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Thursday, October 3

5:00pm CDT

MEMO Fellowship Dinner and Speaker
Social with Past Presidents from 5:00-5:45, with dinner and speaker at 5:45

MEMO's annual Fellowship Dinner (formerly called "Past President's Dinner") is sponsored by Gale Cengage Learning, and will include a TEDTalk-style speaker, Troy Anderson on Digital Content = Better Results. Troy is Senior Market Development Manager for Gale – Cengage Learning and will be discussing the ways that digital learning technologies affect student engagement and learning. Dinner attendees will be eligible for a Paperwhite Kindle door prize.

MEMO's annual Fellowship Dinner (formerly called "Past President's Dinner"). Admission is $20. There is no charge for Past Presidents, but all participants need to register to attend. Click here to register. Dinner includes your choice of Sauteed Chicken Breast, Honey Peppered Salmon, Yankee Pot Roast, or a Vegetarian selection.


Thursday October 3, 2013 5:00pm - 7:00pm CDT
University A (KI)

7:00pm CDT

Journey of a Young Adult Book: From Writer to Reader

Heidi Hammond, Ph.D. of St. Catherine University will moderate a discussion among the key people involved in the creation, publishing and marketing of a book. Young adult authors Carrie Mesrobian and Mary Losure, along with Andrew Karre, editorial director Carolrhoda Lab™, and Dawn Frederick, literary agent and owner of Red Sofa Literary, will discuss the process of writing a young adult book, finding an agent and getting a book published, and making it available to bookstores and libraries.  Sponsored by MALF (Minnesota Association of Library Friends) and Consortium Book Sales and Distribution, Minneapolis. Dessert provided by Barnes & Noble.

Thursday October 3, 2013 7:00pm - 8:30pm CDT
University A (KI)

8:30pm CDT

Community and Conversation with Illustrator Mike Wohnoutka
Wind down with warm herbal tea, soothing delicacies, and conversation with illustrator Mike Wohnoutka, who is set to release Moo! with author David LaRochelle on October 8th.  Booklist says of Moo!: "Wohnoutka’s brightly toned cartoon illustrations provide a huge variety of perspectives but keep the cow well centered and ever on the go. The final verbal joke will tickle little readers. This is a delightful visual adventure." Wohnoutka has illustrated many other amazing books.  Find more at:  www.mikewahnoutka.com

Sponsored by Northern Lights Library Network


Thursday October 3, 2013 8:30pm - 9:30pm CDT
Kelly Inn Suite G20
Friday, October 4

8:00am CDT

Opening Keynote: It's All About Your Learning
The Internet has become a huge personal digital learning environment, increasingly accessible any time and any where, and rewarding those who can engage proactively, independently, and thoughtfully.  There is no doubt that we are on the cusp of a Renaissance in learning, but because educators are increasingly being asked to deliver standardized materials to be tested by standardized measurements, it is imperative that we help build and promote narratives for education that recognize the very human process of learning how to be a learner, and that ultimately lead to self-directed learning.  Steve gives us a lens through which to see the momentous cultural changes we are experiencing as unparalleled opportunities for teachers and students today and he describes the critical role for teachers and librarians to use technology in lighting the way. He challenges us to become the "lead learners" as the ultimate model and influence on students of this generation.


Friday October 4, 2013 8:00am - 9:30am CDT
River's Edge

12:15pm CDT

Lunch, Awards Ceremony & Keynote: Disruption -- What Are the Real Big Trends in Education and Libraries?
There may be bigger changes afoot than we realize.  Stephen outlines the arc of such changes as e-learning, MOOCs, flipped classroom, mobile, and more ...


Friday October 4, 2013 12:15pm - 2:00pm CDT
River's Edge

4:30pm CDT

MEMO Membership Meeting
Friday October 4, 2013 4:30pm - 5:30pm CDT
Wilson (CC)

5:45pm CDT

MEMO Evening Social
Friday October 4, 2013 5:45pm - 8:00pm CDT
Kelly Inn Ballroom
Saturday, October 5

7:30am CDT

Breakfast & Keynote -- Transliteracy: An Unintentional Film Festival

What are the strategies we must teach to ensure learners at all levels grow as literate/transliterate citizens? From a better understanding of intellectual property to best tools for telling stories and communicating new knowledge, Joyce counts them down and reveals granular strategies for delivering instruction, using illustrations from classic film.  


Saturday October 5, 2013 7:30am - 9:00am CDT
Kelly Inn Ballroom

9:30am CDT


Doug Johnson and Joyce Valenza will MC MEMO’s first ever unconference! There will be no scheduled breakout sessions or panels, but a format encouraging of conversations, network building and sharing. The agenda for this participant-driven morning will be created by attendees at the beginning of the event. Anyone with a topic can claim time and space for discussion. Take advantage of this chance for peer-to-peer learning, PLN building and connecting with colleagues!

Saturday October 5, 2013 9:30am - 12:00pm CDT
Kelly Inn Ballroom

12:00pm CDT

Lunch & Keynote: The Heart of the Matter

Mary Casanova will share the inspiration behind her newest titles and how her books, whether picture books or novels, continue to give voice to the voiceless.


Saturday October 5, 2013 12:00pm - 2:00pm CDT
Kelly Inn Ballroom