Registration is now open for the Minnesota Library Association Annual Conference in St. Cloud!

Wondering why you should register for this conference on October 11-12? This year’s theme is “Programmed to Lead” where we will discuss how libraries are leading their communities and campuses in solving problems through, and addressing issues with, digital technology. The idea too is to encourage libraries to embrace these leadership roles since they are so well-equipped to do so with the tools, resources, and skills they possess.

Our annual conference gives library staff the chance to connect with each other and build relationships and collaborations, as well as the opportunity to learn from our keynote and featured speakers, and from each other. Staff bring the energy and passion ignited by the conference back to towns, schools and businesses throughout the state, manifesting in improved patron experiences, new services, thoughtful events and more.

Keynote & Featured Speakers:

Dorothea Salo, University of Wisconsin-Madison

We surveilled and afraid, in a world we never made
Thursday, Oct. 11 – 11:35am

Librarians did not create Facebook, or Google, or data brokers, or web-based adtech, or the Internet of Privacy-Destroying Things. We and our patrons still have to live in the genuinely unsettling world where these companies and their surveillance technologies exist. What does that mean for our ethical commitment to patron privacy? How does it change how we protect our patrons? How do we resist pressures from inside as well as outside our profession to compromise patron privacy?

Gina Millsap, Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library

Librarian Evolution: Libraries Thrive When We Change
Friday, Oct. 12th – 11:35am

Charles Darwin said, “It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” It has never been a better time to be a librarian, if we recognize and act on our power to help the people in our communities make their lives better through learning and literacy. To do that our identity, our education and our work must change. Join Gina Millsap, CEO of the Library Journal/Gale 2016 Library of the Year, as she shares how librarians will evolve and lead their libraries to become essential assets in their communities.

For more details, go to the MLA 2018 Annual Conference event site.

Register now!