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MLA Invites Your Proposals for Conference Programming

In the inimitable words of science educator and bestselling author Bill Nye: “Keep your ears always open… Everyone you meet knows something that you don’t.” By that same token, everyone around you could learn something from you! In this spirit, the Minnesota Library Association is opening up the floor to library staff, trustees and Friends for proposals on panel programming at this year’s annual MLA Conference.

Specifically, convention organizers are soliciting suggestions from professionals willing to share their expertise on any and all of the below subjects:

  • Authors, Literature, and Cultural Programming
  • Children & Young Adults
  • Collection Management & Technical Services
  • Digital Information & Technologies
  • Library Trustees & Friends
  • Public Services
  • Support Staff Interests

Acceptable presentation formats include single or multiple speakers, panel discussions, case studies, and/or demonstrations of projects. Bear in mind that session blocks run exactly 60 minutes.

If you have the kernel of an idea you think would be suitable, click here to fill out an online proposal!* The deadline is Friday, April 26. The MLA Conference Committee will consider each entry, and applicants will be notified by Friday, May 17 if their proposal is accepted.

This year’s MLA Conference will be held October 10-11 at the St. Cloud River’s Edge Convention Center. Click here for more information on this premiere event.

*Note: The proposal form must be completed by the person who will serve as the point of contact for this session proposal. (The point of contact does not need to be a session presenter - but s/he will serve as the liaison between the conference planners and any session presenters for the purposes of this proposal.)