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Wednesday, October 4
 

7:00am CDT

Breakfast
Wednesday October 4, 2023 7:00am - 8:00am CDT
Ballrooms A-D

7:00am CDT

Registration
Wednesday October 4, 2023 7:00am - 4:30pm CDT
2nd Floor

7:50am CDT

Welcome to the Conference - featuring Minnesota First Lady Gwen Walz
Speakers
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Julia Carlis

Senior Library Manager, Washington County Library
Julia is the 2023 President of MLA and would love to talk to you about change management, meeting facilitation, romantasy, Animal Crossing, or knitting.


Wednesday October 4, 2023 7:50am - 8:00am CDT
Ballrooms A-D

8:00am CDT

Expanding (Not Just Protecting) the Right to Read: Librarianship in the Age of Censorship
Speakers
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Nick Higgins

Chief Librarian, Brooklyn Public Library
Nick Higgins is the Chief Librarian at Brooklyn Public Library overseeing the operations of the borough's 61 libraries. In concert with other members of the senior management team he leads the development of library services and spaces for the residents of Brooklyn. In his previous... Read More →


Wednesday October 4, 2023 8:00am - 9:00am CDT
Ballrooms A-D

8:50am CDT

Break: Exhibits open & Silent Auction
Wednesday October 4, 2023 8:50am - 9:20am CDT
Ballroom Concourse

8:50am CDT

Exhibit Hall Open
Wednesday October 4, 2023 8:50am - 4:00pm CDT
Ballroom Concourse

9:20am CDT

Author panel (Chad Corrie, Satish Jayaraj, Jess Lourey, Raymond Luczak, Matt Wendt)

Hear Minnesota authors share about their work, their inspiration, and how stories have shaped their lives!


Chad Corrie 

Chad Corrie has enjoyed creating things for as far back as he can remember, but it wasn’t until he was twelve that he began to write. Since then he’s written comics, graphic novels, prose fiction of varying lengths, and an assortment of other odds and ends. His work has been published in other languages and produced in print, digital, and audio formats. He also makes podcasts.


Satish Jayaraj

S.P. Jayaraj loves telling stories. The world of Adijari and the tales in it are his lifelong passion that draw inspiration from global mythology. 

Satish received his Masters in Fine Arts from Hamline University and lives in Minneapolis, MN

with his wife Azure and their two cats Mouse and Myles. He is also the host of the upcoming podcast 'Not your Mother's Mahabharata' an informal conversational storytelling podcast of the great Indian epic.


Jess Lourey

Jess Lourey writes about secrets. She's the Edgar-nominated, Amazon Charts bestselling, International Thriller Award, Anthony Award, and Minnesota Book Award-winning author of crime fiction, nonfiction, children's books, YA adventure, and magical realism.


Raymond Luczak

Raymond Luczak is the author and editor of over 30 books, including poetry, fiction, nonfiction, drama, and anthologies. Recent titles in the last few years include Widower, 48, Seeks Husband: A Novel; A Quiet Foghorn: More Notes from a Deaf Gay Life; and Chlorophyll: Poems about Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Forthcoming titles include Far from Atlantis: Poems and Animals Out-There W-i-l-d: A Bestiary in English and ASL Gloss. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota. [raymondluczak.com]


Matt Wendt

Matt Wendt is a freelance and self-published Comic artist and Cartoonist who has done freelance work for various publishers, including: Dark Horse, Image Comics, Lerner Publishing, and GI Studios. 

Matt grew up in the frozen tundra of Alaska, where long winters being trapped indoors caused him to take up drawing to break the monotony of the long winters.  Over the years he continued to grow as an artist and eventually found his calling in cartooning and comics.  Now living in Minnesota, he and his wife self-publish their comics under their own Planet Doom Studios as well as take on occasional freelance comics projects.





Moderators
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Christie Kess

Cataloging Manager, Dakota County Library

Speakers
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Mary Berning

Library Media Specialist, Chisago Lakes Area Schools


Wednesday October 4, 2023 9:20am - 10:10am CDT
Meeting Room 5

9:20am CDT

"Pod" work makes the dream work: Getting things done and supporting each other through informal work groups
The pandemic has shown us how important, yet tenuous, our social and professional support systems can be. Through our connections to others we learn, create, receive validation, are challenged by alternative perspectives, and generally think about our work in new ways. As our lives and work increasingly resemble "normal," many of us may be struggling to renew and reframe connections. Increased time spent working remotely, changes to organizational structures and work styles, and mental and emotional exhaustion pose serious challenges to forming the interpersonal connections that support us. At the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Libraries, an ad hoc group of four library workers across two different departments, but engaged in similar roles, have stumbled onto a solution -- what we have lovingly termed, "The Pod." During the pandemic, many of us formed pods of various sorts; there were childcare pods, social pods, and even work pods. The idea of The Pod--a group of self-selected and self-directed folks choosing to regularly interact with each other, was necessary for avoiding all out social isolation. Only recently, did we realize just how beneficial our pod-work has been to our social and work lives. In this session, we will share our experiences forming and working in a pod, discuss the benefits and challenges of pod-work, and explore what makes a collaborative relationship work.

Speakers
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Kat Nelsen

Social Sciences Librarian, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
Social Sciences Librarian at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
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Kim Clarke

Librarian, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
Social Sciences Librarian at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
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Lacie McMillin

Library Assistant, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
Undergraduate Services Specialist at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
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Kate Peterson

Undergraduate Services Librarian, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
Undergraduate Services Librarian at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities


Wednesday October 4, 2023 9:20am - 10:10am CDT
Meeting Room 8

9:20am CDT

Book Challenges and Intellectual Freedom in Multitype Libraries
Speakers
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Alexandre Adrian

Adult Services Librarian, Dakota County Library - Burnhaven Branch
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Andi Bodeau

Digital Learning & Instructional Media Coordinator, Osseo Public Schools
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Kim 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, recorded music and related digital collections. She manages the RPL bookmobile, readers advisory services, adult programming... Read More →
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Heather Biedermann

Head Librarian, South Central College, North Mankato
Heather Biedermann fights for intellectual freedom every day as a librarian at South Central College in North Mankato. Heather has an MLIS from Dominican University and an MS in Educational Leadership from MSU, Mankato. She is currently working on her doctorate in education from Winona... Read More →


Wednesday October 4, 2023 9:20am - 10:10am CDT
Meeting Room 13/14

9:20am CDT

Essential elements for successful change management.
Change happens in all library settings. Do you have the skills to manage change successfully? Learn the essential elements of creating a change management plan that can apply to any change, big or small. Thoughtful and proactive planning for change leads to success. This session is for everyone.

Speakers
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Emily Waitz

Director of Library Services, Northwestern Health Sciences University
Emily Waitz is the Director of Library Services at Northwestern Health Sciences University. She earned her MLIS from Dominican University and has held library positions in a variety of organization types, including academic institutions, law firms and corporations.


Wednesday October 4, 2023 9:20am - 10:10am CDT
Meeting Room 4

9:20am CDT

GEOCACHING: What Librarians need to know!
GEOCACHING: What Librarians need to know! What is this World Wide Treasure Hunt game with over 3 million caches and over 500,0000 active geocachers? Come learn this about this wild and wonderful game that is played on very continent in the World and even on Mars! Geocaching opens the world to greater understanding of other cultures, customs, geography, engineering, literature, mathematics, imagination, and orienteering. Geocaching is also featured in popular Children's fiction. Our presentation will will provide professional development for all library staff about Geocaching. To make them aware of this unique game and how their library offers resources to support their patrons interest. This game is open to all--and due to the unique nature of this game, collaboration is a key strategy in the game. And have FUN. Librarians are noted for their logical and sequential thinking plus they are brilliant puzzle solvers. These skills make Librarians excellent Geocachers! Bring your Smartphone to the presentation for a FREE download of the Geocaching App. View sample geocaches and learn how to play! Does a Geocache belong in YOUR Library? Determine what type of Geocache is the best fit for your Library. Learn How Geocaching can enhance patron experience, increase patron visits and material usage. Unique opportunity for Patron Outreach by hosting Geocache event, e.g. Puzzlers' Den

Speakers
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Sally Keeler Mays

Teacher Librarian /LMS retired, ITEM
Sally Keeler Mays was a Library Media Specialist/ Teacher Librarian for over 20 years at all levels of k-12. Mays was named the 2012 AASL Information Technology Leader of the year (Elementary)and former ITEM Co-president. Now retired, she can devote more time to her hobby: Geocaching... Read More →
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Laura Given

School Library Media Specialist, ISD 623
Laura Given works as a K-8 Library Media Specialist for Roseville Area Schools and is the Selection Chair for the Star of the North Picture Book Award (myrahome.org). She has served on a variety of award selection committees nationally and locally, including the 2016 Randolph Caldecott... Read More →


Wednesday October 4, 2023 9:20am - 10:10am CDT
Meeting Room 11

9:20am CDT

Jupiter Funk Or 10 Ideas for Making the Most of State Library Services and Minitex
The session gives the library staff a chance to hear information about the priorities and services of the State Library Services and Minitex and provides a forum to discuss the issues impacting the Minnesota library community.

Speakers
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Maggie Snow

Director, Minitex
Maggie Snow is the Director of Minitex, Minnesota's library consortium.  Snow has been active in MLA for over 20 years and served as MLA president, CYP Chair, and member of the conference planning committee. She is also the recipient of MLA's William G. Asp Distinguished Career Award... Read More →
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Tami Lee

Director of State Library Services and Expanded Le, Minnesota Department of Education, State Library Services
Tami Lee is the Minnesota Department of Education’s Director of State Library Services and Expanded Learning since 2021. It has been her privilege to serve libraries, library staff, librarians, and library support agencies in our collective endeavor to provide innovative, equitable... Read More →


Wednesday October 4, 2023 9:20am - 10:10am CDT
Meeting Room 10

9:20am CDT

Matters of Representation and Why Representation Matters: DEI & RA
Diversity, equity, and inclusion and anti-racism work play obvious and important roles in library outreach, programming, and engagement, but what about Readers' Advisory? We'll be discussing how to develop a more robust and effective RA practice using diversity, equity, and inclusion principles as a guide.

Speakers
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Jennifer Brannen

Readers' Advisory Round Table (RART)/Saint Paul Public Library
Jennifer Brannen is currently a branch manager at Saint Paul Public Library with extensive experience in adult and teen services and programming. Her particular interest is readers' advisory. I have been presenting and writing about it for 13+ years, including several state conference... Read More →
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Katie Polley (she/her)

Librarian, Dakota County Library
Katie Polley is a Teen Librarian at the Wentworth branch in Dakota County Library. In her free time, Katie enjoys adding books to her never-ending TBR, petting her dogs, and buying fancy shoes.
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Paul Lai

Librarian
Paul Lai reads and walks his dogs.
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Savitri Santhiran

Saint Paul Public Library


Wednesday October 4, 2023 9:20am - 10:10am CDT
Meeting Room 3

9:20am CDT

Mental Health Conversations in the Library
At this session, learn about the prevalence of mental health issues, the stigma surrounding mental health, and what you can do to make mental health conversations as easy to discuss as physical health. The presenter will also share practical applications regarding what individuals can do to begin or improve mental health conversations in the workplace and the community. Specifically, discussing the efforts at the Anoka County Library and sharing what library workers are doing with programs and participation in local committees and organizations.
This presentation is based on the Make It Ok campaign through HealthPartners, Inc.

Learning Objectives:
- Identify stigmas and biases related to mental health and why they are significant
- Learn what to say (and what not to say) when talking to someone about mental health
- Learn what you and your library can do to join the conversation about mental health

Speakers
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Liza Shafto

Librarian, Anoka County Library
Liza is a librarian at the Anoka County Library, and she also serves as the Chairperson of the Mental Wellness Campaign for Anoka County (MWCAC). She earned a MLIS from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and a BS in Psychology through the University of Northwestern St. Paul. She... Read More →


Wednesday October 4, 2023 9:20am - 10:10am CDT
Meeting Room 7
  Session

9:20am CDT

Ready, Set, Learning Commons!
When your district decides to renovate EVERY media center and your community supports it with a record breaking bond referendum, we say ready, set , Learning Commons! We can share our experiences updating media centers into Learning Commons so that we have future ready spaces to support. We can also share how we learned about 21st century collaboration spaces, our district weeding process, and getting support from your teachers and administration for it all. Curation of all things media includes both letting go and updating. Let's talk together about genrefying, weeding, updating layout and furniture, providing access to technology and literature, enhancing programming, and channeling student creativity in our spaces. The driving force behind all that we do needs to be supporting collaboration, reflecting the 21st Century Model, and the goals of being a Future Ready Librarian.

Speakers
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Molly Lee

Media Specialist, White Bear Lake Area Schools
Molly is the Elementary Media Coordinator for White Bear Lake Area Schools. She is in her fifth year in this role, helping guide school libraries and school media clerks to best practice. She has a Master Degree in Information Media (M.S.) from St. Cloud State University. She also... Read More →
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Amy Carney

Media Specialist, White Bear Lake Area HS North Campus
Amy is a Media Specialist at White Bear Lake HS - North Campus, which is a grades 9-10 school. Her career includes 13 years teaching 6th grade Language Arts at North Branch Middle school, four years as the Media Specialist/Tech Integrationist at North Branch HS, and now on her eighth... Read More →


Wednesday October 4, 2023 9:20am - 10:10am CDT
Meeting Room 6

9:20am CDT

State of the School Library in Southeast MN: Where Do We Go from Here?
In spring of 2022, the Southeast Library System (SELS) received ARPA funds to study the State of the School Library in Southeast MN. Krista Ross, executive director of SELS, presented the results of that study during the 2022 MLA Conference. One of the lingering questions after analyzing the study results was: if a school did not employ a licensed media specialist, was the teaching of information literacy skills really being done by classroom teachers like we were told in the first study? Additional ARPA funds were received and used to complete a follow-up study. In the fall of 2022, students from the Carlson Consulting Enterprise (CCE) from the U of M were tasked with finding out where and by whom information literacy skills were being taught. Together, these two studies presented SELS with some interesting information and provided a work plan for how to advocate for the media specialists still in our region as well as how to, hopefully, bring media specialists back to schools that may have been without for some time. During this session, you'll hear more about the two studies as well as an update on how SELS is working with key partners to advocate for school librarians in our region. There will also be an update on the $1 million grant given by the state legislature to the multicounty multitype library systems to increase the number of media specialists in the state.

Speakers
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Ashley Dress

SELS Consultant - School Media Center, SELCO
Ashley Dress is the SELS Consultant - School Media Center for the Southeast Library System, the multicounty multitype library system in the southeast corner of the state and based in Rochester. Previously, she worked as the library director of the Caledonia Public Library in Caledonia... Read More →


Wednesday October 4, 2023 9:20am - 10:10am CDT
Meeting Room 2

9:20am CDT

Teen Takeover: how to deal when teens takeover the library.
Does your library feel overrun by teenagers? Do your patrons make jokes about librarians being babysitters? Let us walk you through the past year at Oakdale Public Library, where we've been able to reduce the number of incident reports about teens by 50% and boost staff morale in the process. We'll share what worked and what didn't in our space and provide brainstorming opportunities for attendees (we want to learn from you too!) Even if you struggle to get teens in the door, many of our strategies would be helpful for engaging challenging patrons of all ages. Presented by Meg Deignan (Teen Librarian), Natalie Eierman (Library Manager) and Stefannye Slaughter (Youth Librarian).

Speakers
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Meg Deignan

Librarian I, Washington Co. Library
Meg Deignan is the Teen Services Librarian at Oakdale Public Library. She started her career teaching high school English and then moved toward librarianship at the University of Wisconsin Madison. She's been part of Washington County Library since 2021.
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Stefannye Slaughter

Youth Services Librarian, Washington County Library
Stefannye Slaughter is the Youth Services Librarian at Oakdale Public Library. She started her career with the Hawai'i State Public Library System and has been with Washington County Library since 2022.
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Natalie Eierman

Library Manager, Washington County Library
Natalie Eierman is the Manager of the Oakdale Library. She has worked for Washington County Library for 10 years in a variety of positions, including circulation and as the Adult Services librarian at Oakdale.


Wednesday October 4, 2023 9:20am - 10:10am CDT
Meeting Room 9

9:20am CDT

What's (Academic Library) love got to do with it?
In this session, audience members will hear examples of ways Mpls College Librarians have adapted to challenges and changes within the profession, and specifically at our school and in our department. In recent years, we have helped reimagine our credit bearing information literacy curriculum, modified the delivery of library services in response to post-pandemic expectations, developed new curriculum for the Library Information Technology program, started teaching Research Methods/Information Literacy in carceral facilities, developed and explored new pedagogical practices, and more! We look forward to sharing highlights of what we have been up to, as well as engaging our audience in activities to facilitate the sharing of our collective wisdom. NOTE: By the time the conference takes place, we should also have a better idea of how we are partnering with TREC (a college in prison program) to offer Library Services in those facilities.

Speakers
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Jennifer Sippel

Faculty Librarian, Minneapolis Community and Technical College
jenny sippel (she/her/hers) has been a Faculty Librarian & Instructor at Minneapolis Community & Technical College since 2007. She teaches Information Literacy & Library Information Technology courses, Coordinates Outreach and Library Operations, and is a former Programming Consultant... Read More →
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Rebecca March

Librarian/Instructor, Minneapolis Community & Technical College
Rebecca March (she/her/hers) has worked at Minneapolis Community & Technical College as a librarian and instructor since 2011. She loves teaching and does lots of professional development to learn how to make her instruction better. She has also served as a consultant for her school's... Read More →


Wednesday October 4, 2023 9:20am - 10:10am CDT
Meeting Room 12

10:35am CDT

ARLD Division Meeting
Speakers
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Kat Nelsen

Social Sciences Librarian, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
Social Sciences Librarian at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities


Wednesday October 4, 2023 10:35am - 11:25am CDT
Meeting Room 3

10:35am CDT

ITEM Division Meeting
Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89989289568?pwd=Q0Jrd3ByUGFPcDFVejZYak13dWxnQT09
Meeting ID: 899 8928 9568
Passcode: 501307


Agenda Document:https://docs.google.com/document/d/17KHKnlgPB3ZGR0KAEmmx6ReQdCYHWG9q_edsAoaNo-M/edit?usp=sharing

Speakers
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Laura Gingras

Media & Digital Learning Coordinator, Laketown Elementary ISD110
Laura Gingras has five years of experience as a K-5 Media Specialist and three years of experience as a 9th-12th grade Media Paraprofessional. She is the current President of ITEM.
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Janeen Perrizo

ITEM
Janeen has 14 years of experience as a K-12 Media Specialist in St. Charles Public Schools. She is the Past President of ITEM.


