1:00pm

1:00pm

1:50pm

Break With Exhibitors
Thursday October 5, 2017 1:50pm - 2:15pm
Grand Ballroom 1

2:15pm

Wikipedia as Community Organizing
Wikipedia edit-a-thons are events where a community comes together to add to Wikipedia around a focused topic. Hosting an edit-a-thon can be an engaging way for libraries to leverage their collections, share information literacy and technology skills, and use their role as a community gathering space to improve the quality of information in the public conversation. It is an opportunity to empower the public to directly address representation and inequities on the internet. This session will focus on how we have used edit-a-thons for community organizing around topics including Art and Feminism, LGBTQIA Pride, and Social Activism. We will share tools, resources, and best practices for using your library to connect your community with Wikipedia.

Speakers
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Ben Weiss

Associate Librarian, Minneapolis Central Library, Hennepin County Library
Ben Weiss is an Associate Librarian with Hennepin County Library, working at Minneapolis Central in community engagement and public programming. He is the co-chair of HCL's LGBTQIA Pride workgroup and active in the Pop-up Libraries and Community Events team. He's been involved with... Read More →
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Rachel Wexelbaum

Associate Professor, Collection Management Librarian, St. Cloud State University
Rachel Wexelbaum is Associate Professor and Collection Management Librarian at St. Cloud State University. She has been engaged in various forms of Wikipedia engagement since 2010. In 2014 she had presented on "Women's Work: Female Bonding and Empowerment During Wikipedia Parties... Read More →
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Margit Wilson

Librarian, Minneapolis Central Library, Hennepin County Library
Margit Wilson is a Librarian with Hennepin County Library where she works at Minneapolis Central on programming and community engagement with art, music and literature collections. She comes to public librarianship with a background in art librarianship and publishing. Since 2015... Read More →



Thursday October 5, 2017 2:15pm - 3:05pm
Meeting Room 104

2:15pm

Legislative Insider Report
Join the MLA Legislative Chair and our lobbyist for an analysis of all things legislative. Learn how library advocates can influence the legislature. We'll review what happened in the 2017 session, anticipate what we can expect from the next session, and share how you can help set the stage for 2018.

Speakers
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Jami Trenam

2017 MLA Legislative Chair & Associate Director of Collection Development, Great River Regional Library
Jami Trenam is the 2017 MLA Legislative Chair and Associate Director of Collection Development at Great River Regional Library.
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Sam Walseth

MLA/ITEM Lobbyist, Capitol Hill Associates
Sam Walseth is a MLA/ITEM Lobbyist with Capitol Hill Associates


Thursday October 5, 2017 2:15pm - 3:05pm
Meeting Room 109

2:15pm

Revitalizing, Re-energizing and Reforming: an OCLC reclamation process
Using flexibility and creativity SELCO's 90 federated libraries synced their ILS holdings with the OCLC Worldcat database, a process known as a reclamation. This process could be considered a completely technical matter, but with the right tools it can also be a valuable process for assessing and enhancing your collection. Collaborating with each library SELCO staff saw librarians become empowered, patrons become more engaged, and collections revitalized as libraries were weeded, inventoried and eventually reclaimed. Presenters will discuss general procedures, best practices, and expected and unexpected outcomes of the process. Come and learn how this multi-step process of weeding, completing an inventory of your collection, and using the results of these processes can transform your collection and give you valuable insights to optimize your collection and make it work better for your community.

Speakers
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Chris Austin

Technical Services Assistant, SELCO
Chris Austin is the Technical Services Assistant at SELCO for 3 years now, but feels that "Utility Infielder" better describes her role at SELCO. Prior to that she worked at an ISP and in retail. She was forced to write this after being informed that a picture of Pikachu pouting was... Read More →
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Ingvild Herfindahl

Library Director, Dodge Center Public Library
Ingvild Herfindahl has been the Library Director at Dodge Center Public library for the last 2 years. She has previously been worked as a Children's Librarian, LSTA Grant Coordinator and an artist. She received her MLIS from Clarion University of Pennsylvania.
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Cheryl Hill

Technical Services Librarian, SELCO
Cheryl Hill has been the Technical Services Librarian at SELCO for 7 years. Before that she worked as the Library Director at Pine Island Public Library, Metadata and Cataloging Librarian at NDSU, and Cataloging and Reference Librarian at the Art Institute in Chicago. She has an MLIS... Read More →
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Becky Lashinski

Cataloging Librarian, SELCO
Becky Lashinski has been the Cataloging Librarian at SELCO for the past 6 years. Previously she was the Technical Services Assistant at William Mitchell College of Law. She received her MLIS from St. Catherine University.


Thursday October 5, 2017 2:15pm - 3:05pm
Meeting Room 110

2:15pm

Engaging Community through Cultural Arts Experiences
Participants will hear how creative activities can engage community members of all ages! Arts learning activities can provide a way for people to participate in programs that dovetail with the many resources available at libraries. COMPAS staff will highlight programs we have done in libraries around the state, and share the successes (and challenges) of those experiences. We will also discuss ways that programming can reach difference populations. Staff will share activity ideas. The session will include a hands-on activity where participants can try Rangoli - colorful patterns made with rice grains, flour, sand or chalk. Rangoli is created during Diwali, where Hindus draw bright patterns on the floor by the front door to encourage the goddess Lakshmi to enter their homes.

Speakers
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Shakun Maheshwari

Artist
Shakun Maheshwari is a professional artist from India. She provides workshops and residencies that engage participants in traditional folk art.
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Betsy Mowry Voss

Arts Innovation Director, COMPAS
Betsy Mowry Voss, M.A., is the Arts Innovation Director at COMPAS, a non-profit arts and education organization with artists who work statewide. Mowry Voss has been coordinating community programming for more than 20 years.


Thursday October 5, 2017 2:15pm - 3:05pm
Meeting Room 105

2:15pm

100 Years/100 Stories: How Saint Paul Public Library Used New Storytelling Tools to Advance Community Engagement
One-hundred years ago, Saint Paul Public Library (SPPL) expanded from a single building to a network of neighborhood libraries, improving access to books and resources for Saint Paul residents. This year, SPPL celebrates the centennial of four of those early buildings with a new story-gathering campaign: 100 Years/100 Stories. This campaign is an expanding collection of stories from SPPL's community, as told through written word, photography, audio, and video. In celebration of one-hundred years of the library in the community, SPPL developed a set of fun, easy-to-use tools that allow patrons to share their stories directly. These tools include: Digital Scrapbook, StoryPhone, and StoryKit  The Digital Scrapbook is a collection of stories and items from our community that live online and can be interacted with individually. It's the digital hub for the campaign, used to collect and exhibit stories. Patrons can use it to upload audio, video, photos, and text.  StoryPhone allows patrons to call a Google Voice number and leave their story on their own time, in whatever setting they choose. Featuring a fun, easy-to-use set of audiovisual and artistic tools, StoryKit puts storytelling tools directly in the hands of patrons, who can check them out at their local library for up to three weeks! This session will touch on these platforms, how other libraries can replicate them, and the lessons SPPL learned in implementing them to kick off more concerted community engagement efforts. Attendees will hear from frontline library staff who have used these tools, in addition to SPPL's communications staff who developed them.

Speakers
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Tracy Baumann

Manager, Saint Paul Public Library, St. Anthony Park
Tracy Baumann is the Library Manager at Saint Paul Public Library's Arlington Hills Library and has worked for SPPL for nine years in varying capacities, including stints as the library manager at Riverview and Saint Anthony Park libraries. In addition to her MLS, Tracy has an M.A... Read More →
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Phoebe Larson

Communications Director, Saint Paul Public Library
Phoebe Larson serves as Communications and Digital Services Director for Saint Paul Public Library (SPPL). Prior to assuming her role with SPPL, Larson worked in communications for higher education, the Metropolitan Airports Commission, and as an independent consultant to nonprofit... Read More →
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Chase Maxwell

Communications & Design Specialist, Saint Paul Public Library
Chase Maxwell works on Saint Paul Public Library's Communications and Digital Services team. In his capacity as a Communications & Design Specialist, he supports SPPL's systemwide communications and marketing efforts. Prior to joining SPPL, Chase worked for The Friends of the Saint... Read More →
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Therese Scherbel

Communications & Design Specialist, Saint Paul Public Library
Therese Scherbel is a Communications & Design Specialist at Saint Paul Public Library. She started at SPPL in 1998 as a Library Clerk and has held various roles in public information, community relations, and design with the library since 2000. She has a BA in Intercultural Communications... Read More →


Thursday October 5, 2017 2:15pm - 3:05pm
Meeting Room 114

2:15pm

Library Marketing: You Want a Revolution? I want a Revelation!
Library marketing is in a constant state of flux. We will discuss successful marketing campaigns and talk about the methods that can be used to deliver library messages. Traditional media and social media will be part of the discussion. Our suggestions for revolution will help library marketers make choices based on what they are promoting, their budget, and their goals. We will offer tips for prioritizing publicity for various types of programming, determine where to find the audience, and get them in the door. Our revelation is that advocacy, marketing, and relationships are all intertwined, and advocacy work should go beyond the legislative session. Whether the advocacy campaign is targeted fundraising or designed to build general awareness, having a plan and involving staff, friends, volunteers and Board members is invaluable. We will talk about creating conversation in the community and rethinking relationships between libraries and community leaders and elected officials.

Speakers
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Jennifer Harveland

Communication Specialist, SELCO
Jennifer Harveland has worked in media, communication and marketing in varying capacities since her days as an Army broadcaster in the late 1980s. She has experience in print journalism, radio and television, and was director of a small public library for a couple of years. She has... Read More →
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Karen Lemke

Head of Marketing and Community Engagement, Rochester Public Library
Karen Lemke is Head of Marketing and Community Engagement at the Rochester Public Library (a 2016 IMLS National Medal Finalist). With an undergraduate degree in Journalism/Mass Communications and a Master's in Library and Information Sciences, Karen says she's at her "dream job" at... Read More →


Thursday October 5, 2017 2:15pm - 3:05pm
Meeting Room 112

2:15pm

23 Framework Things: Minnesota Librarians on the Cutting Edge of Information Literacy Practice
ACRL released the new Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education in 2015, and since then librarians nationwide have been seeking support and resources for how to implement these new best practices at their institution and in their teaching practice. MLA's Instruction RoundTable (IRT) responded by creating 23 Framework Things (https://23frameworkthings.wordpress.com/), an online professional development opportunity that helps Minnesota librarians learn about the Framework, engage with it through activities, earn prizes/badges, and share strategies with an emerging community of practice. This session will feature a showcase of librarians from different types of academic institutions, large and small, sharing how they have engaged with the Framework though their participation in 23 Framework Things. Come to learn and leave inspired by Minnesota librarians on the cutting edge of information literacy instruction.

