Minnesota Library Association
A monthly update of MLA activities
July 2013

Rock out at MLA 2013 in St. Cloud

Wondering if your favorite performer is returning or what exciting new acts will be taking the stage at MLA 2013? Check out the set list of new artists and encore performances coming your way in St. Cloud as MLA gets ready to rock out at its annual conference.
New Artists
  • Battle of the Bands! Trivia Night (sponsored by the Minnesota Multitype Library Systems)
  • Great to See You!
Encore Performances
  • All Conference Welcome
  • Talkin’ ’Bout My Generation mini-conference
  • Appy Hour breakfast showcase
  • Let’s Get the Party Started!
  • Dinner with Colleagues
  • Silent Auction
MLA is proud to recognize the generosity of the sponsors who make this conference possible:

Get active with ARLD

It’s summer—and ARLD is sizzling! We’re soliciting proposals for a poster session to be held during the ARLD meeting at the MLA 2013 Annual Conference on Thursday, October 10, from 1:30-2:30pm at St. Cloud River’s Edge Convention Center in St. Cloud. Boards will be displayed on easels and participants must be available to informally discuss their posters with meeting attendees.
We’re also looking for volunteers to run for the open spots on the ARLD board. We’re a fun group that serves the needs of Minnesota’s academic library community. Open positions are Chair Elect (three-year term), Secretary (two-year term), and Member-at-Large (two-year term). Position descriptions are available on the MLA website. To learn more or express your interest in an open position, please contact a member of the Nomination Committee: Cindy Gruwell (cagruwell@stcloudstate.edu), Randi Madisen (randi.madisen@century.edu), or Heather Biedermann (heather.biedermann@mnsc.edu).
Both poster session proposals and indications of interest in board positions are due on July 31, 2013.
– Randi Madisen, Member Communication, ARLD

Sparking innovation in your library

ARLD hosted a complimentary viewing of a live ACRL e-Learning webcast, Sparking Innovation in Your Library, on June 13. Nine people attended this session at the University of Minnesota. The presenter, Brian Matthews, discussed methodology, mindset, R&D, and the culture of innovation. He spoke about how pioneering and experimental spirit could be cultivated by institutions that offer seed money or time to implement new ideas. Some attendees of the webcast stayed to participate in a discussion about how innovation, creativity, and a start-up mentality could be applied to library work. For more information, find a list of publications by Brian Matthews on his faculty webpage.
– Randi Madisen, Member Communication, ARLD

Welcome, new members!

Welcome to our newest members! The following individuals joined MLA last month. Learn more about them on the MLA member directory—and please join us in welcoming them heartily.
  • Sarah Bober, St. Paul Public Schools
  • Amelia Cohoes, Globe University
  • Brandon Hackbarth, MCTC Library
  • Kathryn Heuer
  • Ellen McEvoy, Ramsey County Library
  • Jane Polson
  • Timothy Senapatiratne, Bethel University
  • Kimberly Trinh-Sy, Normandale Community College
  • Megan Van Den Bosch

Thank you, renewing members!

Thank you and welcome back to our latest renewals! The following individuals renewed their MLA memberships last month. Learn more about them on the MLA member directory—and please join us in thanking them.
  • Sharon Grossardt, St. Charles Public Library
  • Angela Hunt, Chaska Public Library
  • Erin Smith, Fergus Falls Public Library

MLA social media recap

The MLA 2013 Annual Conference Facebook event page is now up! Join the event to let other colleagues know you are attending, or use it to ask questions or comment about anything conference related. Please help spread the word and invite your colleagues to rsvp to the conference.
Not following MLA on Twitter or Facebook? Or, you may be a loyal follower, but perhaps you don't monitor Twitter and Facebook at all hours of the day? Here’s a brief rundown of what we’ve been talking about lately. (Note: This is a selected list.)

MLA and Ampere! contract news

The Minnesota Library Association has contracted with Ampere! (formerly Nonprofit Solutions) for the past four years to provide staffing and management support for the Association. Our organization has benefited greatly by the in-house expertise provided by an association management company, ranging from website design, event coordination, member services, accounting, and an assigned executive director.
In June, 2013, we performed a mid-year renegotiation of our contract with Ampere!, which included a modest increase in the service fee. This increase was approved during the May board of directors meeting.
Our contract with Ampere! expires at the end of 2013 and, as part of our regular review of service contracts of this sort, we will be going out for bid for association management services. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.
– Kristen Mastel, MLA President

June board meeting highlights

MILE co-chairs Laura Morlock and Rick Eubanks shared highlights of a successful MILE workshop. Attendees provided high praise and positive feedback in surveys.
Kirsten Clark, MLA board liaison to the Communications Committee, and Christopher Schout from Beganik Strategy & Design presented the Communication Committee’s recommendation for a new logo to the board. The plan is that the new logo will be unveiled at the Annual Conference.
The board reviewed a strategic planning proposal recommended by the Strategic Planning Committee. The board discussed goals and possible venues for the two-day strategic planning retreat scheduled for July.
– Anna Hulseberg, MLA Treasurer


Shelf Check by Emily Lloyd
Shelf Check by Emily Lloyd
Shelf Check is an online comic written by local librarian Emily Lloyd. Comics are reprinted in issues of the MLA Roundup with the express permission of the author.

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