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MLA 2020 Virtual Conference

Charting a New Course, Together
October 28 - 29, 2020

The Michigan Library Association 2020 conference theme is Charting a New Course, Together and this fall, we are doing just that at our first ever all virtual conference! You're invited to join the adventure and help us chart a new course!

Spring Institute for Youth Services, originally scheduled for March 19-20, is now the Fall Institute for Youth Services Virtual Preconference and will be held on October 27, 2020.

The 2020 Conference will be hosted using Hopin.   hopin logo


Featured Speakers

Beth Ziesenis

Wednesday Opening Keynote
With Beth Ziesenis

Dr. Michael Rice

Wednesday Afternoon Keynote
With Dr. Michael Rice

Alicia D. Williams

Wednesday Afternoon All-Conference Session
With Alicia D. Williams

Dr. Ernest Morell

Thursday Morning Keynote
With Dr. Ernest Morell

Wesley Stace

Thursday Closing Keynote
With Wesley Stace


This year we are offering four tracks to help you organize your educational experience. Attend sessions in one track, or choose your own adventure by mixing and matching educational programs. Our lineup of educational sessions will be finalized and announced soon!

pink location pin - create/build sessions

Create / Build

Sessions focus on concepts, programs, or services new to libraries and/or what’s trending for the new decade.

dark purple pin - engage sessions


Sessions focus on services and programs that engage staff, patrons, and/or the community with the goal of improving library services.


Sessions focus on how libraries re-think and adapt services and programs to the changing needs of staff, patrons, and/or the community.

Yellow Pin icon - lead sessions


Sessions focus on how library staff, patrons, and/or community can lead others towards inspiring solutions and healthy choices.

Thank You to Our Sponsors!

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Uniting the Michigan Library Community

MLA is proud to partner with organizations serving the library community.