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New Horizons

MLA Conference

June 9, 2016

Conference Registration Prices

Registration Now Open!
Registration deadline June 3, 2016

$80 - Non-member

$65 - Member

$50 - Presenter

Conference Program

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Keynote Speaker: Cal Shepard


Opening address -- "Inventing Our Future"

 Let's see the disruption that is our current environment and how libraries and library staff might cope with it and even capitalize on it.     


Hyatt Place Charlotte/Arrowood

7900 Forest Point Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28273


Conference Rate:

Wednesday $129 (plus applicable taxes)

Thursday $109 (plus applicable taxes)

Rate is good until May 24th, 2016

Make reservation

Check in 3 pm, Check out 12 noon

Cancellations must take place prior to 3pm the day before arrival or rooms will be charged.

Location is 4 exits from Billy Graham Parkway and about 15 minutes from campus.

Conference Location: CPCC Harris Conference Center

3216 CPCC Harris Campus Conference Drive

Charlotte, NC 28208

Caroline (Cal) Shepard is the State Librarian of North Carolina. Formerly she was Program Director of Consulting Services and Regional Director for the Southeast at LYRASIS. In this role she managed the consulting program and also served as a consultant. From 1999 to 2006, she managed the Educational Services program at SOLINET. Prior to joining SOLINET, Cal served as Chief of Library Development at the State Library of North Carolina. Previous experience includes positions at the Forsyth County Public Library in Winston-Salem and a rural multi-county public library headquartered in Murphy, North Carolina.


Cal has a MLS degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a BA degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She is active in the American Library Association and the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies organization where she serves on the board. She serves on the boards of the Association for Rural and Small Libraries and the North Carolina Center for After School Programs. She received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill in 2013.




Continuing Education Opportunities

There are almost 90 learning opportunities (many free of charge) available for library staff during March. The sessions cover a wide range of topics, such as graphic novels, digitization, training, census, digital literacy, tech trends, and more. Be sure to check out the listings at the Train Station, your one-stop destination for continuing education and professional development opportunities:



Metrolina Library Association is made up of librarians and paraprofessionals from public, academic, school and special libraries, and other individuals interested in libraries.  We encourage awareness and cooperation, provide opportunities for social interaction among Charlotte area library professionals, offer continuing education opportunities, and encourage cooperation, networking, and resource sharing among Charlotte area libraries.



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