2020 MLA Annual Conference – Virtual Symposium: Together Apart

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Together Apart: MLA 2020 Symposium

September 28 10 am – 3:30 pm
Connecting with our Communities

September 30 10 am – 3:30 pm
Connecting with Technology

October 2 10 am – 3:30 pm
Leadership and Organizational Development

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Instead of the in-person 2020 conference, the Missouri Library Association will offer a streamlined, virtual experience focused on connection, ideas, and inspiration as we navigate a new normal. As an association, we must be cognizant of the challenges (and possible opportunities) library workers will face as we adjust services and spaces to deal with the COVID pandemic and begin to plan for our futures beyond COVID-19. To meet the need for flexibility while also providing the engaging professional development that our members demand, the MO Library Association is pleased to announce a virtual symposium:

Together Apart: MLA 2020 Symposium

Registration is closed.

This event will:

  • Provide focused, thematic content for all types of libraries and library employees
  • Provide a distributed format for flexibility
  • Feature invited speakers and professional event production
  • A registration fee of $25 for MLA Members
  • Roundtable and networking activities
  • Opportunities for sponsorship

While we will all miss our traditional conference, we hope to provide an engaging, meaningful experience for our membership. We plan to resume our regular conference format in 2021 in St. Louis.

I personally hope you can all join us in the fall!

Be safe, stay well,
Cynthia Dudenhoffer
2020 MO Library Association President

Keynote Speaker: Monday, September 28th:

Healing Trauma & Creating the Beloved Community

Ingrid Cockhren, M.Ed. specializes in co-creating equitable and inclusive environments within institutions, organizations, collective impacts and grassroot movements.  Utilizing her knowledge of stress, trauma, and human development, Mrs. Cockhren has been able to translate research concerning diversity/equity/inclusion (DEI) and trauma-informed practices into workplace and organizational solutions that can transform culture and heal.

Mrs. Cockhren graduated from Tennessee State University with a B.S. in Psychology and Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College with a M.Ed. in Child Studies.  Her research areas are Adverse Childhood Experiences, race, historical trauma/intergenerational transmission, brain development, developmental psychology and epigenetics.  Mrs. Cockhren’s past career experience ranges from juvenile justice, family counseling, early childhood education, professional development & training and community education.  In addition to consulting, she is currently an adjunct professor specializing in developmental psychology and African American psychology at Tennessee State University and the TN/Midwest Regional Community Facilitator for ACEs Connection, a social network dedicated to raising awareness of adverse childhood experiences, stress & trauma.

Mrs. Cockhren’s clients and affiliates include ACEs Connection, the Mental Health Cooperative, Thistle Farms, Inc., Metro Nashville’s Public Schools, Meharry Medical College, Tennessee State University Foundation, Tennessee’s Dept. of Children’s Services, Tennessee’s Office of Child Safety, Vanderbilt Medical Center, Raphah Institute, Indiana Youth Institute, Indiana University and Tuskegee University among others.

Ingrid Cockhren is a Clarksville, TN native who currently resides in Nashville, TN with husband Jurnell Cockhren, founder of Civic Hacker, a software development consulting agency.


Keynote Speaker: Wednesday, September 30

We are so pleased to announce Ayyoub Ajmi, Associate Director of the Leon E. Bloch Law Library at the University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Law, as our keynote speaker for the Wednesday 9/30 portion of our Together Apart Virtual Symposium with the theme of Connecting with Technology.  Ayyoub Ajmi’s keynote, “Stop Chasing the Hype and Connect with Your Community” will focus on using the technologies we already have to connect with our users and our community.


Ayyoub Ajmi serves as the Associate Director of the Leon E. Bloch Law Library at the University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Law where he works closely with the director to oversee the library to ensure its support of the pedagogical, research, and service goals. Ayyoub is a strong advocate of leveraging open and inclusive technologies to support access to justice initiatives. Among the projects Ayyoub champions is the embedded Self-Help Legal Clinic which provides free limited scope legal representation to over 700 litigants every year. In 2020, the clinic was recognized by the AALL for outstanding achievement in public relations activities (Excellence in Community Engagement Award). During the Coronavirus Pandemic, Ayyoub successfully moved the entire operation of the clinic to the cloud allowing hundreds of litigants to access legal help despite the lockdown.

