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Dive into Minitex Connect for only $40! Join keynote speaker Sebastian Hammer for insights on collaborative software. Plus, MNLINK training, panels, and a celebration of 20 years! If you provide interlibrary loan services at your library, or are interested in any aspect of resource sharing, please join us to learn more about what’s happening in interlibrary loan and beyond.

2024 Minitex Connect
  • Registration is only $40: This fee includes a continental breakfast and lunch, featuring a taco bar. You won't be disappointed!
  • Sebastian Hammer: You won’t want to miss our keynote speaker, Sebastian Hammer, who is passionate about creating software collaboratively. Sebastian has been working with technology for libraries for his whole career, mostly in the spaces between libraries, creating software and promoting standards to let libraries do more by pooling their resources. In 2018, he helped launch Project ReShare as a deliberate collaboration between developers and library consortia: A collaboration to build collaborative software, together. His keynote title: “Reflections on the conversation between technology and libraries. 
  • MNLINK training: This is an opportunity to receive in-person ReShare and VuFind® training from Debra Denault of Index Data. Whether you work in interlibrary loan, help patrons with MNLINK, or use MNLINK yourself, there is a session for you! Deepen your understanding of the new MNLINK and have your important questions addressed.
  • Sessions/Panels: The day will include 2 tracks (MNLINK & Resource Sharing) with 3 sessions/panels each. For instance, there will be a multi-library panel focusing on the latest tech trends.
  • Location: Hennepin Technical College, (Brooklyn Park Campus) offers convenient and easily accessible free parking, situated close to various hotels, dining options, and shopping destinations.
  • Networking: Getting together is wonderful! We love our library community. We're inviting everyone to come together to learn, to share successes, germinate new ideas, and to plan our best possible future together.
  • MNLINK 20th anniversary: Help us wrap up the day with a treat to celebrate the 20th anniversary of MNLINK.

Registration is open! 
Minitex Connect will take place Tuesday, May 14th. For the first time, the conference will be fully in person. 

Past editions of Minitex Connect featured sessions on a wide variety of topics, but this year's event will be tightly organized under the theme of "Resource Sharing and the New MNLINK." The timing is perfect, with MNLINK set to be relaunched just two weeks earlier, on April 30. 

Staff who support interlibrary loan services, or who are interested in any aspect of resource sharing are particularly encouraged to register, but there will be a lot to like for any member from the library community. 

Written by

Dana Kocienda
Products Coordinator
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