2016 Legislative Session Ends

The following information was shared via email with the library community on Monday, May 23, 2016 by Elaine Keefe, Capitol Hill Associates, in her role as the MLA-ITEM lobbyist.

The 2016 legislative session has ended with very mixed results. Last night the Legislature passed the omnibus tax bill and the omnibus supplemental budget bill. However, as noted in my previous message, the Legislature failed to pass the bonding bill before the midnight deadline for passing bills.

Governor Dayton held a press conference a few minutes ago and indicated he has not yet decided whether to call a special session. He said that he and legislative leaders need time to get some rest and assess the situation.

Bonding Bill: The bonding conference committee reached agreement on a $1.135 billion bill on Sunday evening, just a few hours before the midnight deadline for passing bills. The bill included $2 million for Library Construction Grants and $820,000 for the library at the Minnesota state Career and Technical College in Wadena. It did not include funding for the new East Central Regional Library headquarters/Cambridge Library, the Bagley Library or the Eastside Freedom Library.

The bill passed the House by a vote of 91-39. It was amended in the Senate to raise the limit on how much the Metropolitan Council could contribute to a rail project (clearly aimed at the Southwest Light Rail Transit line) before passing by a vote of 53-12. Because the bill had been amended on the Senate floor, it had to go back to the House for a final vote, but before that happened the House adjourned. It was messy and chaotic and House and Senate leaders are blaming each other for the failure of the bonding bill to make it across the finish line.

Supplemental Budget Bill: The budget bill spends a total of $182 million. It includes $35 million for Border to Border Broadband Grants and $500,000 for grants of up to $50,000 to K-12 schools for broadband Wi-Fi Hotspots. It does not include an increase in total operating capital and does not provide any funding for after school programs.

Omnibus Tax Bill: The tax bill increases aid to cities by $20 million per year and increases aid to counties by $10 million per year.

Legacy Bill: The Legacy bill dealt mainly with appropriations for the Outdoor Heritage Fund, for which appropriations are made annually rather than for the biennium. However, we were keeping an eye on one piece of language designed to reinforce the idea that Legacy funds are meant to supplement, not supplant, previous funding. The original language in the House bill was rather awkward, as a couple of you pointed out to me. The final version included in the bill is much more clear. It states:

“Any state agency or organization requesting a direct appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund must inform the house of representatives and senate committees having jurisdiction over the arts and cultural heritage fund, at the time the request for funding is made, whether the request is supplanting or is a substitution for any previous funding that was not from a legacy fund and was used for the same purpose.”

Elaine Keefe, Capitol Hill Associates

 

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Legislative Update 2016-05-19

The following information was shared via email with the library community by Elaine Keefe, Capitol Hill Associates, in her role as the MLA-ITEM lobbyist.

End of Session Negotiations: There is still no agreement between legislative leaders and Governor Dayton on targets for the supplemental budget, taxes and transportation. It remains to be seen whether they will reach an agreement in time to get the bills passed before the end of the session. Session must end by midnight on Monday, but the Legislature cannot pass bills on the day of adjournment. This means that bills must be passed by midnight on Sunday night.

Bonding Bill: Today the House bonding bill failed on the House floor. A 3/5 super-majority is required to pass a bonding bill, which means 81 votes are required to pass the House. The bill only received 69 votes. All but two DFLers voted against the bill, while all but 5 Republicans voted for the bill. DFLers complained that the bill was too small and that projects in DFL districts had been passed over in favor of projects in Republican districts.

However, a conference committee has been appointed for HF 748, a bill from last year that will be used as a vehicle for a bonding bill. This is a highly unusual twist in the legislative process.

The Senate conferees are Senator LeRoy Stumpf (DFL – Plummer), Senator Katie Sieben (DFL – Cottage Grove), Senator Jeff Hayden (DFL – Minneapolis), Senator David Tomassoni (DFL – Chisholm) and Senator Carla Nelson (R – Rochester).

The House conferees are Rep. Paul Torkelson (R – Hanska), Rep. Tony Albright (R – Prior Lake), Rep. Chris Swedzinski (R – Ghent), Rep. Bob Vogel (R- Elko New Market) and Rep. Alice Hausman (DFL – St. Paul).

According to a press release issued by the Senate DFL Caucus this afternoon, the conference committee will consider portions of the House, Senate and Governor’s bonding proposals. No meetings have been scheduled for the conference committee as of this writing.

Elaine Keefe, Capitol Hill Associates

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2016 Legislative Forum

Vote for Libraries buttonSave the date — July 12!

The annual Library Legislative Forum will be held at the St. Cloud Public Library/Great River Regional Library headquarters on July 12th. Mark your calendars! More information will be coming soon.

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Legislative Update 2016-05-16

The following information was shared via email with the library community by Elaine Keefe, Capitol Hill Associates, in her role as the MLA-ITEM lobbyist.

End of Session Negotiations: The legislative session is nearing the end. Legislators must adjourn no later than Monday, May 23. Since they cannot pass bills on the final day, time is running short for Governor Dayton and legislative leaders to reach agreement on transportation, taxes, a supplemental budget bill and a bonding bill. They met twice last week and so far all they have agreed upon is that they want to reach an agreement on a transportation package before working on the other three bills. Governor Dayton plans to present a compromise proposal on Monday.

Bonding Bill: The Senate’s bonding bill, which spent a total of $1.8 billion, failed on the Senate floor by 1 vote. Bonding bills require a super majority of 3/5, which means 41 votes are needed to pass the Senate. The bill only received 40 votes. Only 1 Republican, Senator Carla Nelson of Rochester, voted for the bill.

During the debate Republicans offered a bonding bill of their own, which spent $992 million. It cut funding for Library Construction Grants to $1 million and eliminated funding for the new East Central Regional Library headquarters/Cambridge Library and the Bagley Public Library. The proposal only garnered 18 votes.

House Republicans still have not brought forward a bonding bill. They originally said they wanted to spend only $600 million, but Speaker Daudt admitted to reporters that a bill of that size will not get the 81 votes needed to pass the House. This prompted Senate Majority Leader Bakk to observe that the Senate bill is too big to pass and the House bill is too small to pass. If a bonding bill does pass this session, it will need to be somewhere in between.

