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Get ready to mark your calendars for the Minitex Connect Conference 2024! Scheduled for May 14, 2024, this event is tailor-made for all of those in the library trenches, dedicated to making a difference in the lives of our patrons through the power of interlibrary loan and resource sharing.

2024 Minitex Connect

The day kicks off at 8:45 a.m. with check-in and a chance to grab some much-needed refreshments. It's the perfect opportunity to catch up with old friends, meet new colleagues, and get energized for the exciting day ahead. At 9:15 a.m., we'll officially kick things off with a warm welcome, setting the stage for a day filled with camaraderie and learning.

Our keynote speaker, Sebastian Hammer, is set to inspire us with his reflections on the evolving relationship between technology and libraries. From navigating new digital frontiers to preserving the essence of what makes libraries so special, his insights are sure to resonate with all of us who are passionate about our profession.

After a quick break to recharge our batteries, it's time to dive into the heart of the conference. With two rooms to choose from, there's something for everyone. Room 1 will focus on MNLINK, covering topics like interlibrary loan with ReShare and making the most of VuFind for our patrons. Meanwhile, Room 2 will explore resource sharing, including a panel on tech trends and discussions on how we can improve delivery services right here in Minnesota.

As lunchtime approaches, we invite you to join us not just for a meal, but for a chance to connect and collaborate with your fellow library workers. For those of you involved with the MNLINK Operations Committee, this is your chance to roll up your sleeves and work together to shape the future of interlibrary loan in our state.

The afternoon sessions promise even more opportunities for growth and learning. Room 1 will  focus on making our digital collections more accessible to all through enhanced functionality, while Room 2 will continue to delve into the world of MNLINK with sessions on hot topics in interlibrary loan.

Finally, as the day draws to a close at 3:00 p.m., we'll come together one last time for a wrap-up session, followed by a sweet treat of MNLINK cookies—a small token of appreciation for all of your hard work and dedication.

So mark your calendars, spread the word, and get ready to embark on a journey of discovery at the Minitex Connect Conference 2024. We can't wait to see you there! Registration is open!

Conference Schedule

8:45 - 9:15 a.m. Check In and Refreshments 

9:15 - 9:30 a.m. Welcome


Room 1: MNLINK

Room 2: Resource Sharing

9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Keynote: Reflections on the conversation between technology and libraries: Sebastian Hammer

10:30 - 10:45 a.m. BREAK

10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. 

Session 1

Interlibrary Loan with ReShare: Debra Denault

The Future is Here: Navigating the tech landscape

11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. LUNCH (Taco bar)
11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. MNLINK Operations Committee Working Lunch

12:45 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.

Session 2

Using VuFind for patrons and public services staff: Debra Denault

Resource Sharing & Delivery in Minnesota: The big picture

1:45 - 2:00 p.m. BREAK

2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Session 3

Accessibility in eLibraryMN Databases and Ebooks Minnesota

ILLuminating Conversation: Hot topics in Interlibrary Loan

3:00 - 3:15 p.m. Wrap-up and MNLINK cookies!

Written by

Dana Kocienda
Products Coordinator
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