Maine Library Association

MLA Events & Annoucements

    • 13 Feb 2024
    • 14 Jan 2025
    • 12 sessions
    • Zoom

    Please contact advocacy2@mainelibraries.org for the zoom link.

    • 19 May 2024
    • 9:00 AM
    • 21 May 2024
    • 4:00 PM
    • Sunday River Grand Summit Hotel, Newry ME
    Register

    Please join us as an exhibitor or sponsor for our annual conference

    May 20-21, 2024 at Sunday River Ski Resort!


    *Note: the conference banner says May 19-21. Sunday 5/19 is a possible pre-conference day, so we are thinking a Monday-Tuesday registration is better ROI for exhibitors and sponsors.

    This year's theme will focus on the part that libraries play as centers of democracy within their communities.

    MONDAY KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Colin Woodard

    Colin Woodard is the director of Nationhood Lab at the Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy at Salve Regina University and the New York Times bestselling author of six books, including American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America, Union: The Struggle to Forge the Story of United States Nationhood and The Lobster Coast: Rebels, Rusticators and the Struggle for a Forgotten Frontier. A veteran foreign correspondent and investigative journalist, he received a 2012 George Polk Award and was a finalist for the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting for his reporting at the Portland Press Herald. His bestselling history of Blackbeard’s pirate gang – The Republic of Pirates-- was made into a primetime NBC series with John Malkovich and Claire Foye and inspired Ubisoft’s Assassins Creed IV: Black Flags, for which he was a consultant. His work has appeared in The New York TimesThe Washington PostSmithsonianThe EconomistPolitico and many other publications. A graduate of Strong Elementary, Mt. Abram Regional High School, Tufts University and the University of Chicago, he was a Pew Fellow in International Journalism at the Johns Hopkins University School for Advanced International Study and is currently a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society in London. He lives in Freeport, where he is an avid user of Maine's statewide interlibrary loan service.

    Tuesday Keynote Speaker: Julia Bouwsma

    Julia Bouwsma lives off-the-grid in the mountains of western Maine where she works as a poet, homesteader, editor, teacher, and small-town librarian. She is Maine’s sixth Poet Laureate, currently serving a term from 2021 to 2026, and is the author three poetry collections: the forthcoming Death Fluorescence (Sundress Publications, 2025), Midden (Fordham University Press, 2018), and Work by Bloodlight (Cider Press Review, 2017). Among other honors, she is a two-time recipient of the Maine Literary Award for Poetry Book. Bouwsma is a former Managing Editor for Alice James Books, has taught in the Creative Writing department at the University of Maine at Farmington, serves on the Community Advisory Board for the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance, and works as the Library Director for Webster Library in Kingfield, ME.

    LODGING: Sunday River is offering a group rate on hotel rooms for any night, Sunday thru Tuesday. Here is a link to access the group rate, which will also be included in your confirmation email.

    Please direct all questions by email to: atlarge2@mainelibraries.org or president@mainelibraries.org and we will be glad to assist you! 

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    • 20 May 2024
    • 8:00 AM
    • 21 May 2024
    • 4:30 PM
    • Sunday River Ski Resort - Grand Summit Hotel
    Register

    We look forward to seeing you at Sunday River in May 2024!



    Pre-Conference Workshop on Sunday, May 19th

    Let’s Talk About It! Empowering Librarians for Controversial Public Sessions and One-to-One Conversations. Facilitated by Craig Freshley. This workshop is still in development and we are currently seeking funding to cover some of the costs. We will send out an announcement when we have complete details and registration set up.


    Conference Keynote Speakers

    Monday, May 20th: Colin Woodard

    Colin Woodard is the director of Nationhood Lab at the Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy at Salve Regina University and the New York Times bestselling author of six books, including "American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America", "Union: The Struggle to Forge the Story of United States Nationhood" and "The Lobster Coast: Rebels, Rusticators and the Struggle for a Forgotten Frontier". A veteran foreign correspondent and investigative journalist, he received a 2012 George Polk Award and was a finalist for the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting for his reporting at the Portland Press Herald. His bestselling history of Blackbeard’s pirate gang - "The Republic of Pirates"- was made into a primetime NBC series with John Malkovich and Claire Foye and inspired Ubisoft’s "Assassins Creed IV: Black Flags", for which he was a consultant. His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Smithsonian, The Economist, Politico, and many other publications. A graduate of Strong Elementary, Mt. Abram Regional High School, Tufts University, and the University of Chicago, he was a Pew Fellow in International Journalism at the Johns Hopkins University School for Advanced International Study and is currently a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society in London. He lives in Freeport, where he is an avid user of Maine's statewide interlibrary loan service.