Speakers
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Trent Brager

Online Librarian, Broadview University
I am Trent Brager, the Online Librarian for the Broadview Education Consortium, a network of career colleges. This fall, I am teaching as an adjunct professor in the Library Studies department at the Minneapolis Community and Technical College. Education has remained important to... Read More →
avatar for Amy Mars

Amy Mars

Librarian, St. Catherine University
Amy is a Research & Instruction Librarian at St. Kate's Library. With her colleagues, she delivers information literacy instruction to students in the CORE, including The Reflective Woman classes. She also serves as the librarian for the humanities which includes providing students... Read More →


Thursday October 5, 2017 2:15pm - 3:05pm
Meeting Room 103

2:15pm

Summer Reading Programs for Youth: Breaking the Mold
Does your youth Summer Reading Program need new life and possibly a new direction? Reinvigorate summer reading by finding fresh approaches to this traditional, and vital, library program. Speakers will explore ways to structure and promote the program differently to increase its reach by drawing in non-traditional participants. The audience will break into small groups to brainstorm new approaches to this valued program.

Speakers
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Tracy Kampa

Children's Librarian, Grand Rapids (MN) Area Library
For the past 23 years Tracy Kampa has tried, sometimes successfully, to get books in the hands of kids. She spent 14 years as a school librarian, where she was known to hustle to the bookstore over the lunch hour to purchase a book that a reluctant reader had requested an hour before... Read More →
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Gail Nordstrom

Public Library Consultant, Viking Library System
Gail is the Public Library Consultant for Viking Library System, based in Fergus Falls. She is enthusiastic about informational books for children and teens, and recently served with her co-presenter Marge Loch-Wouters on the 2017 Robert Sibert Award Committee to select the most distinguished... Read More →
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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 2:15pm - 3:05pm
Meeting Room 111

2:15pm

Featured Session: Understanding ages and stages of youth development connected to race and racism

In this session, Alicia will equip us with skills for cultural responsiveness by providing us with:

  • A better understanding of unconscious bias with an awareness of diversity and culture
  • An understanding of the ages and stages of development connected to race and racism
  • Practical skills to begin to talk and address the diverse issues of race, diversity, inclusion and privilege within education
  • A connection of macroaggressions within our everyday life
  • Understand common missing bricks in diversity and inclusion

Speakers
avatar for Alicia Sojourner

Alicia Sojourner

Racial Equity Consulting Manager , YWCA Minneapolis
Alicia Sojourner serves as the Racial Equity Consulting Manager at YWCA Minneapolis. Alicia has many years in the Education and Public Policy fields. Alicia currently uses her background in grassroots community and political organizing for early childhood education, disability rights... Read More →


Thursday October 5, 2017 2:15pm - 3:05pm
Meeting Room 102

2:15pm

Government Documents During Times of Strife and Change
What is the role of federal depository library (FDLP) collections and librarians during moments of societal strife and change? Using several case studies, this session will explore how government information has responded and evolved during fraught historical eras. Beyond gaining perspective that might inform our current work, attendees will also learn about valuable, publicly accessible resources our patrons can use to follow government activity and engage with their representatives. In our current moment, government documents are under particular scrutiny and threat, including the removal of data from government websites, politicization of agency publications, and withholding of information from the public. Yet, there are many ways FDLP collections and librarians can still uniquely inform, empower, and engage our patrons in response.

Speakers
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Danya Leebaw

Reference & Instruction Librarian for Social Sciences & Government Documents, Carleton College
Danya has been a librarian since 2006 and at Carleton since 2008. She lives in the Twin Cities with her husband and daughter. She discovered her love for research as a History major at Grinnell College, and also during the years after college when she worked developing media plans... Read More →


Thursday October 5, 2017 2:15pm - 3:05pm
Meeting Room 113

3:05pm

Afternoon Break/Dessert With Exhibitors
Thursday October 5, 2017 3:05pm - 3:35pm
Grand Ballroom 1

3:35pm

At the Root of Our Profession: Fundamental Changes through Fundamental Values

Among the core values of librarianship are a commitment to service and the responsibility that we have toward our communities. As a profession, we have manifested those values in a variety of ways, informed by our historical contexts and understandings.

At the University of Wisconsin-Madison, current and campus events have demanded a reconsideration of our approaches to service and social responsibility. For the purpose of this presentation, we will begin with the example of the December 2014 die-in held in College Library, the UW’s undergraduate library, in the middle of finals. While College Library has held discussions of diversity and inclusion and sponsored various staff trainings over the years, the 2014 die-in and countless events since have pushed the staff of College Library beyond notions of diversity and inclusion and into an increasing, collective rejection of library neutrality as a critical part of our responsibility to our community. We will describe steps taken in the library's physical and virtual environments to communicate with patrons about the library's social justice values and how we perceive them as being part of our approach to service. We will also explore intentional staff discussions and trainings (with both permanent and student staff) to understand how we make our values manifest to our patrons and our entire staff. From pop-up displays on topical issues in the news (e.g. immigration, Islam, anti-Semitism) to visible statements in the library lobby of our commitment to inclusion, to pronouns on staff name tags, and updated public service principles, we will share specific examples and lessons learned.


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Raina Bloom

Public Services Librarian, UW Madison, College Library
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Carrie Kruse

Director of College Library, User Experience, and Library Spaces, University of Wisconsin, Madison


Thursday October 5, 2017 3:35pm - 4:25pm
Meeting Room 102

3:35pm

Un-prom: Alternative Prom Programs for Large and Small Libraries
Librarians Laura Mielenhausen (Hennepin County Library) and Angie Gustafson (Zumbrota Public Library) share their experiences from hosting Queer Proms and Nerd Proms at their libraries. Participants will learn how to create engaging and inclusive teen programming options for any size library or budget.

Speakers
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Angie Gustafson

Children's Librarian/Assistant Director, Zumbrota Public Library
Angie Gustafson has served as the Children's Librarian and Assistant Director at Zumbrota Public Library in Zumbrota, MN for the last 5 years. She received her MLIS from St. Catherine University in St. Paul, MN in 2012. Other libraries she has worked at include the Rochester Public... Read More →
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Laura Mielenhausen

Youth Services Librarian, Hennepin County Library
Laura Mielenhausen is a Teen Services Librarian at Hennepin County Library's downtown Minneapolis location. A graduate of the University of Washington, Laura has worked with youth for 18 years, seven of those years as a librarian. Her best days at work contain lots of reader's advisory... Read More →


Thursday October 5, 2017 3:35pm - 4:25pm
Meeting Room 110

3:35pm

MNLINK 2.0, one year into the implementation of the new search program
MNLINK was introduced for Minnesota library users in 2004 as a radical idea; allow end users the ability to search for and initiate their own interlibrary loan requests. The program has become very successful in expanding the resources available to all Minnesotans. In 2016 MNLINK introduced a replacement search program using OCLC's WorldCat Discovery. The new program has significant differences from the predecessor, as well as better integration with e-resources available to Minnesotans via Minitex. Attend to learn more about how this program works for your users.

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Nick Banitt

Resource Sharing Manager, Minitex
Nick Banitt is a Resource Sharing Manager at Minitex. His work life revolves around the day-to-day management of the MNLINK program. He worked for several years at the Minneapolis Public Library before finding his way to Minitex.


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Thursday October 5, 2017 3:35pm - 4:25pm
Meeting Room 111

3:35pm

Planting the Seeds of Learning: The Library as a Nature Based Learning Center
The learning and health benefits of connecting children and families to nature are well documented. The Minnesota Children & Nature Connection wants to encourage libraries provide opportunities for exploration, learning, and play to spark curiosity in the outside world. We recently surveyed librarians in the state to find out what's working and what's not in connecting communities to nature based learning. We'd like to share the results of our survey and provide some tools to help you more easily integrate nature based collections and programming at your library. We will showcase success stories highlighting resources, creativity, and collaboration with community partners from Minnesota libraries. Whether you're just getting started or are interested in expanding your nature based services, we'll have something for you to increase nature based literacy, environmental stewardship, and build a better future for the community and the planet.

Speakers
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Alison Reiter

Youth Services Library Associate, Anoka County Library
Alison Reiter joined Anoka County Library as the Youth Services Library Associate at the Mississippi branch in Fridley in 2016. Before that, she worked for the Saint Paul Public Library and Bridge View School. She has been a lover of nature her entire life and enjoys incorporating... Read More →
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Monica Stratton

Children's Facilitator, Ramsey County Library
Monica Stratton is the lead librarian for children's services at the Ramsey County Library. She also serves as branch manager for the library in North St. Paul. As part of the children's team at Ramsey County Library she has been involved with incorporating nature and outdoor play/learn... Read More →
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Katrina Hartz Taylor

Library Manager, Saint Paul Public Library
Katrina Hartz Taylor is the Manager of the Sun Ray Library where she provides an urban community with a variety of nature based learning opportunities. With over 15 years of experience at the Saint Paul Public Library, Katrina has had the joy of working with Saint Paul Parks and Rec... Read More →
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Jody Yungers

Director of Parks and Recreation, City of Brooklyn Park
Jody Yungers is the Director of Parks and Recreation for the city of Brooklyn Park. Jody has worked in both municipal and County government for over 34 years. Jody has served on the Minnesota Children & Nature Connection executive committee as the Minnesota Recreation and Parks Association... Read More →



Thursday October 5, 2017 3:35pm - 4:25pm
Meeting Room 109

3:35pm

Revolting Librarians Make Art
Librarians and others who love libraries have been making art about libraries for decades. Many radical librarians wrote and created art in the 1960s-70s that was published in the 1972 book, Revolting Librarians. Inspired by this book, this session's presenter founded the Library Information Brigade project, creating digital and letterpress prints advocating for libraries and librarians. Other artists and designers have also responded to the many issues that libraries face, such as Rebecca McCorkindale's Libraries are for Everyone images and the Chapel Hill Public Library's Banned Books Week trading cards. Join us at this session to learn about art and artists advocating for libraries, digital apps and programs that can be used to create pro-library art to share via social media or elsewhere online, and to get hands-on with craft materials creating your own collages or other artworks celebrating and supporting libraries and library workers.