Wednesday October 4, 2023 10:35am - 11:25am CDT
Meeting Room 7

10:35am CDT

PLD Division Meeting
This will be an in-person-only function. Most of the time is allocated for a networking activity.

Wednesday October 4, 2023 10:35am - 11:25am CDT
Meeting Room 5

11:35am CDT

Lunch
Wednesday October 4, 2023 11:35am - 12:00pm CDT
Ballrooms A-D

12:00pm CDT

2023 MLA Awards Presentation
Wednesday October 4, 2023 12:00pm - 12:50pm CDT
Ballrooms A-D

1:00pm CDT

BPL Featured Session: Books Unbanned: A Blueprint for Your Library
Speakers
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Amy Mikel

Director of Customer Experience, Brooklyn Public Library
Amy Mikel is the Director of Customer Experience at Brooklyn Public Library, responsible for implementing exceptional library services in the areas of reference, circulation and collections across 61 branch locations. She oversees the Library’s circulating print, media, eBooks and... Read More →
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Nick Higgins

Chief Librarian, Brooklyn Public Library
Nick Higgins is the Chief Librarian at Brooklyn Public Library overseeing the operations of the borough's 61 libraries. In concert with other members of the senior management team he leads the development of library services and spaces for the residents of Brooklyn. In his previous... Read More →


Wednesday October 4, 2023 1:00pm - 1:50pm CDT
Meeting Room 13/14

1:00pm CDT

Minnesota Author Project: Celebrating the 2023 Winners
Join us in celebrating the winners of the 2023 Minnesota Author Project! All three category winners will be in attendance (Adult Fiction, Young Adult Fiction, and Communities Create). Learn about these winners, their works, and what the Minnesota Author Project and support of Minnesota libraries means to them. The Minnesota Author Project is an annual contest that encourages strong relationships between indie authors, local libraries, and readers by identifying and promoting the best indie Adult and Young Adult Fiction ebooks Minnesota has to offer.

Speakers
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Mary Johnson

Retired Librarian, Minnesota Library Foundation
The Minnesota Library Foundation strengthens the community by raising and distributing the funds to enhance the services and increase public awareness of Minnesota libraries. The Foundation has been a primary funder for the Minnesota Library Association’s leadership initiative (MILE... Read More →


Wednesday October 4, 2023 1:00pm - 1:50pm CDT
Meeting Room 5

1:00pm CDT

10,000 Story Times: How Read Aloud Books Connect Academic, Public, and School Libraries
The Comstock-Gag Read Aloud Book Award program was founded in 2004 at Minnesota State University Moorhead's Livingston Lord Library. In the almost twenty-year run of the program, it has read to over 340,000 children, donated over 19,000 books, and awarded 120 winners and honor books. In academic year 2022-23 alone, over 10,000 children were read to as part of the program. The initiative is a collaboration between MSUM and local school and public libraries designed to support university students as they pursue their education degrees, local schools by providing diverse and inclusive picture books for reading aloud to students, and local libraries, classrooms, and nonprofits by donating the books back to the community at the end of the award season. In this session, we will discuss how this program provides community outreach that highlights the often little-known collection of children's material in academic libraries and creates an opportunity for multiple types of libraries to work together to promote children's literacy.

Speakers
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Angela Beaton

Education and Instruction Librarian, Minnesota State University Moorhead
Angela is currently serving as the Education and Instruction Librarian at Minnesota State University Moorhead and previously served as a library technician at MSUM for 5 years. She has a BS and MS in Public History from North Dakota State University and prior to her library roles... Read More →


Wednesday October 4, 2023 1:00pm - 1:50pm CDT
Meeting Room 12

1:00pm CDT

Book-Talking the Best: Award Winning Children's and Middle-Grade Literature of 2023
Do you want to know what the 2023 award-winning books are all about before you read them? Are you looking to add award-winning titles to your collection but you want to spend your money wisely? Do you love hearing and talking about books? This session is for you! This session will walk you through the award winners and some honorees for 2023 including awards such as the following: Newbery, Caldecott, Theodore Seuss Geisel, Sibert, Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe, Odyssey, Pura Bel Pre, Sydney Taylor Asian/Pacific American, Printz, YALSA Non-fiction, Edwards Award, Stonewall, Maud Hart Lovelace, and Star of the North There will also be time for participants to share their favorite award winners from 2023 and beyond.

Speakers
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Jenny Hill

Assistant Professor, St. Cloud State University
Jenny Hill, Ed. D. was a school library media specialist at St. Michael Elementary for 11 years prior to becoming a full-time faculty member at St. Cloud State University in 2019. She serves as the graduate director of the school library media program and teaches technology classes... Read More →


Wednesday October 4, 2023 1:00pm - 1:50pm CDT
Meeting Room 3

1:00pm CDT

Creating a robotics program
For K-5 teachers  Get help creating a 6 year plan for student growth of understanding of robotics and engineering through play with different robots. Includes ideas for differentiation grades K-5 with Bee Bots, Edison, Ozobots and Dot and Dash robots. How to use the same robots with different age groups in a sequential program that builds upon itself year after year. Focuses on engineering and not literature. 

Speakers
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Laura Ehling

Media Specialist, Rochester Public Schools
Elementary librarian. I love facts, trivia, murder mysteries and tea. Often at the same time.


Wednesday October 4, 2023 1:00pm - 1:50pm CDT
Meeting Room 9

1:00pm CDT

Differentiate with a Rainbow of Options: Media Content Sets and Student Modeling
In this session, we will look at a RAINBOW of options to differentiate for students in their learning journey. We will focus on the two ends of the instructional arc: building a powerful MEDIA set of content to present to the students and ways/tools for the students to MODEL their learning. This presentation will help the Librarians build a toolkit to bring back to their schools to support their teachers in content creation.

Link to presentation: https://bit.ly/MLArainbow23

Speakers
avatar for Jen Legatt

Jen Legatt

Library Media Specialist
Jen Legatt has been a Tech Integrationist and a Library Media Specialist for over 15 years. She has worked in 1:1 environments in both high school and middle school. Jen currently is the Library Media Specialist at Jackson Middle School in the Anoka Hennepin District. In this role... Read More →


Wednesday October 4, 2023 1:00pm - 1:50pm CDT
Meeting Room 8

1:00pm CDT

Diversity in Materials Selection and Programming
We want to serve ALL our students the best we can and in order to do this we should know who we are curating books for. Our collections should be representative of our students reading them. Completing a Diversity Audit is a great first step in this process of representing all of our students in our collections. We need to consider: “own voices”, character stereotypes, and diverse cultures represented in both our selection of new books and the weeding of our current collections. We can share how we came up with our procedure and then what we did about it in the last few years to try to improve our student representation within our collections.

Speakers
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Amy Carney

Media Specialist, White Bear Lake Area HS North Campus
Amy is a Media Specialist at White Bear Lake HS - North Campus, which is a grades 9-10 school. Her career includes 13 years teaching 6th grade Language Arts at North Branch Middle school, four years as the Media Specialist/Tech Integrationist at North Branch HS, and now on her eighth... Read More →
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Lindsay Lamwers

Media Specialist, White Bear Lake Area HS
Lindsay is a Media Specialist at White Bear Lake HS - South Campus, which is a grades 11-12 school. She has had the role of media specialist for five years. Lindsay is fortunate to be able to work and collaborate with an amazing team of K - 12 media specialists. Prior to becoming... Read More →
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Abby Willemssen

White Bear Lake Area Schools
Abby is the Media Specialist at Central Middle School in White Bear Lake. This is her fifth year in WBL and previous to that she was the Media Specialist at Centennial Middle School. Abby worked in the private sector before she decided to follow her heart and become a Media Speci... Read More →
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Melisa Dahl

Media Specialist, Sunrise Park Middle School
Melisa has been the Media Specialist at Sunrise Park Middle School for three years and before that taught Language Arts in the WBL school district for over 20 years.


Wednesday October 4, 2023 1:00pm - 1:50pm CDT
Meeting Room 4

1:00pm CDT

Growing a Healthy Library Culture
In 2022, library science graduates looking for jobs ranked a positive, healthy workplace culture as being an even more important attribute than salary. A toxic workplace culture can impact mental health, decrease productivity, and lead good employees to leave for other jobs. If you haven't looked at your organizational culture recently, it may be time for a refresh.

Join Library Director Jeannie Dilger for a look at what culture is, how to get staff involved in creating or revising your culture statement, and ways to implement your culture throughout the library. Learn how to shape your library's culture for a positive workplace environment.

Speakers
avatar for Jeannie Dilger

Jeannie Dilger

Arranging Time
Jeannie Dilger is the founder and CEO of Arranging Time, which provides productivity consulting, training, and virtual assistance for businesses or individuals. She has worked in libraries for over 30 years and is currently the Executive Director of Palatine (IL) Library District... Read More →


Wednesday October 4, 2023 1:00pm - 1:50pm CDT
Meeting Room 6

1:00pm CDT

Lights, Camera, Action: One School's Journey to Build Community with a Weekly School News Show
Does producing a daily or weekly news show for your school community fall under your duties as a school library media specialist? If so, this is the session for you! I will explain our school's process in developing a weekly news show that is used to build community and highlight what's happening in our school each week. There will also be time to exchange ideas and dialogue about what other schools have tried or are currently doing. Come with your ideas, thoughts, and questions and let's see what we can create!

Speakers
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Jennifer Malecha

Library Media Specialist, Osseo Area Schools
Jennifer Malecha is the Library Media Specialist at Fernbrook Elementary in Maple Grove and is an Adjunct Instructor at St. Catherine's University in St. Paul. She has previously worked as a Middle School Reading Specialist and Secondary Curriculum Coordinator. She earned her Master's... Read More →


Wednesday October 4, 2023 1:00pm - 1:50pm CDT
Meeting Room 11

1:00pm CDT

MN School Library Data Collection: A collaborative effort to find and reach school library staff
Finding accurate information about the staffing of school library media centers and the roles of licensed school media specialists in Minnesota is a well known challenge. For those who would like to share resources with and advocate for the importance of media centers and media specialists, accurate and current data would be invaluable. In this presentation, our team representing ITEM, MDE, the Multitypes, Minitex, and SLMS licensure programs will share the state of our efforts to find staffing data, make a plan for how to keep the data current, and share a survey with attendees to be distributed to all media contacts in MN to find information about the state of media centers in Minnesota schools and the job duties of those who staff them.

Speakers
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Laura Gingras

Media & Digital Learning Coordinator, Laketown Elementary ISD110
Laura Gingras has five years of experience as a K-5 Media Specialist and three years of experience as a 9th-12th grade Media Paraprofessional. She is the current President of ITEM.
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Lacey Rotier

SLMS Program Coordinator and Assistant Professor, St. Catherine University
Lacey Rotier (she/her) works at St. Catherine University in the MLIS program as an Assistant Professor and the School Library Media Program Coordinator. Prior to her position at St. Kate's, she was a Library Media Specialist in Robbinsdale Area Schools and other Twin Cities districts... Read More →
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Ann Kaste

Elect. Resources Librarian Outreach / K12 Outreach, Minitex
Ann Kaste is an Outreach and Instruction Librarian and Coordinator of K12 Outreach at Minitex. Ann's interests are in all things libraries and making access to digital resources as seamless as possible for library users and educators. Ann has worked in academic, special, and K12 libraries... Read More →
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Belle Nelson

Assistant Professor, School Library & Information Studies, Minnesota State, Mankato
Belle Nelson is an Assistant Professor of School Library & Information Studies at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Belle has worked in school libraries for thirteen years and is now happily sharing what she knows with aspiring school library professionals. She is passionate about... Read More →
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Ashley Dress

SELS Consultant - School Media Center, SELCO
Ashley Dress is the SELS Consultant - School Media Center for the Southeast Library System, the multicounty multitype library system in the southeast corner of the state and based in Rochester. Previously, she worked as the library director of the Caledonia Public Library in Caledonia... Read More →


Wednesday October 4, 2023 1:00pm - 1:50pm CDT
Meeting Room 2

1:00pm CDT

PubMed: Helping Your Patrons Find and Access Health Research
PubMed is the National Library of Medicine's online service for searching the MEDLINE database, the premier bibliographic database that contains more than 35 million references to journal articles in the life sciences. It is one of the most up to date, comprehensive and powerful ways for finding research literature in the health sciences. This interactive workshop will provide an overview of PubMed and as well as tips and tricks on how to best search this database for locating articles and books in biomedical and life sciences.. Topics to be covered include: What is PubMed? -- How to access the database and perform a basic PubMed search that retrieves relevant citations -- What is MeSH and how to harness it to perform more targeted searches -- Accessing free full-text and other freely available resources such as the NLM Bookshelf, a full text archive of books, reports, databases, and other documents related to biomedical, health, and life sciences. -- How to help health information consumers locate connections to medical journal citations in PubMed from a MedlinePlus health topic page. Bring your laptop for an interactive experience!

Speakers
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Katherine Chew

Associate Librarian, Health Sciences Library, University of Minnesota
The Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM) office for Region 6 is located at Hardin Library for the Health Sciences at the University of Iowa. By collaborating, training, and funding over 1,100 health centers, health departments, community organizations, as well as medical... Read More →


Wednesday October 4, 2023 1:00pm - 1:50pm CDT
Meeting Room 10

1:00pm CDT

Student-Powered Service Desk: Reimagining Staffing for Maximum Productivity and Engagement
In this session, we will share a comprehensive look at how Macalester College successfully transformed its library Service Desk staffing from a Staff-Run to Student Employee run model. We'll cover the creation, implementation, and evaluation of this model, and share the results of three assessments conducted on patrons, student employees, and staff members at the end of the first pilot semester, as well as the services assessed at the end of the first year. You'll also hear about the challenges and difficulties encountered during the transformation, and various strategies that were implemented to overcome them. Furthermore, we'll discuss the impacts of the new staffing model, including work productivity improvements for staff members and a greater sense of belonging for student employees.

Speakers
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Mozhdeh Khodarahmi

Associate Library Director, Access, R&I, Macalester College Library
Mozhdeh Khodarahmi has a wealth of global experience in various academic institutions, ranging from community colleges to state universities and small liberal arts colleges. Currently, she serves as the Associate Library Director for Access, Instruction, and Research Services at Macalester... Read More →
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Madisen Egan

Access Services Manager, Macalester College Library
While completing her Master’s in Library and Information Science from the University of Washington, Madisen Egan began working in Access Services at Macalester College, where she has stayed for the past seven years. She supervises the Access Services team within the library as well... Read More →


Wednesday October 4, 2023 1:00pm - 1:50pm CDT
Meeting Room 7

2:15pm CDT

George Latimer Central Library Historic Building Tour
Enjoy a guided tour of George Latimer Central Library, designed in the Italian Renaissance Revival style and completed in 1917. Meet in the first floor entrance Lobby. Tour will last approximately 1 hour. Tour limited to 30 participants. Please register using this Google Form for the Oct. 4th 2:15pm tour.

Wednesday October 4, 2023 2:15pm - 3:00pm CDT
George Latimer Central Library, Saint Paul Public Library 90 W 4th St, St Paul, MN 55102

2:15pm CDT

Author Panel (John Coy, Shannon Gibney, Molly Beth Griffin, Naomi Kritzer, Mindy Mejia, Sun Yung Shin)
Hear Minnesota authors share about their work, their inspiration, and how stories have shaped their lives!

John Coy

John Coy is the author of young adult novels, chapter books, and fiction and nonfiction picture books. He has received numerous awards for his work and loves working with students to celebrate reading and writing. He lives by the Mississippi River in Minneapolis.


Shannon Gibney

Shannon Gibney is an award-winning author of books of all kinds — from novels to anthologies to essays to picture books. She writes for adults, children, and everyone in-between.

The through-line in all her work is stories that may have previously gone untold. Sometimes these perspectives have remained hidden because the speakers have not had an outlet for their stories; other times, the stories carry darkness and fear that we prefer to look away from.


Molly Beth Griffin

Molly Beth Griffin is the author of several picture books including The Big Leaf Leap, Ten Beautiful Things and Rhoda's Rock Hunt. She has also written a YA novel, Silhouette of a Sparrow, and the School Sidekicks series of beginning readers. She is a graduate of Hamline University's MFA program in Writing for Children and Young Adults and a teaching artist at The Loft Literary Center. In addition to critiquing manuscripts, mentoring emerging writers, and hosting a monthly Picture Book Salon, Molly enjoys walking around lakes, taking pictures of birds, eating pastries, and waiting for the mail. She lives in South Minneapolis with her partner and their two kids.


Naomi Kritzer

Naomi Kritzer has been writing science fiction and fantasy for over twenty years; her fiction has won the Hugo Award, the Lodestar Award, the Edgar Award, and the Minnesota Book Award. Her newest book, LIBERTY'S DAUGHTER, will be coming out in November. She lives in St. Paul. You can find Naomi online at naomikritzer.com or on Twitter and Bluesky as @naomikritzer. 


Mindy Mejia

Mindy Mejia is a CPA, the president of the midwestern chapter of Mystery Writers of America, and a graduate of the Hamline University MFA program. She lives in the Twin Cities with her family and is the author of Strike Me Down, Everything You Want Me to Be, and Leave No Trace. To Catch a Storm, her latest thriller, is on sale now.


Sun Yung Shin

Sun Yung Shin is the editor of A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota and two other anthologies of essays. She is the author of four books of poetry, most recently The Wet Hex which won the Midland Authors Award for Poetry and was a 2022 finalist for a Minnesota Book Award, and is also the author or co-author of two illustrated books for children—most recently Where We Come From, which was a 2022 finalist for a Minnesota Book Award. She has been awarded fellowships from the MacDowell Foundation, Minnesota State Arts Board, the McKnight Foundation, the Bush Foundation, the Jerome Foundation. She is currently a teaching artist with the Loft and the Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop. 