A bill significantly smaller than the Senate bill with more emphasis on transportation projects is likely to come out of the House, and that could mean no funding for Library Construction Grants. Now is the time for members of the House to hear from you.

PLEASE contact your representatives in the House and urge them to make sure that Library Construction Grants are included in the House bonding bill!

Supplemental Budget (HF 2749): A ten member conference committee is negotiating a 600 page omnibus supplemental budget bill. The conferees met three times last week to have staff walk through a side by side comparison of the provisions in the House and Senate bills. Another meeting is scheduled for 6pm tonight (Sunday). Negotiations on budget items cannot get serious until Governor Dayton and legislative leaders agree on how much spending will be included in the bill. That will depend on how much is spent on transportation, which is being negotiated in a separate conference committee. As a reminder, the items we are following in the supplemental budget conference committee are Border to Border Broadband grants, K-12 broadband grants, total operating capital and after school funding. See my April 29 update for details.

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Successful Teen Lit Con 2016

MELSA Teen Lit Con 2016Teen Lit Con 2016: A Huge Success   With an endorsement as the “best event of its kind in the US” from none other than National Book Award Winner Neal Shusterman, Teen Lit Con 2016 closed another chapter on this widely anticipated annual event.

More than 1,000 teens & other YA readers descended on Sibley High School for a day of author talks, breakout sessions, and literary fun. Readers came from as far away as Moorhead, Marshall, and Cedar Rapids, as all parts of the MELSA region. 12 Twin Cities schools received transportation awards to bring students to the event.

The national authors Neal Shusterman, Faith Erin Hicks, Jason Reynolds, and Leigh Bardugo filled the Sibley HS auditorium for their keynotes. Local authors drew enthusiastic readers at their panels. Other breakout sessions on writing & publishing also were packed.

A shout out to the more than 70 Ambassadors from all types of libraries, schools, and ”just people who like books” who helped make this Legacy-funded event a success. Partners Sibley High Sschool and ISD 197 (West St. Paul-Mendoota Heights-Eagen) were also vital to making it happen.

Ambassador Susan Bernstein, Carver County Library, was a champion Tweeter before, during, and after the event. You can see the fun by browsing the Twitter hashtag #teenlitcon for lots of pictures & comments.

As the happy readers streamed out their biggest question was, “When is Teen Lit Con 2017?”

News posting from Ann Walker-Smalley, Metronet

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NLLD Photos

From Washington, DC and the halls of government…

Skip Levesque - GRRL & Judith Schotzko - SELCO

Skip Levesque – GRRL & Judith Schotzko – SELCO

House Office visit with Minnesota library advocates: Judith Schotzko, Skip Levesque, Chris and Jim Weikum

House Office visit with Minnesota library advocates: Judith Schotzko, Skip Levesque, Chris and Jim Weikum

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ALA’s photostream for NLLD 2016

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Llamas Visit the Library

Llama Llama Pajama Party

Even a light drizzle on a gray afternoon did not deter over 950 library patrons bedecked in PJs from visiting the St. Cloud Public Library for the annual Llama Llama Pajama Party.  Two llamas were tucked under the overhang of the library’s front entrance and kids and parents alike could clamber inside and around a firetruck and a SWAT vehicle.

The evening’s Storytimes featured community readers including a police officer, US Army Specialist (pictured above), a judge and many costumed characters.  The library also offered crafts and healthy snacks.

This annual event is co-sponsored by the Great River Regional Library (GRRL) and United Way of West Central Minnesota.

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TdSLC Seeks Executive Director

TDS-logo-2013The Traverse des Sioux Library Cooperative (TdSLC) is looking for an Executive Director.  This dynamic and challenging position will manage a cooperative that serves libraries in a nine county area around Mankato, Minnesota.  Mankato is a vibrant, fast-growing city, home to Minnesota State University, Mankato and a thriving business community.  The Executive Director reports to a fourteen member Board of Directors.   Members include twenty public libraries (nearly forty branches), school media centers and academic libraries.

Services provided to member libraries include a Sierra (III) online catalog and circulation system, cataloging, delivery, inter-library loan, continuing education, programming and much more through a staff of twelve.   Minimum requirements include a Master’s in
Library Science from a program accredited by ALA and several years of administrative experience.

For further information check out www.tdslib.org or call 507-386-3022.   Letters of application, resumes and references to:  chaugen@tds.lib.mn.us  Competitive salary, depending on experience, and generous benefits.  Applications received by June 10 will receive top priority.

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Minnesotans in Washington

nlld banner 2016 croppedA small continent of Minnesotans visited our nation’s Capitol this National Library Legislative Day, May 2-3, 2016. Jim Weikum, ALS Director and former Minnesota Library Association Legislative Chair, led the group. Also attending NLLD were Judith Schotzko, a SELCO Board Member, and Skip Levesque, the President of the Friends of the St. Michael – Albertville – Hanover Library in GRRL. Skip is the recipient of the first Minnesota Association of Library Friends NLLD grant.

These NLLD advocates asked their Members of Congress in the House and Senate to increase funding for library services, approve a new Treaty to provide electronic materials to the blind worldwide, protect the privacy of email and other electronic communications, and to support legislation that will afford the public broad and free access to government information.

Statewide documentation shared with Congressional staff included recent news from the Minnesota Department of Education on Federal funding for libraries.

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10 Pigs visits ALS

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The traveling trunk show featuring author / illustrator, Derek Anderson and Ten Pigs is off to a rollicking good time in the Arrowhead Library System (ALS).

Squeals abounded at the Falls Elementary School in International Falls and the Duluth Public Library.  Complete with props and laughter, children and parents can share the joy of reading in this CPLSA sponsored statewide initiative.

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ARSL Registration Open

ARSL-logoEarly Bird  conference registration open!

 

Register now for this fun-filled, informative conference coming to the upper Midwest on Wednesday, October 26 – Sunday, October 30, 2016 in Fargo. Take advantage of this unique close-to-home opportunity to connect, learn and share with rural and small library allies from across the country.