Speakers
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Monica R. Howell

Serials Librarian, Northwestern Health Sciences University
Monica is a librarian, archivist, and book artist. She has an MLS with an emphasis in archival studies from the University of Maryland and has been working at Northwestern Health Sciences University in various roles for four years. She has completed the Core Certificate in Book Arts... Read More →


Thursday October 5, 2017 3:35pm - 4:25pm
Meeting Room 104

3:35pm

Libraries: Fighting Childhood Food Insecurity Year-Round For a Better Future!
Hunger is one of the most severe roadblocks to the learning process. Lack of nutrition during the summer months may set up a cycle for poor performance and undesired behaviors. In Minnesota only 17% of qualifying children have access to a nutritious snack or meal. Libraries are perfectly placed to help alleviate the food insecurity by participating in the Summer and Afterschool Meal programs and serving a meal or snacks to children. Learn about program requirements, if your library qualifies and how you can improve young lives in your community with meals!

Speakers
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Jenny Butcher

Outreach Lead, Summer And At-Risk Meal Programs Community Nutrition Programs, Minnesota Department of Education
Jenny Butcher is Outreach Lead for Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and At-Risk Afterschool Meals at the Minnesota Department of Education, Community Nutrition Programs. She conducts outreach and technical assistance to expand these child nutrition programs statewide with schools... Read More →


Thursday October 5, 2017 3:35pm - 4:25pm
Meeting Room 113

3:35pm

RART Bookblast: 40 in 50 Fiction
Join the Reader's Advisory Roundtable as we bring you reviews of 40 fiction books in 50 minutes! Topics include Spooky Books, Father/Daughter Reads, Banned Books and "Based on..."

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Kimberly Edson

Head of Readers Services, Rochester Public Library
Kimberly Edson is the Head of Readers Services at the Rochester Public Library (MN) and is responsible for the selection of adult fiction, large print, feature films, and recorded music collections. She is also manages the library's Bookmobile, Homebound and Deposit collection services... Read More →
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Rachel Gray

Van Horn Public Library, Director
Rachel Gray is the director of the Van Horn Public Library in Pine Island. Her favorite part of the job is helping people find the next book to read, so being a part of RART is a no-brainer! She has been the chair of the subunit for the last 2 years and has presented many bookblasts... Read More →
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Angie Noyes

Collection Development Librarian, Washington County Library
Angie Noyes has been on the RART steering committee for a very, very long time. Being on the committee she has realized she will always be an RA practitioner, honing her RA skills, and always learning more. She has worked in libraries since she was a teenager where as a shelver she... Read More →
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Katie Polley

Teen Librarian, Dakota County Library, Wentworth
Katie Polley is the Teen Librarian at the Wentworth branch of the Dakota County Library system. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband and her greyhound Genie. Someday she hopes to make a meaningful dent in her TBR pile.



Thursday October 5, 2017 3:35pm - 4:25pm
Meeting Room 103

3:35pm

Like a Boss: 10 Pathways to Non-Management Leadership
Frontline library staff often don't realize how powerful they can be as leaders even when they have little or no management or supervisory responsibilities. Join two library leaders as they explore ways to connect to leadership opportunities that allow non-management staff to become powerful without giving up the daily work they love.

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Kelsey Johnson-Kaiser

Youth Services Manager, George Latimer Central Library, Saint Paul Public Library
Kelsey Johnson Kaiser works with youth services staff as well as children and families in Saint Paul, MN, and has also worked in Columbus, WI, and La Crosse, WI. She is passionate about engaging in thoughtful, intentional work to strengthen and focus services for children and families... Read More →
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Marge Loch-Wouters

Youth Services Consultant, Southwest (WI) Library System
Marge Loch-Wouters is recently retired after a 40 year career as a children's librarian and manager. She continues to work as a youth consultant and educator and has presented numerous classes, workshops and webinars on innovative youth services and challenging issues in youth services... Read More →


Thursday October 5, 2017 3:35pm - 4:25pm
Meeting Room 105

3:35pm

Librarian on the Loose
Join the Librarian on the Loose (LOL) for tales of taking the library show on the road... on a 3-wheeled bicycle! After receiving a 2016 Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund grant LOL was born and she has spent the last two summers taking Legos, puppets, yoga, crafts, puzzles, games, books and TONS OF FUN all around the little (and hilly!) town of Hokah, MN. The LOL project has not only provided another service to our community but it has also provided a means to meet people and highlight the wide array of services and activities available year round at the library! This project was funded in part with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund and the people of Minnesota for Library Legacy activities.

Speakers
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Shari Carlson

Librarian, Hokah Public Library
Shari Carlson has been the Librarian in Hokah, MN for 2 years. Prior to working in the library setting, Shari served as the Chief Operating Officer of a residential facility for children with extraordinary needs and severe behavioral challenges. Because of her experiences in areas... Read More →


Thursday October 5, 2017 3:35pm - 4:25pm
Meeting Room 112

4:40pm

5:45pm

Happy Hour, Presentation of the Above & Beyond Awards and Social Event

Sponsored by the Minnesota Multicounty Multitype Library Systems
Entertainment is being provided by G.L. Berg

The Multitypes, in partnership with G.L. Berg Entertainment, invite you to the beautiful Riverfront Plaza at the Mayo Civic Center for fun, food, and networking. There will be.an appetizer buffet, cash bar, networking and live entertainment! Performances by:

  • Jerry Frasier, comedy magic
  • The Sound Exchange, a cappella Hijinks & Harmonies
  • Becky Schlegel, bluegrass & classic country

This will be an evening of relaxation and conversation with old friends and new. Free to registered attendees.


Thursday October 5, 2017 5:45pm - 8:00pm
Riverfront Plaza
 
Friday, October 6
 

7:00am

7:00am

Registration
Friday October 6, 2017 7:00am - 4:25pm
Ballroom Lobby

8:00am

Libraries Were Never Neutral: Advocating for Social Justice in the Library
Did your library put up a Black Lives Matter display? Start a community conversation on race? Or did you shrug off the idea as too political, too charged to present to your community, or perhaps even more daunting, to your boss? Or are you a librarian working in a homogeneous community, wondering how to make a case for the relevance in promoting diverse materials? In this presentation, attendees will learn from the experiences of others who have taken the path less travelled and persevered. Examples, successful and not as successful, will be shared from multiple librarians in advocating for social justice, as well as, ample time for group questions and answers to help brainstorm solutions for that program or project you've wanted to get done but can't find your way past a hurdle or two (or three!).

Speakers
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Chip Gehring

Adult and Teen Services Librarian, Hennepin County Library
Chip Gehring is an Adult and Teen Services Librarian at the Hosmer Library in South Minneapolis. They are a founder of the Social Justice Community of Practice at the Hennepin County Library, which brings staff of all job classes together to disrupt systems of inequity by sharing... Read More →
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Emilie Hanson

Librarian, Science House Educator Resource Center at the Science Museum of Minnesota
Emilie Hanson is an avid supporter of the Black Lives Matter movement. She is the librarian of Science House at the Science Museum of Minnesota, a resource center for educators which increases awareness, access, and equity for MN students. Emilie is proud to be the 2017 Chair of... Read More →
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Katie Pierce

Associate Librarian, Hennepin County Library
Katie is an Associate Librarian at the Hennepin County Library in Brooklyn Park. Within Hennepin County Library, she is a member of the Pride Workgroup and is also working on becoming more involved in the teen programming at her location. Katie is proud to represent the Brooklyn... Read More →


Friday October 6, 2017 8:00am - 8:50am
Meeting Room 104

8:00am

State Library Services: Annual Update
There's a saying that claims there is nothing new under the sun but we know that, for libraries, nothing could be farther from the truth. During this session we'll spend time recapping the year and thinking ahead to what the future may bring. We'll do a high level overview of state public library data as well as the proposed new LSTA Five Year Plan. State Library Services is also looking for your thoughts on what Minnesota libraries need to best serve community needs in the coming years and how we can help.

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Jennifer Nelson

Director/State Librarian, State Library Services
Since 2013, Jen Nelson has served as Director of State Library Services at the Minnesota Department of education. Jen has more than 30 years of experience in libraries, working in a number of different capacities at the Minneapolis Public and Hennepin County libraries. She takes an... Read More →


Friday October 6, 2017 8:00am - 8:50am
Meeting Room 109

8:00am

Every Minnesotan an Author: Self-Publishing Using Your Local Library
Want to self-publish a book or create an open textbook? Minnesota libraries are here to help! Learn about MN Writes MN Reads and the Minnesota Libraries Publishing Project, which provide suites of services that allow you to turn your manuscripts into ebook formats and share them with readers across the state and potentially across the country. The core of these services are Pressbooks, an easy-to-use online book production tool, and SELF-e, a sharing and discovery platform for ebooks. Minitex, MELSA, and a group of academic libraries are collaborating to support these exciting community-building initiatives.

Speakers
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Rita Baladad

Electronic Resources Librarian, Minitex
Cooperative purchasing is the acquisition and negotiation of collaborative electronic resources to achieve economies of scale for libraries. Rita manages planning, purchasing, invoicing, and renewal of electronic resources and services for institutions in Minnesota, South Dakota... Read More →
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Anne Hatinen

Electronic Resources Librarian, Minitex
Anne Hatinen works in Cooperative Purchasing and Electronic Resources Services (CPERS) at Minitex. I've been here since 2008, which makes me the newbie in CPERS! Before Minitex, I have played many roles in libraries including: collection development at a book jobber for the K12 library... Read More →
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Andrea McKennan

Project Manager, MELSA
Andrea McKennan is a Project Manager at MELSA, where she oversees projects related to arts programming, jobs and small business initiatives, and world language acquisitions. She manages MELSA's MN Writes MN Reads project. Prior to MELSA, Andrea worked in the Communications Department... Read More →


Friday October 6, 2017 8:00am - 8:50am
Meeting Room 103

8:00am

Leave It to the Teens: Running a successful YA book group . . . by not running it
Teens Know Best is a popular teen book group that is a collaborative program of Metropolitan State University and Saint Paul Public library. Each month between 25 and 35 teens laugh, eat pizza, and discuss books and topics both silly and serious: from zombie survival techniques to racial injustices in society. This group defies the conventional wisdom about book group participants: nearly half are boys and half are teens of color. Presenters will talk about how they engage in radical trust, handing much of the control over the group to the teens, themselves. Teens drive the discussions, author blog posts and reviews on Tumblr, and are involved in decisions about new directions the group may take. Session attendees will also hear from the teens by viewing short video interviews of Teens Know Best members, and will be encouraged to think of ways they can make their own programming more collaborative and participant-centered.

