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The Future is Now at MLA 2018!

Monday & Tuesday,  October 1 & 2 at Sunday River Grand Summit Resort

Preconference Sunday, September 30th

Maine libraries have long histories, but we are constantly looking toward the future for ways to serve our communities.  With change happening ever more rapidly, the future is now--and it turns out that some of the biggest new ideas are ones that libraries have been championing all along!

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Programming and Events


Sunday, September 30th: Sharing in Maine: a Maine InfoNet Pre-Conference

A morning keynote will be followed by networking at lunch, and afternoon sessions about the libraries and the sharing economy in Maine.

Attend as a stand-alone event, or combine with the MLA Annual Conference!
Click here to Register for the Maine InfoNet Pre-Conference.

10:30 - Registration

11:00 - Keynote

Miguel Figueroa
Director, Center for the Future of Libraries, American Library Association

Our Futures in Sharing
Libraries were sharing before sharing was cool, but new peer-to-peer and sharing economy models are changing the ways that people provide and access goods and services. How are these models distinct from traditional modes of library sharing and what might be their next steps in changing user expectations? This session will look at sharing economy innovators and consider the implications for libraries. Using some of these new insights, we’ll work together to envision new sharing transactions for Maine’s library user of the future. Through this process of identifying new signals of change and working together to develop positive visions for the future, we can take the first steps toward building the library of the future.

12:00 - Lunch

12:45 - Activities relating to the keynote

  2:00 - Maine InfoNet Summit: 

Many issues affect the ability of Maine libraries to effectively share and partner. Some of these issues are thorny and complex: some are simple, but just need to be shared. Libraries of all types from across the state will meet and work through these issues as Maine InfoNet leads a discussion of some issues that have arisen over the last few years with the goal of reaching understanding and a shared approach for solving some problems that we all encounter. Libraries can provide input on proposed policies and suggested best-practices as well as an opportunity to raise issues of importance to your library that might impact statewide sharing.

  5:00 - Finish

Monday, October 1st

Tuesday, October 2nd

Concurrent Sessions

For full details of sessions, including times and presenters, download the presentations guide here.


Journalism, Democracy and the Informed Citizen (Monday)
Discussion with prominent Maine journalists from the Portland Press Herald and the Bangor Daily News about their work, the current media-scape, and the relationship between journalism and democracy; moderated by the Executive Director of the Maine Humanities Council.

Phil Bowermaster (Tuesday)
Phil Bowermaster, acceleration strategist, is a nationally recognized author and speaker. He has more than 25 years experience writing about emerging technologies and the future. As co-host of the popular Internet radio series, The World Transformed, Phil has talked with leading scientists and technologists, best-selling authors, philosophers, filmmakers, artists, entrepreneurs and others who are shaping our understanding of the amazing era of transformation in which we live.
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Registration is open! Click here to Register.

Early Bird Member (ends September 7th)

  • 1 Day: $135
  • 2 Day: $185


  • 1 Day: $160
  • 2 Day: $235


  • 1 Day: $235
  • 2 Day: $335


  • $45 combined with the conference
  • $60 just the pre-conference

State Council Meeting

If you'd like to just attend for the council meeting only (which includes a keynote, the council meeting, lunch, and access to the exhibitors):

  •  Early Bird Member (ends September 7th): $50
  •  Regular: $65


If you don't have the financial means to attend, please apply for one of our conference grants! The Scholarship & Loan Committee award 4 members need-based grants of $250 to defray costs of conference attendance.  Learn more on the Scholarship & Loan page.



Attendees: Check out a variety of products and services you never knew existed, or connect with vendors you know to learn about new features and offerings.

Exhibitors: Meet with Maine librarians from around the state at Maine's largest library gathering!  For complete information, see our 2018 Exhibitor Info.



We have special rates at Sunday River's Grand Summit Hotel until we use up our room allotment, so plan your booking ahead.  For room information, please see our 2018 Lodging Info.  Specifics will be available once registration opens.

It's peak leaf peeping season, so it should make for a beautiful retreat.  Our rates extend 3 days before or after the conference, so make a trip out of it!



Trivia Night

Location: River Room (next to Camp)

7 - 9 pm

Quiz night, pub quiz, trivia night - by any name it’s a game librarians are good at. Join us for a few rounds of trivia, including very challenging Maine questions! No experience necessary, but you do need a good team name and a knack for sitting with smart folks.



Beer Through the Decades: Stew Mason, Head Brewer @ Sunday River

This event promises to be tasty and educational!  Learn about different beer styles from a local brewer accompanied by a beer tasting. Proceeds benefit the Phyllis E. Ainsworth Scholarship, which supports Maine residents pursuing MLIS degrees.

Location: River Room (next to Camp)

Time: 4:30 - 6pm

Tickets must be purchased for tasting. Ticket price includes five 4oz beer tastings. Beer specials will be offered in the Camp lounge following the tasting.

Ticket price: 


Location: River Room (next to Camp)

8-9:30 (ish)

Join your colleagues for a rockin' evening of Battledecks! Never heard of it? It is kinda-like PowerPoint Karaoke. We will be looking for six volunteers to hop on stage. Come ready to be entertained (or to entertain ...YOUR CALL!)




Location: Moonstruck Patio (bad weather = Moonstruck Room)

Greet the day and energize with Wendy Dillion, certified yoga instructor.

Please bring your own mat.


Space is limited but you must register:

6:30-7:30 am



Cancellations made more than 10 days in advance can be refunded minus a $35 processing fee.  After September 20, 2018 refunds cannot be guaranteed, but will be considered on a case by case basis.  Please contact about cancellations.

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