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2017 ITEM Fall Conference:
Future Ready > 21st Century

October 5-7
Minneapolis Marriott Northwest

Registration is open! - Register by Friday, September 29!!

Check out session descriptions and plan your conference at https://itemcon17.sched.com


Kicking things off on Friday morning will be Duchess Harris. She is the author of four books, including Hidden Human Computers: The Black Women of NASA and Black Lives Matter, both of which she co-authored with Sue Bradford Edwards.

Learn more about Duchess Harris at http://www.duchessharris.com/

On Saturday morning we'll hear from Kelly Barnhill, award-
winning local author and recent winner of the Newbery Medal for The Girl Who Drank the Moon. Kelly has also won awards for her other titles, including The Witch's Boy, Iron-hearted Violet, and The Mostly True Story of Jack. Kelly has also co-hosted the Minnesota edition of the 90-Second Newbery film festival with James Kennedy.


Registration is open! Get a head start on your 2017-18 professional development and register for the conference now! As always, payment may be made with this year's funds or when the next school year starts. (And check out the new registration system - super fast and easy - especially for members! Make sure you log in to pre-fill all the standard contact info!)


Need a hotel room? Like to plan ahead? ITEM has reserved a block of rooms at the Minneapolis Marriott Northwest. You get a special group conference rate of $129 per night with complimentary Wi-Fi. A limited number of rooms have been reserved at this rate, so book your room soon! OUR FRIENDS AT THE MARRIOTT HAVE EXTENDED THE BLOCK UNTIL OCTOBER 2!! TREAT YOURSELF AND STAY OVER TO SPEND MORE TIME WITH YOUR ITEM FRIENDS!

If you call instead, please be sure to specify that you want a room in the ITEM block!

Book your group rate for ITEM Fall Conference

4:00 - 7:00 - Registration Open
5:30 - 7:00 - Thursday Dinner (requires pre-registration)
7:00 - Makerfaire (open to all)
8:30 - Vendor Area Setup

6:00 - Vendor Move-in/Check-in
7:00 - Registration Open
7:30 - Breakfast Buffet Open
8:00 - 9:00 - Opening & Keynote
9:00 - 9:30 - Coffee with Vendors, Bookstore opens, Author Signing (List of authors)
9:30 - 10:15 - Session 1
10:25 - 11:10 - Session 2
11:20 - 12:00 - Coffee with Vendors, Author Signing
12:00 - 12:45 - Session 3
12:45 - 2:30 - Lunch - Awards, Author Panel

Thank you to Mackin for their sponsorship of our Friday lunch
and for supplying the book centerpiece giveaways!

2:30 - 3:15 - Session 4
3:15 - 4:00 - Vendors, Author Signing
4:00 - 4:45 - Session 5
5:00 - Membership meeting
6:00 - Dinner, Social Event by Multitype Libraries & Book Swap

Thank you to the seven Minnesota Multitype Library Systems
for sponsoring our Friday night entertainment!

7:00 - Registration Open
7:30 - Breakfast Buffet Open
8:00 - 9:00 - Opening & Keynote Kelly Barnhill
9:15 - 10:00 - Session 1
10:15 - 11:00 - Session 2
11:15 - 12:00 - Lunch
12:00 - 2:00 Unconference/tech camp

Book Swap
This year ITEM will offer a Book swap! Clean out your closet! Bring five (5) books you wish to donate and pick up five (5) you want to take home. Five categories: K-5, 6-8, 9-12, Professional Development, and Adult Leisure Reading.

Bring your books to the registration desk, sign in on the laptop, and put your books on the correct book cart. Friday evening we will open the Book Swap and participants can "shop" for their five books.

Great way to share the wealth and give your books to a new reader!

As always, we will also feature fantastic breakout and poster sessions, exhibitors, authors, the ITEM bookstore, the Friday night entertainment, Saturday's Unconference, and lots and lots of learning and networking! We'll be adding more details on this page as they become available, so check back often!

Thank you to exhibitors who also purchased ad space in our program!

Information and Technology Educators of Minnesota (ITEM)
PO Box 130555, Roseville MN 55113
admin@mnitem.org - mnitem.org

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