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The University of Minnesota Libraries' Enhancing Quality Staff symposium provides a forum for library paraprofessional and support staff to learn about a range of timely professional topics, share ideas and experiences with peers, enhance skills with continuing education, and work toward personal wellbeing. 

EQS is specially designed for library paraprofessionals and support staff. EQS is presented by the University of Minnesota Libraries and Minitex, and has been on hiatus since 2020. It is a wonderful opportunity to connect with colleagues from across the library community, to learn, and to have fun in a beautiful setting. 


The program begins at 8:30 a.m. (Central Time) with a welcome and keynote presentations, followed by breakout sessions. Lunch (11:30-12:45) and refreshments will be provided throughout the day.  The day will conclude at 4:30 p.m.

More information can be found on the EQS website.

Planning Committee

  • Anna Vanwey, University of Minnesota Libraries
  • Becky Adamski, University of Minnesota Libraries
  • Bob Francis, Minitex
  • Cathy Coats, University of Minnesota Libraries
  • Dana Kocienda, Minitex
  • Gina McKenzie, University of Minnesota Libraries
  • Jared LaBounty, Minitex  
  • Katie Miller, University of Minnesota Libraries
  • Melissa Aho, University of Minnesota Libraries
  • Messa Vang, University of Minnesota Libraries
  • Mindy Braun, Minitex  
  • Xiong Lee, University of Minnesota Libraries


If you have questions, contact the planning committee at

Code of Conduct

EQS attendees are required to abide by the University of Minnesota Code of Conduct. EQS seeks a variety of opinions, voices, and perspectives at our symposium. We encourage participation from people of all races, ethnicities, genders, ages, abilities, religions, and sexual orientation. We strive to create an inclusive and respectful experience, inviting diverse perspectives and opinions.

Enhancing Quality Staff Symposium 2023
Staff contact
Dana Kocienda

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