December 31, 2009 -- The Minnesota Historical Society, the Minnesota State Arts Board, and the Minnesota Humanities Center have been enthusiastically soliciting information from around the state for a 25-year framework and a 10-year plan. A draft was released on December 21, 2009 and public comments are encouraged.
This work is in response to a legislative requisite in the first Legacy Amendment appropriations bill requiring that "...programs and organizations funded through the arts and cultural heritage fund shall conduct a collaborative project to develop...a ten-year plan and a 25-year framework for use of the funding that includes goals and measurable outcomes and includes a vision for Minnesotans of what arts, history, and cultural heritage will look like in 25 years."
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December 28, 2009 -- As part of statewide activities for Minnesota's Greatest Generation (MGG), the Minnesota Historical Society (MHS) hosted "Preserving Your Family's Treasures" in nearly every Minnesota County. MHS Outreach Conservator, Bob Herskovitz, will conduct his stellar workshop "Preserving Your Family's Treasures" in four remaining counties, to share this information with audiences statewide.
MHS and CRPLSA will undertake a new joint venture to expand the outstanding work to already accomplished through the MGG exhibit and outreach efforts to libraries around the state. "Preserving Your Family's Treasures" is a great example and will serve as a model for the type of future collaborative activities that will be undertaken.
December 23, 2009 -- SELCO conducted 11 Community Conversations about Library Legacy initiatives between November 18 and December 16, 2009. At each Conversation, participants reported a variety of community partnerships already in existence and an enthusiastic willingness to explore new collaborative opportunities to effectively use Legacy funding. SELCO's brief synopsis outlines the wide range of possibilities being considered and includes an attendance summary by county and links to more detailed notes.
December 15, 2009 -- MELSA library directors and board members continue their planning discussions for the Arts and Cultural Heritage Library Legacy funding and share this summary.
December 15, 2009 -- Hennepin County Library (HCL) staff will assist CRPLSA to expand the Library's History Day Hullabaloo into a state-wide initiative. History Day Hullabaloo was developed by the Library in collaboration with the Minnesota Historical Society History Day staff and the University of Minnesota history mentoring program to promote library resources for students, teachers, and parents working on History Day projects.
Through a shared employment arrangement between MELSA and Hennepin County Library, JoEllen Haugo at Central Library will assist with this new state-wide initiative. She will draw on the Central Library's extensive history collection and her previous experiences working with the Central Library Class Visits Team. History Day Hullabaloo has provided JoEllen the opportunity to forge a working relationship with the Hennepin County Library Subject Guide History Day Youth Service Librarian and Web Services staff to promote the TeenLinks History Day Subject Guide. With her practical experiences, she has been an annual speaker at statewide Social Studies teacher meetings, MELSA's History Day@ Your library workshops, and presentations to classes visiting Central Library, as well as speaking at MLA's 2009 Conference.
As planned, the special half-time employment assignment will begin January 2010 for an initial six-month period. The goal is to replicate the Central Library's History Day Hullabaloo in other Minnesota libraries. That expansion will take place during the first quarter of 2010. JoEllen will help plan a program to work with educators statewide to prepare for History Day programs that will be initiated in the fall of 2010. As evaluation and outcome measurements are an important component of Library Legacy funding, an evaluation of an expanded History Day Hullabaloo will be conducted in the spring 2010.
December 14, 2009 -- The Statewide Legacy Planning Committee hosted six Listening Sessions around Minnesota during October and November. ACHF Minnesota now offers a lengthy summary of the comments shared during those sessions in a Key Findings document. Included are comments about the 25-Year 2035 Vision, criteria for guiding funding decisions, guiding principles, 10-year Goals, and differentiation between those things the groups felt should be "In" or "Out" of considerations for key areas of ACHF for Arts, Arts Access, Arts Education, History, and Cultural Heritage. The Statewide Legacy Planning Committee continues its deliberations and will submit a written report to the Legislature in January before the start of the 2010 legislative session.
December 11, 2009 -- Evaluation and measurable outcomes are important components of the Arts and Cultural Heritage Library Legacy programs. Using their application materials as a model, Traverse des Sioux Library System and SELCO (Southeastern Libraries Cooperating) created Evaluation and Final Report forms. Samples are included.
December 9, 2009 -- Amendment.org is a new website designed to provide general information on all aspects of the Legacy Amendment - Clean Water, Wildlife Habitat, Parks & Trails, and Arts & Cultural Heritage.
Labels: minnesota_historical_society, cultural_heritage, greatest_generation, heritage, job_posting
December 8, 2009 -- Minnesota's Regional Public Library Directors are seeking an energetic and talented individual to coordinate and provide leadership for the Regional Public Library - Minnesota Historical Society (MHS) Legacy Partnership.
This position will insure libraries can successfully implement programs and services based on the Minnesota's Greatest Generation Program from MHS. This position will represent regional libraries within the Minnesota Historical Society and will insure a positive partnership with MHS for future shared programs.
This position could be hired as a mobility assignment with the proper approvals from the applicant's current employer. Salary and benefits are negotiable based on experience and talent. Details about specific job responsibilities are listed on the Coordinating Librarian Task List.
Further information can be obtained from Mark Ranum either via email or by calling 612.701.9989. Applications consisting of a cover letter and résumé should be sent to:
P.O. Box 50599
Minneapolis, MN 55405
Applications will be considered immediately upon receipt. Start date is as soon as possible upon acceptance of a job offer.
December 4, 2009 -- The Minnesota Digital Library (MDL) is still accepting applications for digitization projects for Phase 6 of Minnesota Reflections. Application materials are available online at the MDL website.
MDL reports having received 17 applications so far this year and being well on their way to digitizing those collections to bring them into Minnesota Reflections. It is estimated, these first projects will spend approximately 66% of current funding.
MDL has funds for additional projects, but interested libraries need to apply soon, so that new applications can be reviewed quickly and, if approved, MDL can commit the funds for those projects.
Remember, the MDL deadline for applications is Mach 26, 2010, or once MDL has committed all of digitizing dollars, which ever comes first.
For more information contact:
Marian Rengel, Outreach Coordinator
Minnesota Digital Library Coalition
Learning Resources & Technology Services
Miller Center B41-9
St. Cloud State University
720 Fourth Avenue South
St. Cloud, MN 56301-4498
Office (320) 308-5625
Fax (320) 308-4778 (shared)