Moderators
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Mary Berning

Library Media Specialist, Chisago Lakes Area Schools
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Christie Kess

Cataloging Manager, Dakota County Library

Wednesday October 4, 2023 2:15pm - 3:05pm CDT
Meeting Room 5

2:15pm CDT

Featured: There is Only One AASL
There is only one national association dedicated solely to the unique and essential role of the school librarian in K-12 education – the American Association of School Librarians. Since 1951, AASL has provided professional development, networking, advocacy, research, tools, and resources to meet the needs of school library professionals and advance the profession. Don't miss this opportunity to hear from AASL President Courtney Pentland and how AASL builds a community of passionate, like-minded professionals dedicated to empowering their learners to succeed in college, career, and beyond.  https://bit.ly/3PGhbGZ

Speakers
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Courtney Pentland

President, American Association of School Librarians (AASL)
Courtney Pentland is the high school librarian in Nebraska. She is adjunct faculty for the University of Nebraska-Omaha School Library program and has served on the Nebraska School Librarians Association board as board member at large, president, and chapter delegate to AASL. She... Read More →


Wednesday October 4, 2023 2:15pm - 3:05pm CDT
Meeting Room 13/14

2:15pm CDT

40 in 50 Book Blast
Join the Reader's Advisory Round Table as we bring you our annual swift and snappy presentation of 40 books in 50 minutes--this year on a wide range of fiction (Theme TBD.) topics! Booklists will be provided.

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Weinberg

Sarah Weinberg

Library Customer Service Assistant II, Saint Paul Public Library - Highland Park
My name is Sarah (Weinberg) Hill (she/her)! I love performing reader's advisory, making book displays, and the art of storytelling. When not working at the library, I you’ll find me drawing/illustrating, writing stories, playing video games, and roller skating! 
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Jennifer Brannen

Readers' Advisory Round Table (RART)/Saint Paul Public Library
Jennifer Brannen is currently a branch manager at Saint Paul Public Library with extensive experience in adult and teen services and programming. Her particular interest is readers' advisory. I have been presenting and writing about it for 13+ years, including several state conference... Read More →
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Katie Polley (she/her)

Librarian, Dakota County Library
Katie Polley is a Teen Librarian at the Wentworth branch in Dakota County Library. In her free time, Katie enjoys adding books to her never-ending TBR, petting her dogs, and buying fancy shoes.
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Allison Girres

Librarian, Rochester Public Library
Allison Girres is a Readers Services Librarian at Rochester Public Library in Rochester, MN.


Wednesday October 4, 2023 2:15pm - 3:05pm CDT
Meeting Room 4

2:15pm CDT

Archives Summer Camp: Getting the Community Involved in the Archives
Over the last 8 years, the University of Minnesota Morris Rodney A. Briggs Library has hosted the Alumni in the Archives event  -- a weeklong opportunity for UMN Morris alumni to return to campus and work hands-on in the Archives on various projects, including doing oral histories, writing biographies on key events and people from our institution, and transcribing letters from the Native American boarding school time period in Morris. The results of this project have been incredibly impactful for both the library/archives and the alumni who attend. During this session, we will describe how this event was initiated, the work that needs to be done to create a successful week-long community event, and the impacts this has had for our library and archives.

Speakers
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Naomi Skulan

Metadata and Technical Services Coordinator, Rodney A. Briggs Library, U of M Morris
Naomi Skulan is the Metadata & Technical Services Coordinator at the University of Minnesota Morris Rodney A. Briggs Library. She holds an M.L.I.S. degree from the University of Wisconsin Madison and a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Ripon College. She has worked at Briggs... Read More →
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Angela Vetsch

Library Director, Rodney A. Briggs Library, UMN Morris
Angela Vetsch is at the Rodney A. Briggs Library at the University of Minnesota Morris. As a new library director on a small public liberal arts campus, she is interested in: creating community connections, exploring technologies, and fostering student success. Angela has a Master's... Read More →
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LeAnn Dean

Director, University of Minnesota Morris Rodney A. Briggs Library
LeAnn Dean recently retired from the position of Library Director at Briggs Library, University of Minnesota Morris after a career that included school, public, special and academic librarianship. She received her MA in Library Science from the University of Minnesota and MA in Political... Read More →
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Stephen Gross

University of Minnesota Morris
Stephen Gross is an associate professor of history at the University of Minnesota Morris and serves as the campus archivist. Gross earned a Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota and he is interested in immigration history, rural history and the history of Minnesota.


Wednesday October 4, 2023 2:15pm - 3:05pm CDT
Meeting Room 7

2:15pm CDT

Collaboration as the heart of Librarianship
The panel will spend some time discussing their community roles, their goals as a part of their educational institution, and the ways that collaboration has helped them move closer to meeting those goals. There will also be time to discuss the challenges to working in collaboration how or if the loss of autonomy has created any new challenges. There will be time for questions and group discussion.

Speakers
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Dora Wagner

Teaching Librarian, Minnehaha Academy
After receiving her MLIS, Dora Wagner worked as a college reference librarian for ten years before moving to the high school level, where she is in her second year as a teaching librarian. Her practice has always been highly collaborative, and her shift to the high school has provided... Read More →
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Joel Johnson

Minnehaha Academy
Joel Johnson, Master of Divinity from North Park Theological Seminary, has taught at Minnehaha since 2009. In his first year teaching Ethics at the Upper School, he and the librarian consistently consulted, inviting opportunities for collaboration in his 11th grade ethics class.
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Tim Swanson

Minnehaha Academy
Tim Swanson, has taught a variety of science courses at Minnehaha Academy since 2017. He has seen the importance of information literacy skills in the science field and has worked with his school librarian to create an academic experience that has both physics standards and information... Read More →
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David Hoffner

Minnehaha Academy
David Hoffner, Director of Faith Formation at Minnehaha Academy, utilizes his school librarian as a research assistant to gather information relevant to the needs of the school that help him better navigate the needs of the community.


Wednesday October 4, 2023 2:15pm - 3:05pm CDT
Meeting Room 3

2:15pm CDT

Gearing Up for MILE 2024: MLA Institute for Leadership Excellence
Are you interested in becoming a strong leader, building your professional network and creating a relationship with a library mentor? Are you a seasoned librarian seeking to share your experience by mentoring the future leaders of the profession? Come explore the opportunities available at MILE 2024! The MLA Institute for Leadership Excellence (MILE) is an intense, fun, multi-day leadership retreat followed by a year-long mentorship with an established librarian. MILE is an excellent way to become more active in MLA and the profession. Members of the 2022 cohort will share information about the MILE program, how to participate, and will end in a question and answer time. There is also a table in the exhibit hall where you can get further information, talk one-on-one with MILE alumni, and write a note to someone encouraging them to become a MILE participant or mentor.

Speakers
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Amelia Birkholz

Youth Services Librarian, Hennepin County Library - Hopkins
The MLA Institute for Leadership Excellence provides participants with the opportunity to discover the leader within yourself and learn to lead effectively today - even if your current position is not one of leadership. During the four-day conference, selected participants spend their... Read More →
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Margot Barry

Library Services Coordinator, Great River Regional Library
Margot's first library gig was properly rewinding and shelving film strips in her elementary school. Since then she has researched, hung out and volunteered in libraries and archives of all types, and worked for school and public libraries. She currently serves as a Library Services... Read More →
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Liza Shafto

Librarian, Anoka County Library
Liza is a librarian at the Anoka County Library, and she also serves as the Chairperson of the Mental Wellness Campaign for Anoka County (MWCAC). She earned a MLIS from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and a BS in Psychology through the University of Northwestern St. Paul. She... Read More →
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Cat Stricklan

Northfield Public Library
Cat Stricklan (They/Them) has been a Youth Services Librarian at Northfield Public Library since January 2021. Prior to moving to MN, Cat was the Harold W. McGraw Jr. Fellow at Darien Library. While there, Cat managed the children’s makerspace and circulating technology kits... Read More →


Wednesday October 4, 2023 2:15pm - 3:05pm CDT
Meeting Room 8

2:15pm CDT

Now Banned at Your School Library: Our Journey through Challenges and Policy
Public school libraries are facing coordinated attacks, not just in Florida and Texas, but right here in Minnesota. Book challenges and anti-school campaigns are at record highs, threatening students’ rights and creating legal, financial, and public relation ramifications for school districts. Administrators and Media teams need to be ready. Hear how Eastern Carver County is navigating these issues and what resources are available when, not if, this hits your school. It is important to create collaboration with parents, Media, principals and district administration while putting students at the center.

Find our slides and links at: https://bit.ly/NowBanned23

Speakers
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Linda Dierks

Media Specialist/Information Innovation Learning Specialist, Eastern Carver County Schools
Linda Dierks is a licensed Media Specialist, a.k.a. Information Innovation Learning Specialist, at Chaska Middle School East in Eastern Carver County Schools. She has also been a Media Specialist at the elementary level and a classroom teacher, working in education since 1993 in suburban... Read More →
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Erin Rathke

Assistant Superintendent, Eastern Carver County Schools
Erin Rathke is an Assistant Superintendent in Eastern Carver County Schools. She has held positions of Principal, Assistant Principal, School Improvement Specialist for Turn-Around Schools, Instructional Coach and Teacher. Erin is a committed and results-driven instructional leader... Read More →


Wednesday October 4, 2023 2:15pm - 3:05pm CDT
Meeting Room 6

2:15pm CDT

Reading Promotion 101
Maker-spaces, devices, and budgets, oh my! Among all the other jobs a library-media specialist takes on, one of the fundamental responsibilities of K-12 library-media specialists can get lost in the mix: promoting literacy. For librarians to promote literacy, they have to get kids to read. With limited time and resources, this goal often gets lost amidst all the other hats a library-media specialist has to wear. As a district library-media specialist who covers four buildings ranging from K-12, I've learned a few tips and tricks that have helped promote literacy by increasing circulation and readership as well as improving teacher and student satisfaction with our library spaces. I will share some easy-to-implement real life ideas that I hope will be useful to anyone in K-12 library-media. Topics will include creating curriculum projects in the library, adjusting your physical space, building staff relations, and responding to students' diverse needs among others. However, I am sure that many of you are also working hard to do the same thing, so time for sharing your own brilliant ideas will be built into the presentation so we can all learn from each other!

Speakers
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Karen Snay

District Library-Media Specialist, St. Peter Public Schools
Former English and social studies teacher turned jack-of-all-trades as a K-12 District Library-Media specialist for the last seven years. Karen has an ancient BA in English and Russian from the University of Iowa, an almost-as-ancient MAT in English Education, also from Iowa, a slightly... Read More →


Wednesday October 4, 2023 2:15pm - 3:05pm CDT
Meeting Room 11

2:15pm CDT

What All Can You Do with Canva?
The online tool, Canva, is endlessly versatile for educator presentations, learning activities, and so much more. It also provides students the chance to showcase their learning in many different modalities. See examples of how you can use Canva to engage learners, advocate for your various programs, share ideas with the community, and so much more.



This is the presentation link. Depending on the room, I will get through 20 slides or 45. That's the magic of Canva. https://bit.ly/MLAcanva23

Speakers
avatar for Jen Legatt

Jen Legatt

Library Media Specialist
Jen Legatt has been a Tech Integrationist and a Library Media Specialist for over 15 years. She has worked in 1:1 environments in both high school and middle school. Jen currently is the Library Media Specialist at Jackson Middle School in the Anoka Hennepin District. In this role... Read More →


Wednesday October 4, 2023 2:15pm - 3:05pm CDT
Meeting Room 10

2:15pm CDT

What do library media specialists do?: updating our state licensing standards
The Minnesota state teaching license subject matter standards for Library Media Specialists have not changed much since 2009, fourteen years ago. These standards are used by teacher preparation programs to design their programs, and they are also used to determine what roles and responsibilities should be performed by licensed library media specialists in schools. This session will be a discussion about what updating these standards might look like so that they better represent what we teach, as well as the essential knowledge and skills needed in our current profession. During this session, we will present the history and current status of the Library Media Specialist subject matter standards (statute 8710.4550) as well as what the process for updating the rules through the Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board would entail. Then we will lead a group discussion on what should be included in the subject matter standards and what professional sources can inform the work moving forward.

Speakers
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Belle Nelson

Assistant Professor, School Library & Information Studies, Minnesota State, Mankato
Belle Nelson is an Assistant Professor of School Library & Information Studies at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Belle has worked in school libraries for thirteen years and is now happily sharing what she knows with aspiring school library professionals. She is passionate about... Read More →
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Lacey Rotier

SLMS Program Coordinator and Assistant Professor, St. Catherine University
Lacey Rotier (she/her) works at St. Catherine University in the MLIS program as an Assistant Professor and the School Library Media Program Coordinator. Prior to her position at St. Kate's, she was a Library Media Specialist in Robbinsdale Area Schools and other Twin Cities districts... Read More →


Wednesday October 4, 2023 2:15pm - 3:05pm CDT
Meeting Room 2

2:15pm CDT

WHAT THE $@!! AM I GETTING MYSELF INTO? A Library Building and Space Planning Overview
Are you unsure how to navigate through the building and space planning process? Based on his recently released guidebook entitled WHAT THE $@!! AM I GETTING MYSELF INTO?, John Thompson will walk you through it all. Thompson will highlight the various steps in the process including assessing your space, projecting the size of the future building, hiring an architect, thinking about possible spaces within the building, furnishing the space, and other tips for a successful project. This program is designed to dip your toes into the building and space planning process. Participants will leave feeling a little less intimidated and armed with resources to help them from start to finish.

Speakers
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John Thompson

Consultant, JT Library Planning
John has over 30 years of public library administration experience including 16 years as the Director of the IFLS Library System (Eau Claire, WI). He regularly consults on all aspects of library administration and planning. As the library system's building consultant, he has worked... Read More →


Wednesday October 4, 2023 2:15pm - 3:05pm CDT
Meeting Room 12

2:15pm CDT

You're in Charge, Now What?
Your approach to leadership and supervision needs to grow and adapt as your team grows and priorities change. In this session, participants will work through scenarios and develop strategies for managing challenging situations.

Speakers
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Margaret Stone

Director, Dakota County Library
Margaret Stone is director of Dakota County Library having spent 40 years working in various libraries in different capacities in several states. She is a past MLA president and member of the conference planning committee. Margaret attended MILE 2007 and was part of the planning team... Read More →
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Maggie Snow

Director, Minitex
Maggie Snow is the Director of Minitex, Minnesota's library consortium.  Snow has been active in MLA for over 20 years and served as MLA president, CYP Chair, and member of the conference planning committee. She is also the recipient of MLA's William G. Asp Distinguished Career Award... Read More →


Wednesday October 4, 2023 2:15pm - 3:05pm CDT
Meeting Room 9

3:05pm CDT

Break: Exhibits, Silent Auction, & Snacks
Wednesday October 4, 2023 3:05pm - 3:35pm CDT
Ballroom Concourse

3:35pm CDT

Featured: Build Relationships by Sharing Your Story
School librarians are continuing to face an issue that has challenged us for decades. Our stakeholders and the general public are not clear on what a school librarian actually does. The stakes are higher now as there are members of the public who are sharing false narratives about what happens in school libraries and what school librarians do.
One way to build advocates and allies is to share the true story of the learning opportunities, programming, and community building happening in your school libraries each and every day. This session will highlight a few of the ways to share your story, how to connect with specific community groups and decision makers, and leave you with a plan for what to do right now and in the future. https://bit.ly/3PMLXyp



Speakers
avatar for Courtney Pentland

Courtney Pentland

President, American Association of School Librarians (AASL)
Courtney Pentland is the high school librarian in Nebraska. She is adjunct faculty for the University of Nebraska-Omaha School Library program and has served on the Nebraska School Librarians Association board as board member at large, president, and chapter delegate to AASL. She... Read More →


Wednesday October 4, 2023 3:35pm - 4:25pm CDT
Meeting Room 13/14

3:35pm CDT

Beginner's Guide to Project Management
If you've ever found yourself suddenly in charge of a group project and weren't sure where to start, this session is for you. We'll cover the who, what, and when of a project; setting realistic deadlines; and tracking progress. We'll also review various free and paid software to help manage your project to successful completion.

Speakers
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Jeannie Dilger

Arranging Time
Jeannie Dilger is the founder and CEO of Arranging Time, which provides productivity consulting, training, and virtual assistance for businesses or individuals. She has worked in libraries for over 30 years and is currently the Executive Director of Palatine (IL) Library District... Read More →


Wednesday October 4, 2023 3:35pm - 4:25pm CDT
Meeting Room 4

3:35pm CDT

Beyond Readers' Advisory: Building a Culture of Reading
Are you exploring ways to create a culture of reading among busy teenagers? Our team will share strategies that are working in our large, metro-area high school libraries, including librarian-led book talks, engaging displays “Book Match†questionnaires, student-created 60-second book talks, and the “Bookshelf Takeover.†We’ll share our experiences, discuss attitudinal data collected from our students and staff, and then open the floor for participants to share their great ideas.

Speakers
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Debra Geiger

Library Media Specialist, Coon Rapids High School
Debra Geiger holds a BA in English from Concordia College, Moorhead, MN and an MA in Liberal Studies from Hamline University, and completed coursework for Library Media Specialist licensure at St. Cloud State University. She taught secondary classroom English for 21 years, and has... Read More →
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Allison Hackenmiller

Library Media Specialist, Champlin Park High School
Allison Hackenmiller holds a BA in History from Drake University, an MLIS from the University of Wisconsin, and an MEd from the University of Minnesota. She has worked as a school librarian for 15 years, and has been at Champlin Park High School since 2015.
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Abbey Engebretson

Librarian, Anoka Hennepin ISD #11
Abbey Engebretson holds a BA in Social Studies Education from University of Minnesota - Duluth and an MEd from Hamline University. She taught middle school social studies for 10 years, and has worked as a school librarian for 7 years, and has been at Anoka High School since 2018... Read More →


Wednesday October 4, 2023 3:35pm - 4:25pm CDT
Meeting Room 8

3:35pm CDT

Celebrating the Freedom to Read: Creating a Banned Book Reading Group on Campus
Recently, there has been a surge in the number of challenges to books in our schools, bookstores, and libraries. The books being challenged often focus on race, LGBTQ+ issues, religion, and history. Conversations started happening on our campus about the harm censorship causes in our communities, which led us to create a banned book reading group. We aimed to build community while also highlighting marginalized voices and facilitating meaningful conversations, all while sustaining and strengthening collaborations with others on campus. Join as we share our experiences creating, planning, and facilitating this group.

