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APRIL 1, 2016 

(No foolin')

Seating is limited. Registration will open soon.

New Horizons

MLA Conference

June 9, 2016

Conference Registration Prices
Poster and Presenters $50
 Members $65
Non-membrers $75

Call for presentations will be forthcoming

Location: CPCC Harris Conference Center

3216 CPCC Harris Campus Conference Drive

Charlotte, NC 28208

Keynote Speaker: Cal Shepard


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.




Call for Proposals


The University of South Carolina Upstate Library will be holding a Transforming Librarians through Technology conference on May 5, 2016. We are looking for librarians and/or library science students to share how technology is transforming libraries and librarians.


Proposals should be emailed as a .doc or .docx attachment to Lola Bradley at by February 1, 2016 for consideration by the conference planning committee. Please include your name, job title or student, library or library school name, e-mail address, telephone number, type of presentation (program, lightning session, or keynote), and 3-5 sentence description of your presentation. Presenters will be notified by March 25, 2016 of acceptance or non-acceptance. The full conference agenda will be available on April 1, 2016 on the conference website:


This is a call for proposals for:

Programs- 45 minutes long

o   We are looking for programs on the following types of topics:

§  An innovative use of technology and how it has improved library services

§  How free technology tools are successfully being used in a library

§  How technology is being used for distance education or instruction in libraries

§  Any other topics related to technology in libraries

-        Lightning sessions- 7-8 minutes long

o   These lightning rounds should focus on one technology tool and how it is being used in your library

o   This should focus on more recent technology tools, such as PowToon, Padlet, etc.

o   A variety of technology tools are welcome and library science students are welcome to submit proposals as well about how a technology tool could be used in a library

-        Keynote- 1 hour long

o   We are hoping for a keynote that talks about how technology has changed and will change librarianship in the recent past and in the near future.


Note: The conference will cost $25, which includes a continental breakfast, coffee or tea, and a boxed lunch. If you have questions, please contact Breanne Kirsch at or Lola Bradley at



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