    Tuesday, May 21st: Julia Bouwsma

    Julia Bouwsma lives off-the-grid in the mountains of western Maine where she works as a poet, homesteader, editor, teacher, and small-town librarian. She is Maine’s sixth Poet Laureate, currently serving a term from 2021 to 2026, and is the author three poetry collections: the forthcoming Death Fluorescence (Sundress Publications, 2025), Midden (Fordham University Press, 2018), and Work by Bloodlight (Cider Press Review, 2017). Among other honors, she is a two-time recipient of the Maine Literary Award for Poetry Book. Bouwsma is a former Managing Editor for Alice James Books, has taught in the Creative Writing department at the University of Maine at Farmington, serves on the Community Advisory Board for the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance, and works as the Library Director for Webster Library in Kingfield, ME.

    Conference Schedule

    A full schedule will be available in late March. We have a fantastic list of session proposals to go through, so stay tuned. Yes- there will be trivia!

    Lodging

    To book a room at the Grand Summit Hotel, use this link for the group rate. The discounted rate is good from Saturday night through Tuesday night, in case you want to extend you stay a bit to enjoy the scenery, trails, and the heated pool!

    Discounts

    Confirmed presenters will be sent a code to access the presenter rates for registration. If you are a confirmed presenter and have not received a code, contact Sonya Durney at president@mainelibraries.org

    MASL members will be able to register at the regular MLA member rate after early bird registration ends after April 8th.

    Cancellation Policy

    If you need to cancel your registration, you can cancel for a full refund through April 25th. No refunds will be given after that time. If you need to cancel, please email Michelle Scheier, our Association Administrator at mscheier@mainelibraries.org.