Speakers
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Jennifer DeJonghe

Reference and Instruction Librarian, Metropolitan State University
Jennifer DeJonghe is a Professor and a Reference and Instruction Librarian at Metropolitan State University. She teaches credit-bearing courses in the university's Information Studies program and helps coordinate the Library's web team, gaming group, and the Teens Know Best progr... Read More →
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Emily Ganzel

Library Associate, Saint Paul Public Library
Emily Ganzel is a Library Associate at the Dayton's Bluff Branch of the Saint Paul Public Library. In addition to her work as a co-facilitator for Teens Know Best, she serves as the branch's volunteer liaison and supports the Dayton's Bluff Book Club.
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Mallory Haskin

Social Media Advisor
Mallory Haskin is a graduate of the Master of Library and Information Science program at St. Catherine University and is an Associate Librarian at Hennepin County Library. She creates content and helps manage the Teens Know Best blog and social media accounts.
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Colette Johnson

Library Associate, Saint Paul Public Library
Colette Johnson is a Library Associate at the Arlington Hills Branch of the St Paul Public Library. She is the coordinator for the Homework Center and Teens Know Best. Colette is a huge supporter of the tweens in her library, creating Tween Time, Makercamps and Art-lington to entertain... Read More →


Friday October 6, 2017 8:00am - 8:50am
Meeting Room 111

8:00am

Practical Strategies for Digital Literacy Outreach
Digital literacy outreach changes depending on individual community needs. For example, the Rochester Public Library visits senior living spaces with a team of university students who work as tech assistants; the James J. Hill Center blends business development with digital literacy, teaching people to use specialized databases; and at Leech Lake Tribal College, the library encourages workforce development by offering computer classes to tribal employees. In this session, sponsored by the Reference & Adult Service Subunit, hear from a panel of public, tribal, and special librarians about the strategic steps they've taken to build digital literacy outreach services for adults in their communities

Speakers
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Hannah Buckland

Director of Library Services, Leech Lake Tribal College
Hannah Buckland has worked as the Director of Library Services at Leech Lake Tribal College since moving to Minnesota in January 2014 and serves as a member of Governor Dayton's Task Force on Broadband, the Leech Lake Workforce Development Steering Committee, and the Northern Lights... Read More →
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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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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.
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Jill Wujcik

Substitute Librarian, Anoka, Carver, & Dakota Counties
Jill Wujcik received her MLIS from St. Kate's in 2011. She then went on to be the solo librarian for two for-profit colleges in the metro area. She is currently subbing regularly at Anoka, Carver, and Dakota Counties.


Friday October 6, 2017 8:00am - 8:50am
Meeting Room 105

8:00am

Filling a Gap in Children's Literature - Where are all the sporty girls?
The rate of girls' participation in sports has grown at incredible rates since the 1970's era of Title IX. Thanks to Proctor and Gamble, "like a girl", is a campaign that has recently spread worldwide showing that girls can be anything athletic they want to be. We will examine how children's literature is lagging behind in reflecting this growth in sports participation by girls. This session will look at the percentage of female, athletic lead characters in children's books compared to the percentages of participation in sports and fitness and the presenters will share what they are doing to create change in these trends through grass-roots efforts. We hope you will be inspired to participate!

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Shelly Boyum-Breen

Author/Public Speaker
Shelly Boyum-Breen has been an athlete her entire life. Kara Douglass Thom discovered her inner-athlete after becoming an adult. Both Minneapolis-based writers didn't know each other at the time, but in 2014 each launched a series of children's books with female athletes as central... Read More →
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Kara Thom

Author/Public Speaker
Kara Douglass Thom danced her way through childhood but discovered her inner athlete after running a 5K after college. She was hooked and went on to run many road races and multi-sport events, including seven marathons and two Ironman triathlons. As a journalist she combined her passion... Read More →



Friday October 6, 2017 8:00am - 8:50am
Meeting Room 110

8:00am

Online Chat - Best Practices in an Academic Library
What are today's best practices in online reference, and how can librarians at academic institutions improve the student experience in online reference transactions? This session describes one librarian's creation of best practices for a virtual reference service based on the guidelines and practices outlined by governing bodies, commercial entities, and other libraries. During the study the practices were implemented and results about the effectiveness, clarity, and overall improvement of virtual reference transactions were gathered using a mixed-methods approach. Related research literature was used as a foundation for building best practices documentation and evaluation of the results. Successes and difficulties in implementing the best practices are explored and conclusions shared.

Speakers
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Sara Stambaugh

Digital Services Librarian, Rasmussen College
Sara Stambaugh has worked at Rasmussen College since 2012, and has served as the Digital Services Librarian since 2014. Sara's passion is providing information and access to records of human thought and ingenuity. She strives to contribute positively to the experience of patrons in... Read More →


Friday October 6, 2017 8:00am - 8:50am
Meeting Room 112

8:00am

Small But Mighty! Rural Library Staff Lightning Rounds
Attend this session and experience four engaging lightning rounds from library staff with their feet on the ground around the state! Peter discusses his outreach efforts, working to engage students and residents, both on the UMM campus and in the community of Morris. Nate provides an insider-perspective of the background, workings and future of the independent Lake Elmo Library. Stacy shares the mindset that has allowed Waseca-Le Sueur Regional Library System to approach library services differently than traditional small town librarianship and why this is important to these communities. Nicole takes her spirit of "big ideas" from her previous position at the Gilbert Public Library and puts it into action in her new position. She shares her experiences working these ideas into collaboration opportunities within her new community. Steve will talk about projects big and small, and the impact they have on a library and a community. Featuring: Genealogy page at Iron Range Research Center, finding Madonna, bringing Audio Books to NE Minnesota, sparking gay pride in a small town, working the liquor store angle, and, if time permits, why it's important to get outside the library. We've designed the session to allow time for questions!

Speakers
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Peter Bremer

Reference Coordinator, University of Minnesota, Morris Rodney A. Briggs Library
Peter Bremer has served as a reference librarian at UMM since 2004. His areas of responsibilities and expertise include reference desk services, website management, databases, publicity, and outreach.
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Nate Deprey

Director, Lake Elmo Public Library
Since 2014, Nate Deprey has been the Director, and soon to be branch manager, of the Lake Elmo Library. He has also served as the Director of the Osceola and Beloit Public Libraries. Nate reads a lot of comics and graphic novels and would be delighted to be your Goodreads friend... Read More →
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Steve Harsin

Director, Grand Marais Public Library
Steve has worked in a variety of Minnesota libraries - public, regional, academic, and research. His first professional position was at Arrowhead Library System where he was the Outreach Librarian. Outreach has followed him throughout his career. He first began working in libraries... Read More →
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Stacy Lienemann

Director, Waseca-Le Sueur Regional Library System
After 10 years in book publishing, Stacy Lienemann switched careers to join forces with radical librarians in rural places. She enjoys masterminding, from sneak attacks to grand schemes, in real life.
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Nicole Miller

Library Director, Cannon Falls Library
Nicole Miller is a public library director with an unusual background for a librarian. Prior to her first gig as a librarian, she was a gymnastics coach and gymnastics director with private clubs and the YMCA. That experience has lent itself to some different, even radical, perspectives... Read More →


Friday October 6, 2017 8:00am - 8:50am
Meeting Room 113

8:00am

Cataloging for Inclusion: A Case Study and Space for Conversation
Over the past two years, Dakota County Library has been revisiting its world language cataloging practices with the goal of making resources even more visible and accessible to the communities we serve. Over the course of this project, we examined and edited summaries, contents notes, subject headings, and genre headings within our MARC records to provide improved access. The first part of this session will share a brief overview of the impetus for the changes, the implementation process, and a few takeaways. The second part of the session will comprise a structured discussion with attendees on their own experiences, ideas, and future goals for inclusive, community-focused cataloging and collection development. The goal of this session will be to share ideas, experiences and inspiration for creating collections and cataloging to serve our communities.

Speakers
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Christie Schultz

Librarian, Dakota County Library
I currently serve as Librarian in the Acquisitions and Cataloging department in the Dakota County Library System. I love how relationships, technology, literacy and community intersect inside and outside the library. A favorite part of my job is connecting someone with the spark that... Read More →
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Lori Veldhuis

Acquisition and Cataloging Services Manager, Dakota County Library
I am currently the Manager for Acquisitions and Cataloging at the Dakota County Library System in Eagan, MN. I have been involved with the library cataloging world for 16 years, and claim seven wonderful years as a school librarian. (I still miss the kids!) Most fun at work: hearing... Read More →


Friday October 6, 2017 8:00am - 8:50am
Meeting Room 102

8:50am

Break With Exhibitors
Friday October 6, 2017 8:50am - 9:15am
Grand Ballroom 1

9:15am

Tricky Legal Questions: A Radical Approach to Making Them Satisfying for Patrons and for You!
Many librarians are afraid of legal questions at the reference desk. When asked something legal-ish, the gut reaction is to reply, "I'm not a lawyer, I can't give you legal advice." However, when the first thing the patron hears is, "I can't help you," they may not be receptive to the legal information you can provide. Can you provide a successful legal reference experience without giving legal advice? Yes, you can! The speakers will first review differences between legal information and legal advice, and then share a series of tactics and helpful phrases to employ when answering legal information questions. Finally, the presenters will role-play some legal reference interactions to demonstrate how to be helpful and effective without giving advice. The audience will participate by suggesting which phrases could be employed in that situation and then critiquing the overall reference interview.

Speakers
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Pauline Afuso

Law Librarian, Washington County Law Library
Pauline Afuso is the Law Librarian for Washington County, and she provides reference service to self-represented litigants and others needing legal information. She received her MLS from UCLA in 1993, and has experience in working with patrons and legal information in a variety of... Read More →
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Karen Westwood

Law Library Director, Hennepin County Law Library
Karen Westwood received her M.S. in Library and Information Science in 1987 and worked in public and university libraries before launching her law library career as a circuit-riding prison law librarian for Law Library Service to Prisoners, a program of the Minnesota State Law Library... Read More →


Friday October 6, 2017 9:15am - 10:05am
Meeting Room 111

9:15am

Digital Preservation Day at the Library: A How-To Guide
In US libraries, museums, and archives, it is estimated that at least 1.3 billion items are at risk of being lost forever. Light, pollutants, heat, and moisture can all cause damage to our physical collections. Individuals in your communities hold their own treasures such as photographs, slides, letters, and more that are also at risk. As libraries, we can play a role in educating our communities about preservation. But, how do you start? This session will cover scanning 101, and offer tips on how to preserve your content after digitization. The second half of the session will describe one model for hosting family history preservation days at your library. You will learn about what hardware and software is needed for digitization/scanning, metadata, types of collaborations with other community groups, and educational topics you can offer to the public.

