A Monthly Roundup of MLA Activities

April 2014: In this Issue

Librarians Dominate at Trivia
Readers Advisory Round Table: Spring Retreat
MLA Board Meeting Recap: March 212, 2014
RASS Networking Event
Register NOW for ARLD Day 2014
Call for MLA Annual Conference Session Proposals
Calendar of Upcoming MLA Events

Librarians Dominate at Trivia

Metro librarians Paul Gertsen (SPPL), Carol Jackson (RCL), Barb Pierce (SPPL), and Katie Polley (DCL) competed as The Unforgiven Finds in the Plots & Pints Pub Quiz on February 13. The battle of the brains was fierce, but they persevered, placing second out of a field of 29 teams. A fun evening was had by all. The event was sponsored by the Friends of the St Paul Public Library, and proceeds benefited the Minnesota Book Awards.

Readers Advisory Round Table
(RART) Spring Retreat on April 26

Come join us for our annual Spring Retreat on Saturday, April 26th from 10am-3pm at the Maplewood Library!  This year our theme is Geek Chic: 10 Things You Didn't Know About eBooks.

Have you always wondered how eBooks are affecting the publishing world? What does it really take to publish an eBook? What is the future of local bookstores in this digital age? What is a more efficient way of selecting eBooks for your library? All of these questions and more will be answered at our retreat featuring: Tom Mercer (3M Cloud Library), Sue Zumberge (Subtext: A Bookstore), Andrew Karre (editorial director for Carolrhoda Books and Darby Creek, imprints of Lerner Publishing Group) and much more!

 Registration is open for this event. Click here to learn more and register. We hope to see all of you there!  You can also check us out on Facebook  for RART news and so much more!

MLA Board Meeting Recap: March 21, 2014

The MLA board met on March 21st. Some topics included the state Library Legislative Day, National Library Legislative Day, and the Emerging Leaders Scholarship.

Legislative Committee Chair Jim Weikum reported that there was a great turnout for Library Legislative Day at the Minnesota State Capitol on March 4th and 5th. On the national level, this will be the fortieth year of the National Library Legislative Day  (NLLD) on May 5th and 6th, 2014. It was shared that NLLD has been a driving force in library advocacy and that participants receive training and briefings before meeting with members of congress. As proposed by Michael Scott, ALA Chapter councilor, the MLA board committed to donating $150 to NLLD efforts.

The board agreed to continue providing financial support to an ALA Emerging Leader. MLA will budget for this in 2015. The board also discussed strategic planning and implementation steps for the next quarter.

Save the Date – RASS Networking Event

Please join the Reference and Adult Services Section for a networking event on Monday, May 19th, from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. in the Doty Board Room at Hennepin County Library - Minneapolis Central Library.

We will take a tour of the library, followed by discussion and networking. RASS leadership will get the discussion started and encourages you to come and share your stories! The first discussion topic will be the marketing of databases and online resources. Do you have any tips or tricks that increased usage? Do you have a great story about how demonstrating a database to a patron found them exactly what they were looking for? We’ll also have time for open discussion about whatever topic interests you.

This event is free, and food will be served.  Click here to learn more and RSVP for this event.

Watch for more information in your email soon or feel free to contact Jill Smith (jill.smith@co.anoka.mn.us) or Stacey Hendren (Stacey.Hendren@ci.columbia-heights.mn.us) with questions.

Register Now for April ARLD Day 2014

An exciting ARLD Day 2014 awaits you on April 25 at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. Our conference theme this year is The Creative Library. Our keynote speaker, Barry Kudrowitz, is a designer, teacher, author, artist, and musician: a real Renaissance man. An Assistant Professor of Product Design at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, he wowed MILE attendees with his presentation on innovation, and plans to engage us with Seinfeldian Design: Observation and Problem Finding.

We will have breakout sessions and lightning rounds featuring library labyrinths, 3D scanning, “one search”, infographics, and much more. Registration includes breakfast and lunch.

The registration deadline is April 18, but we are rapidly approaching our registration cap, so register today

Call for MLA Annual Conference Session Proposals 

 Believe it or not, conference planning season is upon us once again. The Minnesota Library Association 2014 Annual Conference will be at the Verizon Wireless Center in Mankato October 8-9. This year’s conference theme, selected by MLA President Michele McGraw, Better Together, will focus on creating partnerships and building communities.

The MLA Annual Conference equips library staff with new ideas and tools to stay up-to-date, innovate, and succeed in their careers. A presentation at the conference can have an immediate and lasting impact on local libraries. Please help shape the program at the 2014 conference.

Learn more about guidelines and submit your proposals here by May 2 —  start pulling together your great program ideas now! 


Here’s a quick snapshot of upcoming MLA and other professional events you may be interested in attending.

Check Upcoming Events for further details: 
  • Friday, April 18: ARLD Day registration deadline
  • Friday, April 25: ARLD Day 2014 in Chaska
  • Saturday, April 26: Readers’ Advisory Round Table Spring Retreat in Maplewood
  • Friday, May 2: MLA Annual session proposals deadline
  • Monday, May 19: RASS networking event in Minneapolis
  • Friday, June 6: Lake Superior Libraries Symposium in Duluth
  • Wednesday and Thursday, October 8-9: MLA’s 2014 Annual Conference in Mankato


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