Speakers
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Cori Edgerton

Cataloging Technician, Minnesota State University Moorhead
Cori Edgerton is a library technician at the Livingston Lord Library. She has worked at MSUM for 8 years in the university archives, the curriculum materials center, and most recently the technical services department. She serves on the library's marketing and DEI teams and the university's... Read More →
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Mary Muehlberg

Electronic Resources Librarian, Minnesota State University Moorhead
Mary Muehlberg is the Electronic Resources Librarian at the Livingston Lord Library. She received her MLIS from the University of Denver in 2009 and has worked in a variety of libraries since 2006. Her professional interests include Open Educational Resources and various aspects of... Read More →


Wednesday October 4, 2023 3:35pm - 4:25pm CDT
Meeting Room 5

3:35pm CDT

Greening Your Library: Utilizing Outdoor Spaces and Bringing the Outside In
Learn how our library branches greened up inside and out through partnerships with community members, friends groups and teen volunteers. Hear about prairie restoration projects, programming for both youth and adults and staff-driven efforts to create welcoming spaces, help reduce stress and promote wellness.

Speakers
avatar for Karen Mackey

Karen Mackey

Adult Services & Technology Librarian, Dakota County Library
Karen is a librarian at the Wescott Library in Eagan, focused on Adult Services & Technology. Previous roles include corporate librarian and archivist. Karen is passionate about connecting with older adults, making local history accessible and by inspiring makerspace creativity for... Read More →
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Laura Mesjak

Librarian, Dakota County- Inver Glen Branch
Laura is a Youth Services Librarian at the Inver Glen Library in Inver Grove Heights. She has been planning and presenting programs for youth and families for eighteen years. She is especially excited about opportunities that are fueled by kids’ own interests, curiosity and... Read More →
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Honora Rodriguez

Library Director, South St. Paul Public Library
Honora is the Library Director at South St. Paul Public Library. She has spent most of her library career in Adult Services and is passionate about strengthening community. She looks forward to transitioning to the Branch Manager role in the under construction Kaposia Library after... Read More →


Wednesday October 4, 2023 3:35pm - 4:25pm CDT
Meeting Room 2

3:35pm CDT

Librarians as Content Experts: Building Collaborations with Faculty for Significant Student Experiences
Developing meaningful, deep teaching with subject faculty is a goal of many instruction librarians in academic settings but sometimes it can be hard to move the conversation beyond database demonstrations and mechanics of citation practices. In this session, librarians Ginny Moran and Jackie Beckey will describe how they were able to highlight their disciplinary and content knowledge and create significant experiences for students in partnership with faculty. Ginny will highlight her experiences as an embedded librarian in two semester-long courses and Jackie will talk about using digital tools and primary sources, both librarians creating significant experiential learning for students that highlight opportunities in the GLAM fields (galleries, libraries, archives and museums). Throughout the presentation, participants will have the opportunity to workshop their own ideas and share past experiences with each other to build their own "next steps" ideas for future projects.

Speakers
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Ginny Moran

R&I Librarian, Fine Arts/Hum., Special Collections, Macalester College Library
During her career, Ginny Moran has worked in a variety of libraries and educational organizations. As a faculty librarian at Minneapolis Community and Technical College, she designed the Library Information Technology A.A.S. program sequence and taught courses on intellectual property... Read More →
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Jackie Beckey

Research & Instruction Librarian, Fine Arts and Hu, Macalester College Library
Jackie Beckey has worked in museums and libraries for over a decade. Throughout the years in numerous roles, she has empowered students and citizen scholars to piece together their stories through the power of primary source research. After earning a Masters in Library and Information... Read More →


Wednesday October 4, 2023 3:35pm - 4:25pm CDT
Meeting Room 3

3:35pm CDT

Pandemic trauma in Rural Libraries: Signs & Symptoms
In 2022 SELCO used ARPA funding to undertake a region-wide survey to gauge what may have changed regarding community sentiment and wants from their library. During the patron study, we became even more aware of a previously identified challenge that arose during the pandemic - trauma among library staff. We followed up with a survey of library staff to collect relevant data and stories to document that trauma, other topics regarding library adaptation during the pandemic, and what staff feel may have been changes in the perception of the library in their community. We will present the results of this library staff trauma survey in this session.

Speakers
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Steve Harsin

Public Library Consultant & Past President MLA, SELCO
Steve Harsin, Public Library Consultant, SELCO, Past President of MLA
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Pam O'Hara

Director of Outreach & Instruction, SELCO
Director of Outreach & Instruction, SELCO


Wednesday October 4, 2023 3:35pm - 4:25pm CDT
Meeting Room 6

3:35pm CDT

School-Wide Library Programs
The library is the heart of the school! Come hear some fun ideas that you can implement across your building. I will share some successful activities I have used to engage our school community through the library. Examples: School-wide bookmark contest, Pumpkin Book Character contest, Reading Celebrations.

Speakers
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Rachel Ortiz

LIBRARIAN, Fair Oaks Elementary School
Rachel Ortiz has been a librarian for over 10 years. She received her MSIS at SUNY Albany. She has spent most of her library life at Fair Oaks Elementary in Brooklyn Park, MN. She lives in Saint Paul.


Wednesday October 4, 2023 3:35pm - 4:25pm CDT
Meeting Room 10

3:35pm CDT

Supporting SEL in Your Elementary Classroom Through CASEL Competencies and ISTE Standards
Description: Working together, building relationships, and being mindful of our own emotions and the feelings of others, has always been a critical component of child development. In this session, learn how to integrate the CASEL Competencies and the ISTE standards for students while giving students independence and confidence to express themselves while demonstrating their learning through student friendly projects. Use EdTech tools and get hands on with maker activities. Attendees will come away from the session with ideas for integrating print books, digital content and creation tools into the classroom to support Social Emotional Learning. In this session you will learn about the Capstone products you have access to through the purchase of the resources from Minitex!

Speakers
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Beth Staats

Outreach & Instruction Librarian, Minitex
Beth Staats is an Outreach & Instruction Librarian and EbooksMN Coordinator with Minitex, a program of the University of Minnesota Libraries. The work of that unit includes providing instruction and support for eLibrary Minnesota (ELM) to library and school staff in Minnesota. Education... Read More →


Wednesday October 4, 2023 3:35pm - 4:25pm CDT
Meeting Room 7

3:35pm CDT

The Rural Library Traveling Exhibit Project: a Collaboration between Great River Regional Library and Great River Children's Museum
Do you work in a rural library, or have rural libraries in your system? Are you also looking for creative ways to collaborate? Join us as we discuss an amazing partnership between Great River Regional Library and Great River Children's Museum, an emerging museum in central Minnesota. Through grant funding, the two organizations partnered to create and implement the Rural Library Traveling Exhibit project, developed to bring hands-on learning and play inspiring families to learn and grow together. In this presentation, panelists will discuss the creation and implementation of traveling pop-up exhibits, initially traveling to the 21 libraries considered rural and low-income throughout the GRRL six county service area. We'll describe how we determined that the project aligned with the missions of both organizations and got management buy-in. The presentation will include the data we used to determine which libraries in the system are considered rural and how to locate that data. We'll also discuss the logistics of rotating the exhibits throughout the regional library system and our scheduling process. We'll share our successes and setbacks, as well as patron and staff feedback and our iterative process of improvement. Seven different pop-up exhibits were created for this project, each reflecting exhibits being designed for the permanent museum location in St. Cloud. We'll discuss how the exhibits were developed and attendees will have a chance to explore several of the exhibits and hands-on materials.

Speakers
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Jade Lauber

Patron Services Librarian, Great River Regional Library
Jade Lauber is a Patron Services Librarian with Great River Regional Library, where she has been working since 2015. She earned her MLIS from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2017, moving into her current position in 2019. Jade was also a MILE attendee in 2019. At the library... Read More →
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Kylie Conover

Program and Outreach Manager, Great River Children's Museum
Kylie Conover is the Program and Outreach Manager for Great River Children's Museum, an emerging museum in central Minnesota. She attended the University of South Dakota where she obtained her Master's Degree in history with a certificate in museum and archival studies. She is an... Read More →


Wednesday October 4, 2023 3:35pm - 4:25pm CDT
Meeting Room 12

3:35pm CDT

To Do, Doing, Done: Using Visual Thinking Tools to Facilitate Teamwork
According to molecular biologist, Dr. John Medina, there are more neurons in the human brain dedicated to vision than the other four senses (touch, smell, hearing, and taste) combined. Most humans think visually. Visual thinking is the act of visualizing a thought process. In project management practices it is encouraged for this to be a facilitated group-based activity. Visual thinking tools help in guiding the idea-development process, problem solving, planning, and time management among other aspects of teamwork. In this session we will explore both online and in-person visual thinking tools with plenty of hands-on exercises.

Speakers
avatar for Carla Pfahl

Carla Pfahl

Outreach & Instruction Librarian, Minitex
Carla Pfahl is an Outreach & Instruction Librarian and the Coordinator of AskMN, Minnesota’s statewide 24/7 virtual reference service. As a consortial librarian with Minitex, Carla enjoys working to support libraries, librarians, and library services across Minnesota. Along... Read More →


Wednesday October 4, 2023 3:35pm - 4:25pm CDT
Meeting Room 11

3:35pm CDT

Wikimedia and Beyond: Linked Data Projects in Minnesota
How many linked data conference sessions have you attended where the benefits of linked data to libraries were discussed, with the ultimate goal of leading to better visibility for libraries? These sessions likely mentioned research initiatives at large, well-resourced institutions such as the Library of Congress and OCLC Research. But then the post-conference reality sets in and linked data applications in the real world seem almost unattainable. Join us to learn about some of the more approachable and practical implementations of linked data in libraries. We have discovered that one of the best ways to learn about the impact of linked data is to experiment, acknowledging that experimenting can take a considerable amount of staff time and organizational resources to support the work. So come and reap the benefits of our experiments! We will discuss the Minitex Wikimedia pilot project, in which two Minnesota Libraries and a Historical Society added archival images to Wikimedia Commons, and Wikipedia, and added structured data (linked data) from Wikidata. All to find out what the impact on access and use would be. We will also discuss other local developments and what we can build together in the future.

Speakers
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Theresa Berger

Head of Digital Library Services, University of Minnesota Libraries
I am the head of Digital Library Services (DLS) at the University of Minnesota Libraries. I’ve held previous positions at Los Alamos National Laboratory, California Revealed, and the Hoover Library and Archives at Stanford. Talk to me about digital collections; digitization; reparative... Read More →
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Shelley Harrison

Blue Earth County Historical Society
Collections Manager
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Sara Ring

Continuing Education Librarian, Minitex
Sara Ring is Continuing Education Librarian at Minitex where she develops and presents training for libraries and other cultural heritage organizations on standards for building digital collections and preserving them. In 2022 she helped launch 23 Linked Data Things, a self-paced... Read More →
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Brianna Krumwiede

Blue Earth County Historical Society
Brianna Krumwiede is Archives Assistant, Blue Earth County Historical Society and participated in the Minitex Wikimedia pilot project.
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Heidi Southworth

Digital Initiatives Librarian, Minnesota State University, Mankato
I am the Digital Initiatives Librarian at Minnesota State University, Mankato and manager of Cornerstone, our University's Institutional Repository. My position provides leadership and direction for the development, growth and maintenance of Cornerstone, our Digital Commons repository... Read More →
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Greta Bahnemann

Metadata Coordinator, Minitex
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, spearheading the MDL Primary Source Set program... Read More →


Wednesday October 4, 2023 3:35pm - 4:25pm CDT
Meeting Room 9

4:45pm CDT

MLA Membership Meeting
Speakers
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Julia Carlis

Senior Library Manager, Washington County Library
Julia is the 2023 President of MLA and would love to talk to you about change management, meeting facilitation, romantasy, Animal Crossing, or knitting.


Wednesday October 4, 2023 4:45pm - 5:45pm CDT
Meeting Room 13/14

4:45pm CDT

Minnesota Kestrels Bird-Watching - Time Change
Meet up on October 4th, 4:45pm at Crosby Farm Park led by Amy Simso Dean, leader of the Minnesota Kestrels bird-watching group.

The address of Crosby Farm Park is:
2595 Crosby Farm Rd, St Paul, MN 55116

Use this Google Form to let Amy know you are interested in attending.

Speakers
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Amy Simso Dean

Amy Simso Dean has been birding for over 25 years. She founded MYBirdClub (a nonprofit birdwatching club for kids) and co-founded The Kestrels (an inclusive birding club for MN women). She volunteers with Audubon Chapter of Minneapolis and MN Ornithologists Union and also works part... Read More →


Wednesday October 4, 2023 4:45pm - 6:00pm CDT
Crosby Farm Park 2595 Crosby Farm Rd, St Paul, MN 55116

6:00pm CDT

Trivia Night hosted by Capstone
Please join us for a trivia night sponsored by Capstone the first evening of MLA! Join us for snacks, drinks, trivia, and prizes! *Limited to 50 participants.*

Trivia Night Location: Otto Bremer Community Room (1st Floor) George Latimer Central Library, 90 4th St W, Saint Paul, MN 55102.

Register via the Trivia Night Interest Form here: https://forms.gle/d3zNNqdbyLkTF8jQA


Wednesday October 4, 2023 6:00pm - 7:30pm CDT
George Latimer Central Library, Saint Paul Public Library 90 W 4th St, St Paul, MN 55102
 
Thursday, October 5
 

7:00am CDT

Breakfast
Thursday October 5, 2023 7:00am - 8:00am CDT
Ballrooms A-D

7:00am CDT

Registration
Thursday October 5, 2023 7:00am - 4:00pm CDT
2nd Floor

8:00am CDT

Banned Books Show-and-Tell
This session aims to shed light on the persistence of book censorship, to discuss intellectual freedom in libraries and schools, and to welcome participants’ sharing their on-the-job experiences. Participants will leave inspired and equipped with practical strategies to defend intellectual freedom, and foster open dialogue with colleagues and within their communities. MLA Intellectual Freedom Committee aims to inspire and empower librarians in Minnesota to champion intellectual freedom and ensure that diverse voices and ideas continue to thrive in their communities.

Speakers
avatar for Helen Burke

Helen Burke

Retired - Manager for Reference Services, Retired from: Hennepin County Library-Minneapolis Central
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Heather Biedermann

Head Librarian, South Central College, North Mankato
Heather Biedermann fights for intellectual freedom every day as a librarian at South Central College in North Mankato. Heather has an MLIS from Dominican University and an MS in Educational Leadership from MSU, Mankato. She is currently working on her doctorate in education from Winona... Read More →


Thursday October 5, 2023 8:00am - 8:50am CDT
Meeting Room 4

8:00am CDT

Disaster! A Tabletop Simulation
Tabletop simulations allow participants to think through common emergencies in a safe environment. Presenters will conduct a small group scenario to help you think about handling emergencies at your institution.

Speakers
avatar for Maggie Snow

Maggie Snow

Director, Minitex
Maggie Snow is the Director of Minitex, Minnesota's library consortium.  Snow has been active in MLA for over 20 years and served as MLA president, CYP Chair, and member of the conference planning committee. She is also the recipient of MLA's William G. Asp Distinguished Career Award... Read More →
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Adelaide Paris

Facilities Manager, University of Minnesota Libraries
Adelaide has worked at the University Libraries since 2021, serving as the Facilities Manager for Wilson Library and the Music Library. She is the first point of contact for facilities issues and building related questions in these areas.Prior to working at the University of Minnesota... Read More →


Thursday October 5, 2023 8:00am - 8:50am CDT
Meeting Room 12

8:00am CDT

Diversity Audit: a DEIA look at eLibraryMN and EbooksMN
Libraries are beginning to take a new look at their collections with a DEIA lens. While there are many examples of diversity audits among library print book/ebook collections, a search of the literature revealed that there are fewer examples of this analysis among database holdings. Come to this session to learn about the approach Minitex Outreach and Instruction librarians took to review the journal holdings in the ELM databases as well as the ebook holdings in the EbooksMN collection. We will share the process, challenges, and discoveries that we made along the way.

Speakers
avatar for Ann Kaste

Ann Kaste

Elect. Resources Librarian Outreach / K12 Outreach, Minitex
Ann Kaste is an Outreach and Instruction Librarian and Coordinator of K12 Outreach at Minitex. Ann's interests are in all things libraries and making access to digital resources as seamless as possible for library users and educators. Ann has worked in academic, special, and K12 libraries... Read More →
avatar for Beth Staats

Beth Staats

Outreach & Instruction Librarian, Minitex
Beth Staats is an Outreach & Instruction Librarian and EbooksMN Coordinator with Minitex, a program of the University of Minnesota Libraries. The work of that unit includes providing instruction and support for eLibrary Minnesota (ELM) to library and school staff in Minnesota. Education... Read More →
avatar for Carla Pfahl

Carla Pfahl

Outreach & Instruction Librarian, Minitex
Carla Pfahl is an Outreach & Instruction Librarian and the Coordinator of AskMN, Minnesota’s statewide 24/7 virtual reference service. As a consortial librarian with Minitex, Carla enjoys working to support libraries, librarians, and library services across Minnesota. Along... Read More →


Thursday October 5, 2023 8:00am - 8:50am CDT
Meeting Room 2

8:00am CDT

Expand Content Discovery and Leverage Patron Interests with Libby
Deep search and Notify Me tags help your users discover more content in Libby. In Marketplace, Notify Me tags data offers your library direct feedback from users and helps you satisfy their reading interests in a new and innovative way. In this session, we'll provide an overview, high level demonstration, examples of how libraries are already benefiting, and additional resources for you and your community.

Speakers
avatar for Maria Fesz

Maria Fesz

Team Lead, Public Library Collection Development, OverDrive, Inc.
Digital Collection Development!
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Kim 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, recorded music and related digital collections. She manages the RPL bookmobile, readers advisory services, adult programming... Read More →


Thursday October 5, 2023 8:00am - 8:50am CDT
Meeting Room 11

8:00am CDT

Making Flyers Is Not Marketing: Learn the Secrets of Successful Marketing
Have you ever spent months planning and preparing a great new program? You can see in your mind that this program will be such a success the mayor will want to award you the keys to the city. The newspaper reporter will want to write a front-page feature piece on you. The library director will give you such a big raise you get kicked into a new tax bracket. Patrons are so grateful they ask you to give a toast at their wedding. It will be epic. But reality sets in, and you find yourself in an empty room 2-minutes before it begins. It’s like your first 7th-grade party all over again. Demoralized, you yank the flyer off the billboard, rip it up, and throw it in the trash. Slowly, you stop dreaming of new and innovative ideas. Marketing is a lot more than creating and printing a flyer. This session will provide you with essential marketing knowledge. You will understand how the marketing mix of product, price, placement, and promotion must work together. We will guide you in identifying important characteristics of your patrons. You will leave with a concrete plan to reach your patrons better. You will learn to deliver the right message, at the right time, and to the right patron. Register and attend this program and learn how to reach your patrons successfully.

