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2019 MLA Annual Conference

September 19 and 20, 2019 at Mystic Lake Center


Sponsored in part by Minitex



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Join us in Prior Lake to celebrate all the ways libraries and communities are Stronger Together! Through collaboration, whether internally in developing new services to support a growing need within our communities or by strengthening partnerships between different types of libraries to support the information needs of all, libraries are showing how to successfully work together.  Use this conference and networking opportunity to showcase your everyday collaborations alongside developing programs. And along the way, support the association’s move forward with its new strategic plan, designed to help accomplish together what none can do alone.


To view the schedule of speaker sessions, please click here:


Important Dates:

July 25, 2019 Exhibitor, Professional Table, Sponsor & Advertisement Application Deadline
August 9, 2019 Early Bird Registration Ends

August 28, 2019 Special MLA Hotel Rates Ends


 First Time Attending the Conference?

Check out this document for some tips and suggestions on making the most of your conference experience.


Volunteer at the 2019 MLA Conference!

This year’s MLA conference promises to be an exciting opportunity for learning and sharing. It also offers an opportunity to be of service to your professional community.  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. Many volunteers are needed in several areas. An hour or two of your time can make a significant difference!

We are in need of three types of volunteers:

Registration Volunteers

Silent Auction Volunteers

Session Room Moderators

How to volunteer

If you would like to volunteer, please sign-up using Sign-Up Genius here.

For more information on volunteering or using Sign-Up Genius, please contact MLA Volunteer Committee Chairs Alison Reiter at or Abike Eyo at


Are you an enrolled library student?

Volunteering can get you discounted registration for the conference! (Only currently enrolled library students are eligible -- up to 10 students can take advantage, so sign up today!)

For half-price registration for…

…you would need to volunteer for:

Thursday only

Two hours in registration or silent auction

Friday only

Two hours in registration or silent auction

Full conference

Five hours in registration or silent auction



Registration Volunteers

Volunteers can help out at the registration desk on Thursday or Friday. Volunteer shifts coordinate with session times so no one volunteer shift overlaps more than one session!

This is a good area for networking and meeting attendees. Volunteers will never be alone; someone from the registration committee or office will always be present.

Volunteers will assist the registration committee and office staff with:

--Checking in attendees

--Handing out attendee materials and name badges

--Registering attendees onsite

--Helping to collect evaluations

--Welcoming speakers when they check in, handing them their name badges, and directing them to their session locations

Silent Auction Volunteers

Volunteers are needed for shifts on Wednesday evening, Thursday, and Friday. Volunteers are usually on their feet during the entire shift. It’s a great place to network and meet people as everyone comes to the auction at some point during the conference.

Silent Auction volunteers will:

--Help set up the auction before it starts

--Answer questions customers might have about an item

--Process items after the sale ends for the day

--Help clean up and put away items after the auction ends for the day

Session Room Moderators

If you’re planning to attend a particular session anyway, this is a great way to volunteer to help keep the session on track and moving—not to mention a way to help out the conference planners.

Room moderators will:

--Arrive early to the selected/assigned session

--Get help, especially technical, when necessary (you don’t have to know how to do it yourself; you just might have to find someone who can)

--Hand out and collect evaluations

--Introduce the speaker by reading from their prepared statement

--Keep time and alert speakers (if speakers request)



The Minnesota Library Association provides the following Code of Conduct for its members. In light of recent events at the ALA Midwinter Conference in Seattle, the Board of Directors will be reviewing the Code to ensure it continues to outline our professional values and provides clear guidelines for complaint follow-up.  Please direct questions to or Kirsten Clark, MLA President,

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