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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: 

There are many issues affecting 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. The afternoon sessions of the pre-conference will function as a summit where libraries of all types from across the state can meet and work through these issues. Maine InfoNet will lead 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. There will be a chance for libraries to 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

  8:00 - Registration and Coffee
  9:00 - Welcome and Keynote
10:00 - Concurrent Sessions
11:00 - Exhibitor Break
11:45 - Awards and Lunch
  1:00 - Concurrent Sessions
  2:00 - Concurrent Sessions 
  3:00 - Exhibitor Break
  3:30 - Concurrent Sessions

Tuesday, October 2nd 

  8:00 - Registration and Coffee
  9:00 - Keynote
10:15 - Exhibitor Break 
11:00 - Statewide Council Meeting
12:00 - Lunch
  1:00 - Concurrent Sessions
  2:00 - Concurrent Sessions 
  3:00 - Exhibitor Break
  3:30 - Concurrent Sessions 

Concurrent Sessions

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

  • #HappyPlaceFound: Marketing Academic Roundtable with Sunday River Marketing Professional
  • Access to Justice Partnerships
  • Addressing Social Inequity:  How Public Libraries Help Level the Playing Field
  • Beyond Cut & Paste: Creating Meaningful Art Experiences for Children at Your Library
  • Bias in Cataloging
  • Change your Game - how to shake up your routine, and think outside the Marketing box!
  • Collaborative Development of a Library Instruction Assessment Plan for Continuous Improvement
  • Community Conversations @ Your Library
  • Creating Perfect!
  • Diversify Your Bookshelves: Picture Books that "Teach" Diversity
  • Domestic Abuse & Your Community: Implications for Libraries
  • For Flannel's Sake
  • From Genealogy to Genetics: Library Programming to Explore Your Roots
  • Gale Digital Resources for Maine
  • Hands Across the Sea: encouraging literacy in the Eastern Caribbean
  • How to do UX when you have no time or money
  • Improving Library Board/Director Relations
  • Improving your STEM Facilitation Skills
  • Journalism, Democracy and the Informed Citizen
  • Library Leadership through Community Engagement
  • Maintaining Customer Service Excellence in Challenging Patron Situations
  • Making Migration Visible Initiative
  • Making Your Library Deaf-Friendly
  • Marketing...and other responsibilities
  • New Directions in Library Technology
  • No Hobbits or Lightsabers Allowed
  • Regression Session with YSS
  • Small Libraries: Tales of Woe and What Can Be Learned From Them
  • Technical Services Panel Discussion
  • Telling Your Wireless Story
  • The New Commons Project: Working with Libraries
  • Ungendering Our Books: Challenging Gender Stereotypes in Middle Grade Fiction
  • Wonder League Robotics in the Library
  • Workforce Development in Libraries


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 opens July 23rd.

- Early Bird Member (ends Aug. 31) 1 Day: $135 / 2 Day: $185
- Member 1 Day: $160 /  2 Day: $235
- Non-Member 1 Day: $235 /  2 Day: $335

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

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 Aug. 31): $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!

Cancellation Policy

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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