Maine Library Association


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!

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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