Scholarship Report: Nancy Hackenmiller – MLA Conference 2018

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

Attendee: Nancy Hackenmiller – Library Assistant, Kasson Public Library

What was your favorite session you attended and why?

My favorite session was “12 DIY Adult Programs” presented by Laura Morlock on Thursday afternoon.  She was enthusiastic about the programs at her library, highlighting her PowerPoint presentation with photos of the various events.  I was intrigued with the variety of the adult programming at Wescott Library.  I have since been in contact with Laura via email to learn more from her and to pass on an activity that has been successful here at my library!

What was your biggest takeaway from the event as a whole?

Gina Millsap, Friday’s keynote speaker, had a message that has remained with me.  In fact, I am now reading the two books which she recommended: “Rising to the Challenge” and “Built to Last”.  Her call to librarians to embrace their role as community leaders was important to hear.  And her many examples of effecting change in a timely fashion were the impetus to musing on what could be/should be changed at MY library.

Would you recommend this event to others and why?

Yes, I would very strongly encourage others to attend the annual conference.  It is a wonderful venue for gathering new ideas, connecting with vendors, broadening horizons, and gaining a renewed sense of purpose.  Spending two full and busy days with a large group of people, all committed to libraries, is a very uplifting experience!