Minnesota Library Association
A monthly update of MLA activities
August 2013

Get Your Flash On: Librarian Paparazzi

The Membership and Communications Committee are joining forces to host an exhibit booth at the MLA Annual Conference called “Get Your Flash On: Librarian Paparazzi.” Just follow the red carpet to our booth where you can have a professional photo taken and/or participate in MLA’s first rock video!
Photo booth
We know how difficult it can be to choose a photo to use for your professional networking accounts. We’ll be hosting a free photo booth at the MLA Annual Conference so you can get that perfect profile picture while you’re already looking your professional best. You will receive a digital copy that you can use for LinkedIn, Twitter, etc., and you will have the opportunity to upload your photo to your MLA website account on the spot. Stop by and get your flash on!
Video interviews
MLA would love to create videos that will help us share the awesomeness of our libraries and our conference with the rest of the world. We would like volunteers to answer one or two of these questions:
  • What rocks at your library?
  • What’s rocked your library world today?
We are also planning to create a shoe montage, so if you’re feeling shy about a quick interview, please stop by to share your style. From sensible to sassy, we want to display the full range of librarian-cool. So, are you ready for your close-up?
– MLA Membership and Communications Committees

MLA Annual Conference news

Registration is open
The box office is open for the MLA 2013 Annual Conference. Register soon, as early-bird discounted registration ends September 6! This premier educational event equips library staff with new ideas and tools to stay up-to-date, innovate, and succeed in their careers, and attracts more than 400 library professionals, Friends of the Library, and library trustees from across Minnesota. Beat the rush and sign up now for two amazing days featuring:
  • Headliners like Kee Malesky from National Public Radio and Sasha Aslanian from Minnesota Public Radio—and MORE!
  • Special guests like Diantha Schull (author of 50+ Library Services: Innovation in Action), Maura O’Malley (president/CEO of Lifetime Arts, Inc.), and MORE!
  • Talkin’ ’Bout My Generation mini-conference
  • Special attractions that include an Appy Hour breakfast showcase, the Silent Auction, and MORE!
  • After-parties that include Battle of the Bands Trivia Night and Dinner with Colleagues
  • 60+ sessions, 40+ exhibits, and MORE!!!
Mixtape projects
Check out the Diversity and Children & Young Adults conference program track highlights below. More tracks will be highlighted in future conference e-mail announcements and on the MLA website.
Diversity track sessions
  • …And Social Justice for All: How Can Librarians and Social Workers Collaborate?
  • Rocking Diversity: Best Practices and Models for Competencies
  • Lost in Translation: Identifying Barriers to Information Access for Visually-Impaired Web Users
  • The Alternative Crowd: Connecting with Communities through Special Collections
  • Serve All the Youth! Library Programming for Minnesota’s Culturally Diverse Young Patrons
  • We Are Family: Queer Collections and Library Relationships
Children & Young Adult track sessions
  • Arts and Creativity for Children @ Your Library: Best Practices
  • Flannel: Not Just Your Grandma’s Pajamas
  • Summer Reading for Families: A Chorus of Innovative Ideas to Expand Summer Reading
  • Can’t Feel the Beat: Learn to Tap Your Feet & Introduce Music into Storytime
  • Connecting Kids and Poetry: Easy Ways to Grow Poetry Lovers
  • Screen Time and Early Literacy Development
  • Serve All the Youth! Library Programming for Minnesota’s Culturally Diverse Young Patrons
  • Graphics: The Musical!
  • B - IF - N - G - O!
  • Reaching the Reluctant Teen Reader: From Creation to Circulation

Cast your vote for the 2014 MLA Board of Directors

MLA members, take a few moments to cast your vote for the MLA 2014 board of directors. Elected candidates will assume office beginning January 1, 2014.
Candidate profiles are located on the MLA website.
Ballots must be cast online by September 14. Please read the ballot instructions carefully before voting.
You must log in to your MLA website account in order to access and complete the ballot. If you have any questions about your website account or are unable to vote online, please contact the MLA office.
– Kristen Mastel, MLA President

Welcome, new members!

Welcome to our newest members! The following individuals and organizations joined MLA last month. Learn more about them on the MLA member directory—and please join us in welcoming them heartily.
  • Jackee Fountain, Glencoe Public Library
  • Sarah Marier, Hennepin County
  • Marilyn McClaskey, University of Minnesota
  • Linda Orsted, Lake Elmo Public Library
  • Erica Ross, Bethel University
  • Sarah Seeley, GRRL - Buffalo Branch
  • Pat Steiger, Ampere!
  • Jennifer Wenner, Hennepin County Library
  • Rebecca Wolf
  • Southeastern Libraries Cooperating (SELCO)
  • Minitex Library Information Network

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.
  • Lisbeth Boutang, Cloquet Public Library
  • Kathy Christensen, Dakota County Library
  • Richmond Kinney, Duluth Public Library
  • Stu Wilson, Library Strategies

MLA social media recap

Here’s a brief rundown of what we’ve been talking about lately on Twitter and Facebook.


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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