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2019 ITEM Fall Conference:
Come Together

October 10-12
Minneapolis Marriott Northwest
Brooklyn Park, MN

Regular registration closed September 30th.
Email admin@mnitem.org for late registration information. 

Registration Form

View the 2019 ITEM Fall Conference schedule & directory.

KEYNOTES (and more keynotes!)

Our keynote for Friday's lunch is Kristina Holzweiss, 2015 SLJ School Librarian of the Year and author. Her keynote will be "
Empowering Students in a Digital World: From Consumers to Makers." Libraries have transformed learning for students of all ages, languages, socioeconomic backgrounds, cultures, gender identities, religions, and academic abilities. Libraries are places of possibilities! In a society of "No, but" libraries are worlds of "Yes, and!" Learn how to transform your library program into a 21st century learning environment that your students will engage and empower your students. Your library will never be the same again.

On Saturday morning, Kelly D. Holstine, the Director of Educational Equity at OutFront Minnesota (the largest LGBTQ+ civil rightsgroup in the state) and the 2018 MN State Teacher of the Year will give the keynote Every Heart Matters: Why I Stand Up and Teach. This presentation highlights the importance of owning flaws and prioritizing one’s own mental health in order to make more authentic connections with others. Holstine will reveal the roles that vulnerability and courageous connections have in creating equity for every heart. She will also reveal how working through her own personal struggles has helped her to become a better teacher and a healthier human being. Holstine will additionally share how her personal journey of being a gender non-conforming, lesbian teacher and her decision to boycott the annual Teacher of the Year White House visit (she could not implicitly show support for an administration that actively discriminates against her students and her community) has re-ignited her fire to stand up for humans who have been historically marginalized and oppressed.

Saturday afternoon's keynote will be Sarah Park Dahlen, an associate professor in the Master of Library and Information Science Program at St. Catherine University. She researches and publishes on Asian American children's literature and transracial adoption and co-founded and co-edits Research on Diversity in Youth Literature, an open access journal. In this talk, Dr. Dahlen will give a brief history of diversity activism in youth literature and librarianship and then more specifically address Asian American children's literature. Her keynote is called 
Diversity Activism: Mirrors, Windows, and Asian American Youth Literature.

The Minneapolis Marriott Northwest is located right off I94 in Brooklyn Park. ITEM has reserved a block of rooms for the conference for just $134 per night. Please be sure to choose (or mention) the ITEM block. You can make your reservation online here. Book by 9/24 to receive the conference rate! (But also book early to ensure room availability.)


Friday is library-wear day! Wear your library clothing and jewelry to show your library pride!

The Silent Auction is back! Please let us know in advance if you will be bringing an item so we can plan for bid sheets, space, etc.

Join us at the Omni Brewery between 5:30-9:30 to kick off our conference right! Register here and get a ticket for a free craft beer. We'll even have a shuttle running between the hotel and the brewery so you can just relax and enjoy.

Sponsor a keynote speaker! Sponsorship levels are $600 for Silver level (Saturday speakers) or $1200 for Gold level (Friday speaker). If you're interested in sponsoring another part of the conference, please contact Deanna at admin@mnitem.org.

See our 2019 Sponsors here: https://itemcon19.sched.com/directory/sponsors 

Of course there will also be exhibitors, authors, the ITEM Bookstore, the Fellowship Dinner, social time at Omni Brewery, tons of great sessions, and more! Visit the website for details, the schedule, and information about exhibitors and authors as they sign on. Information is being added all the time, so check back or let us know if you don't see what you're looking for!

Conference Schedule (subject to minor changes)

3:00 p.m. Registration opens & Vendor Move-in
5:30 - 7:00 Fellowship Social and Dinner - Itasca/Vermilion (additional charge/not included in registration/must pre-register)
5:30 - 9:30 Omni Brewing Social Event
7:00 a.m. Registration opens 
7:30 - 9:00 Breakfast & 2020 Vision Rollout, Awards Ceremony, Networking
9:00 - 9:30 Exhibit Hall Opens, Coffee with the Vendors, Author Signing, Bookstore Opens
9:30 - 10:15 Breakout Session 1 / Vendors open
10:25 - 11:10 Breakout Session 2 / Vendors open
11:15 - 12:00 Vendor Time & Coffee with the Vendors, Author Signing, Bookstore Open
12:00 - 12:45 Breakout Session 3 / Vendors open
12:45 - 2:30 Lunch, Keynote by Kristina Holzweiss & Author Video
2:30 - 3:15 Breakout Session 4 / Vendors open
3:15 - 4:00 Vendor Time, Author Signing, Bookstore Open
4:00 - 4:45 Breakout Session 5
5:00 - 6:00 ITEM Membership Meeting 
6:30 - 9:00 ITEM Evening Dinner, Game Night
Bring your Boggle, Blokus, and Bananagrams for some formidable fun!
Plus trivia, treats and tantalizing prizes!

7:00 a.m. Registration open
7:30 - 9:00 Breakfast - Keynote by Kelly Holstine
9:15 - 10:00 Session 1
10:15 - 11:00 Session 2
11:00 - 11:30 Break/Hotel checkout
11:30 - 12:30 Lunch - Keynote by Sarah Park Dahlen

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

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