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!

Rita Baladad

Electronic Resources Librarian
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, and North Dakota. In sum, she's the bridge between libraries and their vendors. Prior to librarianship, Rita worked in publishing: marking up articles for electronic journals at an academic press and editing for a trade publisher.