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Legislative Update 2016-05-02

The following information was shared via email with the library community by Elaine Keefe, Capitol Hill Associates, in her role as the MLA-ITEM lobbyist.

The Senate bonding bill (SF 2839) was released this morning, and it contains good news for libraries. Here are the specifics:

Library Construction Grants: The bill includes $2 million for the grants. There are no earmarks, so the entire $2 million would be available for competitive grants. $2 million was the amount included in the governor’s budget.

East Central Regional Library Headquarters and Cambridge Public Library: The bill includes $2.414 million for a new building. That was the amount requested by the city of Cambridge. This must be matched with an equal amount of funding from non-state sources.

Bagley Public Library: The bill includes $50,000 in general fund money for a grant to the city of Bagley for “improvements, furnishings and equipment for the city’s library or to reimburse the city for improvements, furnishings and equipment for the city’s library.” The language is a little unusual because the library project was completed two years ago. The 2014 bonding bill included $50,000 for the project, but the state later determined that this was an ineligible use of state bond funds and in 2015 the appropriation was canceled. That is why this year’s appropriation is from the general fund.

Minnesota State Community and Technical College, Wadena Campus: The bill includes $820,000 to relocate the current library to a new space and to convert the vacated space to a student services center. $820,000 was the amount included in the governor’s budget. This was the only higher education library project proposed this year.

East Side Freedom Library: The bill includes $500,000 from the general fund to renovate the former Arlington Hills Public Library in St. Paul, which recently became the home of the East Side Freedom Library. The library is operated by a nonprofit. Its mission “is to inspire solidarity, advocate for justice and work toward equity for all.”

The Senate bonding bill is even larger than had been rumored, spending a total of $1.8 billion. That is significantly larger than the $1.4 billion proposed by Governor Dayton and triple the amount that House leaders have said they want to spend. Even so, many requests were not funded at all or were funded well below the amount requested. Senator Leroy Stumpf, chair of the Senate Capital Investment Committee, said they received $5.2 billion in requests. The bill will be heard in the Senate Finance Committee tomorrow and then will head to the Senate floor.

Elaine Keefe, Capitol Hill Associates

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Legislative Update 2016-04-29

The following information was shared via email with the library community by Elaine Keefe, Capitol Hill Associates, in her role as the MLA-ITEM lobbyist.

The legislative session must end no later than 3 weeks from Monday.  Here is an update on issues of interest:

Supplemental Budget:   The House and Senate passed their omnibus supplemental budget bills this week.  The Senate has combined all of its budget bills into one omnibus supplemental budget bill (SF 2356).

The House split the budget into three smaller omnibus budget bills, as follows:

Education and Higher Education  (HF 2749)
Agriculture, Environment and Jobs (HF 3931)
HHS, Public Safety and State Government (HF 3467)

How the bills will be conferenced has not been announced, but it is widely assumed that there will be one conference committee made up of ten members.  The conferees are expected to be appointed early next week.

Broadband:  Last month Governor Dayton proposed $100 million in Border-to-Border Broadband Grants.  The Senate included $85 million in its budget bill, while the House included $15 million for FY 17 and $25 million in FY 18.  The House also included $7 million for broadband grants for schools in its education finance bill.  Those who attended Library Legislative Day heard me describe this new grant program in detail.  For those who were not there, the proposal actually would fund two separate types of grants, as follows:

Broadband Wi-Fi Hotspots:  A school district may apply for a grant to support wireless off-campus learning through a student’s use of a data card, USB modem or other mobile broadband device that enables the student to access learning materials through a mobile broadband connection.  A school district that qualifies for sparsity revenue may apply for a grant to provide Internet access on school buses.  The maximum grant is $100,000 for a school district applying by itself or $200,000 if applying with a community partner such as a public library, community education department or adult basic education program provider.

Capacity Building:  A school district that is a member of a telecommunications cluster may apply for a grant of up to $100,000 to be used in any manner and with any community partners that will allow the district to expand telecommunications access for students, teachers and community members.

Of the $7 million appropriated, $5 million is for the broadband Wi-Fi hotspot grants and $2 million is for the capacity building grants.  This is a one-time appropriation.

Total Operating Capital:  The Senate has included in its budget $10.1 million to provide a one-time increase of $10.88 per pupil in total operating capital.  There is a list of 25 permitted uses of this funding in statute.  Among the permitted uses are:

“To improve and repair school sites and buildings, and equip or reequip school buildings with permanent attached fixtures, including library media centers”
“ To purchase or lease interactive telecommunications equipment”
“To purchase or lease computers and related hardware, software, and annual licensing fees, copying machine, telecommunications equipment, and other non-instructional equipment”
“To purchase new and replacement library media resources or technology”
“To purchase or lease telecommunications equipment, computers and related equipment for integrated information management systems”
“To pay personnel costs directly associated to the acquisition, operation and maintenance of telecommunications systems, computers, related equipment, and network and applications software”

After School Grants:  The Senate has included in its budget bill $500,000 in one-time funding for grants to after school programs.  This is the program that we have worked with Ignite Afterschool to support.

Bonding:  As you may recall, Governor Dayton proposed a $1.4 billion bonding bill, which would be the largest in state history.  It includes $2 million for Library Construction Grants.  House leaders have said they will spend no more than $600 million on a bonding bill, but have not released any specifics and are not expected to do so anytime soon.  Rep. Paul Torkelson, chair of the House Capital Investment Committee, has said that the bonding bill’s fate will depend on reaching agreement on other issues such as taxes and transportation.  House leaders have characterized the bonding bill as “dessert,” which must come last.  The Senate is scheduled to release its bonding bill on Monday.  It is rumored that it will be a little larger than the governor’s proposal.

