MLA 2021 Virtual Conference Archives
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MLA 2021 Virtual Conference Archives

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A Core Collection: Welcoming New and Casual Library Users 

The session introduces Kent District Library's new CORE collection, newly purchased and specially branded copies of our one hundred most loved adult titles. This collection represents the intersection of well-reviewed books and popular books as determined by KDL circulation statistics. As a subset of the general collection, the titles are at least six months old and answer a common request received from casual library users. "Can you give me a good book to read?"


Lightning Bolt on a galaxy backgroundFind Your Way in ALA

Whether or not you are a member, the American Library Association is YOUR association. MLA is an ALA chapter, and ALA represents libraries at the national level. Join MLA's ALA Councilor to learn the latest ALA news, how ALA and MLA interact, and how you can get involved.


Lightning Bolt on a galaxy backgroundRethinking Summer Reading: Experience vs the Numbers

Reading is not a competitive sport. However, every year we approached Summer Reading as if the person with the most tracked pages, or minutes, or books somehow ”won” over other readers.  Did more people read as a result?  Did we engage new readers?  Did we alienate slow readers?  Brandon Township Public Library decided to try a new approach by prioritizing reading experiences over numbers. Join us for a step-by-step guide on how the program was conducted, complete with statistics.  Find out if this new approach succeeded or if we have to go back to the drawing (reading) board for 2022.


Lightning Bolt on a galaxy backgroundBees in the D: What's the BUZZ About?

Learn from Brian of Bees in the D about how your library could host a hive or add pollinator education to your programming. Bees in the D is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to create a cooperative effort between residents, schools, organizations, and businesses in the city of Detroit and Southeast Michigan to contribute to both the health of honey bee colonies and native pollinators, and the education of their importance to our environment.


Using MeL Connections for Adult Programming

Get to know MeL Connections for Adult Programming, a guide to using MeL eResources to support virtual and in-person programming. Attendees will explore the benefits of using eResources to design and implement a wide range of "How to MeL" programs and develop a draft plan using the template provided within the guide.

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