Scholarship Report: DeAnna McCabe – MLA Conference 2018

Event: Minnesota Library Association (MLA) Conference — St. Cloud, MN — October 11-12, 2018

Attendee: DeAnna McCabe – Director, Hokah Public Library

How does attending this event relate to your current role in your library?

This was a great opportunity for me!  I learned about advocacy, branding and why it is important to have people see your logo and know right away it stands for your library.  I learned more about summer reading.  I was able to see the different gadgets that were available to purchase for your library.  I learned how to build relationships with teenagers when they come in.

What’s one (1) idea that you gained from the event that you plan to implement now that you’re back?

I came into this journey very new to the Library world May 2018.  I wasn’t sure what to expect, but found out very quickly!  One of the things that the library did was start there Summer Reading Program beginning of June.  One of the sessions I went to was Summer Reading: Keep them Reading!  I learned to do a Kick Off will help, the program will likely get more attendance and participation if you start getting pamphlets out and kids aware of the program the last week in May when they are still in school.  Contact your local newspaper to put a brief in.  Go to the ALS youth service Pinterest page.  Arrowhead libraries have several great ideas about iREAD.

Would you recommend this event to others and why?

I would recommend this event to others, even if you have been with a library for years!  There were several good training’s and new ideas!  The speakers over lunch were excellent. T here is a hall full of neat things that could be purchased for your library.  There are a lot of different opinions and comments as to what works for some libraries and what doesn’t work.  I had the opportunity to meet other librarians and aides.