Break-out Sessions

Pre-Conference Workshop (Thursday, June 7th)

Engaged Libraries and Neutral Public Space: Seeking Balance in an Age of Unrest. The Sitting Bull College Experience
Mark Holman

Mark Holman has been Library Director of Sitting Bull College Library on the Standing Rock Reservation for 17 years. Standing Rock was the site of the recent protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline, an event that posed new questions and challenges to the role of a library in a time of unrest. Sitting Bull College Library, as the closest public library, found itself serving a new and diverse set of patrons while also trying to engage and capture that important moment in history that overshadowed everything locally for much of 2016 and 2017. The experience raised important questions about the opportunities and perils of being a library on the periphery of divisive conflict since  it is one of the few places open to virtually anyone. Mark will discuss the experience of the library, encourage others to share their stories and foster a discussion about the best course for libraries to navigate as they become both willing and unwilling participants in the fractious events of our present age.

Join Mark Holman for an informational workshop about active library community engagement in a time of conflict and division.  Attendees will brainstorm on their own potential approaches to accommodating and providing services to the impromptu communities that arise during periods of social unrest.

#LSLS18: ACT (Friday, June 8th)

9:00 – 10:00 am: Keynote Presentation: ACTing Up: How to Create and Maintain a Dynamic Library for Both Staff and Patrons
Rebecca McCorkindale
4th Floor Rotunda

ACTing Up brings together many important lessons Rebecca learned through her decade of working in bookstores, and the seven plus years in a public library. From starting out her library career as a wannabe Children’s Librarian to becoming the manager of the Gretna Children’s Library, her insights will help library workers feel confident in their vital roles within their libraries and communities. Learn ways that any library worker, in a leadership position or not, can ACT up and shine.

Rebecca McCorkindale is Gretna Public Library’s Assistant Library Director/Creative Director in Gretna, NE. She blogs (, does both arts and crafts, loves bad puns, and adores both her husband Bruce and their cats Kitty Momo and The Luminous Mews.

10:15 am – 11:15 am: Session 1

New Kid on the Block: How a Museum Opened a Library
Ryan Welle, Minnesota Military Museum

Clear the floor: weeding bound periodicals and other projects
Krista E. Clumpner, Northern Michigan University Olson Library

Indigenous Knowledge Centres: decolonizing the public library
John Pateman, Thunder Bay Public Library

Storytime for Adults
Barry McKnight and Linda Jerome, La Crosse Public Library

11:30 am – 12:30 pm: Session 2

Librarianship In and Out of Prison: The Law Library Service to Prisoner’s Program
Susan Trombley, Minnesota State Law Library

Use Your Words: Tips on Being an Articulate Advocate in Your Work and Community
Marge Loch-Wouters, Loch-Wouters Consulting

Talk to Strangers: A Human Library Inspired Event
Lizzy Tegeler, St. Catherine University; Ann Vogl and Elizabeth Steans, University of Wisconsin Stout

Pop-up Libraries: All of the Services, None of the Walls (Literally)
Alicia Peterson, Duluth Public Library; Dana Bjerke and Joyce Linman, Hennepin County Library

1:15 pm – 2:00 pm: Lightning Rounds
2nd Floor Learning Commons

Two Libraries, One Community: Public and Academic Libraries Working Together
Linda Kramer, Martin Luther College; Kris Wiley, New Ulm Public Library

Across the Great Divide: From Para to Professional in Just 27 Years
Mags David, University of Minnesota Duluth

Minnesota Digital Library Explorations3 – Advancing and Transforming Minnesota’s History
Jolie Graybill, UMN Libraries; Sara Ring, Minitex

Dream (Projects) Come True with LSTA Grants
Leah Larson, State Library Services

2:15 pm – 3:15 pm: Session 3

BookBusters: Libraries Supporting Self-Publishing
Valerie Horton, Minitex; Shane Nackerud, University of Minnesota Libraries; and Andrea McKennan, MELSA

Access(ibility) is What We Do: Practical Strategies for Taking Charge of Accessibility
Jennie Archer and Ginny Connell, Concordia College

Beyond Our Comfort Zone: Using the Reading Without Walls Program to Challenge Our Community of Readers
Jessica Korpi, Duluth Public Library; Kayleen Jones and Kim Pittman, University of Minnesota Duluth Kathryn A. Martin Library

The Alternative Truth Project and Banned Books: La Crosse Librarians Unite to Tell the Forgotten Story of a Librarian Hero
Barry McKnight, La Crosse Public Library; and Teri Holford, UW-La Crosse Murphy Library

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm: Session 4

Gathering Data with Google Sheets
Adam Brisk, University of Minnesota Duluth

Lost in the Library: Tales of Inventory Adventures and Lessons Learned
Mollie Stanford and Chris Magnusson, Arrowhead Library System

Archives Unite! Making local history sources on underrepresented people more discoverable
Heidi Johnson, College of St. Scholastica;  Julie Kapke, Duluth Public Library; Cassy Leeport, Red Lake Nation College; Christopher Welter, Iron Range Research Center; Aimee Brown and Shana Aue, University of Minnesota Duluth

Be the Game Changer: Embracing Gaming of all Types in Libraries
Jennifer DeJonghe, Amanda Lewis, and Alec Sonsteby, Metropolitan State University
Room 208