Speakers
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Jolie Graybill

Director, Minitex Digital Initiatives & Metadata Education
Jolie Graybill joined Minitex in September 2014 as Assistant Director for Digital Initiatives & Metadata Education. Prior to joining Minitex, she served in two different positions at University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries: first as a Multicultural Services Librarian, where she supported... Read More →
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Sara Ring

Continuing Education Librarian, Minitex Digital Initiatives & Metadata Education
Sara Ring works at Minitex, a publicly supported network of all types of libraries working cooperatively to improve library service for their users. She provides training and consultation related to digitization, digital preservation, and metadata. She recently led the volunteer project... Read More →



Friday October 6, 2017 9:15am - 10:05am
Meeting Room 109

9:15am

MNLINK: May the Source Be With You
Many Minnesotans enjoy the magic of interlibrary loans -- they request a book from afar, and voila! it appears at their local library. But how does it get there? What are best practices for requesting items? What does it look like behind the scenes? How many people touch the item being sent and returned. Our Star Wars themed session will compel you to ask R2D2 to send an ILL request to be delivered to your home star. You will follow Yoda through the process of selecting an item to check out from MNLINK, and then watch the item on its journey to the swamps of Dagobah. This will be an innovative, light-hearted, but informational session that will make ILLs interesting!

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Cindy Baker

Head of MNLINK department and Cataloging Assistant, SELCO
Cindy Baker is the ILL & Cataloging Assistant at SELCO. She has been with SELCO for 17 years starting out as Bookmobile driver/circulation desk and delivery sorter, moving to MNLINK and managing day to day tasks for delivery when the Bookmobile was discontinued in July 1, 2006. She... Read More →
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Pam O'Hara

Information Services Librarian, SELCO
Pam, an experienced presenter, is the Information Services Librarian, who does teaching and training in the SELCO region. Pam has worked in a variety of libraries, including an astronomy library, a music library, a college library, a public library, and now a regional library system... Read More →


Friday October 6, 2017 9:15am - 10:05am
Meeting Room 113

9:15am

Escape the Library: Creating and Hosting an 'Escape the Room' Style Program for Youth at Your Library
Oakdale Library has designed two "Escape the Library" Programs; one for grades 3-5 and one for teens or preteens. We will share our game designs, how we used them with groups of children, and how to tailor an escape the room program for your library. The version for grades 3-5 is designed to be a STEM program with science related clues. We plan to incorporate "Escape the Conference Room" clues into the program to give the participants an opportunity to experience clue solving in person.

Speakers
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Amy Oelkers

Youth Services Librarian, Washington County Library, Oakdale Branch
Amy Oelkers is the Youth Services Librarian at the Oakdale Library in Washington County Libraries. She has undergraduate degrees in Theatre Arts and English and an MLIS from St. Catherine University. As a former Youth Programing Coordinator for the Twin Cities Book Festival and Events... Read More →
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Martha Riel

Branch Manager, Washington County Library, Oakdale Branch
Martha has worked in public libraries for 35 years. She currently is the manager of the Oakdale Library, but has worked in many different capacities in public libraries. She enjoys games and puzzles and looks at creating a new game as an interesting challenge.


Friday October 6, 2017 9:15am - 10:05am
Meeting Room 102

9:15am

Light Bulb to Launch and Beyond: Libraries Growing the Economy
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.

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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 →
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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
Meeting Room 110

9:15am

RA Crutches
Do library patrons come to you with readers' advisory questions and you don't know where to go for the answers? Members of the Readers' Advisory Roundtable have been there too and have a variety of resources and insider tips to offer as crutches for you to use the next time that happens.

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Angie Noyes

Collection Development Librarian, Washington County Library
Angie Noyes has been on the RART steering committee for a very, very long time. Being on the committee she has realized she will always be an RA practitioner, honing her RA skills, and always learning more. She has worked in libraries since she was a teenager where as a shelver she... Read More →
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Katie Polley

Teen Librarian, Dakota County Library, Wentworth
Katie Polley is the Teen Librarian at the Wentworth branch of the Dakota County Library system. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband and her greyhound Genie. Someday she hopes to make a meaningful dent in her TBR pile.
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Suzanne Yoch

Children's Librarian, Washington County Library
Suzanne Yoch is a librarian for Washington County at the Hardwood Creek Library in Forest Lake. She has been doing storytime weekly for over twenty years. She is also a Research Librarian for the St. Croix Watershed Research Station, Science Museum of Minnesota. She lives with her... Read More →



Friday October 6, 2017 9:15am - 10:05am
Meeting Room 105

9:15am

UX is social change: The feminist impact of User Experience work
Libraries exist to empower people with knowledge and to connect them with resources. Yet with poorly designed websites, confusing databases, and inaccessible tools, we often fail our end-users at the entry points to our services. We may even create barriers for the very people who need our services the most! Through practicing empathy, centering on the act of listening to our patrons, and by setting aside our "expert hat," we can create libraries that are better able to deliver on our professional values. In this session, librarians at Hennepin County Library and Metropolitan State University will discuss practical steps and strategies for conducting UX work, such as focus groups, surveys, and usability tests, which help us better understand our patrons. We will also discuss how our work with accessibility and web usability is informed by feminist theory and social justice practices, and how we consciously build these into our UX practices.

Speakers
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Jennifer DeJonghe

Reference and Instruction Librarian, Metropolitan State University
Jennifer DeJonghe is a Professor and a Reference and Instruction Librarian at Metropolitan State University. She teaches credit-bearing courses in the university's Information Studies program and helps coordinate the Library's web team, gaming group, and the Teens Know Best progr... Read More →
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Tony Hirt

Web and Online Services, Hennepin County Library
Tony Hirt is a librarian with Hennepin County Library. His duties include online reference, web content creation and maintenance, and usability testing. As a parent of two autistic children, a member of HCL's Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Team, and a member of MELSA's Inclusive Services... Read More →
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Christine Larson

Librarian and Assistant Professor, Metropolitan State University
Christine Larson provides reference services and information literacy instruction at Metro State and teaches credit-bearing courses in Information Studies. She also participates in the library's usability testing and website development. She holds degrees from the University of Illinois... Read More →
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Amy Luedtke

Senior Librarian, Web and Online Services, Hennepin County Library
Amy Luedtke has worked as a librarian for Hennepin County Library (HCL) since 1999 in a variety of positions including children's librarian, teen librarian, and branch manager. Amy currently focuses on website usability and user testing and manages HCL's website content for youth... Read More →



Friday October 6, 2017 9:15am - 10:05am
Meeting Room 103

9:15am

When Home Won't Let You Stay: Telling the Story of Refugees Living in Minnesota
Learn how two library directors and a documentary artist worked together to host a program that built an awareness campaign surrounding refugee life in their communities. When Home Won't Let You Stay is a powerful and timely docu-photo project championed by James Bowey. The traveling photo exhibit is meant to give voice to the voiceless and start community-building dialogues in safe spaces like libraries.

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James Bowey

Documentary Artist, James Bowey PhotoMedia
James A. Bowey is a documentary artist who explores issues of human rights and social connection. He has spent his career covering a wide range of global and national stories from the war in Bosnia to Hurricane Katrina. His photography and writing have been featured in The New York... Read More →
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Lezlea Dahlke

Library Director, Winona Public Library
Lezlea Dahlke is a former educator who taught in tribal communities of South Dakota and Mexico before settling in Winona, Minnesota. She held the role of Children's Librarian at Winona Public Library for 12 years before becoming Director in 2016. She is passionate about building community... Read More →
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Alice Henderson

Director, Plainview Public Library
Alice Henderson has worn several hats at the Plainview Public Library in Plainview, MN. She has served as a Library Assistant and a Children's Librarian, and in 2013 became Director. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Secondary Education from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN... Read More →


Friday October 6, 2017 9:15am - 10:05am
Meeting Room 104

9:15am

Learning is For Everyone! Making staff-wide training a reality
Libraries provide access to many resources: databases, public access technology, reference, reader's advisory, and much more. How do you make sure all library staff receives consistent training so they can assist the public? All-staff development days are a great way to get lots of staff trained but take time and money. What if you could provide timely, relevant, and on-demand training to build the skills of all your staff, regardless of their position? The presenters have each implemented training programs that work for staff and don't break the bank. Elizabeth Proell did this through a monthly, web-based "Question of the Month," Cindy Purser and Lisa Motschke took the analog approach and have provided staff-wide training through a monthly "Learning Opportunity." The panel will present the process for implementing the training programs, discuss what they've learned, and show how they plan to move forward with their mission of "Learning for All."

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Lisa Motschke

Digital Experience Manager, Scott County Library
Lisa Motschke is the Digital Experience Manager for Scott County Library. She's held all manner of library roles including shelver, circ/distribution aide, reference librarian, and library IT manager. These different viewpoints have helped shape her project management approach. Accomplishments... Read More →
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Elizabeth Proell

HR Generalist, Great River Regional Library (GRRL)
Elizabeth Proell, HR Generalist, identifies, develops and coordinates training opportunities to enhance staff performance and organizational effectiveness for the Great River Regional Library system. Elizabeth has created an efficient On-Boarding and Orientation program for 45 positions... Read More →
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Cindy Purser

Assistant Director, Scott County Library
Cindy Purser, Associate Library Director, has worked for Scott County Library for 16 years. She received her MLIS from Dominican University in 1999. One of her more unusual library projects involved moving books into a new library in Kenya via wheelbarrow. With her compassionate... Read More →



Friday October 6, 2017 9:15am - 10:05am
Meeting Room 114

9:15am

Execute Your Brand
Are you executing (carrying out or putting a plan into effect) or executing (carrying out a sentence of death) your brand? Marketing experts are able to foster relationships with customers by developing and using effective brand management. Businesses and organizations create effective brands to build those important relationships and -hopefully- develop brand loyalty. Libraries are no different. Learn how Rochester Public Library and others are embracing branding to better connect with the communities they serve. Karen will provide insight into best practices for utilizing your brand's visual assets (logo, typeface, and colors) and also give helpful tips for providing consistency across your organization.

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Karen Lemke

Head of Marketing and Community Engagement, Rochester Public Library
Karen Lemke is Head of Marketing and Community Engagement at the Rochester Public Library (a 2016 IMLS National Medal Finalist). With an undergraduate degree in Journalism/Mass Communications and a Master's in Library and Information Sciences, Karen says she's at her "dream job" at... Read More →


Friday October 6, 2017 9:15am - 10:05am
Meeting Room 112

10:05am

Break With Exhibitors
Friday October 6, 2017 10:05am - 10:30am
Grand Ballroom 1

10:05am

Silent Auction
Friday October 6, 2017 10:05am - 3:25pm
Grand Ballroom 2 & 3

10:30am

#Librarianshipsowhite: Using Critical Race Theory to Form a Call for Action
At last count, the profession of librarianship was comprised of only 12% people of color, despite numerous diversity initiatives in recruitment. This state of affairs was aptly described by local author & activist, Andrea Jenkins, as "blindingly white." Director of MIT Libraries, Chris Bourg, poignantly described our profession's diversity problem as "the unbearable whiteness of librarianship." A framework already exists that allows us to critically evaluate our practices and cultivate more inclusive libraries. We will look at librarianship through the lens of critical race theory to advance the discussion about race, de-center whiteness, and bring theory to a practice of anti-racist librarianship. After presenting some guiding principles, a theoretical framework, and some inspiring examples, we will lead a critical discussion with the audience so that together, we can create a call to action(s).

