Wednesday, September 23, 2015

5 Ways to Make MLA Work for You (as a Student)

We had a great time learning about the Minnesota Library Association from Maggie Snow. Since I know not everyone can attend, I wanted to share some of the ways you might get involved with MLA as a student.

1) Join.
Membership is heavily discounted while you are a student. Join MLA for $25/year or even better, join ALA and MLA for $38/year.
2) Sign up for the annual conference.
There's still time to register for the annual conference, one of the best opportunities you'll have to meet library professionals from around the state. Bonus: it's in St. Paul this year. You can register online through October 2nd. Don't forget you can get reimbursed from the Student Governance Organization.

3) Volunteer at conference.
Registration too high? Want a chance to help out at the conference and meet library professionals? There are spots for library students to volunteer in exchange for half off the registration costs.

4) Join a committee or subunit.
If you really want to strengthen your MLA game, library students are welcome to join a subunit or committee. Take a look at the current subunits and committees and email them directly if you are interested.

5) Attend a subgroup event or webinar
Some subunits and committees offer events for you to attend throughout the year. Like Readers' Advisory? Attend a Tomes on Tap. Want to learn more about academic libraries? Academic and Research Library Division offers an ARLD Day every spring. Watch the MLA calendar for upcoming events that fit your interests.

This isn't everything you can do. Other ideas we talked about included present at a conference, applying for a leadership development program like MILE or Emerging Leaders, or get involved with advocacy/library legislative day.

Thanks, again, to Maggie Snow for joining us. Our next meeting will be Tuesday, October 13th from 5-5:45pm.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

An Evening with Andrew Smith

Thanks to a partnership with Addendum Books, we have a chance to co-host a YA author event. Join us in CdC 17 at 7pm this Thursday, September 24th, for An Evening with Andrew Smith.

Andrew Smith is the author Winger, Grasshopper Jungle, and more. Please share with anyone who might be interested.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Fall 2015 Meeting Dates

Here are our meeting dates for the fall! We're meeting from 5:00-5:45pm in CdC 18 (except for one meeting):
  • September 15th: Interest meeting

  • September 22nd: Meeting in CdC 20. Visit from MLA President, Maggie Snow
  • October 13th
October 27th
November 10th 

  • November 24th

  • December 8th 
We hope to see you there! If you are unable to attend, you can keep up with the group through our email list. Feel free to contact us at if you would like to be added.