Legacy:  The House has passed its omnibus legacy funding bill, HF 3829, out of committee.  Unlike the other three funds the Outdoor Heritage Fund appropriations are made annually, and the bulk of the bill is made up of those appropriations.  However, there is one provision of interest to libraries in the bill.  It reinforces the requirement that legacy funds are to be used to supplement rather than supplant existing funding by requiring any entity requesting funding from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund to inform the Legislature “if the entity funded the same project or program after 2006 and how the previous project or program was funded.”  This is based on a recommendation from the Legislative Auditor.

Because sales tax revenue has lagged behind projections, there are deficits in three of the four legacy funds, including the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.  To resolve the deficit, Minnesota Management and Budget plans to enact a shift by authorizing agencies to “allot only 97% of their FY 17 appropriations, holding back 3% of each appropriation for spending in the following fiscal year, FY 18.”

Elaine Keefe, Capitol Hill Associates

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MNBA 2016 Pix & Vid

MNBA at Union Depot 2016Check out 2016 Minnesota Book Awards Ceremony photos and video

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ALS with new web look

ALS logo 2016 newJust launched — a new Arrowhead Library System website!

The ALS website design and migration was managed by Art Unlimited, an online marketing firm,  in Angora, Minnesota.  ALS issued an RFP in Fall 2015 that required a hosted site and the use of a WordPress platform (non-proprietary). Art Unlimited was selected.  Through weekly conference calls,  ALS had access and editorial review throughout the creative process.

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GRRL Vans on the Road

Great River Regional Library’s (GRRL) new vans hit the road this week. The vans are wrapped in graphics and serve as traveling billboards for the region. The designs are the work of Public Relations Graphic Designer, Bernadette Stephenson.

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PCLS Supports Broadband

MN Broadband Vision 2016The Plum Creek Library System (PCLS) endorsed the Minnesota Broadband Vision through a Resolution passed April 4, 2016.

Vision
Everyone in Minnesota will be able to use convenient, affordable world-class broadband networks that enable us to survive and thrive in our communities and across the globe.

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Lake Superior Libraries Symposium 2016

Lake Superior conference logo 2015Registration for the fifth annual Lake Superior Libraries Symposium is now open!

LSLS16, “NOW That’s What I Call Libraries!” will be held on Friday, May 20th, 2016 at the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, MN. Library staff, administrators, trustees, and students from the Upper Midwest and beyond are invited to attend and participate. Register today!

For just $49, you’ll experience:

  • Keynote by Jason Griffey, founder and principal at Evenly Distributed, a Fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, and formerly an Associate Professor and Head of Library Information Technology at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
  • 16 inspiring presentations on exciting and innovative projects happening NOW at rockin’ local and regional libraries of all types
  • A Thursday evening pre-conference social event
  • A Friday evening post-conference social event hosted by At Sara’s Table Chester Creek Cafe.

Pre-Conference Workshop

Also consider attending the pre-conference workshop on innovation in libraries, facilitated by Jason Griffey on Thursday, May 19th from 1:00-4:00 pm. The pre-conference workshop fee is $20 for conference attendees, and $25 for individuals only attending the workshop. Find more information and register here.

Locations, Accommodations & Information

The LSLS16 Conference is located in beautiful Duluth, the gateway to the North Shore of Lake Superior. The region features world class breweries, restaurants, and outdoor activities. Have more questions? Contact us

About LSLS16

The Lake Superior Libraries Symposium is a conference developed by library staff members from Northwestern Wisconsin and Northeastern Minnesota. The Symposium was created to promote resource sharing and communication between organizations and to help librarians develop enhanced professional networks. Our continued operations are thanks to the in-kind and monetary contributions of our supporters.

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Get Carded in International Falls

Watch and enjoy the International Falls Public Library’s community-wide campaign to encourage residents to get a library card and discovery the valuable resources at the library and online.

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MNBA Winners 2016

And the winners are…  MNBA

  • Red: A Crayon’s Story by Michael Hall   (Children’s Literature)
  • No House to Call My Home: Love, Family and Other Transgressions by Ryan Berg   (Nonfiction)
  • The Grave Soul by Ellen Hart   (Genre Fiction)
  • Water and What We Know: Following the Roots of a Northern Life by Karen Sabine   (Memoir & Creative Nonfiction)
  • Minnesota Modern: Architecture and Life at Midcentury by Larry Millett   (Minnesota)
  • There’s Something I Want You to Do by Charles Baxter   (Novel & Short Story)
  • Beautiful Wall by Ray Gonzalez   (Poetry)
  • See No Color by Shannon Gibney   (Young People’s Literature)

Each April, authors, publishers and book-lovers celebrate the best of local literature at the Minnesota Book Awards Ceremony. Managed by The Friends of the St. Paul Public Library, with financial assistance from CRPLSA, this year’s celebration returned to the beautiful and historic Union Depot in Lowertown, Saint Paul. Books, autographs, refreshments, live music, and the announcement of the award winners all made an unforgettable evening!

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New MELSA Legacy Coordinator

Melsa web logoMELSA has selected Andrea McKennan as the new Public Information Specialist.  Her duties will overlap those previously assigned to Melinda Ludwiczak, the former MELSA Project Manager who retired April 15.  Andrea will be responsible for Library Legacy program coordination and staff liaison responsibilities to the Job & Small Business and the e-Government Task Forces.

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PLD Day 2016 Reminder

Time is running out to register for PLD Day 2016!

Join fellow public library staff for an inspiring day of talks by Gwen Westberg of Patina stores, staff from the University of Minnesota’s TRiO program, and Valerie Horton of Minitex.

Registration for PLD Day ends Thursday, April 21st. Register here!

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016, 9:00am-3:30pm

Water Street Inn, 101 Water St South, Stillwater
Free parking is available at the venue

PLD logoPLD Day is an annual event for those who work in or are invested in public libraries. This event is hosted by the Minnesota Library Association’s Public Libraries Division and is sponsored in part by CRPLSA and Minitex.

More information

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On the eve of Legislative Day

Vote for Libraries buttonLibrarians, trustees and Library Friends will gather in St. Paul on April 13 to advocate for the MLA / ITEM Legislative Platform.  The top priority for this “short” legislative session will be inclusion of a $10 million appropriation in the Capital Investment bill for the construction of public library buildings.  Based on projected building projects around the state, public libraries have the potential of $172,883,00 in brick and mortar capital expenses in the next few years.

