Maine Library Association

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 experience
  • Programming, Management, Youth Services, Reference and Instruction, Technology, Cataloging, Intellectual Freedom, and Fun are among the many topics to share!



Programming and Events



Cory Doctorow

Cory DoctorowCory Doctorow ( is a science fiction novelist, blogger and technology activist. He is the co-editor of the popular weblog Boing Boing, and a contributor to many magazines, websites and newspapers. He is a special consultant to the Electronic Frontier Foundation,  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).


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

Monday, September 30th

Tuesday, October 1st

Maine InfoNet Pre-Conference: Sunday, September 29th

Registration for the Pre-Conference is separate from the main conference. 

David Lee King

Digital Services Director at Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library.

Emerging Tech Trends for Libraries

Technology has changed the face of libraries, and is continuing to change how we work and how we deliver services to customers. This workshop introduces emerging technology trends, and how those trends are reshaping library services. Examples of how to incorporate these emerging trends into libraries are provided.

Attendees will leave knowing what trends to look for, the difference between a technology trend and a fad, and will have ideas on how their library can respond to emerging technology.

David Lee King speaks widely at national and regional conferences. His focus is relevant to public, school and academic libraries.

Afternoon Work Sessions

The afternoon sessions of the pre-conference will function as a summit where libraries of all types from across the state can meet and work through policy issues related to cross-system collaboration and cooperation. Maine InfoNet will lead a discussion of some issues that have arisen over the last few years with the goal of reaching understanding and a shared approach for solving some problems that we all encounter. There will be a chance for libraries to provide input on proposed policies and suggested best-practices as well as an opportunity to raise issues of importance to your library that might impact statewide sharing.

Preconference Schedule:

    • 10:00 - Check-in
    • 10:30 - Workshop with David Lee King
    • 12:30 - Lunch
    •   1:15 -  Maine InfoNet Policy Summit
    •   4:00 - Finish   


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: 

7:30 pm in the River Room: Puzzled Pint - if you haven't heard of it, Puzzled Pint is a casual puzzle-solving event thatPuzzled Pint logo 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 :

5:00 - 7:00 pm in the Ballroom: Birds of a Feather Networking Dinner sponsored by Bibliofiche/OPALS

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 We've heard your feedback from previous years and thanks to our generous sponsor, we are happy to offer a dinner of salad, pizzas (we've included vegan and gluten-free options in the order), and dessert in the Ballroom. This is not only a free dinner, but a chance for interest groups and others to gather and network! 

7:30 pm in the River Room (inside Camp Restaurant): Trivia is back with your hosts Bryce Cundick and Matthew Revitt

Tuesday, 10/1:

6:30 - 7:30 am: 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. 

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

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