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10 Days to MLA: Day 5 - Evening Programming

Posted By Katie Buehner, Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Town Halls, and Public Libraries, and User Groups - oh my!

There's a fair amount of programming that stretches into the evening hours, and it's all pretty terrific. So make sure you grab a cup of coffee during the afternoon breaks on Thursday and Friday so you'll be alert for the following:

Public Services and Cataloging/Metadata Town Halls

The Public Services Town Hall starts at 5:00 PM Thursday, and the Cataloging/Metadata Town Hall starts at 6:00 PM Friday in Pavilion. These are great forums for learning about the latest and greatest developments music librarianship. Both programs are also part of the streaming video program, so encourage colleagues and students who cannot attend in person to tune in on the conference website and to add their questions for the room via the chat feed.

Rockin' @ your Public Library

This session doesn't get going until 6:00 PM on Friday, but it looks like a good one. The speakers will be talking about how to expand the toolkit of public events or programs that encourage patrons to unleash their creativity. The organizers, recognizing the "happy" aspect of their program's hour, invite attendees to drop by the hotel bar and purchase a beverage to bring along to the session.

User Groups

There are the many user group meetings meeting from 6:00-7:30 on Thursday, including Alma, III, Voyager, and SirsiDynix (an OCLC group is also meeting, but at a different time). In a world of constantly changing ILS's, such groups allow librarians from different institutions to compare notes and plan for the future.

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