As you head to the Capital to remind your legislators of the importance of libraries and the structures that hold those services, remember to share news of your visits on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag:  #mnlibleg16

If you cannot make the trek to St. Paul — Call your legislators’ offices and offer your support, and remember to share news with #mnlibleg16.

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End of an era …

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From Maren Levad, Museum Access Specialist at the Minnesota Historical Society and long-time Library Legacy planning partner …

Dear Library Partners,

As we close out our sixth year of partnership together, I wanted to express my deepest thanks for all of the work you have done for the people of Minnesota. When we first met with library leadership in 2009, this partnership was a germ of an idea about providing high-quality, educational programming to library audiences around the state. That idea and this partnership have since taken on many forms, from library kits and musical concerts to audience-centered programs scalable to all library buildings and staff sizes. We’ve enjoyed getting to know each of the regions involved in the partnership, building relationships with librarians and legacy coordinators around the state, and engaging with lifelong learners in your communities.

Since we launched our first programming catalog in 2010, this partnership has generated some very impressive statistics:

  • Developed more than 50 exclusive programs for libraries

  • Delivered 640 individual programs

  • Served more than 22,000 Minnesotans

This partnership has provided traditional lectures for adults as well as hands-on craft programs, involved libraries with teen oral history camps and traveling exhibits. It has sent Minnesota all-stars like Prudence Johnson and Dan Chouinard on the road and been the testing ground for live, interactive virtual programs. The topics covered through this partnership have been diverse, including Steampunk Mysteries, the fur trade, and the history of beer in Minnesota. It has been a dizzying whirlwind for us all, and we are so thankful for your support and partnership.

After six years of Legacy funding, both the Minnesota Historical Society and the Minnesota Regional Library Systems find themselves in very different places from where we started. The library regions have built up the experience, structures, and staffing to select and book programs throughout the state. However, program managers now work with smaller budgets causing regional support for this partnership to dwindle. The Minnesota Historical Society (MNHS) is focusing on the final years of its current strategic plan and its staff have learned much about the resources required to run effective statewide outreach. Many outreach programs that existed six years ago have been set aside in favor of more sustainable initiatives.

Due to all of these factors, MNHS will not continue to fund this partnership in the next fiscal year. However, we know that the relationships that we’ve built over this time will continue. MNHS is committed to serving a diverse, lifelong learning audience, and making its resources more inclusive and accessible than ever. Over the next few years, MNHS will push the boundaries of interactive, live virtual programming for senior audiences and develop online and mobile experiences to engage more diverse urban and rural communities around the state. Above all, our organization will continue to provide unique, audience-centered programs at our sites and with partner communities around the state.

Even though this period of program partnership is ending, we know we will be working with many of you in new and exciting capacities in the future. Thank you for six productive and instructive years.

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PLD Day 2016

PLD logoPLD Day is an annual event for those who work in or are invested in public libraries. This annual event is hosted by the Minnesota Library Association’s Public Libraries Division and is sponsored in part by CRPLSA and Minitex.

Register now!

When:  Wednesday, May 4th, 2016, 9:00am-3:30pm

Where:
Water Street Inn
101 Water St South
Stillwater, MN 55082
Free parking is available at the venue

What to expect:
PLD Day will feature three information sessions from four amazing speakers, one from within the library world, and three offering an outside perspective.

  • Valerie Horton, Director of Minitex – will share her thoughts on Skating on the Bleeding Edge: Risk and Experimentation in Libraries. Let’s get out of our comfort zone and think about how we can be more responsive to changing situations and communities.
  • Minerva Munoz, director of TRiO Upward Bound at the University of Minnesota, and Kirsten Collins, Associate Academic Adviser of TRiO, will be presenting a workshop titled Class and Classism. This topic has high relevancy for people who work in libraries of all types and sizes.
  • Gwen Westberg, lead visual merchandiser for Patina stores will  reveal how Patina views their merchandising and display efforts, get ideas for applying these techniques to libraries, and envision the results of effective merchandising on your collections and resources.

In addition, there will be networking time, lightning talks from around the state, and fun themed activities.

Pricing:
$40 MLA member
$60 Non-member
Lunch is included with registration and will include vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free options.

Register now!

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Strengthen Adult Learning Communities

The following information has been shared from State Library Services:

Attend Regional Meetings to Strengthen Adult Learning Communities

Mark your calendar and plan to join colleagues from adult education, libraries and workforce development for Better Together, a full-day learning opportunity. The workshops are designed to increase our collective capacity to work together to improve adult literacy and workforce outcomes for Minnesotans.

At each session, participants will hear promising practices for collaboration across organizations and learn about free resources that promote digital literacy and workforce skills. Attendees also will have a chance to work with local partners to develop a collaborative project.

April 29, 2016 – Roseville at Minnesota Department of Education
May 9, 2016 – Mankato at Country Inn and Suites
May 16, 2016 – Grand Rapids at Saw Mill Inn

Register today for the workshop of your choice. For more information, to request an accommodation, or to be included on a mailing list for future announcements, please contact Emily Kissane (651-582-8508).

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Mark Your Calendar: MLA at 125

MLA 125 logoCome to the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center September 29 – 30, 2016 to enjoy, learn, and celebrate the 125 year history of the Minnesota Library Association. The MLA Conference will feature fabulous keynote speakers and top-notch presentations from other librarians across the state. Network with colleagues and move forward into the future of libraries.

Whether new to MLA or just a first time conference attendee, there will be many opportunities to meet colleagues, grow professionally and learn from the history and expertise of MLA. A newcomers’ orientation session will introduce the conference structure and help participants get the most out of conference experiences.

Visit the conference Facebook page or the MLA website to keep up on the latest conference news.  Online Registration will begin July 21.

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Beyond the Book — Winter Bees

Winter Bees introduces the viewer to Joyce Sidman, the author of a 2015 Minnesota Book Award winner, and a young reader. Together they explore the winter environment and the creation of poems and art that make Winter Bees & Other Poems of the Cold a joyful read. Through the beautifully illustrated poems and this new video story, we learn how animals stay alive in our cold north country.

