Minnesota Library Association
A monthly update of MLA activities
September 2013 – Special Conference Edition!

Volunteer roadies still needed

You can still help rock the stage at the MLA 2013 Annual Conference in St. Cloud! Volunteering at the conference is a fantastic way to network and meet new people, catch up with old friends as you see them, and get in touch with the workings of the conference. It’s also a great opportunity for service to your professional community.
We still have openings for three types of volunteer roadies for this all-star conference:
  • Registration
  • Silent Auction
  • Room moderators
PLEASE consider volunteering this year, even if you’ve been to the conference dozens of times. It’s always fun to see the people who come by your location—and it always feels good to volunteer. Plus, if you’re an enrolled library student, volunteering can get you discounted registration for the conference!

Mixtape project: Authors, Literature, and Cultural Programming

If you’re attending the MLA Annual Conference, make sure to check out the great sessions in the authors, literature, and cultural programming track. Free your mind and the rest will follow.
Thursday, Oct. 10
  • Living Banned Books
  • 50 in 60 Book Blast: Fiction
  • 50 in 60 Book Blast: Nonfiction Edition
  • The Alternative Crowd: Connecting with Communities through Special Collections
Friday, Oct. 11
  • Encore: Libraries, the Arts, and Older Adults
  • Connecting Kids and Poetry: Easy Ways to Grow Poetry Lovers
  • Reading Our History: Historical Fiction and Nonfiction
  • How to Ban a Book: An Unshelved Primer
  • Graphics: The Musical!
  • The Illuminating Wisdom of Hildegard von Bingen
  • The Club Scene: Observations from Sitting in on 22 Book Clubs in 30 Days
  • We Are Family: Queer Collections and Library Relationships
  • Reaching the Reluctant Teen Reader: From Creation to Circulation

New MLA Annual Conference app!

We’re using a new tool called Sched for accessing the MLA Annual Conference schedule on the web or from a mobile device. Sched lets you use the web or your mobile device to:
  • Look up conference session and exhibitor information via your mobile device or the web.
  • Browse and filter by specific categories, including venue/location, conference track, type of session, and level.
  • Create a personalized “My Sched” conference schedule with information about the sessions you plan to attend.
  • Print your personalized schedule or sync it with Apple iCal, Google, or Microsoft Outlook.
  • Share what sessions you attend via social media and see who else is attending the same sessions.

St. Cloud attractions and Dinner with Colleagues

Ready to rock Granite City at the Annual Conference? Wondering what to do when you get to St. Cloud? Make sure to visit the MLA Local Arrangements blog. You’ll find recommended restaurants and things to do during your stay in St. Cloud.
You can also access the sign-up form for Dinner with Colleagues via the blog. Dinner with Colleagues is your chance to meet some new people or catch up with friends before the conference officially starts. We have six sites from which to choose. Dinners are scheduled from 6:30pm until roughly 8:00pm on Wednesday, Oct. 9.

ARLDapalooza: Business meeting and poster session

The ARLD Business meeting on October 10, 1:30pm at the Annual Conference will be crammed with content this year. We will be introducing the 2014 ARLD board members, voting on bylaw changes, and enjoying nine scintillating poster sessions. Don’t miss it!
Here’s a list of poster sessions and presenters:
  • Undergraduate Marketing Interns: Peer-to-Peer Outreach & Promotion (Michelle Twait, Reference Coordinator, Gustavus Adolphus College)
  • Championing DRM-Free eBooks (Alison Stucke, LRC Technician, WITC Superior)
  • A Scalable Approach to Data Management Education of Graduate Students (Jon Jeffryes, Engineering Librarian, and Lisa Johnston, Research Services Librarian, University of Minnesota)
  • Speak Up! Using Idea Clumping to Get Quality Group Discussion (Heather Biedermann, Technical Services Manager, and Joni Myers, Public Access Team Manager, Minnesota State University, Mankato)
  • Dispelling the Myth of the APA Monster: Information Services in a Digital Environment (Sara Stambaugh, Librarian, Mankato Campus; Suzanne Schriefer, Campus Librarian, Eagan Campus; and Jeneen LaSee-Willemssen, Campus Librarian, Wausau Campus, Rasmussen College)
  • Making a Distinguished Faculty Member’s Publications Freely Available – A Pilot Project (Julie Kelly, Science Librarian, University of Minnesota)
  • It Takes Two (and a Committee): Library Instruction Tango (Elaine Settergren, Online Librarian, Globe University)
  • Take Off Your Jewelry: A “Simple” Approach to LibGuides Design (Tammi Owens, Emerging Services and Liaison Librarian, and Allison Quam, Reference Librarian, Winona State University)
  • Finding Yourself: Helping Faculty Find and Fix Their Author Profiles (Jan Fransen, Engineering Librarian, and Carolyn Rauber, Physics, Astronomy, and Earth Sciences Librarian, University of Minnesota)

