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MLA '21: Make Your Case to Attend (Virtually!)

Build your case to attend the MLA '21 vConference & Exhibits by focusing on the benefits of your attendance at online sessions, such as:

  • Program Sessions 
  • Latest trends in technology
  • Best practices in service
  • Effective leadership techniques
  • Greater confidence and increased competencies
  • Ways to enhance intellectual growth
  • Ideas to improve services at your library
  • New, innovative resources for efficiency and cost savings

Demonstrate your commitment and service to the association. Are you:

  • Presenting a paper or poster
  • Serving as a speaker or moderator
  • Volunteering on a committee or in a caucus
  • Serving as an officer of the association, a committee, or caucus
  • Serving on the editorial board for an MLA publication
  • Serving on a task force
  • Working with a new initiative or volunteering with MLA planning committees
  • Sharing the results of your work with your colleagues
  • Networking, benchmarking, and sharing ideas with fellow librarians
  • Getting involved in research or collaborative efforts for association improvement

 Emphasize the benefits to your institution, including:

  • The opportunity for you to be the first librarian from your institution to attend an MLA meeting
  • The publicity that your institution will receive from you presenting a paper or poster
  • The advantage of your ability to compare vendor products and services to make effective purchase decisions
  • The opportunity for your professional development, which improves your competence and capacity building
  • The opportunity for you to explore ideas, learn new skills, and translate these skills into tangible training at your organization
  • The return-on-investment that your institution will receive from your attendance

Need help convincing your boss to let you attend MLA '21 vConference?

Use the Make Your Case Worksheet to develop your evidence-based talking points.

Additional talking points can be found here: https://www.mlanet.org/p/cm/ld/fid=1837

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