Speakers
avatar for Kenzie Putz

Kenzie Putz

Student, MLIS Program, St. Catherine University
Kenzie will soon complete the MLIS program at St. Catherine University. As a former digital literacy instructor for English learners, she is passionate about making the library accessible to new patrons. Kenzie’s other academic interests include library marketing and information... Read More →
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Anthony Molaro

Associate Professor, St. Catherine University
Anthony Molaro is a nationally recognized speaker, teacher, and consultant. He teaches management, marketing, and public services courses in the MLIS Program at St. Catherine University. He has written and presented on various topics, including several presentations at MLA. He is... Read More →
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Alaina Bailey

Student, St. Catherine University MLIS Program
Alaina Bailey is a skilled professional with over 17 years of experience in customer service, graphic design, art history, and business. She has a talent for developing creative and cost-effective marketing campaigns and utilizing visual design software like Canva and the Adobe Creative... Read More →
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Stefanie Tywater-Christiansen

Student, St. Catherine University MLIS Program
Stefanie is in her final year in the MLIS program at St. Catherine University. She is currently the Development Director for a local non-profit that primarily serves LGBTQ+ young people. Stefanie is responsible for marketing, writing grants, event planning, and writing fundraising... Read More →
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Amy Gabbert-Montag

Student, St. Catherine University MLIS Program
Amy is a graduate student in the MLIS program at Saint Catherine University and works at Scott County Library as a Library Associate. She is involved in MLA as a Member-at-Large in both the Public Libraries Division and Student Roundtable. Amy also serves as co-chair of the Progressive... Read More →


Thursday October 5, 2023 8:00am - 8:50am CDT
Meeting Room 3

8:00am CDT

Minnesota Center for the Book Year in Review
Center for the Book (CFB) is a statewide designation bestowed by the Library of Congress and funded through the State of Minnesota. In this special capacity, The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library brings writer- and reader- centered programming and resources to all corners of the state. October 2022 - September 2023 was a unique and challenging period for the CFB. Programming settled into a hybrid model, combining the reach and accessibility of our virtual series with the desire of libraries and patrons to once again offer and experience in-person connection. Noteworthy initiatives of the last year include a reimagining of F. Scott Fitzgerald's short stories through a modern and multicultural lens, reworking judging criteria and guidelines for the 35th annual Minnesota Book Awards and its Ceremony, which was livestreamed for free and presented to a ticketed audience at the Ordway Concert Hall in Saint Paul; and a return to in-person Moving Words: Writers Across Minnesota programming. In addition, One Book | One Minnesota (OBOM) programs continued with two additional chapters. Recent cycles featured Minnesota Poet Laureate Gwen Westerman and Linda LeGarde Grover. OBOM is a statewide book club that invites Minnesotans of all ages to come together (virtually) to enjoy and discuss a significant title. There have been more than 63,000 ebook and audio downloads since the program launched in 2020.

Speakers
avatar for Alayne Hopkins

Alayne Hopkins

Senior Director, The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library/MN Center for the Book
Alayne Hopkins is Senior Director of Programs and Services for The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library. In this capacity, she oversees the organization's statewide efforts as the official Minnesota Center for the Book. She also leads Library Strategies Consulting Group, a first-of-its... Read More →


Thursday October 5, 2023 8:00am - 8:50am CDT
Meeting Room 8

8:00am CDT

MN Public Library Structures: Gamer Addition
Learn what different types of Minnesota library systems and structures bring to the table. Develop a deeper understanding of how Minnesota libraries are funded, organized, and governed.

Speakers
avatar for Elizabeth Hoffman

Elizabeth Hoffman

Director, Plum Creek Library System
Elizabeth Hoffman is the Director of the Plum Creek Library System, a nine-county federated regional public library system headquartered in Worthington. She has worked in libraries for over 20 years. Elizabeth received her BSEd in History and Social Science from Northern State University... Read More →
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Melissa Whatley

Director, KRLS
Melissa Whatley is Director at Kitchigami Regional Library, a five-county consolidated regional public library system headquartered in Pine River, MN. She brings over a decade of public library experience from Missouri to her current role along with a lifetime of customer service... Read More →


Thursday October 5, 2023 8:00am - 8:50am CDT
Meeting Room 9

8:00am CDT

Research guides redux: strategies for revamping tired LibGuides
Post-pandemic, many academic libraries are realizing online learning tools such as LibGuides could use a breath of fresh air to better serve students looking for self-guided help online. Due to staff turnover and a lack of resources, Macalester College Library staff noticed that their LibGuides have become somewhat neglected, with little system oversight and no process for ongoing upkeep. In the fall of 2022, in tandem with a library-wide web design project, Access and Research Services staff members Jackie Beckey and Madisen Egan embarked on a LibGuides revamp initiative to design a more sustainable, student-centered collection of guides. After examining existing LibGuides and conducting focus groups with students, a project plan was developed to revitalize our LibGuides presence going forward. Jackie and Madisen will share their strategies and workflows for reexamining and updating design choices, establishing content creation strategies, and improving administrative workflows. Presenters plan to share examples and lessons learned from their experiences with attendees.

Speakers
avatar for Jackie Beckey

Jackie Beckey

Research & Instruction Librarian, Fine Arts and Hu, Macalester College Library
Jackie Beckey has worked in museums and libraries for over a decade. Throughout the years in numerous roles, she has empowered students and citizen scholars to piece together their stories through the power of primary source research. After earning a Masters in Library and Information... Read More →
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Madisen Egan

Access Services Manager, Macalester College Library
While completing her Master’s in Library and Information Science from the University of Washington, Madisen Egan began working in Access Services at Macalester College, where she has stayed for the past seven years. She supervises the Access Services team within the library as well... Read More →


Thursday October 5, 2023 8:00am - 8:50am CDT
Meeting Room 10

8:00am CDT

The Literary Traveler: Bookish Destinations and What Libraries Can Learn from Them
Lienemann will guide you on a tour of literary travel destinations to add to your Dream Travel Destination list, from author homes like Shakespeare's home at Stratford-upon-Avon and Thoreau's Walden to interactive museums like Hans Christian Andersen's Hus in Odense, Denmark and Planet Word in Washington, D.C. These destinations can enrich the reading experience, your understanding of the lives of authors, and give you ideas of how to translate that to your community to create a stronger book culture.

Speakers
avatar for Stacy Lienemann

Stacy Lienemann

Director, Waseca-LeSueur Regional Library
Stacy Lienemann is the Director of Waseca-Le Sueur Regional Library System.


Thursday October 5, 2023 8:00am - 8:50am CDT
Meeting Room 5

8:00am CDT

There's No Shame in Our Reading Game: Weird Sh*t We Love and How We Discuss It
Where is your line between "yuck" and "yum," and how does this affect doing Reader's Advisory? Be it Chuck Tingle, James Patterson, EL James, or your favorite fic on AO3, no one should be made ashamed of what they love to read. Join us for a discussion of our favorite "bad" reads, problematic faves, super niche tropes, and why we love them. Please be aware that material discussed may be harmful or triggering, or just have aged incredibly poorly, so proceed with equal parts joy and caution. Audience participation is strongly encouraged, but not required. Booklist will be provided after the conference.

Speakers
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Katie Polley (she/her)

Librarian, Dakota County Library
Katie Polley is a Teen Librarian at the Wentworth branch in Dakota County Library. In her free time, Katie enjoys adding books to her never-ending TBR, petting her dogs, and buying fancy shoes.
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Megan Demeuse

Youth Services Librarian, Hennepin County Library
Megan Demeuse (she/they) is a youth services librarian at Hennepin County Library at the Penn Lake branch. They work in youth programming and have presented previously at the 2022 MLA Annual Conference. They are a member of the LGBTQIA+2S community and believe that in order to have... Read More →


Thursday October 5, 2023 8:00am - 8:50am CDT
Meeting Room 6

8:00am CDT

Youth Services Renovation: a Practical Glow-Up with Tips and Tricks
Join Stephanie Wichlacz (Youth Services Librarian in Virginia, MN) to learn about the practical ins and outs of renovating your Youth Services spaces in the library! This presentation has everything: creating new collections, face-lifting current shelving, space design for programming and play, changing plans and adapting to curveballs, and organizing and moving SO MANY craft supplies. I hope to give you some inspiration and ideas for your own Youth Services spaces, through this picture presentation. The lecture will conclude with an open Q&A with discussion about Youth Services spaces with the presenter and other attendees.

Speakers
avatar for Stephanie Wichlacz

Stephanie Wichlacz

Youth Services Librarian, Virginia Public Library
Stephanie Wichlacz has worked and volunteered at libraries since high school, including internships at the Brown County Library and the L.E. Phillips Memorial Library in Wisconsin. She currently works as the Youth and Public Services Librarian for the Virginia Public Library, a position... Read More →


Thursday October 5, 2023 8:00am - 8:50am CDT
Meeting Room 7

8:50am CDT

Break: Exhibits open & Silent Auction
Thursday October 5, 2023 8:50am - 9:20am CDT
Ballroom Concourse

8:50am CDT

Exhibit Hall Open
Thursday October 5, 2023 8:50am - 4:00pm CDT
Ballroom Concourse

9:20am CDT

For All Ages! For All Time! Picture Books for Everyone! (Aimee Bissonette, Michael Hall, Melanie Heuiser Hill, Kao Kalia Yang)
Picture books are not just for babies, not just for kids. The right book can engage teens, adults, seniors, and mixed age groups. With a focus on ways in which picture books can be used for programming in family, children's, teen, adult, and senior events, this panel will explore what makes a picture book good for all ages, as well as how they can be used most effectively in programming. Come hear and share ideas! The four authors will discuss their own books--which range through nonfiction, fiction, science, social emotional learning, nature, biography, and art--and other picture books that work well for all ages, too.

Moderators
avatar for Mary Berning

Mary Berning

Library Media Specialist, Chisago Lakes Area Schools
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Christie Kess

Cataloging Manager, Dakota County Library

Speakers
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Aimee Bissonette

author panel
Aimee Bissonette is the author of 12 picture books focusing on nature, everyday heroes, and science. Formerly an attorney, she is now focusing on writing and working with young people as a visiting author. One of her books, North Woods Girl, is set in northern Minnesota.
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Michael Hall

Author Artist
Michael Hall is the author of 10 picture books which range from Red: A Crayon's Story, used in classrooms around the world to discuss emotions and abilities, to My Heart is Like a Zoo, a New York Times bestselling picture book dealing with shapes and imagination. Michael is a frequent... Read More →
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Melanie Heuiser Hill

Author
Melanie Heuiser Hill is the author of a picture book about giving thanks and a middle grade novel in which a fervent cello player prepare for a prestigious competition, only to have her plans changed by an accident. This novel is set in Minnesota. A graduate of Hamline University's... Read More →
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Kao Kalia Yang

Author
Kao Kalia Yang is the author of five picture books and four books for adults about families and honoring connections. Her book, A Map into the World, won the Minnesota Book Award in 2020. Kalia is often visiting classrooms and speaking at libraries and conferences about her journey... Read More →


Thursday October 5, 2023 9:20am - 10:10am CDT
Meeting Room 5

9:20am CDT

After the Challenge: Discussing Library Life In the Book Challenge Era
Life in the library is not what it used to be. Book challenges don't seem to be slowing. Our professional actions and opinions are constantly being called into question. Join the discussion about what we can do to help support each other and keep our wits about us. This session will be a discussion format with input from the whole group. Topics will include: fighting self censorship, policy updates, library advocacy, questionable book requests, weeding choices, how to handle library detractors, collaboration between school and local libraries, and much more. Join the conversation to put hope back into our world!
Presentation link https://bit.ly/AfterTheChallenge23

Speakers
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Rachel Haider

Media Specialist, Hastings Public Schools
Rachel Haider is the Library Media Specialist at Hastings High School and ITEM President-Elect. She is working on her 5th year as a media specialist and was a classroom English and Communications teacher for 7 years before that. Rachel is passionate about students seeing themselves... Read More →


Thursday October 5, 2023 9:20am - 10:10am CDT
Meeting Room 6

9:20am CDT

Beyond Outreach: taking an activist approach to engage and empower the whole community
Improving service delivery to our Spanish-speaking population has been identified as a high priority in both the Library's and the City of Northfield's Strategic Plans. In 2017, the library hired Angelica Linder, a bilingual, native Spanish speaker, as the library's Outreach Coordinator. This position was initially funded in part by the Ames Fund of the Minneapolis Foundation. Angelica's position made possible a targeted approach to developing programs, collections, and services more inclusive of the Latinx community in Northfield. Since then the library has made it a priority to recruit bilingual staff, hiring several additional Spanish-speaking staff members. In 2018, Angelica implemented a community-wide Hispanic Heritage Month celebration. The kick-off festival, attended by over 400 people, featured music and dance performances, food, and craft vendors. The celebration continued with 15 programs held in the library featuring film screenings, presentations, and activities, and ended with a Day of the Dead celebration. Flash forward to 2023, the 5th year of the program funded by a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board saw over 3,000 attendees. From Minnesota's first municipal ID program, implemented by NPL in 2019, to regular Salsa dancing classes, bilingual storytime, and Spanish language entrepreneurial classes, the library is active in pushing for greater equity and inclusion in Northfield. In this presentation, attendees will learn how giving outreach staff the latitude to identify community needs and work closely with partner organizations to push for systemic change, can foster stronger relationships with underserved groups and build greater trust in the library.

Speakers
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Natalie Draper

Library Director, Northfield Public Library
Natalie Draper (She/Her) is the Director of the Northfield Public Library. She moved to Minnesota in February of 2021 from Richmond, Virginia, where she managed the main branch of the Richmond Public Library, coordinating adult programs and developing the library's makerspace. She... Read More →
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Angelica Linder

Outreach Coordinator, Northfield Public Library
Angelica Linder has been the Outreach Coordinator for the Northfield Public Library since 2017. She is originally from Barranquilla Colombia where she attended the University Autonoma del Caribe to study Hotel and Tourism Management. She has a certificate of Foundations of Supervision... Read More →


Thursday October 5, 2023 9:20am - 10:10am CDT
Meeting Room 7

9:20am CDT

Come Fly With Me! Birds, Bees and Butterflies Cohabitating with Libraries
Creating compelling environmental programming in your library can be as easy as the three Bs: Birds, bees, and butterflies! Interest in birdwatching, pollinators and native gardening has exploded in the past decade. Declining pollinator numbers, due to climate change and loss of habitat, has driven interest in community science efforts to help bees and butterflies. At the same time we’re seeing a boom in birdwatching as a hobby which has more people looking for information about birds and bird conservation. Libraries to the rescue! Join Amy Simso Dean (MYBirdClub) and Jennifer Dietrich (Ramsey County Library) as they discuss using nature programming for children, adults and families as a way to foster outdoor connections with your community. They’ll offer tips and best practices for integrating nature, pollinator gardens and birdwatching into your library’s offerings. From winning birdwatching and monarch metamorphosis educational opportunities to creating family take-home kits, adding native landscapes and more. With plenty of time for Q&A, you’ll leave with a nicely packed toolbox of new ideas.

Speakers
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Jennifer Dietrich

Interim Branch Manager, Ramsey County Libraries
Jennifer is a full time library manager and nature lover, always looking at the flora and fauna around her. With twenty one years in public libraries as a children's librarian, and seven years as a media specialist, she loves bringing books, nature and children together. Both inside... Read More →
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Amy Simso Dean

Amy Simso Dean has been birding for over 25 years. She founded MYBirdClub (a nonprofit birdwatching club for kids) and co-founded The Kestrels (an inclusive birding club for MN women). She volunteers with Audubon Chapter of Minneapolis and MN Ornithologists Union and also works part... Read More →


Thursday October 5, 2023 9:20am - 10:10am CDT
Meeting Room 3

9:20am CDT

Community Pantries in Washington County Library
A hungry child is a challenging child. Park Grove library is lucky to be situated next to two public schools and lots of walkable, high density housing. This makes for a robust afterschool crowd who spend several hours with us before returning home for dinner. Kids often come to us worn out and HANGRY. What started as a plan to serve high-quality, healthy snacks after school, soon became something much bigger. We learned so much more about the needs of our community, and with the arrival of COVID-19, we discovered a variety of ways to meet those needs. As one plan built upon another, we paved the way to create a permanent Community Food Pantry in our library. In this presentation, you will learn about the path we took to provide this wonderful resource - and the hurdles along the way. We hope our experience inspires other libraries to look at how they can support their communities’ basic needs and welcome patrons with full bellies and engaged minds.

Speakers
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Jessi Schulte-Honstad

Senior Library manager, Washington County Library
Jessi Schulte-Honstad is the Senior Library Manager at Park grove library in Cottage Grove, MN. Previously, Jessi worked at Skokie Public Library in Skokie, Illinois- first as a Teen Librarian, and then as the Young Adult Services Supervisor. Jessi's passion for public librarianship... Read More →
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Tina Kaple

Library Division Manager, Washington County Library
Tina Kaple is a Division Manager for Washington County Library, overseeing the operations of multiple libraries including Park Grove Library in Cottage Grove. Tina started her library career as a clerk working her way up to the director’s assistant in Destin, Florida. She joined... Read More →


Thursday October 5, 2023 9:20am - 10:10am CDT
Meeting Room 8

9:20am CDT

Down the Rabbit Hole: Curating Digital Content to Encourage Curiosity
In this session, we will explore how to build a library of online resources that enrich learning and spark curiosity, giving kids and teens the power to safely explore their interests while building information literacy skills for the digital world.

https://bit.ly/VIAMLA23



Speakers
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Amy Lamatina

MackinVIA Learning Specialist, Mackin Educational Resources
Amy guides librarians and educators in using the tools within MackinVIA to increase accessibility, support student inquiry and independent reading, and enhance instruction. She has a background in special education and STEAM instruction, and prior to joining the Mackin Learning team... Read More →
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Dawn French

Library Services Supervisor, St. Paul Public Schools
Dawn French, MLS, EdS, is the Library Services Supervisor for Saint Paul Public Schools.


