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Academic and Research Libraries Division (ARLD) Day 2020
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When: Friday, May 1, 2020
Where: Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
3675 Arboretum Drive
Chaska, Minnesota  553185
United States
Contact: Megan Kocher

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In accordance with CDC guidelines and our commitment to preventing the spread of COVID19, MLA board and event organizers have taken the unfortunate precaution of cancelling this event.
If have you already registered, our staff are developing methods for managing refund requests for the paid events. Look for an email with instructions on how to access your refund.  We are continuing to move forward with the MLA 2020 Conference October 1-2 in Duluth.

ARLD Day 2020

Friday, May 1, 2020


ARLD Day is a great opportunity to share ideas, connect with colleagues and explore new possibilities for your library. We hope you will be able to join us on Friday, May 1, at the beautiful University of Minnesota Arboretum in Chanhassen.


Special Thanks to our Sponsors



Quick Guide


Registration, Breakfast & Networking 8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. 


9:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.


9:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Innovator Award Presentation

10:30 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.

Breakout Session 1

11:00 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.


12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Breakout Session 2 

1:00 p.m. - 1:50 p.m.

Breakout Session 3

2:00 p.m. - 2:50 p.m.

Breakout Session 4 

3:10 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Social Time 4:15 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.



Breakout Sessions

For more information about breakout session topics and presenters, visit the Breakout Sessions page.



Fobazi M. Ettarh

Fobazi M. Ettarh is the undergraduate success librarian at Rutgers–Newark. Her identities as a first-generation American, queer, and disabled women of color shapes her librarianship, which is guided by critical perspectives and the deconstruction of white supremacy. Creator of the concept of “vocational awe,” Fobazi’s research focuses on the tensions between the espoused values of librarianship and the realities present in the experiences of marginalized librarians and users. She also studies equity, diversity, and inclusion in libraries, specifically how social and organizational infrastructures privilege the works of certain groups over others. Fobazi is the author of the article “Vocational Awe: The Lies We Tell Ourselves” and the blog WTF is A Radical Librarian, Anyway, which examines issues at the intersections of librarianship, education, activism, and social justice.




  • $85 MLA or ACRL Member*

  • $125 Non-Member*

  • $40 Student*

* Please note that a $10 fee will be added to all prices for walk-in registrants on event day

You can register for ARLD Day by clicking on the blue "Register" button at the top of this page

ARLD Day Pre-Conference

Register now for the ARLD Day Pre-conference: ACRL’s Project Outcome for Academic Libraries
Join us Thursday, April 30 from 9:00 a.m. — 12:30 p.m. at Elmer L. Andersen Library on the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus to learn about the Project Outcome for Academic Libraries surveys and resources. Project Outcome is a free toolkit that provides academic libraries the means to easily measure outcomes and use data for improvements and advocacy. The survey covers instruction, events and programs, research, teaching support, digital and special collections, space, and library technology. 

Register for the Pre-Conference today! 
The pre-conference is free. Registration is required and is limited to 50 participants.

About the presenter

Sara Goek

Sara Goek is Program Manager at ACRL, where she contributes to efforts to improve research about academic library contributions to student learning and success. She is the project lead on the new Project Outcome for Academic Libraries toolkit. Prior to joining ACRL Sara worked as research faculty at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy and as a lecturer, tutor, and post-doctoral researcher at University College Cork (UCC), Ireland. She holds a PhD in History / Digital Arts & Humanities and an MA in Historical Research from UCC, and a BA in History and Irish Studies from Boston College.









Questions? Contact Megan Kocher



Disclaimer: The University of Minnesota is not endorsing or sponsoring the activities conducted by MLA on the UMN campus. The relationship between the University of Minnesota and Minnesota Library Association is solely that of licensor and licensee.

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