Past events

29 Feb 2024 Coffee Chat: Library Snapshot Project
31 Jan 2024 Legislative Day Follow-Up
29 Jan 2024 Maine Library Legislative Day 2024
24 Jan 2024 Legislative Day 101
21 Dec 2023 Coffee Chat: Empower Library Staff to Help Patrons Succeed with findhelp
16 Oct 2023 Coffee Chat: Freedom of Access Act
28 Sep 2023 RESCHEDULED Coffee Chat: Intro to the Sustainable Libraries Initiative
15 Jun 2023 Maine Academic Libraries Day 2023
15 Jun 2023 Maine Academic Libraries Day 2023 - Exhibitor Registration
15 Jun 2023 Library Legislative Day 2023
22 May 2023 2023 Annual Conference: Advocacy in Action - Exhibitor and Sponsor Registration
22 May 2023 Advocacy in Action: The 2023 Maine Library Association Annual Meeting and Conference
21 May 2023 Maine Library Association Fundraiser Featuring Stephen and Tabitha King
04 May 2023 Coffee Chat: Continuing Education & Professional Development
24 Apr 2023 Genealogy Discussion: French-Canadian Resources
27 Mar 2023 Genealogy Discussion: Finding Obituaries
16 Mar 2023 Coffee Chat: ChatGPT and the AI Revolution
27 Feb 2023 Genealogy Discussion: Navigating Ancestry’s Library Edition
16 Feb 2023 Coffee Chat: Digital Maine Library Resource Overview II
30 Jan 2023 Genealogy Discussion: Getting Patrons Started with Genealogy
19 Jan 2023 Coffee Chat: Crisis, Self-Care, & Boundary Setting in Libraries
15 Dec 2022 Coffee Chat: Digital Maine Library Resource Overview
17 Nov 2022 Coffee Chat: "Design Thinking" in Libraries
25 Oct 2022 Archives & Special Collections Interest Group meeting
20 Oct 2022 Coffee Chat: How to Have Hard Conversations
15 Oct 2022 Library Snapshot Day info due
28 Sep 2022 Genealogy discussion -- Canadian sources (take 2)
25 Sep 2022 Library Snapshot Week
22 Sep 2022 Coffee Chat: Intellectual Freedom & Strategies for Managing Book Challenges
19 Sep 2022 Genealogy discussion -- Canadian sources
29 Aug 2022 Genealogy discussion
01 Aug 2022 Genealogy discussion --MAPS
27 Jun 2022 Genealogy discussion
16 Jun 2022 Maine Academic Libraries Day 2022
23 May 2022 Trusted - The Maine Library Association Annual Meeting and Conference 2022
22 May 2022 2022 Annual Conference - Exhibitor and Sponsor Registration
22 May 2022 Maine Infonet Pre-Conference
25 Apr 2022 Genealogy discussion
21 Apr 2022 Coffee Chat: Reopening Strategies
08 Apr 2022 National Library Week -- Media Day Toolbox
06 Apr 2022 National Library Week -- Library Policy Day
03 Apr 2022 National Library Week
25 Mar 2022 Oceans of Possibilities for Planning
17 Mar 2022 Coffee Chat: Collection Development and Censorship - A different kind of discussion around a foundational topic for Librarians
17 Feb 2022 Coffee Chat: Setting Boundaries with Patrons
20 Jan 2022 Coffee Chat: Programming with SNAP-Ed
19 Nov 2021 Beg, Borrow, & Steal 2021
18 Nov 2021 Coffee Chat: Intro to MLA Special Interest & Advocacy Groups
02 Nov 2021 Archives & Special Collections Interest Group: Fall Gathering
21 Oct 2021 Coffee Chat: Everything You Always Wanted to Know About cloudLibrary
16 Sep 2021 Coffee Chat: RA for Everyone!
30 Jun 2021 Maine Academic Libraries Day 2021
24 Jun 2021 Coffee Chat: School Year Breakdown
21 Jun 2021 Dungeons & Dragons Session 4 - Online Gaming
14 Jun 2021 Dungeons & Dragons Session 3 - Gameplay
07 Jun 2021 Dungeons & Dragons Session 2 - Character Development
01 Jun 2021 Dungeons & Dragons Session 1 - History & Background
24 May 2021 2021 Annual Conference - Exhibitor and Sponsor Registration
24 May 2021 MLA Annual Conference 2021
11 May 2021 Coffee Chat: How Do You To-Do?
26 Mar 2021 IFC: Chew the Facts, Article Chat
18 Mar 2021 Coffee Chat: What's the Plan?
10 Mar 2021 Maine Library Legislative Day Presents: ALA Advocacy Academy Part II
03 Mar 2021 Maine Library Legislative Day Presents: ALA Advocacy Academy Part I
16 Feb 2021 Coffee Chat: Evaluating and Selecting Popular e-Resources
21 Jan 2021 Coffee Chat: Self-Care, what does that even mean anymore?
27 Oct 2020 Fall Discussion Group: A Discussion of Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You
21 Oct 2020 Fall Discussion Group: A Discussion of Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You
13 Oct 2020 Fall Discussion Group: A Discussion of Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You
06 Aug 2020 Membership discussion and vote on bylaws changes
12 Jun 2020 MLA Executive Board Meeting
03 Jun 2020 Maine Academic Libraries Day 2020
08 May 2020 MLA Annual Meeting 2020
20 Mar 2020 CANCELED - YSS Summer Reading Planning 2020- Session 2
09 Mar 2020 YSS Summer Reading Planning 2020- Session 1
20 Feb 2020 Maine Library Legislative Day
14 Feb 2020 MLA Executive Council Meeting
01 Nov 2019 Beg, Borrow, & Steal 2019
30 Sep 2019 2019 Exhibitors Annual Conference
30 Sep 2019 2019 Maine Library Association Conference - Building Stronger Communities for Maine's Next 200 Years
29 Sep 2019 Maine InfoNet Pre-Conference
12 Jun 2019 Maine Academic Libraries Day
03 Jun 2019 MLA Executive Council Meeting -- NOTE LOCATION AND DATE CHANGE
10 May 2019 MLA Annual Meeting: Development for Libraries with No Development Staff
12 Apr 2019 MLA Executive Council Meeting
18 Mar 2019 Engaging with the ACRL Framework: A Catalyst for Exploring and Expanding Our Teaching Practices
08 Mar 2019 YSS Summer Reading Planning Session 2019
08 Feb 2019 MLA Executive Council Meeting
14 Dec 2018 MLA Executive Council Meeting
01 Oct 2018 Beer Through the Decades: Beer Tasting supporting the Ainsworth Scholarship
01 Oct 2018 2018 Exhibitors Annual Conference
01 Oct 2018 2018 Maine Library Association Conference - The Future is Now
30 Sep 2018 Sharing in Maine: a Maine InfoNet Pre-Conference
14 Sep 2018 MLA Executive Council Meeting
08 Jun 2018 MLA Executive Council Meeting
23 May 2018 2018 MLA Annual Meeting & Library Trends Discussions
13 Apr 2018 MLA Executive Council Meeting
21 Mar 2018 YSS Summer Reading Planning Session
09 Feb 2018 MLA Executive Council Meeting
08 Dec 2017 MLA Executive Council Meeting
02 Oct 2017 2017 Annual Conference Exhibitors
02 Oct 2017 2017 Maine Library Association Conference
23 Aug 2017 Beg Borrow Steal 2017
29 Jun 2017 Tea Time!
17 May 2017 2017 MLA Annual Meeting and More
16 Oct 2015 MLA Executive Council Meeting
24 Aug 2015 Beg, Borrow or Steal 2015
25 Aug 2014 Beg, Borrow Steal 2014
23 Jun 2014 CSLP Reading Program Manuals
06 Jun 2014 MLA Council Meeting
02 May 2014 NMLD Youth Services Lunch
02 May 2014 CMLD Youth Services Lunch
11 Apr 2014 MLA Council Meeting
21 Feb 2014 MLA Council Meeting
13 Dec 2013 MLA Council Meeting
19 Aug 2013 Beg, Borrow Steal 2013
12 Jun 2013 MLA June Council Meeting
10 May 2013 MLA Annual Meeting
08 Mar 2013 MLA Council Meeting
11 Jan 2013 MLA Council Meeting
09 Nov 2012 MLA Council Meeting

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