Winter Bees is a Beyond the Book special production by TPT in partnership with The Friends of the St. Paul Public Library and CRPLSA.

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More regional broadband support

By adding their names to the Minnesota Broadband Vision, regional library boards are showing their support for a future in which residents of all generations and backgrounds will have access to affordable, high-quality broadband. Included on the growing list:

MN Broadband Vision 2016Great River Regional Library (GRRL) – March 15

Kitchigami Regional Library (KRLS) – March 17

Lake Agassiz Regional Library (LARL) – March 17

Metropolitan Library Service Agency (MELSA) – March 17

Traverse des Sioux Library Cooperative (TdSLC) – March 17

Viking Library System (VLS) – March 15

With its many community interests, The Blandin Foundation initiated the Minnesota Broadband Vision campaign.  This includes sharing news and information on broadband use, policy and trends.  There is even an “I Endorse the Minnesota Broadband Vision” Facebook page to “like” as well as post local support.

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Teen Lit Con 2016

MELSA Teen Lit Con 2016 Teen Lit Con 2016 –  A day to celebrate teen literature, promote reading and writing, and to create a community of readers by connecting teens and authors.

May 7, 2016

Henry Sibley High School
1897 Delaware Ave, Mendota Heights

Free & Open to the Public – Doors open at 9:30am. First event at 10:00.

Posters featuring book covers or author pictures. Print and post at the library or school!

Use & follow the event hashtag #teenlitcon

This project made possible with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund and the people of Minnesota for Library Legacy activities.

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Legislative Update

The following information was shared via email with the library community by Elaine Keefe, Capitol Hill Associates, in her role as the MLA-ITEM lobbyist.

Governor’s Budget:  Governor Dayton released his supplemental budget proposal today.  He is proposing to spend a total of $698 million (including $117 million for tax cuts).  Of that spending, $411 million is one-time spending and $287 million is ongoing spending.  The governor proposes to leave $200 million on the bottom line to guard against a future economic downturn.  This is consistent with his statement last week in his State of the State address that his highest priority was protecting the fiscal stability of the state.  Here are items of interest in the proposed budget:

$100 million for Border to Border Broadband grants.  Earlier in the year Governor Dayton had announced that he would propose $100 million for broadband, but after the February forecast projected a smaller surplus, there was speculation that this amount might go down.  Happily, this was not the case.  This is a one-time appropriation.

$21.5 million for a one-time increase in Local Government Aid to cities.

$25 million for a one-time increase in County Program Aid.

$25 million for a pre-kindergarten program offered through public schools.  The funding would be targeted to high-poverty areas and those with a lack of three and four star Parent Aware rated child care programs.  This funding would increase to $40 million in FY 18 and $60 million in FY 19.

A detailed description of each item in Governor Dayton’s proposal can be found here.

Bills of Interest:  Since the Legislature convened one week ago, legislators have introduced 546 bills in the Senate and 747 bills in the House.  Here are some bills of interest to MLA and ITEM:

HF 2381 (Baker) Provides $35 million for border to border broadband grants.  The bill will be heard in the House Greater Minnesota Economic and Workforce Development Policy Committee this Thursday.

HF 2385 (Lesch)/ SF 2703 (Dibble)  Prohibits employers from requiring applicants or employees to divulge their username or password to any personal social media account.

HF 2386 (Lesch)/ SF 2705 (Chamberlain)  Prohibits educational institutions from requiring students or prospective students to divulge their username or password to any personal social media account.

HF 2537 (Youakim)/ SF 2510 (Kent)  Establishes the right of student journalists to determine the content of school newspapers and student-led publications, unless the content is profane, harassing or intimidating.

HF 2597 (Green)  Repeals the requirement that 47% of the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund must be allocated to the State Arts Board.

HF 2645 (B. Johnson)/ SF 2296 (Nienow) Provides $2,414,000 to the city of Cambridge to build a new public library and headquarters for the East Central Regional Library.

HF 2898 (Lucero)  Protecting student data privacy on 1:1 devices issued by an educational institution.

HF 2900 (Lucero)  Protecting student privacy on personal electronic devices.

HF 2939 (C. Johnson)/ SF 2560 (Sheran) Provides funding for the Travers des Sioux Library Cooperative to hire licensed school media specialists to provide services to schools that do not have licensed school media specialists.  This was initiated by a former employee of TDS, and is not supported by the TDS Board.  I do not expect this bill to advance.

HF 3069 (Peterson) / SF 2462 (Carlson)  Exempts information systems software from the requirement that schools use a competitive bidding process for purchases.

SF 2294 (Dahms) Provides $30 million in bond proceeds for border to border broadband grants.

SF 2447 (Schmit)  Provides $100 million from the general fund for border to border broadband grants.

Elaine Keefe, Capitol Hill Associates

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MNShelfies

Enter Minnesota Book Awards’ MNShelfies contest!

The #MNshelfies display contest hopes to raise the visibility of the 2016 Minnesota Book Awards finalists. Using the free resources and your own creativity, create a display showcasing at least one of the eight genre categories.

Submit a “shelfie” of your display and share it on social media. Entries submitted by March 31 will be eligible to win one of two prizes!

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SELCOtv Features MNBA 2016 Booktalks

SelcoTV Cover PageJust in time for the 2016 Minnesota Book Awards, SELCO staff will “booktalk” each of this year’s 32 finalists for SELCOtv.  A special YouTube playlist aggregates the videos as they are posted.  During the days leading up to the awards ceremony on April 16, 1-2 booktalks from the eight award categories will be posted each day.

Here is a selection of those shared thus far in the individual MNBA genre categories:

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Boese TdSLC Interim

On March 9, 2016,  the Traverse des Sioux Library Cooperative regional library board appointed Robert Boese to serve as Interim Director.

