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Celebrate the next 200 years at MLA 2019!

September 30th & October 1st at Sunday River Grand Summit Resort
Preconference Sunday, September 29th

Next year is Maine's Bicentennial! It's  perfect time to learn from our past, look to the future, and improve our now.  MLA's annual conference brings together colleagues from libraries across the state:

  • large and small,
  • public, academic, school, and special
  • brand-new or long experienced



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Programming and Events

Keynotes

Monday

Cory Doctorow

Cory DoctorowCory Doctorow (craphound.com) is a science fiction novelist, blogger and technology activist. He is the co-editor of the popular weblog Boing Boing (boingboing.net), and a contributor to many magazines, websites and newspapers. He is a special consultant to the Electronic Frontier Foundation (eff.org), a non-profit civil liberties group that defends freedom in technology law, policy, standards and treaties. He holds an honorary doctorate in computer science from the Open University (UK), where he is a Visiting Professor; he is also a MIT Media Lab Research Affiliate and a Visiting Professor of Practice at the University of South Carolina’s School of Library and Information Science. In 2007, he served as the Fulbright Chair at the Annenberg Center for Public Diplomacy at the University of Southern California.

His novels have been translated into dozens of languages and are published by Tor Books, Head of Zeus (UK), Titan Books (UK) and HarperCollins (UK). He has won the Locus, Prometheus, Copper Cylinder, White Pine and Sunburst Awards, and been nominated for the Hugo, Nebula and British Science Fiction Awards.

His recent books include RADICALIZED (2019) and WALKAWAY (2017), science fiction for adults; IN REAL LIFE, a young adult graphic novel created with Jen Wang (2014); and INFORMATION DOESN’T WANT TO BE FREE, a business book about creativity in the Internet age (2014).


Tuesday

Wanda Kay Brown
ALA President

As libraries grow and change, you may be pondering what the future holds for you and the library profession. You may ask yourself, what is your role in taking the lead?  How will you ensure that your library is positioned as an indispensable community asset? What can YOU do to embrace your community and help move it forward? ALA President Wanda Brown shares her vision for the future of libraries and discusses how library staff can embrace and capitalize on the important role libraries play in their communities. Wanda will share her thoughts on how we may best prepare ourselves for the future and how this will not only benefit our libraries and the profession, but ourselves. During this inspirational keynote you’ll learn how library workers can adapt and thrive in this changing environment.

Wanda Kay Brown is the director of library services at the C. G. O’Kelly Library at Winston-Salem State University. (WSSU)  Prior to her appointment, she served as the Associate Dean of Wake Forest University’s Z. Smith Reynolds Library. Brown has spent some 40 years in the profession. Along the way she has focused on being “professionally active” in state and national library organizations. As ALA president, Brown will be the chief elected officer for the largest library association in the world.  She stepped into her role as ALA President at the close of the 2019 ALA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C.


Concurrent Sessions

Full descriptions of concurrent sessions can be found here: 2019 MLA Conference Sessions pdf.

Monday, September 30th


Tuesday, October 1st


Maine InfoNet Pre-Conference: Sunday, September 29th

Keynote TBD, watch for more information.  Afternoon discussion will center around common policies and practices for borrowing and patron service throughout the state.  



Rates

Click here to register for the main conference!  Preconference registration opening soon.

  Early Bird Member

  Member 

  Non Member

  Preconference

  • $135 - 1 Day
  • $195 - 2 Days

 Ends Aug. 30th

  • $170 - 1 Day
  • $245 - 2 Days

  • $245 - 1 Day
  • $345 - 2 Days
  • $45 - combined with the conference registration
  • $60 - just the preconference

State Council Meeting

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

  • $50 - Early Bird Member - ends August 30th
  • $65 - Regular


Scholarships

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


Exhibitors

Attendees: Check out a variety of products and services 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 Exhibitor Info page.


Lodging

We have special rates at the Conference venue, Sunday River's Grand Summit Hotel.  For room information, please see our 2019 Lodging Info page.  Rates are guaranteed until August 29th, so don't delay.

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


Fun! - more to come here, so stay tuned...

Monday & Tuesday: Send a postcard to a co-worker. We will have a station set up where you can write a note to a co-worker, volunteer, library friend, or whoever you feel deserves a high-five at your library. We'll provide the supplies and mail it for you.

Sunday, 9/29: 

7:30pm, River Room: Puzzled Pint - if you haven't heard of it, Puzzled Pint is a casual puzzle-solving event that occurs on the 2nd Tuesday of the month, in pubs/bars in cities around the world- including Portland! It is organized by a group of volunteers and is non-commercial. All of their puzzles are available on their website under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license. (We thought you'd like to know.) Just show up, team up, and solve puzzles - we'll have a couple of people on hand to facilitate and provide clues. 

Monday, 9/30 :

7:30pm, River Room (inside Camp Restaurant): Trivia is back with your hosts Nissa Flanagan and Matthew Revitt

Tuesday, 10/1:

6:30 - 7:30am: Yoga -  we received great feedback on certified yoga instructor, Wendy Dillion from last year's conference. Greet the day and energize with a yoga session on the Moonstruck Patio (Moonstruck Room if it rains). Please bring your own mat. Space is limited, so please register here.


Also, the mountain park, including chondola rides is open from 10-4 on Fri-Sunday if you want to come a bit early.


Policies

Cancellations

Cancellations made more than 10 days in advance can be refunded minus a $35 processing fee.  After this, refunds cannot be guaranteed, but will be considered on a case-by-case basis.  Please contact mainelibrary@gmail.com about cancellations.  

Statement of Appropriate Conduct

Please familiarize yourself with MLA's Statement of Appropriate Conduct for events. If you have any questions or concerns while at the conference, please contact us at the registration desk.


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