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NLA - MPLA Joint Conference
October 16-18, 2017


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Getting here is easy by flying into Reno/Tahoe International Airport and taking an airport shuttle or driving one hour to Stateline, Nevada at the southeast corner of Lake Tahoe.

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Book Your Room and use the special code NLAMPLA17

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe
50 US-50
Stateline, NV 89449

Conference Schedule

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Day by Day Conference Schedule PDF

Opening Keynote Speaker

Greg Harris, President and CEO of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, OH will be our opening keynote speaker on Tuesday, October 17.  Greg Harris is in his fifth year as President and CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Museum is 22 years old and has welcomed 12 million visitors and had an economic impact of $2 billion to the region.  Harris joined the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2008, and oversaw development, special events, membership, board relations and government affairs. As CEO, Harris has guided the organization through an era of unprecedented  transformation with a focus on innovation and customer engagement.  Under his leadership the Museum has grown attendance and revenue by double digits by executing on a strong strategic plan and focusing on the mission to engage, teach and inspire through the power of rock and roll. 


Keynote Speaker


Dale Dougherty, founder and CEO of Make Media and publisher of Make Magazine, is the keynote speaker on Wednesday, October 18. He has been called the “godfather of the Maker movement”, having founded both the magazine and the first Maker Faire in 2006. Dale was instrumental in launching the Maker movement which is reshaping science and technology education and creating unprecedented economic opportunity for young people and a renaissance in urban manufacturing.

Preconference Workshops

Monday, October 16
1: 00 pm - 5:00 pm
$25

Early Literacy: in libraries, at home, and going to the dogs!

Is it ever too early for literacy?  The old saying applies, “it takes a village to make a literate community.”  Join us to learn about early childhood development, reading as a family affair, and how to make reading a doggone good time! Click for more info!

Makers Making Makerspaces

Are you a maker?  You may not think so, but we all make every day.  Have you been pondering starting your own makerspace, wondering where to start, fretting over your lack of expertise?  We’ve all been there, and it’s easier than you think!  Attend this interactive session for the what, where, how, and why of maker services.  Click for more info!

Strategic Planning from Every Angle

Strategic plans come in all shapes and sizes and can be confusing if not downright intimidating.  Where does one begin?  What needs to be included?  How can it be successfully executed?

In this preconference session, learn about the different types of strategic plans, the process, and implementation.   Click for more info!

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