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2018 MLA Conference: Keynote and Featured Speakers
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Keynote & Featured Speakers


Dorothea Salo, University of Wisconsin-Madison

We, surveilled and afraid, in a world we never made

Keynote Presentation: Thursday, Oct. 11 - 11:35am

Librarians did not create Facebook, or Google, or data brokers, or web-based adtech, or the Internet of Privacy-Destroying Things. We and our patrons still have to live in the genuinely unsettling world where these companies and their surveillance technologies exist. What does that mean for our ethical commitment to patron privacy? How does it change how we protect our patrons? How do we resist pressures from inside as well as outside our profession to compromise patron privacy?


Rescuing Audio, Video, and Digital Data on a Budget

Featured Session: Thursday, Oct. 11 - 2:15pm

Are your patrons asking you what to do about their perishable 20th-century audio, video, and digital memories? Are you wondering what to do about your library's stash of unique materials? VHS, camcorder tapes, cassettes, floppy disks -- find answers your library can afford and support.


Meet the Presenter

Dorothea Salo is a Faculty Associate in the Information School at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She teaches "Introduction to Digital Information" and "Code and Power" in the undergraduate Digital Studies program, as well as courses on metadata, linked data, information security, and database design on the master's level. She has written and presented internationally on privacy, scholarly communication, copyright, linked data, and data curation. She holds an MA in Library and Information Studies and another in Spanish from UW-Madison.



Gina Millsap, Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library

Librarian Evolution: Libraries Thrive When We Change

Keynote Presentation: Friday, Oct. 12th - 11:35am 

Charles Darwin said, “It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” It has never been a better time to be a librarian, if we recognize and act on our power to help the people in our communities make their lives better through learning and literacy. To do that our identity, our education and our work must change. Join Gina Millsap, CEO of the Library Journal/Gale 2016 Library of the Year, as she shares how librarians will evolve and lead their libraries to become essential assets in their communities.


Building Buy-in for Marketing at Your Library

Featured Session: Friday, Oct. 12th - 2:15pm

Marketing is essential to a library’s success, but many libraries have a love-hate relationship with it. How do you build the organizational knowledge of what marketing is and isn’t? How can you convince your colleagues of its value? How can you build teams that work together to produce kick-ass communication and promotion that result in great customer experiences? Have you fought the battle of the answer-to-everything flyer? Have you struggled to get all staff to understand that marketing is everyone’s job? On Friday, October 12 Gina Millsap, CEO of the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library, the 2016 Gale/Library Journal Library of the Year, will share how the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library is creating a marketing culture and how you can do it too.


Meet the Presenter:

Gina Millsap is the chief executive officer of the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library. She leads an organization of 200 employees serving a community of 179,000. She served as the director of the Ames (Iowa) Public Library and at the Daniel Boone Regional Library prior to making Kansas her home.

She’s worked in libraries for 40 years and received her Masters of Library Science from the University of Missouri, in the previous century. Gina’s degree may be an antique, but her outlook isn’t; she’s been recognized as a Library Journal Mover and Shaker and is Past President of the Library Leadership and Management Association, a division of the American Library Association. She also ran for (and lost) American Library Association president, so she’s not afraid to take risks and believes “no” means “for now.” Gina presents and writes on a variety of current topics, including community leadership, library advocacy, market segmentation, public library trustee education, 21st century librarianship, process improvement and is an experienced facilitator for library and community groups.

She currently serves on the Implementation Task Force for Momentum 2022, a community-wide strategic planning process. She serves on the board of 712 Innovations, the first co-work/makerspace in the state of Kansas. Gina chairs the project workgroup for Topeka and Shawnee County Community Broadband Planning Task Force and serves on the board of Lyrasis, a nonprofit organization that provides continuing education and services to the library industry.

You can find her online at @GinaMillsap and

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