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.
  • Kristy Barnes
  • Jill Barry, Hennepin County Library
  • Marti Bartels, Carver County Library System
  • Kathie Bouchard
  • Katelyn Boyer, Fergus Falls Public Library
  • Trent Brager, MN School of Business
  • Jane Brissett
  • Cindy Bruggenthies
  • Rachel Craig, St. Catherine's University
  • Pamela Dille, Hutchinson Public Library
  • Katie Hagen, University of Northwestern - St. Paul
  • Tom Jorgenson
  • Ariel Kirst
  • Barb Kondrick, Columbia Heights Public Library
  • Arielle Krohn, Fergus Falls Public Library
  • Sook Lim, St. Catherine University
  • Lisa Motschke, Great River Regional Library
  • Nancy Narigon, Anoka County Library
  • Paula Nemes, Marshall-Lyon County Library
  • Polly Perkins, Enclos
  • Jeff Radford, Hennepin County Library
  • Anne Rojas, National American University
  • Lisa Schardin, Lake Benton Public Library
  • Christie Schultz, Dakota County Library
  • Jackie Siegert
  • Stephanie Silvers, Harmony Public Library
  • Emily Soltis, Rochester Public Library
  • Lisa Theisen
  • Lisa Wagner, East Central Regional Library - Milaca Branch
  • Linda Warner, Anoka County Library
  • Jodi Wittman

Thank you, renewing members!

Thank you and welcome back to our latest renewals! The following individuals and organizations renewed their MLA memberships last month. Learn more about them on the MLA member directory—and please join us in thanking them.
  • Ally Addison, Rochester Public Library
  • Jonathan Allen, Rochester Public Library
  • Orrin Ausen, Bethany Lutheran College
  • Bonnie Boese, Cambridge Campus of ARCC
  • Kathy Bognanni, Carver County Library
  • Karla Businaro, Carver County Library System
  • Donell Clauser, Dakota County
  • Amy Commers, South St. Paul Public Library
  • Beth Cuperus, Fulda Memorial Library
  • Sarah Dahlen, St. Catherine University
  • Renee Dougherty, Columbia Heights Public Library
  • Ruth Dukelow, CLIC
  • Darcy Dwyer, Kitchigami Regional Library/Brainerd Public Library
  • Abike Eyo, Hennepin County Library
  • Rose Ann Foreman, St. Paul Public-Merriam Park
  • Gabrielle Fountain, Glencoe Public Library
  • Jan Fransen, University of Minnesota
  • Rachel Gray, SELCO
  • Laurel Hall, Kitchigami Regional Library
  • Morgan Hansen, Van Horn Public Library
  • Mary Healy, Anoka County Library
  • Cynthia Hendrickx, Appleton Public Library
  • Alyssa Inniger, Bethany Lutheran College
  • Tyler Irvin, SELCO
  • Tara Johnson, Lanesboro Public Library
  • Emily Kittelson, Rochester Public Library
  • Larry Longard, Hennepin County Library - Webber Park
  • Wendy Lougee, University of Minnesota
  • Katherine Morrow, ECRL
  • Teresa Myers
  • Jim Newsome
  • Angie Noyes
  • Pamela O'Hara, Rochester Public Library
  • Keri Ostby, Rochester Public Library
  • Danae Ostroot
  • Donna Peterson, Carver County Library System
  • Angie Petrie, Stillwater Public Library
  • Carla Powers, Duluth Public Library
  • Beth Rignsmuth Stolpman, Great River Regional Library
  • JoAnn Robasse, Southwest Minnesota State University
  • Joan Roca, Minnesota State University Mankato
  • Sheri Ross, St. Catherine University
  • Mary Scheide, Dakota County Library
  • Joyce Schneider, Washington County Library
  • Michael Scott, SELCO
  • Christine Simon, Washington County Library
  • Mollie Stanford, Arrowhead Library System
  • Katherine Stecher, Rochester Public Library
  • Heidi Storm, Gaylord Public Library
  • Hilary Toren, Scott County Library System
  • Jennifer Turner, Minnesota State University, Mankato
  • Ramsey Turner, Bethany Lutheran College
  • Lori Veldhuis, Dakota County Library
  • Mary Wagner, St. Catherine University
  • Amy Zeuli, Washington County Library
  • AAUW Minnesota
  • Arrowhead Library System
  • New York Mills Public Library
  • Northern Lights Library Network
  • Virginia Public Library

MLA social media recap

Here’s a brief rundown of what we’ve been talking about lately on Twitter and Facebook.
  • Check out the Designer Librarian blog or 7 Characteristics of Thriving Libraries
  • Social today means so much more than sending a tweet or posting to Facebook. See the Library Connect website for a great social media infographic!
  • Nothing to read? Airport libraries to the Rescue! The USA Today reports on print and eBooks available in airport libraries.
  • The 12 Best Fictional Libraries according to Paste Magazine.
  • Harper Collins Authors shout out to librarians (Adriana is a Chisholm, MN native)
  • Do you have your own Lego character?
  • Great way to re-purpose an unused building! Read about a vacant Wal-Mart building converted to a library on the WebUrbanist blog.
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Shelf Check by Emily Lloyd
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