From 2013 to 2018, Ayyoub served as the Digital Communications and Learning Initiatives Librarian at UMKC law. During his tenure, he led the implementation of several innovative projects such as an open source intranet, an electronic payment and event management system, and a video streaming platform. Before joining UMKC, Ayyoub served as Library Technology Manager at Tarrant County Community College in Fort Worth, TX where he initiated numerous projects among them a digital exhibition platforms made out of repurposed laptops.

Before moving to the U.S., Ayyoub worked on various technology companies in his home country Morocco. As a freelance web designer, Ayyoub pioneered several online community platforms promoting culture and democracy. Among the projects that received numerous accolades were Selwane TV, the first online video news platform and Settatbladi.org a portal dedicated to Folk Music.

Ayyoub received his M.S. in Library and Information Science from the University of North Texas in Denton and a B.A. in Communication Technologies from the University of Texas at Arlington. He is currently enrolled in a Juris Doctor Program at the University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Law on part-time basis with a target graduation date for 2021.

Ayyoub’s areas of expertise include emerging education technologies, open source web development, and legal tech. Ayyoub speaks regularly on these topics at national and regional conferences. His personal interests focus on the intersection of law and technology to advance access to justice and to promote privacy and online data protection.

Keynote Speaker: Friday, October 2

“We Got This: Surviving and Thriving
in a Deeply Weird World”

Keynote Speaker Peter Bromberg
for Friday, October 2nd focusing on
Leadership and Organizational Development

Peter Bromberg has served as the Executive Director of the Salt Lake City Public Library in Salt Lake City, Utah since September 2016. In his first year he was able to pass a 23.3% budget increase, creating $1.5 million in new funding for long-term facilities maintenance, while also eliminating all late fees. As a Board Member of EveryLibrary, the first and only national organization dedicated to building voter support for libraries, Peter provides pro bono training and consulting to libraries running ballot measures.

Over his 28 year career, Peter has held numerous leadership roles in regional, state, and national associations, including helping to create and launch ALA’s Emerging Leaders program in 2007, and co-creating and delivering a statewide leadership institute for the Oklahoma Library Association. Peter has written and presented widely on the topics of influence, mindfulness, emotional intelligence, improv, customer experience, and service design. As a personal coach and as a consultant he enjoys helping people and organizations release their potential by making intentional, healthy, and effective choices. Peter can be found online at PeterBromberg.com.

Policies and notes:

Conference event date and times are anticipated times and could change slightly. Please refer to the conference schedule and/or any updates at the conference for the most up-to-date information.

Cancellation policy: Refund requests must be submitted in writing before September 1. After that time, only hardship requests for refunds will be granted on a case-by-case basis.

All sessions will be recorded and made available to registrants.

If you have questions about the event, or are experiencing financial difficulties that make the registration fee inaccessible, please contact: MoLib2020@molib.org

Registration not final until payment is received.

Vendor Registration

Vendor Prospectus

There are several opportunities for advertising within the symposium format.

  • Vendor slide for slideshow for in between sessions and spot in virtual gift bag — $250
  • Vendor sponsoring a session (with introduction) and spot in virtual gift bag — $500 (9 spots)
  • Vendor submitting a 30 second commercial and spot in virtual gift bag — $750 (9 spots )
  • Keynote sponsorship/ introduction and spot in virtual gift bag — $1000 (3 spots)
  • Close Captioning Sponsorship for all sessions- $1200 (1 spot)

Virtual Giftbag: The MO Library Association will be utilizing iGiftBag    for virtual connections with vendors.

Design your gift– deal, discount, giveaway, expert download, freebie,– from the easy to use iGiftbag online dashboard

Gift Bag will be delivered via email to all Symposium registrants

The iGiftBag will be available for 60 days

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See a demo http://app.igiftbag.com/indymini2017/Preview#

For T-Shirt or other unique opportunities, contact MoLib2020@molib.org


Registration not final until payment is received.