Speakers
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Amy Mars

Librarian, St. Catherine University
Amy is a Research & Instruction Librarian at St. Kate's Library. With her colleagues, she delivers information literacy instruction to students in the CORE, including The Reflective Woman classes. She also serves as the librarian for the humanities which includes providing students... Read More →
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Deborah A. Torres

Assistant to the Associate Dean/Assistant Program Director MLIS Program, St. Catherine University
Deborah A. Torres is the Assistant Program Director for the MLIS Program, St. Catherine University, where s/he coordinates many activities in support of the Program's mission and goals. S/he has a background in public libraries, archives, special collections, and is an active member... Read More →


Friday October 6, 2017 10:30am - 11:20am
Meeting Room 103

10:30am

Dewey Decimation: Going Dewey-free with Book Map at Rochester Public Library
Can a youth services librarian convince a cataloger to let go of a traditional cataloging scheme? Find out as we take you through the whole saga of Rochester Public Library developing Book Map, a new classification scheme for the juvenile nonfiction collection. In this session, RPL staff share why this was an important change and the details on how they developed and implemented Book Map. The session will be held in the RPL Auditorium and we'll walk and talk through the collection to see the labeling, shelving, and signage in action.

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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.
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Laura Randolph

Library Assistant, Rochester Public Library
Laura Randolph shares her time between Technical Services and Youth Services at Rochester Public Library. She has enjoyed processing books, media (and more) since 2001 in addition to collaborating with the community on Spanish storytimes and connecting families with the library through... Read More →


Friday October 6, 2017 10:30am - 11:20am
Rochester Public Library Auditorium

10:30am

Collaborations that engage communities in transforming libraries
For most of us non-professional librarians, we are aware of our community's library. We support our libraries, and as a member of a Friend's group or similar organization we may try to raise money for the library. Few of us understand the structure and financing of our public libraries, although more than ever, it is critical that we do understand so that we can be effective supporters and work to influence the right branches of government to insure quality library systems. Today we would like to provide a brief description of several systems along with their governance and revenue sources. We would also like to talk about several completed and proposed library expansions, and the factors that moved them forward. Hopefully this will help library supporters work to support and improve their libraries. We hope to also answer any questions the audience has.

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Sue Grove

Sue Grove recently retired from a long-time language instructor position at Riverland Community College. She served on the faculty at the Austin, Minn., institution for nearly 40 years, teaching both French and English as a Second Language (ESL). She is currently serving a term as... Read More →
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Rollin Hall

Rollin Hall a lover of the Minnesota Twins, golfing, reading mystery novels, and libraries. He graduated from Winona State University with a degree in elementary education, and taught school for two years in Luverne, MN. He then joined State Farm Insurance where he spent 33 years... Read More →
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Joseph Owens

Joseph Owens holds a BA from Grinnell College and an MBA in Finance from Columbia University. He served with the U.S. Navy for 20 years before retiring with the rank of Commander. He rounded out his career with five years as a Navy management consultant and another 16 as a realtor... Read More →
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Jim Weygand

President of the Minnesota Library Association (MLA) Trustee and Advocates division, Minnesota Library Association
Jim Weygand is deeply invested in public libraries and other public causes in the Southwest Twin Cities metro. Although a (retired) semiconductor process engineer by trade, residents of Carver County will know Weygand best as a past City Council member and Mayor of Carver. He recently... Read More →


Friday October 6, 2017 10:30am - 11:20am
Meeting Room 110

10:30am

Blinded Me With Science!: STEAM-based programs for toddlers & preschoolers
Early literacy is often viewed as simply being the act of recognizing letters and reading. However, so many factors contribute to early literacy, and hands-on science and engineering can make learning fun for you and your patrons. This session will give you program ideas and useful tips so you can start your own STEAM programs for both toddlers and preschoolers.

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Tricia Wehrenberg

Youth Services Librarian, Winona Public Library
Tricia has worked in libraries since before she could drive. Starting her professional career in a small library gave her the chance to see all the different pieces that make up youth librarianship. She enjoys providing services for toddlers through teenagers, but especially likes... Read More →


Friday October 6, 2017 10:30am - 11:20am
Meeting Room 112

10:30am

TransFabulous: Celebrating the Gender Spectrum Through Community and Art
TransFabulous is a program at Hennepin County Library led by local transgender and gender non-conforming artists, celebrating all gender identities and expressions through art. TransFabulous art workshops give participants the opportunity to explore different art techniques and media in a welcoming and inclusive environment. The program culminates in an art exhibition, giving voice to local artists across the gender spectrum and building community. In this session, we will share tips, tools and resources on community engagement, partnerships, and best practices to create a culture where the library supports all people in the exploration and expression of their identities.

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Erin Dahl

Youth Services Librarian, Hennepin County Library
Erin Dahl is a Youth Services Librarian with Hennepin County Library, Minneapolis Central. She has been the co-chair of HCL's LGBTQIA Pride workgroup, and is the co-project manager for TransFabulous. She is passionate about working with traditionally- underserved communities and strives... Read More →
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Amy McNally

Library Services Manager, Hennepin County Library
Amy McNally is a Library Services Manager with Hennepin County Library. She provides leadership for the Hennepin County Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Employee Resource Group, and serves on the board of Transforming Families Minnesota, a volunteer-led non-profit organization... Read More →
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Ben Weiss

Associate Librarian, Minneapolis Central Library, Hennepin County Library
Ben Weiss is an Associate Librarian with Hennepin County Library, working at Minneapolis Central in community engagement and public programming. He is the co-chair of HCL's LGBTQIA Pride workgroup and active in the Pop-up Libraries and Community Events team. He's been involved with... Read More →



Friday October 6, 2017 10:30am - 11:20am
Meeting Room 105

10:30am

Lost in the Library: Tales of Inventory Adventures and Lesson Learned!
Have you ever pulled a moldy book off the shelf to fill a request and wonder why it's still there? Or looked for a fiction book only to find out there are four or five separate fiction sections scattered throughout the library? If you have felt lost or confused in the library, you are not alone. Weeding, collection organization, and library design are key ingredients in a successful inventory project. Join us as we talk about how letting go of items through weeding will speed up your inventory process. Learn the importance of consistent call number assignments, visible signage, and complete spine labels to improve patron access to resources. We will share ideas on how to help your volunteers and other lost librarians find and inventory your complete collection! We will also include bonus tips on how to plan for volunteers and correct problems on the fly or after the inventory.

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Chris Magnusson

Automation Librarian, Arrowhead Library System
Chris Magnusson is a MILE graduate and has experience working in a public library setting and a regional library system setting. She graduated with a MLIS from San Jose State and she is the Automation Librarian for Arrowhead Library System.
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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 →



Friday October 6, 2017 10:30am - 11:20am
Meeting Room 109

10:30am

Mapping the State: Place-based Discovery in Minnesota Reflections
This session explores two enhancements to the Minnesota Reflections digital library. Greta Bahnemann, metadata coordinator for the Minnesota Digital Library, will first discuss the recently completed Geospatial Metadata Enhancement project. This project came about as a result of her participation in the Mountain West Geospatial Task Force, a collaboration between numerous digital collections. Greta will discuss her participation in this group and the work they did to identify existing geospatial metadata practices and establish new best practices for geospatial metadata creation. She will then outline how these new standards were implemented within the Minnesota Reflections metadata. Finally, she will discuss how this work optimizes the geographically-based discovery of resources in Minnesota Reflections. Jason Roy will next provide an overview of the new discovery layer that was designed and built for Minnesota Reflections, including the new geo-viewer that takes advantage of the work of the enhancement project. The outcome of this work has been the creation of a much more robust user discovery interface and a much more effective and rich browsing and searching experience in Minnesota Reflections. The ability to engage with visual collections using place-based geographic mappings will be demonstrated, including views by keyword, format, and proximity.

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Greta Bahnemann

Metadata Librarian, Minnesota Digital Library
Greta Bahnemann is the Metadata Librarian for the Minnesota Digital Library, a position she has held since 2010. At the Minnesota Digital Library, Greta is responsible for implementing current metadata standards and best practices for the Minnesota Digital Library's primary project... Read More →
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Jason Roy

Director of Digital Library Services, University of Minnesota
Jason Roy is currently Director of Digital Library Services at the University of Minnesota Libraries. Jason supports the creation of and access to research and scholarly material in digital form from across the campus community. Jason manages the Libraries' digitization unit as well... Read More →


Friday October 6, 2017 10:30am - 11:20am
Meeting Room 113

10:30am

Featured Session: Immigration and Human Rights in Minnesota
We are pleased to welcome Michele Garnett McKenzie, Deputy Director of the Advocates for Human Rights, to present this session: Immigration and Human Rights in Minnesota. Michele Garnett McKenzie leads research, education, and advocacy efforts for The Advocates for Human Rights in areas including migration and human trafficking. As an attorney with a background representing asylum seekers and detained immigrants, and a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, Michele serves on the national leadership of the Immigration Advocates Network and has also served as an adjunct clinical faculty member of William Mitchell College of Law and the University of Minnesota Law School. Her talk will serve as an introduction to the issues of human rights and immigration as they pertain to Minnesota's public libraries.

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Michele Garnett McKenzie

Deputy Director, Advocates for Human Rights
Michele Garnett McKenzie leads research, education, and advocacy efforts for The Advocates for Human Rights in areas including migration and human trafficking. As an attorney with a background representing asylum seekers and detained immigrants, and a member of the American Immigration... Read More →


Friday October 6, 2017 10:30am - 11:20am
Meeting Room 102

10:30am

Practical Strategies for Change Management
Constant change is a way of life for organizations of all types and libraries are no exception. Change can represent a loss of individual or institutional identity and prestige. It can also be a transformational opportunity to learn and develop new areas of growth and expertise. When library staff are faced with major and continuous changes to their work and workplace, how do you keep them motivated, confident and engaged? This presentation will focus on concrete strategies to manage and facilitate change including:
  • Learning from the Past
  • Engaging Resistance
  • Communication and Outreach
  • Building Support
  • Goals and Milestones
  • Prioritization
  • Coping with Stress
  • Reflecting for the Future
The goal of this session is to help formal and informal leaders implement changes successfully in their libraries or organizations.

