An invitation from Judy Schotzko, MALF President, and Kim Edson, MALF Programming Chair:
As you know, the annual Minnesota Library Association conference is nearly upon us. We hope to see you and your staff in Duluth at the end of September.
Did you know that MLA is not just for practitioners? Minnesota Association of Library Friends (MALF) is proud to be a Premier Sponsor of the annual conference. On Thursday, September 29, we are pleased to offer a full day of programming devoted specifically to Friends of the Library. Highlights include an energizing Idea Sharing session, Friends advocacy panel, and MALF’s own annual meeting.
Cost to register is just $65.00 for Friends (Thursday only) before August 29, and $85.00 after that date.
Click here for a full rundown. We encourage you to share word with Friends in your region, through whatever channels seem best to you. Attached, for easy reference, is a flyer promoting “Library Friends Day” offerings.
MALF Programming Chair
Call for nerdy paraphernalia, etc.
Did you love the Ryan Gosling care package, the sexy librarian apron, the Lego Batman Pinata, or any of the amazing gift cards at last year’s MLA silent auction? These awesome items and many more were all donated by local businesses, organizations, and librarians like you!
If you have handmade items, themed gift baskets, gift certificates or nerdy paraphernalia just randomly sitting around and you keep asking yourself, “Self, what should I do with this?” consider donating to the MLA silent auction! We would love to see what you can come up with!
We ask that all donations be sent in by September 15, 2016. Donations can be dropped off or mailed to either of these locations:
|St. Paul Drop off:
1619 Dayton Avenue, Suite 204
St. Paul, MN 55104
|Duluth Drop Off:
Kathryn A. Martin Library
416 Library Drive
Duluth, MN 55812
Please include the MLA 2016 Silent Auction Donation Form when you drop off your wonderful items!
As part of the 125th anniversary celebrations, MLA will collect video selfies. Don’t be camera shy. Share your best MLA memory in two minutes or less.
Here is how:
- Start by introducing yourself … name, library affiliation (current or past), and note approximately how long you’ve been a MLA member
- Choose one or two of these suggestions as your selfie focus
- My most memorable MLA involvement
- My best MLA networking opportunity
- My best MLA professional development
- My best MLA social event
- My best MLA buddy outside of my workplace (joint selfie an option)
- My own reflection
- Send it to MLA125video@gmail.com
MLA will post the videos on the association’s YouTube channel as well as show them at the conference at the MLA 125th table. Have fun and remember — We Are MLA: Best Memories!
Come to the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center September 29 – 30, 2016 to enjoy, learn, and celebrate the 125 year history of the Minnesota Library Association. The MLA Conference will feature fabulous keynote speakers and top-notch presentations from other librarians across the state. Network with colleagues and move forward into the future of libraries.
Whether new to MLA or just a first time conference attendee, there will be many opportunities to meet colleagues, grow professionally and learn from the history and expertise of MLA. A newcomers’ orientation session will introduce the conference structure and help participants get the most out of conference experiences.
Visit the conference Facebook page or the MLA website to keep up on the latest conference news. Online Registration will begin July 21.