Special Events


Leadership Academy Breakfast

Wednesday, October 26, 2016
8:00 – 8:45 a.m.
$25.00 per person – early bird rate

Join the current 2016 Leadership Academy class and past alums to start the conference out right!  This breakfast will honor our newly graduated class and provide you the platform to reconnect you with past cohort. 

MI Author Award LunchJC_by_Kim_Carey

Wednesday, October 26, 2016
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
$35.00 per person – early bird rate

New York Times bestseller Jacqueline Carey is the author of the critically acclaimed and award-winning Kushiel’s Legacy series of historical fantasy novels, The Sundering epic fantasy duology, postmodern fables Santa Olivia and Saints Astray, and the Agent of Hel contemporary fantasy series.  Jacqueline enjoys doing research on a wide variety of arcane topics, and an affinity for travel has taken her from Iceland to China to date.  She currently lives in west Michigan.

Further information is available at www.jacquelinecarey.com.  Join her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/jacquelinecarey.author or follow her on Twitter at @JCareyAuthor.

Executive Exchange

Wednesday, October 26, 2016
3:15 – 5:30 p.m.
Please pre-register for this event - free

An unconference in a conference.  What keeps you up at night?  This two session event will include high level round tables discussions and a presentation from Anne Seurynk, Foster Swift Collins & Smith PC, that will focus on common legal issues that arise during board meetings.  Any dean, director, upper management or aspiring leader is encouraged to come.


125th Anniversary Celebration

Wednesday, October 26, 2016
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Please pre-register for this event - free

Michigan Library Association is celebrating 125 years!  Join in the celebration and make a toast to 125 years of ideas in motion.  Connect with your colleagues and friends while you browse through exhibits, poster previews and our life size history timeline.  Keep the energy and excitement of opening day going by getting your picture taken in the photo booth, enjoying music through time and snacking on great food.  Hors d’oeuvre stations are included and a cash bar will be available.  This event is free to attend for all Wednesday conference goers. 


MLA Game Night

Wednesday, October 26, 2016
8:00 - 10:00 p.m.

Are you secretly a Jenga prodigy or possess world domination skills and rule at Risk?  Find yourself and your new conference friends at MLA’s game night and end the first event day winning at Life!  Whether you are new to gaming or a pro, we’ll have a wide selection of board games available to play.  Learn to play new games and partake of some of your favorites with fellow librarians, while you enjoy some snacks and great company.  Are you on the fence about attending the game night and want to wait to see if your friends will be going?  No problem.  No advance sign-up is required. 


Library SOUP

Thursday, October 27, 2016
3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
$10.00 per person

Please visit the Library SOUP webpage for more information.


Your Professional Connection and Poster Reception

Thursday, October 27, 2016
5:15 – 6:30 p.m.
Please pre-register for this event - free

This casual, inclusive reception is designed to bring emerging professionals, local MLIS program alumni and established library professionals from all backgrounds together to network professionally, learn some innovative new projects, network and grow professionally.  Whether your goal is to meet new connections, explore collaboration opportunities, or simply put faces with names, this event will help you grow your network.  Students are welcome and encouraged to attend.  Appetizers are included and a cash bar will be available. 


Local Brews Beer Crawl

Thursday, October 27, 2016
Meet at 7:00 p.m. in the Radisson Lansing Hotel Lobby

Tour and taste the best local brews that Lansing has to offer.  Join us for food and drinks with old friends and new colleagues as we travel from pub to pub as a group.  We’ll use the safe and convenient CATA Entertainment Express to make our way around the city.  Feeling festive with Halloween around the corner?  Feel free to dress in your best costume as we travel this ale trail together!  A full list of pubs and a map will be available prior to the event.  Please consider having cash on hand as this is a pay your own way event. 


State Librarians Lunch

Friday, October 28, 2016
12:30 – 1:45 p.m.
$35.00 per person – early bird rate

Join State Librarian Randy Riley as he announces and honors the winner of the Library of Michigan Foundations’ State Librarian’s Excellence Award.