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Sarah Beth Weeks

Head of Acquisitions and Resource Management, St Olaf College Libraries
Sarah Beth Weeks received her MLS from Clarion University. She has worked in library systems and technical services for over 10 years. She has spent the past seven years as Head of Acquisitions and Resource Management at St Olaf College. She has served in a leadership capacity for... Read More →


Friday October 6, 2017 10:30am - 11:20am
Meeting Room 104

10:30am

So All Can Read : How Technology is Reinventing the Minnesota Braille and Talking Book Library
What is the Minnesota Braille and Talking Book Library? Come and hear about our services, how technology is reinventing how we provide library services, including information on Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) and how libraries all across Minnesota can help spread the word about our program to eligible patrons in their communities.

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Catherine A. Durivage

Library Program Director, Minnesota Department of Education, State Library Services
Catherine A. Durivage has been the Library Program Director for the Minnesota Braille and Talking Book Library since 1999. She came to Minnesota from Iowa where she was the Assistant Director at the Mason City Public Library for 7 years. She earned her Master's degree in Library and... Read More →
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Dan Malosh

Digital Reference Librarian, Minnesota Department of Education, State Library Services
Dan Malosh has been a Digital Reference Librarian at the Minnesota Braille and Talking Book Library since late 2010. As the resident techie, he deploys and troubleshoots new technologies that aid both library staff and the patrons they serve. Dan holds a master's degree in library... Read More →



Friday October 6, 2017 10:30am - 11:20am
Meeting Room 111

11:20am

Break With Exhibitors
Friday October 6, 2017 11:20am - 11:35am
Grand Ballroom 1

11:35am

Lunch Keynote with Dr. Safiya Umoja Noble: Social Justice in LIS, Finding the Imperative to Act

Critical information and library science scholars have written extensively about how hierarchies of power are reproduced and enacted through digital technologies. Technological projects are never neutral. In this talk, Dr. Safiya Umoja Noble from the USC Annenberg School of Communication will discuss the importance of the digitally-enabled academic-activist community to offer models of intervention and resistance through research, practice and teaching. By illuminating linkages to power struggles over values, particularly in the context of the digital, we can re-examine information contexts that can engender greater responsibility and imperative to act.



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Dr. Safiya Umoja Noble

Dr. Safiya Umoja Noble is an assistant professor at the University of Southern California (USC) Annenberg School of Communication. Previously, she was an assistant professor in the Department of Information Studies in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at UCLA... Read More →


Friday October 6, 2017 11:35am - 1:00pm
Grand Ballroom 2 & 3

1:00pm

1:00pm

1:00pm

1:00pm

Instruction Round Table (IRT) Subunit Meeting
Join us as we:
  • Review last year's activities
  • Elect a new co-chair
  • Share instruction problems and solutions
  • Gather input for what you want to see from IRT
  • Set the course for next year 
All are welcome, members & non-members alike!

Friday October 6, 2017 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Meeting Room 111

1:00pm

1:00pm

1:00pm

1:00pm

1:00pm

1:00pm

1:50pm

Break With Exhibitors
Friday October 6, 2017 1:50pm - 2:15pm
Grand Ballroom 1

2:15pm

Health in the Headlines: Critical Evaluation to Combat 'Fake News'
Can I go back to eating bacon? Will going gluten-free fight the blues? Will my doctor approve of my daily consumption of dark chocolate? Health news reported in the headlines of newspapers, magazines, television, radio shows, and social media can sow confusion, bringing your library patrons in with questions. Learn how to critically evaluate health information portrayed in the media in order to determine whether headlines accurately communicate the results of the science. During this session, participants will delve into the scientific research behind health headlines, learning the difference between scientific studies, the role of bias, and gaining an understanding of key concepts of statistics relating to risk. This session will provide participants with the know-how to help patrons look more critically at health issues reported in the media and will identify reliable sources of health news available through the National Library of Medicine.

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Katherine Chew

Associate Librarian, Research/Outreach Services, Health Sciences Libraries, University of Minnesota
Katherine Chew, MLS, is an Associate Librarian and the Research/Outreach Services Librarian for the Health Sciences Libraries at the University of Minnesota. She provides research support and consultation to University of Minnesota researchers in the Academic Health Center. As Outreach... Read More →
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Elizabeth Kiscaden

Associate Director, National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) Greater Midwest Region (GMR)
Elizabeth Kiscaden is the Associate Director of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM), Greater Midwest Region (GMR) office and has been a health sciences librarian for nearly a decade. Originally from Minnesota, Elizabeth worked at the Mayo Clinic in the Center for... Read More →



Friday October 6, 2017 2:15pm - 3:05pm
Meeting Room 103

2:15pm

Let's Get Together, YA YA YA! or How an Elementary Media Center and a Public Library Worked Together for their Community
Take one school media specialist and one public librarian and add an LSTA Grant: What do you get? Collaboration! Spoiler Alert: Not everything went as planned! This presentation will showcase how an LSTA Grant was used to engage families in a suburban community during three different events over the course of six months. We'll highlight these events as well as touch on the grant application process itself. We'll provide a summary and critique of our endeavors, including the important takeaways. Also, see spoiler alert above! We want to help you come away with new ideas on forming successful community collaborations and unique ways to reach out to your public!

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Connie Stirling

Elementary Media Specialist, White Bear Lake Schools
Connie Stirling is an elementary media specialist in the White Bear Lake Schools, and part time librarian with Ramsey County Libraries. Volunteer work includes the Minnesota Youth Reading Awards board, along with many state fair seasons at the Alphabet Forest.
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Ann Wahlstrom

Children's Librarian, Ramsey County Libraries
Ann Wahlstrom has been a Children's Librarian for Ramsey County Libraries for over 10 years. She serves on the board of the Minnesota Youth Reading Awards and enjoys reading a good, cheesy sci-fi paperback.



Friday October 6, 2017 2:15pm - 3:05pm
Meeting Room 111

2:15pm

Resources for Artists and Artists as Resources
This session explores Springboard's professional and community development resources and tools for engaging communities. Our work at Minnesota libraries happens through artist-made tools for interaction and professional development workshops for creative entrepreneurs. Two of Springboard's many toolkits and replicable projects will be featured, Ready Go and the Work of Art: Business Skills for Artists. Ready Go is a roster of artist-created, mobile projects (or tools) for hire, designed to pique curiosity and prompt interaction. You will show how Ready Go tools have been used at libraries and how you can easily tap into artists to engage your library users! The Work of Art Toolkit is a professional development curriculum that teaches business skills to artists in all disciplines. You will see and experience examples of the curriculum and implementation as well as learn how you can bring the Work of Art workshop series to your community through the libraries.

Speakers
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Noah Keesecker

Director of Artist Development, Springboard for the Arts
Noah Keesecker is the Director of Artist Development at Springboard for the Arts. He directs, creates, and teaches Springboard's professional development curriculum, provides consulting for individual artists and creative startups, and co-directs Springboard's legal resources program... Read More →
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Peter Haakon Thompson

Community Development Coordinator, Springboard for the Arts
Peter Haakon Thompson is the Community Development Coordinator at Springboard for the Arts. His work at Springboard includes running the Ready Go project, both administratively and as an artist with multiple mobile tools. As an artist, his primary mediums are participation, interaction... Read More →


Friday October 6, 2017 2:15pm - 3:05pm
Meeting Room 105

2:15pm

"Just the Facts, Ma'am": Informational Books for Kids and Tweens
Are you looking to improve literacy initiatives, reader's advisory services, and collection development efforts for kids and families? Include informational books! Promoting these great materials can entice reluctant readers, satisfy the quest for knowledge of kids who see themselves as "doers," not readers, and broaden the range of reading choices of insatiable fiction readers. Two members of the 2017 Sibert Award Committee will discuss evaluation criteria, weeding guidelines, and sources to identify nonfiction that will knock the socks off young readers.

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Marge Loch-Wouters

Youth Services Consultant, Southwest (WI) Library System
Marge Loch-Wouters is recently retired after a 40 year career as a children's librarian and manager. She continues to work as a youth consultant and educator and has presented numerous classes, workshops and webinars on innovative youth services and challenging issues in youth services... Read More →
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Gail Nordstrom

Public Library Consultant, Viking Library System
Gail is the Public Library Consultant for Viking Library System, based in Fergus Falls. She is enthusiastic about informational books for children and teens, and recently served with her co-presenter Marge Loch-Wouters on the 2017 Robert Sibert Award Committee to select the most distinguished... Read More →


Friday October 6, 2017 2:15pm - 3:05pm
Meeting Room 112

2:15pm

Beyond Debbie Macomber and E.L. James: Reaching the Non-Library User Romance Reader
Sex sells and romance readers love every minute of it. Libraries often miss the mark when it comes to marketing and diversifying their romance collections. This program will discuss ways to reach the non-library romance reader and to challenge the scope of romance material offered in the library. Get beyond your comfort level with sex and intimacy in reading material in this romance positive session.

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Sarah Wethern

Youth Librarian, Douglas County Library
Sarah Wethern is a lifelong romance reader. She is active in the online romance community and runs a modest review blog called Treat Yourself with Books. Her favorite romance tropes include single parents, royalty, and billionaires. She also advocates for #WeNeedDiverseRomance in... Read More →



Friday October 6, 2017 2:15pm - 3:05pm
Meeting Room 114

2:15pm

Shining a light on Minnesota's digitized legal archives
"Is that against the law?" Finding an answer has become a lot easier in the last 10 years. The State of Minnesota has a long legal tradition, but until recently it was all on paper. In 1996, the State Law Library began collecting digital copies of appellate court decisions and making them available to the public. In 2005, the library added a database of legal briefs. The Office of the Revisor of Statutes publishes the Session Laws, Statutes and Administrative Rules of the state. In 2010, they were awarded a Legacy grant to make these materials available online and have now digitized all historical statutes, session laws and rules. Together, the Law Library and the Revisor's Office are archiving materials from all three branches of State Government and making them available to the public. Find out more about these projects and how helpful they are for current researchers.