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Booker – the LARL Mascot

Booker Visits the Crookston Public Library

Booker Visits the Crookston Public Library

The new Lake Agassiz Regional Library (LARL) mascot – BOOKER – paid a special visit to the Crookston Public Library for storytime.  The children’s event  featured owl stories, games,  crafts and lots of fun.

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ECRL Personal Broadband Story

Only in its third day, the East Central Regional Library (ECRL) broadband support campaign has solicited some persuasive stories.  Consider this comment from a Princeton resident:

MN Broadband Vision 2016I moved from one residence within ECRL region to another in the region within the last 3 years. I was able to get DSL at the former residence. I now live even closer to a major highway but internet service is not available at my “new” location except by paying for a hotspot through Verizon that is VERY expensive and the cost is based on usage so I have to very carefully choose what I can do online, limit my downloads, etc., so as not to go over my usage limit. When I moved, I was told Centurylink/Qwest has the “rights” to where I now live so I checked first with them about getting internet service since they are my landline telephone provider. I was told that, yes, they “own the rights” to my address but have no idea when or if they will provide internet service there. I am in a residential area, 3 miles from town and next to a major state road so I most certainly ought to be able to have inexpensive and unlimited internet access.

For more information on the ECRL broadband support efforts

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ECRL Push for Broadband Support

MN Broadband Vision 2016East Central Regional Library (ECRL) is in the midst of a marketing campaign to generate support for the Minnesota Broadband Vision and solicit personal stories.  This follows the February 2016 ECRL board meeting, when the board endorsed a resolution supporting the Minnesota Broadband Vision stating that “everyone in Minnesota will be able to use convenient, affordable, world-class broadband networks that enable us to survive and thrive in our communities and across the globe.”

Components shared with each of the 14 ECRL locations include:

  1. Press release announcing the efforts
  2. Poster (11 x 17) of the broadband resolution signed by ECRL board president, Mike Warring
  3. A broadband table tent
  4. An online survey, as well as on location half-sheets to collect personal broadband or Internet stories
  5. Broadband petition to be shared with with area legislators

The ECRL broadband publicity efforts will continue through March 26.

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10 Pigs Excitement in ECRL

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Bath time and bubbles were never so much fun!

Ten Pigs In Wyoming!

East Central Regional Library staff declare, “It was one epic, amazing, and fun event for everyone!” as Derek Anderson, author and illustrator,  presented the very first, statewide Once Upon a Reader Trunk Show based on his book, Ten Pigs: An Epic Bath Adventure!

The premier event held at the ECRL Branch Library in Wyoming captivated 62 kids this morning. The trunk show rolls on to Pine City this afternoon.

Check out more ECRL & Ten Pigs pix

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MN Book Awards Promo – Enjoy

 

Minnesota Book Awards with support from CRPLSA through Library Legacy funding.

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Hold the date for EQS Symposium

Mark your calendar.  Hold the date. Plan to attend.
Annual symposium for library library paraprofessionals and support staff.

Enhancing Quality Staff Symposium
Tuesday, May 17, 2016

For more information

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Legislative Prep 2016

The following information was shared via email with the library community by Elaine Keefe, Capitol Hill Associates, in her role as the MLA-ITEM lobbyist.

Happy precinct caucus day!

The Legislative session begins one week from today.  Here are some key things to know:

State Economic Forecast:  The February forecast was released last Friday.  The projected state budget surplus is now $900 million, down from the $1.2 billion that was projected in early December.  This will make it much tougher for anyone hoping for new spending or tax cuts.

Governor’s Budget:  Governor Dayton is set to release his supplemental budget recommendations on March 15.  He has said that, given the downturn in the surplus, he is likely to propose a limited amount of one-time spending.  Previously he had said he would propose $100 million in broadband grants to underserved communities.  This is the sort of spending that could be done on a one-time basis.  The Governor’s top priority remains universal pre-school for all 4 year olds, but legislators remain skeptical, especially in the House.

Library Construction Grants:  This Thursday, March 3, the House Capital Investment Committee will hold a day-long hearing where state agencies will present their bonding requests that made it into the Governor’s Capital Budget.  MDE has been allotted a 20 minute time period from 11:40am to noon to present Library Construction Grants and a proposal for improvements to the Red Lake School.  The hearing will be in Room 200 State Office Building.

Committee Deadlines:  Deadlines this session are quite early, ensuring that the session moves at a fast pace.  Here are the dates:

First deadline:  Friday, April 1.  By this date a bill must have passed through all of the policy committees it needs to be heard in and have either been sent to a finance committee or to the floor in order to remain alive.

Second Deadline:  Friday, April 8.  By this date a bill must have met the criteria for meeting the first deadline in BOTH the House and Senate to remain alive.

Third Deadline:  Thursday, April 21.  By this date the omnibus spending bills must be passed out of the House Ways and Means Committee and the Senate Finance Committee.

Legislative Calendar:  Traditionally the Legislature takes a week-long break for Passover and Easter.  This year because of the shortness of the session and because Passover and Easter are a month apart, legislators will instead take two short breaks.  The Legislature will be on a break for Easter beginning on Friday, March 25 and returning at noon on Tuesday, March 29.  The Legislature will take Friday, April 22 off because Passover begins that day at sundown.  The legislative session must adjourn no later than Monday, May 23 at midnight.

Legislative Retirements:  Amid the growing number of legislators who have announced that they will not seek re-election this year, the most notable for the library community is Senator LeRoy Stumpf (DFL – Plummer).  Senator Stumpf has been a long-time champion for libraries and we will miss him.  For a complete list of retiring legislators, follow this link:  http://www.leg.state.mn.us/lrl/histleg/retire

Elaine Keefe, Capitol Hill Associates

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Leap Day Launch Ebooks MN

ebooks MN logoEbooks Minnesota launches today!

Ebooks MN is a collection featuring content from Minnesota’s independent publishers. Today’s opening-day collection includes about 2,500 titles, and Minitex plans to add more soon.

