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2023 MLA Conference: Setting the bait: how to land a whopper of an audience

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2023 Montana Library Association Conference: Keeping Libraries Wild
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Thursday, April 13, 2023 3:30 PM
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Thursday, April 13, 2023 5:00 PM


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Registered conference attendees who attend can claim MSL CE credits for this workshop. 
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The Montana History Portal uses several ways to encourage use of our content to different audiences. We have used conference presentations and workshops to target teachers, social media to reach history lovers, exhibits for our website users and students, and now we are implementing geocaching exploration through Adventure Labs to engage tourists. Learn how changing your bait can hook a larger audience for your library services.

Jennifer Birnel is the Director of the Montana History Portal for the Montana State Library (MSL). She taught middle school for 12 years, holds a BA in communications and a master’s degree in literacy. Jennifer enjoys reading, camping, and kayaking.

Dave Colamaria joined the Montana History Portal as the MHP Specialist in 2021. He has a master’s degree in History, and over a decade of previous experience working with and for the US Navy’s official history organization. He also has over a decade of experience in data analysis and statistics. He enjoys running, hiking, and skiing.



Billings, MT



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Continuing Education Credits

1.5 creditsLibrary Services to the Public
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Bartow, Colet - Staff (Montana State Library)
Vriesman, Kirk - Director (Montana Library Association)

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