Thursday October 5, 2023 9:20am - 10:10am CDT
Meeting Room 10

9:20am CDT

Finding Your Spot: Family-Friendly Spaces in Academic Libraries
The team of staff and librarians at University Library at St. Cloud State University serve all of the students on campus, and have seen the needs for learning spaces, group collaboration, research engagement, and technology use increase, particularly since Covid. The St. Cloud State University Library has a new offering to cater to student parents, recently opening a Student Parent Study Room in the James W. Miller Learning Resources Center. The space supports student parents by allowing them to bring along their child or children while they complete their coursework. The team researched spaces, needs, and options for equipment, technology, and of course, toys and books over the course of a year, and then came together in the fall of 2022 to put a plan into place to convert a space on the first floor of the library to specifically serve students who are parents or caregivers, as a "family friendly" option with various toys and books as well as a printer, screen, and computer. The study room is easily accessible and can be scheduled for four-hour blocks up to 28 days in advance, accommodating up to 10 occupants. This session will describe the planning and execution of this project, and updates on the reception on campus, partnerships, and future planning for student-based services in the library.

Speakers
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Rhonda Huisman

Dean of University Library, St. Cloud State University
Rhonda Huisman (MAE, MLIS) is Dean of University Library at St Cloud State University. Rhonda leads the team of librarians and staff, managing strategic planning, budget, and working collaboratively within academic affairs, strategic enrollment management, and student affairs. Rhonda's... Read More →
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Amanda Breu

Dean of University Library, St. Cloud State University
Amanda Breu (MIS) is head of Access Services at St Cloud State University. Amanda leads a team of staff and student workers in managing circulation, ILL, ERM, and stacks management. Amanda's previous positions included Education librarian at Concordia, and working in Texas and Co... Read More →
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Melissa Northenscold

Administrative Director, St. Cloud State University
Missy Northenscold (BS), serves as the Administrative Director for University Library at St Cloud State University. Missy's role includes management and strategy for the dean's office including marketing, promotion, engagement, and outreach, as well as budget and financial responsibilities... Read More →


Thursday October 5, 2023 9:20am - 10:10am CDT
Meeting Room 11

9:20am CDT

Labyrinths and Libraries: A Mindful Match
Labyrinths have been used around the world for centuries as tools for self-discovery, mindfulness, self care, and fostering creativity. The Metro State library has an outdoor labyrinth that is used by the public as well as students and faculty at Metro State. The library also has finger labyrinths in their circulating collection and hosts events where attendees create their own labyrinths. In this hands-on session you will learn about the history, types, and uses of labyrinths, and will learn a simple technique to draw and use a finger labyrinth as a relaxation tool. You will learn where to find labyrinths for your own use, and will be encouraged to think of ways to bring labyrinths into your library spaces.

Speakers
avatar for Michelle Filkins

Michelle Filkins

Professor, Metro State University Library
Michelle is a reference and instruction librarian. She is the co-chair of the library events committee and was part of the team that designed and installed the outdoor labyrinth at Metro State, as well as a labyrinth at Marcy Open School in Minneapolis. She is an avid gardener and... Read More →
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Jennifer DeJonghe

Librarian, Metropolitan State University
Jennifer is a reference and instruction librarian. She is a MN Master Naturalist and a trained Labyrinth facilitator. She completed a walking pilgrimage to the labyrinth at the Chartres Cathedral in France and looks for ways to integrate labyrinths into library services and instruction. She... Read More →


Thursday October 5, 2023 9:20am - 10:10am CDT
Meeting Room 9

9:20am CDT

Leading with Equity and Inclusion in mind: Practical Strategies for Driving Positive Change
In this session, our focus will be on fostering an equitable and inclusive work environment within academic libraries. We will explore practical strategies that can be implemented by the leadership team to create a workplace culture where all employees feel included, empowered, and supported. Acknowledging the fact that building an inclusive and equitable work environment requires collective responsibility beyond the leadership team, we will explore the team members' responsibilities as well. Additionally, we will discuss how technology can be leveraged to achieve these goals. Potential challenges that may arise, such as misunderstandings, conflicts, or decreased productivity will also be addressed and some effective ways to address them will be shared. Attendees will gain practical insights on driving positive change and cultivating a work environment where team members feel valued and supported, enabling them to contribute their best work.

Speakers
avatar for Mozhdeh Khodarahmi

Mozhdeh Khodarahmi

Associate Library Director, Access, R&I, Macalester College Library
Mozhdeh Khodarahmi has a wealth of global experience in various academic institutions, ranging from community colleges to state universities and small liberal arts colleges. Currently, she serves as the Associate Library Director for Access, Instruction, and Research Services at Macalester... Read More →


Thursday October 5, 2023 9:20am - 10:10am CDT
Meeting Room 4

9:20am CDT

Saying Less, Asking More: Coaching Your Team to Greatness
Leading staff in an ever-changing, unpredictable environment can be difficult. Right now, library staff at every level are facing new (and old) challenges to their emotional well-being at work. When both staff and supervisors are feeling overloaded, it can be hard to find the time and space to lead staff effectively. Coaching can be a powerful tool for proactively supporting staff, even in times of constant transition. In this session, we’ll discuss the impact that coaching methods can have on building resilient employees and teams. We’ll share tools and techniques that help supervisors create intentional space for thoughtful, productive conversations with staff that address concerns, provide feedback, and enhance professional development. We’ll discuss ways to create a habit of using coaching skills and how proactive coaching sessions can positively impact your employee development and team-building efforts. Join us at this session to learn how adding coaching to your professional toolbox can yield substantial benefits. As Ruth Metz writes in Coaching in the Library: A Management Strategy for Achieving Excellence (2011), “An organization that … intentionally aids the workforce in making transitions will survive better than one that simply reacts to one change after another."

Speakers
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Carol Jackson

Certified Narrative Coach Practitioner, C.L. Jackson Coaching, LLC
Carol Jackson earned her MLIS from St. Kate's and spent 20 years working in public libraries, fifteen of which were spent in library management. Although she is still passionate about the importance of libraries, she left her library job in 2022 to pursue work that allowed her to... Read More →
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Stacey Hendren

Library Manager, Anoka County Library
Stacey Hendren is the Library Manager of the Northtown Branch in Anoka County. In her current position, she oversees the operations of the largest branch in the Anoka County Library system, hires, trains, supervises and develops staff, creates and presents programming, and works with... Read More →
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Maggie Snow

Director, Minitex
Maggie Snow is the Director of Minitex, Minnesota's library consortium.  Snow has been active in MLA for over 20 years and served as MLA president, CYP Chair, and member of the conference planning committee. She is also the recipient of MLA's William G. Asp Distinguished Career Award... Read More →


Thursday October 5, 2023 9:20am - 10:10am CDT
Meeting Room 2

9:20am CDT

Work Updates from the Minnesota Digital Library
Join the staff of the Minnesota Digital Library (MDL) to learn about some new initiatives we have recently begun and others we have expanded. Our newest project is a digital exhibitions program, with full length exhibits, maps, and timelines on Minnesota history topics featuring materials from MDL's collection. We'll walk you through what we have created to date and share our plans for upcoming features. Our digital exhibitions program is in addition to our established Primary Source Sets, which are also focused on topics in Minnesota history, packaging MDL materials with educational resources from other sources. We have added new content there too that we are excited to tell you about. We have also expanded our Scan for Keeps initiative, where we loan out digital scanning kits to libraries, archives, and cultural heritage organizations throughout the state at no cost. You'll find out how you can get a kit and what you can do with it at this session. And as always, we have fascinating new content from our contributing organizations to share with you.

Speakers
avatar for Molly Huber

Molly Huber

Minnesota Digital Library Outreach Coordinator, Minitex
Browse historical content from Minnesota's cultural heritage organizations or explore curated collections in primary source sets, maps, timelines, and exhibits
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Greta Bahnemann

Metadata Coordinator, Minitex
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, spearheading the MDL Primary Source Set program... Read More →
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Stephanie Hess

Digital Curator, Minnesota Digital Library, Minitex
Stephanie Hess is the Digital Curator for the Minnesota Digital Library (MDL). She focuses on increasing the public's awareness of and engagement with the digital collections on MDL, primarily through social media and online exhibits. Previously, Stephanie worked in digitization and... Read More →


Thursday October 5, 2023 9:20am - 10:10am CDT
Meeting Room 12

10:10am CDT

George Latimer Central Library Innovation Lab Tour
Tour the Innovation Lab at George Latimer Central Library, a makerspace for adults with a focus on artists and entrepreneurs. Tour limited to 20 participants. Meet on the 3rd floor of the George Latimer Central Library.  

Please use the link to this Google Form to register for the Oct. 5th 10:10am tour. 

Thursday October 5, 2023 10:10am - 11:00am CDT
George Latimer Central Library, Saint Paul Public Library 90 W 4th St, St Paul, MN 55102

10:45am CDT

Collective Action Panel
Are you curious about unions and collective action in your library setting? Maybe you are ready to organize your co-workers or are already part of a union group. Join us for this panel discussion led by Dakota County Librarian Andrea Egbert with Sara Ford from Education Minnesota, school librarian union members Janeen Perrizo & Laura Gingras, Colin Dunn from the Minnesota Historical Society, and Kate Clayborn from Hennepin County Library as we discuss what your local union can do for you or how you can organize your own collective action group to show that 'Library Workers Make the Library Work!'

Speakers
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Andrea Egbert

Teen Librarian, Dakota County Library Pleasant Hill Branch
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Kate Clayborne

Cataloging Librarian, Hennepin County Library
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Laura Gingras

Media & Digital Learning Coordinator, Laketown Elementary ISD110
Laura Gingras has five years of experience as a K-5 Media Specialist and three years of experience as a 9th-12th grade Media Paraprofessional. She is the current President of ITEM.
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Janeen Perrizo

ITEM
Janeen has 14 years of experience as a K-12 Media Specialist in St. Charles Public Schools. She is the Past President of ITEM.


Thursday October 5, 2023 10:45am - 11:35am CDT
Meeting Room 5

10:45am CDT

Community Specialists: The library is our platform; The community is where we begin
Saint Paul Public Library (SPPL) has a small team of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) library staff members that work across 14 branches. Community Specialists define themselves as bridges, connectors, anchors, and advocates for their community. They build relationships and make community connections to valuable services, both within and outside of SPPL. Over the last five years, SPPL has prioritized and invested in expanding its Community Services department, focusing on co-creating culturally responsive and informed programs, resources, and services. The department bridges the gap between the library and underrepresented Saint Paul communities to address inequities in library services. SPPL's model seeks to transform library services from the inside out to create an environment and connections between staff and community that provide patrons with a true sense of belonging and ownership. The work is intentionally intergenerational and multilingual. In this session, the Community Specialist team will provide an overview of their unique role.

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Yang Vang

Saint Paul Public Library (SPPL)
Yang Vang serves as the Hmong Community Specialist working across the 14 SPPL libraries. His position was created this year to engage Hmong patrons in St. Paul. With over a decade of experience in library work, Yang knows the system in an out. In addition to his multiple roles with... Read More →
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Sarah Gerdes

Community Services Manager, Saint Paul Public Library (SPPL)
Sarah Gerdes serves as Community Services Manager for the Saint Paul Public Library (SPPL), overseeing the work of the Community Specialists who work with underrepresented communities (Black/African American, Hmong, Spanish speaking, K'Nyaw, and Somali). Prior to working for SPPL... Read More →
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Jenaya Myvett

Saint Paul Public Library (SPPL)
Jenaya Myvett serves as Black/African American Community Specialist at SPPL and bases her work out of the Rondo Community Library. With a background of over 20 years of education, she brings a unique perspective to working with Black families. Jenaya has presented on behalf of the... Read More →
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Jenny Ayechit

Karen Community Specialist, Saint Paul Public Library (SPPL)
Jenny Ayechit, serves as the K’Nyaw (Karen) Community Specialist, running programs for families, toddlers, teens, and adults at SPPL. She also provides one on one consultation related to social services and academic related matters. Prior to working with Saint Paul Public Library... Read More →
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Adriana Galván

Cultural Community Specialist, Saint Paul Public Library (SPPL)
Adriana Galván serves as the Spanish speaking Community Specialist with SPPL. She obtained her BA in Organizational Communication and Public Relations. She is a licensed professor, capacity building instructor and digital literacy instructor. Adriana has twenty-eight years of experience... Read More →


Thursday October 5, 2023 10:45am - 11:35am CDT
Meeting Room 11

10:45am CDT

DEI Team Policy Audit & Implementation
In Spring 2022, the newly formed Library DEI Workgroup reviewed and recommended changes to Library policies and procedures. The Public Services Department used the DEI Workgroup's recommendations to define departmental values, evaluate policy outcomes, and decide whether current procedures support either. In this presentation, we will discuss the process of the audit, how the Public Services Department reviewed and implemented their recommendations into the existing policy framework, the goals and outcomes of the process, and future plans.

Speakers
avatar for Erin Balerud

Erin Balerud

Circulation Technician, MSUM Library
Erin has been the Circulation Technician at the MSUM Library for 5 years, and was Stacks Supervisor at the North Dakota State University Libraries for 4 years prior. She is experienced in Ex Libris' Alma Fulfillment (configuration and application) and Analytics modules. She hires... Read More →
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Colleen Gordon

Communication & Outreach Librarian, Minnesota State University Moorhead
Colleen is the Communication & Outreach Librarian at the MSU Moorhead Library where she has worked in most areas over her 8 years there. She has 10 years of experience in public library circulation and a background in anthropology. She is Chair of the Library Communication & Outreach... Read More →


Thursday October 5, 2023 10:45am - 11:35am CDT
Meeting Room 9

10:45am CDT

Directors' Roundtable
The Directors' Roundtable is an opportunity for conversation, idea sharing, and networking. This is an informal gathering without presentations, an opportunity to talk with other library directors.

Speakers
avatar for Maggie Snow

Maggie Snow

Director, Minitex
Maggie Snow is the Director of Minitex, Minnesota's library consortium.  Snow has been active in MLA for over 20 years and served as MLA president, CYP Chair, and member of the conference planning committee. She is also the recipient of MLA's William G. Asp Distinguished Career Award... Read More →
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Margaret Stone

Director, Dakota County Library
Margaret Stone is director of Dakota County Library having spent 40 years working in various libraries in different capacities in several states. She is a past MLA president and member of the conference planning committee. Margaret attended MILE 2007 and was part of the planning team... Read More →


Thursday October 5, 2023 10:45am - 11:35am CDT
Meeting Room 7

10:45am CDT

Drag Queen Storytime in small town USA
Meet Austin's home town Drag Queen, Roxi, and learn some best practice tips on how to prepare your town for a storytime, publicize and put on a storytime, and handle feedback about your storytime. We don't have all the answers but look forward to talking about the possibilities. Join us for a great presentation.

Speakers
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Julie Clinefelter

Director, Austin Public Library
Julie Clinefelter is the director of the Austin Public Library, has her MLIS from St. Cate's and a MA in English Lit from UMKC. She grew up on the west coast but has made Minnesota home. She struggles dividing her free time between reading about nature and actually spending time... Read More →


Thursday October 5, 2023 10:45am - 11:35am CDT
Meeting Room 4

10:45am CDT

MARVELous New Books
What are the kids reading? These superhero librarians will share some of the most exciting young adult books published in the past 12 months. Come learn about what’s new and enter a raffle to win a book! This session is led by Lisa Howes, Youth Services Librarian - Hennepin County Libraries, and Sara Swenson, Media Specialist, Edina High School.

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Sara Swenson

Media Specialist, Edina High School/Edina Public Schools
Sara Swenson is the media specialist at Edina High School and a national board-certified teacher. She also served as ITEM (Information & Technology Educators of MN) co-president from 2017-2019. Her student school book club has been reading together for over 20 years.
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Lisa Howes

Hennepin County Libraries
Lisa Howes is a youth services librarian at the Southdale Library where she works with kids of all ages and leads community engagement and programming. She co-leads the Books & Authors Team and is always looking for ways to engage with the public about fabulous books and the free... Read More →


Thursday October 5, 2023 10:45am - 11:35am CDT
Meeting Room 10

10:45am CDT

Minnesota State Parks Library Pass Program - partnering for equitable access to our State Parks
Check out a pass at the library and get free access to the Minnesota State Parks for up to seven days! That was the idea behind trying to get more people out in the natural world. We know that being outdoors improves our health and well-being. After the early success of a pilot project of library passes in 2017-18, in partnership with the libraries in White Bear Lake and St. Peter, Arielle Courtney from the DNR's Parks and Trails Division advocated for a new, broader program to reach more libraries and families. The goal has been to provide a way for Minnesotans living in low-income communities across the state to visit state parks without the financial barrier of an entry fee. The program targeted library locations in low-income communities. With each renewal of the program, more libraries have been added. Come and learn about this great partnership and how you could be added to this enriching project.

Speakers
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Therese Sonnek

Branch Manager, Ramsey County Libraries
Therese is the Branch Manager of the Ramsey County Library in White Bear Lake. She holds an MLS from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. She has 40 years of library experience, with the last 20 in her current position. She is an avid state parks goer, having completed the Hiking... Read More →
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Arielle Courtney

Partnership Development Consultant, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Arielle Courtney is a Partnership Development Consultant for Minnesota State Parks and Trails. She has more than 10 years of experience in outreach, planning, programming, and research with the DNR and is a relentless advocate for the importance of nature in our lives. She holds a... Read More →
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Justin Dinger

Youth Services Librarian, Cloquet Public Library
Justin Dinger has served as the teen services librarian at the Cloquet Public Library for five years. He and his wife, Beth, have four children. Dinger is a member of the Barnum City Council, the Cloquet Encore Performing Arts Center Board, and a life-long Minnesota Twins Fan.
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Beth Sorenson

Library Director, Nobles County Library/Plum Creek Library System
Beth Sorenson is the Library Director for Nobles County Library since May of 2022. She previously served as Director at Cloquet Public Library. She graduated from Valley City State University, in Valley City, North Dakota, with a bachelor's degree, and she started working at Jamestown... Read More →


Thursday October 5, 2023 10:45am - 11:35am CDT
Meeting Room 8

10:45am CDT

Planting Partnership: How a Garden Promotes Community
Looking for ways to beautify your library space? Help your environment? Partner with a local school? Engage youth in a new and meaningful way? Try planting a native plant garden! Join Elizabeth Ripley and Angela Skauge from Anoka County as they explain their native plant garden partnership, from its beginnings in 2019 to the most recent spring planting in 2023. You’ll learn how math concepts can be incorporated into the project, how the garden benefits the library, and the impact the partnership has had on our community.