Ebooks from ABDO, Lerner Publishing Group, and Cherry Lake Publishing make up a significant part of the school-age collection. Ebooks MN also includes scholarly and literary titles from the University of Minnesota Press, Milkweed Editions, Coffee House Press, and Arcadia Publishing/The History Press. These independent presses publish ebooks on a wide variety of topics and genres from sharks to the black death and from graphic novels to literary fiction. Ebooks MN also includes titles about Minnesota, such as Twins Baseball and Legendary Locals of Crookston, that were published outside the state. There is no limit to the number of titles that can be checked out at any time and readers can keep titles as long as they wish.

Minitex will manage access to Ebooks MN using the familiar IP-range method used for the Electronic Library for Minnesota. No digital rights management (DRM) is required. Minnesota will have permanent access to these titles, there is no limit to the number that can be checked out at a time, and readers can keep them as long as they wish.  As with ELM, there is no additional cost for libraries to use the collection. Be sure to watch and share our introductory video, and download the app from iTunes, Google Play, or for your Kindle Fire.

Ebooks MN is a two-year pilot project of the Minnesota Department of Education, State Library Services and Minitex. The collection is made possible in part by funding from the Minnesota Department of Education through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and by Minitex. The initiative originated from the 2014 Explore eBooks MN Summit and from the contributions of librarians across the state.  

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SELCO Supports Broadband Vision

MN Broadband Vision 2016The Southeastern Libraries Cooperating (SELCO) Board of Directors joins the ALS, ECRL, NWRL, and PLS regional library boards in support of the Minnesota Broadband Vision.  The SELCO resolution stresses the broad array of vital library services which depend on broadband or high speed Internet.  The resolution urges Governor Dayton and the members of the Minnesota Legislature to provide leadership, resources and the necessary legal framework to make this vision a reality.

Libraries around the state are encouraged to seek support from local governing authorities, community groups, and individuals who believe that Internet access is an equity issue for all Minnesotans.

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ARSL Call for Proposals

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ARSL is accepting proposals for break-out sessions at the 2016 Conference to be held in Fargo, North Dakota on October 27-29, 2016.  The theme for ARSL 2016 is  North of Normal.   ARLS would like to hear about creative ideas that take libraries beyond normal.  Proposals for these 1-hour sessions may be submitted using the online form. The deadline to submit is March 21, 2016 in order for the Conference Programming Committee to review and make selections. Those who submit a proposal will be notified whether or not their proposal was accepted by April 15, 2016.

Presenters are reminded that workshops must be geared toward the small and rural library audience, and those that are practical, hands-on, and how-to are preferred.  This is not the proper venue for post-graduate dissertations or marketing products. Additional instructions are included on the form.

Workshop presenters will receive ONE complimentary conference registration per workshop title selected, i.e. a team of three presenters working on one workshop will receive one complimentary registration.

Watch the ARLS website, Facebook and Twitter streams for the latest conference news!

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Johnson Group Selected

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CRPLSA is pleased to announce Johnson Group has been selected to design a Library Legacy report.  The final product will be a visually compelling document that highlights the wide variety of programs and activities made possible with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund and the people of Minnesota for Library Legacy activities.

Johnson Group has a 25-year repertoire which includes full-service design, branding, and advertising.  The response to CRPLSA’s Request for Proposal identified an approach that will share CRPLSA’s Library Legacy story with key stakeholders and convey the scope and effectiveness of regional library efforts. After an initial discussion, a project timeline was established that will deliver a final product to CRPLSA by November 2016 – just in time for the 2017 legislative session.

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ALS Supports Broadband Initiative

MN Broadband Vision 2016The Arrowhead Library System (ALS) Board of Directors adopted a resolution encouraging the Minnesota Legislature and Governor Dayton to provide sufficient resources for border to border broadband.

Libraries around the state are encouraged to seek support from local governing authorities.

Click here for more information

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ECRL Fundraising RFP

ECRL logo newFUNDRAISING SERVICES

The Friends of the Cambridge Public Library is seeking a fundraising consultant to plan and manage a campaign to raise a minimum of $1 million to help fund the cost of building a new public library in Cambridge MN. Responses to the RFP must be received by noon on February 19, 2016 and should be directed to Friends of the Cambridge Public Library. A full copy of the RFP is available on the library website.  Questions can be addressed to Karen S. Lee, 763-552-9605, kslee@windstream.net.

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Ebooks MN Training

Minitex Ebooks MN no txtEbooks Minnesota webinar with Q&A

Date:  February 17, 2016
Time:  11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Ebook MN Registration

This webinar will provide a detailed overview of Ebooks Minnesota on the BiblioBoard Library platform. Attendees will gain an understanding of the parameters and focus of the program from a Minitex team member, followed by a demonstration of the navigation and content on BiblioBoard, the PatronsFirst mobile library.

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Celebrating 20 years of telecom

The American Library Association and
Libraries Celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Telecom Act

When the 1996 Telecommunications Act was signed into law, only 28% of libraries provided public internet access.  Libraries have experienced a dizzying two decades of innovations enabled by the Act and the E-rate program it created.

ALA 20 year telecom anniversaryLibraries were named one of seven major application areas for the National Information Infrastructure in a 1994 task force report:

For education and for libraries, all teachers and students in K-12 schools and all public libraries—whether in urban suburban, or rural areas; whether in rich or in poor neighborhoods—need access to the educational and library services carried on the NII. All commercial establishments and all workers must have equal access to the opportunities for electronic commerce and telecommuting provided by the NII. Finally, all citizens must have equal access to government services provided over the NII.

In his 1997 State of the Union address, President Clinton called for all schools and libraries to be wired by 2000. The nation came close: 96% of libraries were connected by that time.

Then, as now, libraries report that their bandwidth and number of public computers available were unable to meet patron demand at least some of the time. Libraries, like the nation as a whole, also continue to see disparities among urban, suburban and rural library connectivity.

According to a 2013 Pew Internet Project report, the availability of computers and internet access now rivals book lending and reference expertise as vital library services. Seventy-seven percent of Americans say free access to computers and the internet is a “very important” service of libraries, compared with 80 percent who say borrowing books and access to reference librarians are “very important” services.

Celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Telecom Act (hashtag #96×20) and share how #librariestransform with high-speed broadband all this week.

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