Speakers
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Erica Nutzman

Head of Technical Services, Minnesota State Law Library
Erica Nutzman is a librarian with the Minnesota State Law Library where she is the Head of Technical Services. She has been a librarian for 17 years and received her library degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
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Sheree Speer

Assistant Deputy Revisor, Office of the Revisor of Statutes
Sheree Speer is an attorney with over 11 years of experience at the Office of the Revisor of Statutes. She is currently the Assistant Deputy Revisor for Editing where her duties include oversight of statutes, laws, and administrative rules publications. Previously she was a judicial... Read More →



Friday October 6, 2017 2:15pm - 3:05pm
Meeting Room 109

2:15pm

Diversity in Tights: Creating graphic novel collections that more closely mirror an evolving America
Marvel and to a lesser extent DC have made an effort to have their characters more closely mirror the diversity of our country. This program will highlight some of the incredible titles coming out featuring women, characters of color, and LGTBQ characters. This presentation will also highlight the work non-white and non-male writers and artists in the field.

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Nate Deprey

Director, Lake Elmo Public Library
Since 2014, Nate Deprey has been the Director, and soon to be branch manager, of the Lake Elmo Library. He has also served as the Director of the Osceola and Beloit Public Libraries. Nate reads a lot of comics and graphic novels and would be delighted to be your Goodreads friend... Read More →


Friday October 6, 2017 2:15pm - 3:05pm
Meeting Room 104

2:15pm

Featured Session: Algorithms of Oppression: What’s at stake when we automate decision making on the web and in the library
This talk provides evidence of how digital media platforms operate with explicit types of racist and sexist bias, while purporting to be value-free, neutral, and even emancipatory. The goal of closely examining a few distinct cases of algorithmic oppression, and their meaning, is to raise a public discussion of the broader implications of how algorithms have become essential to many information-driven decisions, and the implications of these for people who are already systematically marginalized and oppressed.  

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Dr. Safiya Umoja Noble

Dr. Safiya Umoja Noble is an assistant professor at the University of Southern California (USC) Annenberg School of Communication. Previously, she was an assistant professor in the Department of Information Studies in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at UCLA... Read More →


Friday October 6, 2017 2:15pm - 3:05pm
Meeting Room 102

2:15pm

Evy Nordley Best Projects by Friends groups and Stand Up for Stand Out Friends Awards
Transform your organization by learning from this year's Evy Nordly Award finalists. The Minnesota Association of Library Friends (MALF) will highlight three exceptional projects from Minnesota Friends groups. The winner will receive a commemorative plaque and a monetary prize for their Friends' organization. The Stand Up for Stand Out Friends award winners will be recognized for their contributions to their local Friends group.

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Judy Schotzko

President, Minnesota Association of Library Friends (MALF)
Judy Schotzko is currently serving as President of MALF (2016-2017). She recently moved to Northfield, and prior to that move, lived in Wabasha where she represented the Wabasha Public Library on the Southeastern Libraries Cooperating (SELCO) board. Judy will continue representing... Read More →


Friday October 6, 2017 2:15pm - 3:05pm
Meeting Room 110

2:15pm

Some Like It Hotspot
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.

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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.
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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
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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.
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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
Meeting Room 113

3:05pm

Dessert With Exhibitors
Friday October 6, 2017 3:05pm - 3:35pm
Grand Ballroom 1

3:35pm

Featured Session: Intellectual Freedom Issues in Libraries
A facilitated conversation on how libraries and individuals have wrestled with the idea of neutrality, bias and impartiality in today’s complicated climate. The audience will be welcomed to share their own experiences, comment, or just listen.

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Jody Gray

Director of the Office for Diversity, Literacy, & Outreach Services, American Library Association
Jody Gray (Lakota) is the Director of ALA’s Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services (ODLOS).  She has been actively involved with equity, diversity, and leadership development since the beginning of her career. Using a social justice framework, Jody and her team are... Read More →


Friday October 6, 2017 3:35pm - 4:25pm
Meeting Room 102

3:35pm

Better Together: Building Partnerships with Adult Education and Workforce
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.

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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 →
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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.
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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 →
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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
Meeting Room 109

3:35pm

Staffing a Digitization Project Successfully with Student Volunteers
Staffing digitization projects can be difficult, especially with limited funding and staff time. The University of Minnesota, Morris Briggs Library collaborated with a student organization to begin a digitization project suggested by the students: digitizing over 50 years of campus newspapers. With the exception of staff time spent organizing the project and quality checking the work, the student volunteers have done the bulk of the work digitizing and creating metadata for this project. This session will describe some of the processes used to organize and manage a digitization project staffed with student volunteers, as well as some of the outreach techniques we used to attract volunteers to the project. One of the student volunteers will discuss her insights on the project and we will discuss some of the problems we faced staffing a project with volunteers, along with the solutions we implemented to make the project a resounding success.

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Katie Johnson

Student, University of Minnesota, Morris
Katie Johnson is a recent graduate of University of Minnesota Morris with a Bachelors in History and German. She is a member of Phi Alpha Theta and was active in the UMM Archives working on the digitization project. Working and living in her hometown of Mora, Minnesota, she hopes... Read More →
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Naomi Skulan

Metadata and Technical Services Coordinator, University of Minnesota, Morris Rodney A. Briggs Library
Naomi Skulan is the Metadata and Technical Services Coordinator at the University of Minnesota, Morris Rodney A. Briggs Library. Naomi is the coordinator for the University of Minnesota, Morris Digital Well and UMM Digital Collections, while also cataloging and providing reference... Read More →


Friday October 6, 2017 3:35pm - 4:25pm
Meeting Room 113

3:35pm

Revolution Zine Style Now!
Zines (independently created, self-published magazines) are more important than ever! Rochester Public Library's collaborative teen zine, Zine*o*Cide, covers a wide variety of topics (Pride, remembering a classmate who was killed, and responding to the 2016 election) and has raised awareness of important issues, locally and beyond. This workshop, led by Zine*o*Cide's facilitator and our teen editor, will take you through our experience of zine creation and give you lots of ideas for using zines in your programs to empower youth and amplify the voices of marginalized communities. Our workshop is hands-on, so as you're learning everything you need to make your own successful zine program, (including supplies you'll need, ideas for creating content, and motivating those who don't know what to do!) you'll be creating your own zine to trade with a friend or as a sample for your future zine workshop!

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James Arnold

Student, Mayo High School
James has been making zines since he was 12. He is one of the founding members of RPL's Zine*o*cide.
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Sarah Joynt

Teen Librarian, Rochester Public Library
Sarah has been making zines with teenagers for the past three years, and loves facilitating creativity in teens and empowering them to find their own voices.



Friday October 6, 2017 3:35pm - 4:25pm
Meeting Room 103

3:35pm

Creating Autism-Friendly Libraries
About 1 in 68 children has been identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), according to the CDC (Center for Disease Control). Autistic children live, learn, and play in your community, but how is your library serving their needs? That is the question that Hennepin County Library's ASD Families team sought to answer. The team met with parent groups and service organizations to learn about the experiences of ASD families and identify changes the library could make to better serve their needs. Through these conversations, we developed of a set of recommendations for making library programs, services, and spaces more inclusive. In this session, we will share what we learned about serving ASD families, how we advocated for and implemented our recommendations, and how you can make your library a welcoming place for children on the spectrum.

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Tony Hirt

Web and Online Services, Hennepin County Library
Tony Hirt is a librarian with Hennepin County Library. His duties include online reference, web content creation and maintenance, and usability testing. As a parent of two autistic children, a member of HCL's Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Team, and a member of MELSA's Inclusive Services... Read More →
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Maureen Millea Smith

Librarian, Hennepin County Library
Maureen Millea Smith is a librarian at the Hennepin County Edina Library. Her duties there include reference and readers' advisory services, liaison with the Friends of the Edina Library, co-chair of the Edina Reads Committee, planning Great Decisions programs, and other things as... Read More →
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Jody Wurl

Senior Librarian, Hennepin County Library
Jody Wurl is a senior librarian in System Services at Hennepin County Library who focuses on website content, connecting patrons with our collection and services, and system-wide projects. I am a long time member of MLA and have served on the Readers Advisory Round Table as a member... Read More →
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Sara Zettervall

Librarian, Hennepin County Library
Sara Zettervall is the librarian at the Cedar Riverside Opportunity Center in Minneapolis, where she is part of a team representing Hennepin County Library in a collaborative community space. Since 2015, she has been part of an award-winning HCL team that engaged community members... Read More →



Friday October 6, 2017 3:35pm - 4:25pm
Meeting Room 104

3:35pm

RART Bookblast! 40 in 50 Nonfiction
Join the Reader's Advisory Roundtable as we review 40 nonfiction books in 50 minutes! This year's topics are The Gilded Age, Diverse Memoirs, She Enlightened Me With Science: Science Writing by Women, and Nonfiction for Book Clubs.

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Rachel Gray

Van Horn Public Library, Director
Rachel Gray is the director of the Van Horn Public Library in Pine Island. Her favorite part of the job is helping people find the next book to read, so being a part of RART is a no-brainer! She has been the chair of the subunit for the last 2 years and has presented many bookblasts... Read More →
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Luann Phillipich

Adult Services Librarian, Dakota County Library, Heritage
Luann Phillipich is an Adult Services Librarian at the Dakota County Heritage Library in Lakeville. She is passionate about reader's advisory, community outreach, and library services for older adults. Luann is a former chair of RART and has moderated reading groups at her library... Read More →
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Jean Silverberg

Librarian, Dakota County Library, Inver Glen
Jean Silverberg is an adult services librarian at the Inver Glen branch of the Dakota County Library. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband and dog, and reads and enjoys a variety of genres.



Friday October 6, 2017 3:35pm - 4:25pm
Meeting Room 112

3:35pm

Internet Security And You: Being Your Own First Line of Defense
Our lives online spill over into the "real" world and impact us financially, physically, socially, emotionally, and affect our personal and professional relationships, as well as our safety. But few people understand the operators behind these devices with which we are so comfortable. This talk is designed to open a discussion for your community and librarians about what the internet means to us and for us as humans, some easy steps on navigating the online world to avoid becoming easy prey, and what we can do as citizens to encourage "The Machine" to put people first in tech interactions. Know how companies and websites profit from our eyeballs (not literally) and our attention helps us to become more critical and discerning users of the net. This session is a quick and dirty run-through on how technology shapes our lives, and why we need to be our own first line of defense.

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Kristin Boeshans

Library Assistant, La Crescent Public Library
Kristin is a relatively recent addition to the La Crescent Public Library, having worked in such varied positions as credit union associate, telecommuter for a tech company, and clay studio teacher's assistant. She is excited and energized by the diversity of work as the La Crescent... Read More →
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Michael Flores

User Technology Manager, SELCO
Michael provides computer and technical support to the libraries in the SELCO region, including security tools and software. He has been with SELCO for 10 years and takes care of over 500 computers in the SELCO region.


Friday October 6, 2017 3:35pm - 4:25pm
Meeting Room 111

3:35pm

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

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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 →
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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
Meeting Room 105