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Elizabeth Ripley

Librarian, Anoka County Library
Elizabeth Ripley is a Youth Services Librarian in Anoka County, with a focus on early literacy and environmental initiatives. In addition to almost a decade of public library experience, Elizabeth has experience in a variety of school library settings. Elizabeth is the current chair... Read More →
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Angela Skauge

Spring Lake Park School District
Angela Skauge is a Math educator at Westwood Intermediate and Middle School in the Spring Lake Park School District, with 18 years of teaching experience. Angela has a passion to create learning experiences for students that helps them apply their math skills and concepts to real... Read More →


Thursday October 5, 2023 10:45am - 11:35am CDT
Meeting Room 3

10:45am CDT

Research Skills in the Minnesota 2020 K-12 English Language Arts Standards
The 2020 revision of the Minnesota English Language Arts standards will be fully implemented in schools by the 2025-2026 school year, with districts already making plans and changes to be on track for full implementation. This presentation will highlight what standards and benchmarks contain research-related skills as well as examining the K-12 standards from a library media specialist perspective. Library media specialists across the state support and collaborate with classroom teachers on student research in schools and it is important that they know and understand the academic standards that classroom teachers use as a basis for their instruction. By looking forward to the 2020 standards revision, library media specialists can be better prepared to integrate into the curriculum changes in their schools as well as to suggest ways that they can collaborate and support student learning related to research

Speakers
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Lacey Rotier

SLMS Program Coordinator and Assistant Professor, St. Catherine University
Lacey Rotier (she/her) works at St. Catherine University in the MLIS program as an Assistant Professor and the School Library Media Program Coordinator. Prior to her position at St. Kate's, she was a Library Media Specialist in Robbinsdale Area Schools and other Twin Cities districts... Read More →


Thursday October 5, 2023 10:45am - 11:35am CDT
Meeting Room 2

10:45am CDT

Sandy Berman's Catalog
Sanford Berman and his colleagues at Hennepin County Library created a unique and focused subject vocabulary for the HCL collection. Sadly, that work was removed from the HCL catalog some two decades ago. Fortunately, the bibliographic and authority records were archived at the University of Illinois in marc format. I downloaded the records, installed the (open source) KOHA online system on a server, and uploaded and linked the bibliographic and subject authority records. Hence, through this catalog, Sandy's work now can be searched and viewed as it was originally intended. Despite the often less than enthusiastic response of the Library of Congress to Sandy's proposals for headings, HCL is cited as a source for hundreds of LC current subject headings. This presentation will give a demonstration of the process used to re-create this catalog, and will offer a bevy of examples demonstrating the utility of a catalog that links subject and bibliographic records in a coherent and user-friendly manner, as well as give examples of timely, relevant and useful headings that can and should be incorporated into just about any current catalog. The catalog is available online; links and instructions will be provided.

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David Lesniaski

Saint Catherine University
For nearly 20 years David Lesniaski has been teaching in the St. Catherine University Master of Library and Information Science Program, where he is now an associate professor. He has served on the national coordinating committee and editorial board for the Progressive Librarians... Read More →


Thursday October 5, 2023 10:45am - 11:35am CDT
Meeting Room 6

10:45am CDT

Taking a job as a library director: how others have navigated the change
A panel of four public library directors with 2-6 years of expereince in the role will answer a prepared set of questions from the facilitator (panelists have them in advance). The purpose of the session is to help people have a better understanding of the experience of becoming a public library director. Planned questions: 1.Tell us briefly your current role and previous experience 2. What skills do you rely on most and when/how did you acquire them 3.Fill in the blank "you would love my job if you_____ 4.What do you miss most in this job? What do you NOT get to do? 5. What skills/knowledge are you looking forward to developing in the next few years?

Speakers
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Kelly McBride

Director, Blue Earth County Library System
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Krista Ross

Executive Director, SELCO Southeastern Libraries Cooperating
Krista Ross is the Executive Director of Southeastern Libraries Cooperating. Prior to joining SELCO, she served more than a decade as system director for the Southwest Wisconsin Library System (SWLS), which provides services to 28 member libraries across a large geographic service... Read More →
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Megan Krueger

Moorhead Library Director
Moorhead Library Director
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Daniel Mick

Library Director, Mountain Lake Public Library
Mt Lake Public Library Director
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Melissa Whatley

Director, KRLS
Melissa Whatley is Director at Kitchigami Regional Library, a five-county consolidated regional public library system headquartered in Pine River, MN. She brings over a decade of public library experience from Missouri to her current role along with a lifetime of customer service... Read More →


Thursday October 5, 2023 10:45am - 11:35am CDT
Meeting Room 12

11:45am CDT

Lunch
Thursday October 5, 2023 11:45am - 12:10pm CDT
Ballrooms A-D

12:10pm CDT

Best of Both Worlds: Building Community Online and Off
In 2023, many of us are finding our social engagements are happening online as often as, if not more than, they happen in person. What does that mean for organizations and businesses, such as libraries and bookstores, who rely on lasting connections to keep our doors open? Especially when online engagement does not always translate to an engaged group of people who will visit and use your services? This talk will go over what led to the online and offline success of Black Garnet Books, a Saint Paul BIPOC/Queer-owned bookstore, and how to use what we've learned over the past 3 years as a community-based business to grow your own relationships with your community.


Speakers
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Dionne Sims

Owner, Black Garnet Books
Dionne Sims (she/her) started the only queer, Black-owned bookstore in the state of Minnesota in 2020. In 2022, she opened a brick-and-mortar location for Black Garnet Books in Saint Paul, where she is a resident and active community member. Dionne graduated from the University of... Read More →


Thursday October 5, 2023 12:10pm - 1:10pm CDT
Ballrooms A-D

1:20pm CDT

Children and Young People's Section (CYP)
To promote and develop library service to children and young people in the State of Minnesota.
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Meeting ID: 841 1907 7353
Passcode: 559512

Speakers
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Elizabeth Ripley

Librarian, Anoka County Library
Elizabeth Ripley is a Youth Services Librarian in Anoka County, with a focus on early literacy and environmental initiatives. In addition to almost a decade of public library experience, Elizabeth has experience in a variety of school library settings. Elizabeth is the current chair... Read More →


Thursday October 5, 2023 1:20pm - 2:10pm CDT
Meeting Room 2

1:20pm CDT

IFC: Intellectual Freedom Committee meeting
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Meeting ID: 832 3335 5697
Passcode: 499209

Speakers
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Andi Bodeau

Digital Learning & Instructional Media Coordinator, Osseo Public Schools
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Heather Biedermann

Head Librarian, South Central College, North Mankato
Heather Biedermann fights for intellectual freedom every day as a librarian at South Central College in North Mankato. Heather has an MLIS from Dominican University and an MS in Educational Leadership from MSU, Mankato. She is currently working on her doctorate in education from Winona... Read More →


Thursday October 5, 2023 1:20pm - 2:10pm CDT
Meeting Room 11

1:20pm CDT

Instruction Round Table (IRT)
zoom: https://umn.zoom.us/j/94698974346?pwd=ZGFQRFRQeTJYQW12dVN3b1JhUTlFZz09

Speakers
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Angela Vetsch

Library Director, Rodney A. Briggs Library, UMN Morris
Angela Vetsch is at the Rodney A. Briggs Library at the University of Minnesota Morris. As a new library director on a small public liberal arts campus, she is interested in: creating community connections, exploring technologies, and fostering student success. Angela has a Master's... Read More →


Thursday October 5, 2023 1:20pm - 2:10pm CDT
Meeting Room 10

1:20pm CDT

1:20pm CDT

LGBTQIA+ Round Table

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Meeting ID: 841 0240 9459
Passcode: 539485

Thursday October 5, 2023 1:20pm - 2:10pm CDT
Meeting Room 6

1:20pm CDT

Minnesota Library Trustees and Advocates (MLTA)
  • To promote, develop and extend library service in the State of Minnesota through cooperation with MLA and the Minnesota Department of Education.
  • To provide library trustees with the opportunity for an exchange of ideas.
  • To supply information to the public with regard to library services and finances.
  • To stimulate the interest of trustees in becoming more effective in developing library policies.

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Meeting ID: 884 1267 6806
Passcode: 489565

Thursday October 5, 2023 1:20pm - 2:10pm CDT
Meeting Room 9

1:20pm CDT

Readers' Advisory Roundtable (RART)
RART is the Readers' Advisory Round Table, and is a subunit of the Minnesota Library Association. RART’s goal is to provide a forum for discussion about adult and young adult books, both fiction and non-fiction. Members share information about books and authors from the point of view of reader’s advisory services most frequently in public libraries. There are opportunities to share techniques and expertise in book talking and "on the spot" reader’s advisory.

Every year, RART hosts a retreat, bringing together members of the profession who are interested in improving their reader’s advisory skills, learning more about the world of books, and sharing their experiences. RART also sponsors related sessions at the annual MLA conference.

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Meeting ID: 851 6674 4368
Passcode: 324246

Speakers
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Katie Polley (she/her)

Librarian, Dakota County Library
Katie Polley is a Teen Librarian at the Wentworth branch in Dakota County Library. In her free time, Katie enjoys adding books to her never-ending TBR, petting her dogs, and buying fancy shoes.
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Jennifer Brannen

Readers' Advisory Round Table (RART)/Saint Paul Public Library
Jennifer Brannen is currently a branch manager at Saint Paul Public Library with extensive experience in adult and teen services and programming. Her particular interest is readers' advisory. I have been presenting and writing about it for 13+ years, including several state conference... Read More →


Thursday October 5, 2023 1:20pm - 2:10pm CDT
Meeting Room 5

1:20pm CDT

Small and Rural Libraries Roundtable (SRLRT)
To provide a forum for the exchange of ideas, concerns and information; to plan and present programs or workshops at conferences and within the state which will benefit staff of small, rural libraries.

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Meeting ID: 820 3730 5373
Passcode: 045702

Speakers
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Elizabeth Hoffman

Director, Plum Creek Library System
Elizabeth Hoffman is the Director of the Plum Creek Library System, a nine-county federated regional public library system headquartered in Worthington. She has worked in libraries for over 20 years. Elizabeth received her BSEd in History and Social Science from Northern State University... Read More →


Thursday October 5, 2023 1:20pm - 2:10pm CDT
Meeting Room 8

1:20pm CDT

Student Roundtable (SRT)
To foster connection and mentorship between students and established professionals. To promote diverse perspectives in the library profession by creating space for discussion and practice. To advocate for the voice of students and encourage opportunities for professional involvement and development.

Zoom 9: Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84257583380?pwd=Y0RaZ0h5a1JEb1BldE5BQllhZXA4dz09
Meeting ID: 842 5758 3380
Passcode: 700028

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Lydia Beller-McKenna

Librarian, Anoka County Library
Lydia Beller-McKenna is an Adult Services Librarian at Anoka County Library's Northtown branch, where they put The Anoka Way into action serving a dynamic community of library users. Prior to Anoka County, they worked in Teen Services at Exeter Public Library in their native state... Read More →


Thursday October 5, 2023 1:20pm - 2:10pm CDT
Meeting Room 7

1:20pm CDT

Technical Services Section (TSS)
To provide members and other Minnesota library workers with opportunities to discuss current problems and future developments in library technical services, and to educate and inform.

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Meeting ID: 847 7041 9407
Passcode: 120118

Speakers
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Naomi Skulan

Metadata and Technical Services Coordinator, Rodney A. Briggs Library, U of M Morris
Naomi Skulan is the Metadata & Technical Services Coordinator at the University of Minnesota Morris Rodney A. Briggs Library. She holds an M.L.I.S. degree from the University of Wisconsin Madison and a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Ripon College. She has worked at Briggs... Read More →


Thursday October 5, 2023 1:20pm - 2:10pm CDT
Meeting Room 4

2:20pm CDT

Author Panel (Allen Eskens, Nina Hamza, David Mura, Melody Tenhoff (Nova DuBois), Anne Ursu)
Hear Minnesota authors share about their work, their inspiration, and how stories have shaped their lives!

Allen Eskens

Allen Eskens is the bestselling author of The Life We Bury, Nothing More Dangerous, Saving Emma, and six more novels.  He is the recipient of the Barry Award, Minnesota Book Award, Rosebud Award (Left Coast Crime), and Silver Falchion Award and has been a finalist for the Edgar Award, Thriller Award, and Anthony Award. His books have been translated into 23 languages. Allen lives with his wife in Greater Minnesota.


Nina Hamza

Nina Hamza lives in Minnesota where she works as a primary care physician. She tried downhill and cross-country skiing, ice-skating, sledding, snow tubing, and snowshoeing before deciding the long winter months were perfect for reading and writing. Her debut middle grade book, Ahmed Aziz's Epic Year is a Chicago Public Library Kids Best Book of the Year, A BookPage Best Book of the Year, A Bank Street Best Book of the year and Finalist for the Minnesota Book Award. Her second book, Samira's Worst Best Summer comes out in May of 2024.


David Mura

David Mura’s most recent book is the acclaimed The Stories Whiteness Tells Itself: Racial Myths and Our American Narratives. His previous book was on creative writing and race, A Stranger’s Journey: Race, Identity & Narrative Craft in Writing. With essayist Carolyn Holbrook, Mura is co-editor of an anthology of 2021 Minnesota BIPOC writers, We Are Meant to Rise: Voices for Justice from Minneapolis to the World. 

Mura is a poet, creative nonfiction writer, fiction writer, critic, playwright and performance artist. A Sansei or third generation Japanese American, Mura has written two memoirs: Turning Japanese: Memoirs of a Sansei , which won a 1991 Josephine Miles Book Award from the Oakland PEN and was listed in the New York Times Notable Books of Year, and Where the Body Meets Memory: An Odyssey of Race, Sexuality and Identity. 

Mura co-produced, wrote and narrated the Emmy winning documentary by Twin Cities Public Television, Armed With Language, about the Japanese American Military Intelligence Services linguists who served in WWII. 

In 2019 he won the Kay Sexton Award for contributions to Minnesota literature by the Friends of the St. Paul Library and the Minnesota Book Awards. 


Melody Tenhoff  (Nova DuBois)

Nova DuBois has spent her life among children’s books and elementary-aged children. She began her love of children’s literature in her early teens when volunteering at her hometown’s library where she held Saturday morning storytelling hour and assisted in maintaining the children’s book area. This passion resulted in pre- and post-graduate degrees in library science. She enjoys bringing stories to life for children and watching their imaginations soar. She has her own special black cat who helps provide inspiration for the Vine Street Mysteries series. This is the first book of this series, and who knows where her black cat will lead her?


Anne Ursu

Anne Ursu is the winner of a McKnight Fellowship and the author of many acclaimed books for young readers, including the Kirkus Prize finalist The Troubled Girls of Dragomir Academy and the National Book Award longlisted The Real Boy. Her next book is Not Quite a Ghost, coming in January 2024. She lives in Minneapolis with her family and unruly herd of cats.


Moderators
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Mary Berning

Library Media Specialist, Chisago Lakes Area Schools
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Christie Kess

Cataloging Manager, Dakota County Library

Thursday October 5, 2023 2:20pm - 3:10pm CDT
Meeting Room 5

2:20pm CDT

Back in the Game: Creating and marketing a board game collection for your library
Metro State University Library has had a circulating board game collection in place since 2017, and has been hosting game nights since 2016. Learn how librarians and staff work together to select, acquire, catalog, and promote the game collection in this interactive session filled with lively game demonstrations. Presenters will describe different types of games, discuss the benefits of gaming for all types of libraries, and share some potential pitfalls and strategies for how to avoid them. Attendees will leave equipped with the knowledge and confidence to build their own game collection.  

Speakers
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Nancy Kerr

Library Technician, Metro State University
Nancy is a library technician in technical services, a book and game processing whiz, and a board game aficionado. She has been known to dress up as Ms Pacman in order to help promote gaming events.
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Becca Peters

Cataloging & Acquisitions Librarian, Metro State University
Becca is a Cataloging & Acquisitions Librarian who seeks ways to make the game collections more visible and accessible via catalog records, discovery tools, and the web site. We're pretty sure she cheats at Uno.
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Devyn Fussman

Library Technician, Metro State University
Devyn is a Library Technician. She runs the library's social media channels and assists with events and programming. An avid gamer and Nintendo head who loves games as much as books, Devyn will gladly take you on in Connect 4, Codenames, or any video game involving Pokémon, Mario... Read More →
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Jennifer DeJonghe

Librarian, Metropolitan State University
Jennifer is a reference and instruction librarian. She is a MN Master Naturalist and a trained Labyrinth facilitator. She completed a walking pilgrimage to the labyrinth at the Chartres Cathedral in France and looks for ways to integrate labyrinths into library services and instruction. She... Read More →


Thursday October 5, 2023 2:20pm - 3:10pm CDT
Meeting Room 11

2:20pm CDT

Empowering Youth: Reading and DEI
Empowering Youth: A College/Middle School Collaboration around Reading and DEI In 2019, Concordia College and Horizon Middle School (Moorhead Area Public Schools) launched the RIDE Program (Reading for Identity, Diversity, and Equity) to bring together 8th-graders and college students to learn about diversity concepts and to advocate for access to books that reflect the diversity of the schools and the community. Participants read a book whose story involves some aspect of identity, either in the characters or situations. Program activities include a meet-and-greet session and a workshop where participants learn about diversity concepts, reading for cultural awareness, and publishing industry challenges in producing books by diverse authors and about diverse topics. The participants then work in small groups to create video presentations to describe their books, raise awareness of an issue, or call for specific actions. The culminating event is a program for students, families, friends, and school administrators. This presentation will cover the development of the program, its curriculum, learning outcomes for the participants, and the benefits/challenges of the collaboration.

Speakers
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Julie VanWatermulen

Media Coordinator, Moorhead Area Public Schools, ISD #152
Julie VanWatermulen is the Media Coordinator for Moorhead Area Public Schools. She has a Master of Science in Information Media and a Bachelor of Science in English Education. She has served the Moorhead School District for eight years and is passionate about developing library collections... Read More →
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Laura Probst

Library Director, Concordia College
Laura Probst is Library Director for Concordia College, Moorhead. Her work in library administration has provided opportunities to work in many areas of public services.
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Colleen Egan

Library Administrative Assistant, Concordia College - Carl B. Ylvisaker Library
Colleen Egan (they/them) is a professional in the Library Sciences, Archives, and Museum Studies field. They are dedicated to stimulating thoughtful dialogue through the preservation and interpretation of history and art, and supporting the expansion of knowledge access. At Concordia... Read More →


Thursday October 5, 2023 2:20pm - 3:10pm CDT
Meeting Room 2

2:20pm CDT

Finding Court Records and Using Private Laws for Genealogy Searches
Genealogists can find a surprising amount of information in legal records, and in surprising places (session laws?). This session will be an introduction to two specific areas of research: - How to find court records in Minnesota, both online and in-person - How to find genealogical details in state session laws This session will focus particularly on resources available at the Hennepin County Law Library, centrally-located and open to the public.

Speakers
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Rich Harrington

Senior Reference Librarian, Hennepin County Law Library
Rich Harrington has been a reference law librarian at the Hennepin County Law Library since 1997. He received his MLS from Indiana University.


Thursday October 5, 2023 2:20pm - 3:10pm CDT
Meeting Room 10

2:20pm CDT

Friends of Friends: Reaching Your Community in Unique Ways Through Events and Partnerships
From casual book clubs to fundraising book galas to book battles for kids, the Friends of the Brainerd Public Library have created a wide variety of unique events that have required the participation of many volunteers, organizations, and businesses to be successful. Learn about how these community connections are made and previous relationships are leveraged to reach out to members of the community and bring them into the library. Find out how you can reimagine what's possible for your Friends group. Sheila DeChantal, President of the Friends of the Brainerd Public Library, and Laurel Hall, Branch Manager of the Brainerd Public Library, will also discuss the value of the connection and collaboration between the Friends and library staff.

Speakers
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Laurel M. Hall

Branch Manager, Kitchigami Regional Library
Laurel Hall has worked at the Brainerd Public Library for fourteen years, the last two as branch manager. She co-hosts Books Burgers and Brews, an open book club held at a local brewery, and has assisted the Friends with their events in many capacities as a volunteer, as well as created... Read More →


Thursday October 5, 2023 2:20pm - 3:10pm CDT
Meeting Room 7

2:20pm CDT

Get to Know ITEM; PreK-12 School Libraries for Non-School People
Get to know who ITEM is as an organization and all the many hats that PreK-12 school librarians wear. The number of licensed school librarians working in PreK-12 schools in the state has been declining steadily since the 1990s. We talk about why our dying profession is more relevant than ever and what you can do to help advocate for more licensed school librarians in Minnesota. We will also discuss establishing partnerships between our different types of libraries.

Speakers
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Janeen Perrizo

ITEM
Janeen has 14 years of experience as a K-12 Media Specialist in St. Charles Public Schools. She is the Past President of ITEM.
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Laura Gingras

Media & Digital Learning Coordinator, Laketown Elementary ISD110
Laura Gingras has five years of experience as a K-5 Media Specialist and three years of experience as a 9th-12th grade Media Paraprofessional. She is the current President of ITEM.


Thursday October 5, 2023 2:20pm - 3:10pm CDT
Meeting Room 8

2:20pm CDT

Graphic Galore!: Marketing and Enhancing a Graphic Novel Collection (Kids Edition)
Focusing on graphic novels aimed at young kids through tweens, this session will explore the importance of a junior graphic novel collection as well as how to market your collection to reluctant young readers and their adults. Presenters will give tips and tricks on talking points that will help address age-old stereotypes such as "Graphic novels aren't books!" and debunk the outdated belief that graphic novels are an inferior form of literature with little substance. Presenters will also showcase some essential junior graphic novels, a couple of newer noteworthy titles, and a handful of forthcoming ones to keep in mind.

Speakers
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Jessi Zimmerman

Branch Librarian, Le Sueur Public Library
Jessi Zimmerman is the Branch Librarian at Le Sueur Public Library. Besides the usual responsibilities of running a library branch, Jessi carries out the collection development of children/junior books for all nine libraries in the Waseca-Le Sueur Regional Library System. Picture... Read More →
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Brianna Bleeker

Children's Librarian, Waseca Public Library
Brianna Bleeker is the Children's Librarian at Waseca Public Library.Hobbies include reading, obviously, but specifically fantasy of all kinds, and children's lit is my job, and I haven't read much graphic novels/manga lately but they hold a special place in my heart.I also love crafting... Read More →


Thursday October 5, 2023 2:20pm - 3:10pm CDT
Meeting Room 6

2:20pm CDT

I don't have to agree, but I will protect your right to say it
In August 2022 a local Chapter of Moms for Liberty asked to meet in our meeting room. I informed them that because they were holding a closed meeting there would be a charge to use the space. They agreed, and I reserved the room for them. The staff was appalled. I said something a director once told me many years ago, "I don't have to agree with you, but I will protect your right to say it." It's hard work to create a balanced useful collection for your community. It's even harder when your profession or even you are being attacked. Presenting ways to staying up to date on the ever evolving book bans nationally and locally, but also checking in with each other and yourself. A challenged book is one of the most difficult situations librarians face. This is much harder. I've listened to hundreds of meetings, hearings, and presentations by people wanting protect the innocence. However, if we arm ourselves with information and surround ourselves with policy, procedure, and precedent I believe we will persevere.

Speakers
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Annie Wrigg

Director, Pelican Rapids Public Library
Annie M Wrigg is the library director in Pelican Rapids, MN. She graduate with her Masters in Library and Information Sciences from the University of North Texas Denton. After spending a year in information architecture, she realized she enjoyed working with people and returned to... Read More →


Thursday October 5, 2023 2:20pm - 3:10pm CDT
Meeting Room 4

2:20pm CDT

MN's Digital Equity Plan: Updates and Opportunities
Throughout 2023, every U.S. state is developing its own statewide digital equity plan to improve internet affordability, access to internet-enabled devices, and availability of digital skills training. This plan will help direct millions of federal dollars to states for future digital inclusion initiatives. In this session, we'll provide an update on how Minnesota's Digital Equity Plan is coming together and share future opportunities for libraries to play a part in this process, receive special grant funding, and collaborate with community partners.

Speakers
avatar for Hannah Buckland

Hannah Buckland

Digital Equity Program Lead, MN Office of Broadband Development
In her work as Digital Equity Program Lead with the Minnesota Office of Broadband Development, Hannah Buckland coordinates statewide digital inclusion strategies, services, and evaluation. She previously worked as a State Library Program Specialist with the Minnesota Department of... Read More →


Thursday October 5, 2023 2:20pm - 3:10pm CDT
Meeting Room 3

2:20pm CDT

They didn't Teach us this in Library School: Training Staff to Document Patron Behavioral Incidents

Unfortunately, we are sometimes faced with behavioral issues in our libraries. Presenting on my ongoing experience conducting Incident Report Writing Trainings at the San Francisco Public Library and facilitating NARCAN trainings. I will share the positive benefits of these ongoing security trainings and how they can advocate for your security team, empower staff members, and ensure the safety of all those we serve.

Speakers
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Bryan Duran

Materials Manager, San Francisco Public Library
Bryan Duran is the Materials Manager of San Francisco Public Library’s Main Art & Music / Business & Technology Department. He currently facilitates a number of staff-wide trainings such as Patron Code of Conduct and NARCAN. He also volunteers providing reference services through... Read More →


Thursday October 5, 2023 2:20pm - 3:10pm CDT
Meeting Room 12

2:20pm CDT

Walk It Out: Promoting Walking through Public Libraries
Engage your community with a 6-week walking program through your library. Walk With Ease, designed by the Arthritis Foundation, is proven to help reduce arthritis symptoms and pain, increase walking pace, increase confidence in ability to be active, and improve overall health. The program is great for anyone who wants to start walking or moving more and offers an opportunity for socialization, time in nature, and community connectedness. Walk With Ease can be offered in groups or through an online self-directed model where participants go on walks on their own time. Both types require participants to complete a workbook, which can be kept within the library system and checked out to sustain the program long-term. In this presentation, we'll highlight ways libraries can promote walking and host programs like Walk With Ease, and share relevant training opportunities and resources to do this work.

Speakers
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Erin McHenry Wolf

Program Coordinator, Minnesota Department of Health
Erin McHenry Wolf is a program coordinator in the Department of Health's Center for Health Promotion. A primary focus of her job is to support public sector and community-based organizations promote and offer equitable physical activity programming, including promoting walking. She... Read More →


Thursday October 5, 2023 2:20pm - 3:10pm CDT
Meeting Room 9

3:10pm CDT

3:40pm CDT

A Day in the Life of a Youth Services Librarian: Creating Public and School Library Allies
While youth services staff in public libraries and schools work in the same communities, their paths may rarely cross -- yet they share the same goal of supporting young people to be successful learners. This session will help forge relationships between school and public librarians -- and improve communication -- through gaining a better understanding of each other's roles and responsibilities.
The moderator will pose such questions as: What are your daily and weekly challenges? What is the best time to reach you? What one thing about your job keeps you up at night? How can we support one another to be better allies to advocate for lifelong learning and intellectual freedom?


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Speakers
avatar for Gail Nordstrom

Gail Nordstrom

Public Library Consultant, Viking Library System
Role in session: Panel moderator Gail Nordstrom is the Public Library Consultant for Viking Library System, where she has worked since 2010. Nordstrom provides assistance and support to eleven member libraries in west central Minnesota and also serves as Legacy Coordinator, helping... Read More →
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Deni Buendorf

Children's Librarian, Buckham Memorial Library
A former second grade teacher, Deni Buendorf found her calling as a youth services librarian in 2013, when she was hired at the public library in her hometown of Faribault, Buckham Memorial Library. In her role at the library, Buendorf works to build lifelong readers and nurture lifelong... Read More →
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Sara Swenson

Media Specialist, Edina High School/Edina Public Schools
Sara Swenson is the media specialist at Edina High School and a national board-certified teacher. She also served as ITEM (Information & Technology Educators of MN) co-president from 2017-2019. Her student school book club has been reading together for over 20 years.


Thursday October 5, 2023 3:40pm - 4:30pm CDT
Meeting Room 9

3:40pm CDT

Adding It Up and Breaking It Down: Minnesota's Public Libraries by the Numbers
13.5 million visits! 36 million checkouts! And only 2,000 public library workers behind these astronomical numbers. Let's celebrate the work of public libraries in Minnesota by exploring data collected on the Minnesota Public Library Annual Report. We'll walk through regional and state trends over the last ten years, and discuss the context in which libraries have operated. You will come away with a refreshed perspective on how much Minnesota public libraries collectively provide and how much they get used.

Speakers
avatar for Verena Getahun

Verena Getahun

Library Data Coordinator, Minnesota Department of Education, State Library Services
Verena Getahun is the library data coordinator at State Library Services in the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE). In her role at MDE, Verena coordinates data collection and analysis for the annual report and consults with libraries on using data to communicate their value... Read More →


Thursday October 5, 2023 3:40pm - 4:30pm CDT
Meeting Room 11

3:40pm CDT

Cataloging & Metadata Update: Where We Are, Where We're Going
Minitex staff will share updates about some of the interesting new projects and important developments in the cataloging & metadata universe. We'll share information about RDA (Resource Description and Access), BIBFRAME, linked data implementations, and more. Minitex staff would also like to hear from you on what training opportunities would be helpful to you and your colleagues. Join us to explore and discuss cataloging and metadata challenges and opportunities!

Speakers
avatar for Sara Ring

Sara Ring

Continuing Education Librarian, Minitex
Sara Ring is Continuing Education Librarian at Minitex where she develops and presents training for libraries and other cultural heritage organizations on standards for building digital collections and preserving them. In 2022 she helped launch 23 Linked Data Things, a self-paced... Read More →
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Elissah Becknell

Cataloging & Metadata Education Librarian, Minitex
Elissah Becknell is the Cataloging & Metadata Education Librarian at Minitex in the Digital Initiatives & Metadata Education unit. She develops and presents training on library cataloging and metadata standards for library work across the midwest. She received her MLIS from the University... Read More →


Thursday October 5, 2023 3:40pm - 4:30pm CDT
Meeting Room 10

3:40pm CDT

Everything is on fire, but you are doing great! Trust me!
Whack-a-mole librarianship is what I call the work I do. All libraries are the hearts of their communities, but the smaller your town is the more eclectic (or chaotic) your work day can be. The last three years have provided more challenges and opportunities. Innovation, resiliency, and plain tenacity have kept many off us striving to serve our communities. However, as the rest of the world returns to the times before March 2020, our work continues to increase. Patrons who once were able to afford commercial services like Netflix are returning to the always affordable library. Local governments are looking for ways to curb ever increasing costs discuss budget cuts while other groups are meeting to ban books. You aren't alone. Everything is on fire, but you are doing great.

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Annie Wrigg

Director, Pelican Rapids Public Library
Annie M Wrigg is the library director in Pelican Rapids, MN. She graduate with her Masters in Library and Information Sciences from the University of North Texas Denton. After spending a year in information architecture, she realized she enjoyed working with people and returned to... Read More →


Thursday October 5, 2023 3:40pm - 4:30pm CDT
Meeting Room 5

3:40pm CDT

Genre Deep Dive: Horror
Join members of the Reader's Advisory Round Table as we do a deep dive into the popular fiction genre of horror, exploring the subgenres that make it up. Whether you're a lifelong fan or a relative newcomer, our goal is to introduce you to titles, authors, and tropes you may not be familiar with. Booklists will be provided.

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Jennifer Brannen

Readers' Advisory Round Table (RART)/Saint Paul Public Library
Jennifer Brannen is currently a branch manager at Saint Paul Public Library with extensive experience in adult and teen services and programming. Her particular interest is readers' advisory. I have been presenting and writing about it for 13+ years, including several state conference... Read More →
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Katie Polley (she/her)

Librarian, Dakota County Library
Katie Polley is a Teen Librarian at the Wentworth branch in Dakota County Library. In her free time, Katie enjoys adding books to her never-ending TBR, petting her dogs, and buying fancy shoes.
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Paul Lai

Librarian
Paul Lai reads and walks his dogs.
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Marz Heim

Librarian, Dakota County Library
Marz Heim (they/she) is a Youth Services Librarian at Dakota County Library - Wescott. They love graphic novels, dark comedy, and all things spooky and queer.


Thursday October 5, 2023 3:40pm - 4:30pm CDT
Meeting Room 4

3:40pm CDT

Journey to the Genders of the Earth: Intro to Gender Diversity
This introductory lecture on gender diversity will focus on the history of transgender identities and transphobia and provide an introduction to the expansive spectrum of gender identity. Attendees will come out of this with new vocabulary as well as resources to learn more about different gender identities and how to combat transphobia in library spaces.

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Megan Demeuse

Youth Services Librarian, Hennepin County Library
Megan Demeuse (she/they) is a youth services librarian at Hennepin County Library at the Penn Lake branch. They work in youth programming and have presented previously at the 2022 MLA Annual Conference. They are a member of the LGBTQIA+2S community and believe that in order to have... Read More →
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Ozhaawashkogiizhig Devine

Ramsey County Library
Ozhaawashkogiizhig Devine (they/them) is an enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa in North Dakota. They are a library associate within Ramsey County and work at the New Brighton branch. They are Two-Spirit and want to create spaces where gender diverse people can... Read More →


Thursday October 5, 2023 3:40pm - 4:30pm CDT
Meeting Room 6

3:40pm CDT

MNLINK transition is just around the corner
MNLINK is a statewide system that serves as a discovery and interlibrary loan interface for library patrons and staff. Through our participating libraries, patrons have easy access to the catalogs of most libraries in Minnesota. The underlying software must be replaced for the first time in the 20 years it has been live. This popular library program will be seeing significant changes with how the service works. Come and learn how your constituency will be affected.

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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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Gerri Moeller

Associate Director for Resource Sharing & Delivery, Minitex
Gerri Moeller is the Associate Director for Resource Sharing at Minitex. She has a background in library technology, including IT training, support and consulting, and the management of Geac, Millennium, Sierra and Horizon automation systems. She was previously the director of two... Read More →
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Kyle Triska

Resource Sharing Specialist, Minitex
Kyle Triska has worked at Minitex for 10 years, after starting with the University of Minnesota Libraries as a student employee. He was originally hired to work in the Electronic Delivery area of Resource Sharing. Now he also works with the MNLINK program in Resource Sharing and utilizes... Read More →


Thursday October 5, 2023 3:40pm - 4:30pm CDT
Meeting Room 2

3:40pm CDT

Right of Access: Prison Libraries and Litigation Rights.
Despite their restrictive circumstances, prisoners enjoy the right of access to the courts, and this includes the right to conduct research for their own defense. Historically, prison libraries and personnel primarily have served this right, and their important role was recognized by the U.S. Supreme Court and lower courts until the mid 1990s.  At that point, the Court controversally restricted prisoners' right of access by severely narrowing the scope of the concept of "actual injury" and deeming libraries and staff inessential.  

I will present this turn of legal events against the backdrop of several important decisions by the Court and hope to show that the turn it took in the mid 90s was not for the better.  Relevant cases include, Johnson v. Avery, 393 U.S. 483 (1969); Younger v. Gilmore, 404 U.S. 15 (1971); Bounds v. Smith, 430 U.S. 817 (1977); and Lewis v. Casey, 516 U.S. 804 (1996), the latter of which fallaciously neglected precedent set by the prior three.

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Zachary Fannin

Cartographic Resources Cataloger, University of Minnesota
I am currently the cartographic resources cataloger at the University of Minnesota; prior I was a cataloging librarian at the Library of Congress. I graduated from the University of Wisconsin's iSchool in Madison. I am interested in cataloging and metadata and where they intersect... Read More →


Thursday October 5, 2023 3:40pm - 4:30pm CDT
Meeting Room 3

3:40pm CDT

Tabletop games, Technology, and Building Lasting Programs and Partnerships
Tabletop games have experienced a renaissance of creativity and popularity that started in the late 2000s and hasn't abated. Academics, educational institutions, libraries, and even corporations are paying more attention to and publishing more about the educational, social, literacy, and mental health benefits that can accompany creating, facilitating, and playing tabletop games. Libraries have a unique opportunity as community or institutional hubs to utilize tabletop games in support of engagement, multiple facets of literacy, addressing social and cultural issues, and fostering community partnerships. This presentation will focus on four application questions related to this topic. How can tabletop games be used for forming community partnerships? How can technology and tabletop games be used to reach patrons that we otherwise might not reach? What are some ways technology can be applied to enhance tabletop game programs? How can tabletop games be used to support and encourage patrons from marginalized groups?

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LeRoy Harris

Programming and Technology Services Librarian, New Ulm Public Library
LeRoy Harris received his MLIS from the University of Arizona in 2018. He has worked in libraries for over 9 years and has been a library page, aide, specialist, branch manager, head of technical services, assistant director of a county library system, and is currently in charge of... Read More →


Thursday October 5, 2023 3:40pm - 4:30pm CDT
Meeting Room 7
 
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