Category Archives: Regional News

International Falls Library Adds Beautiful Artwork to Outdoor Entrance

Stop by and enjoy the beautiful new sculptures of Winter and Autumn at the International Falls Public Library completed by Eric “Erickson” Kulig and dedicated July, 2017. This is one of the many Legacy programs that benefits our patrons in the … Continue reading

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Legislative Update 6/6/2017

Session Closure Report – from Sam Walseth, Capitol Hill Associates While the Governor’s line-item veto of the legislature’s operating budget means the people’s business isn’t quite finished, it is for our practical purposes. The final Bonding bill, signed into law, … Continue reading

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Viking Library System Hires New Administrator

Gerri Moeller, Director of the Outagamie Waupaca Library System (OWLS) in Appleton, Wisconsin has been hired as the next system administrator for Viking Library System, headquartered in Fergus Falls, MN. Moeller received her undergraduate degree in psychology from Lawrence University, … Continue reading

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SELCO Executive Director to Retire

Today is Ann Hutton’s last day at SELCO. Ann started as Regional Librarian at SELCO in 1984, moved to Assistant Director in 1989 and Executive Director in 1996. We offer our sincere thanks for her 33 years of service. We … Continue reading

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SELCO BOARD ANNOUNCES NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Krista Ross Will Take Helm on April 24 March 8, 2017 ROCHESTER, MN – The SELCO (Southeastern Libraries Cooperating) board of trustees has appointed Krista Ross as the new Executive Director of the library system. Ross will assume the role … Continue reading

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ECRL Executive Director to Retire

Isanti County Commissioner Mike Warring was right on the money when talking about Barbara Misselt during a special recognition of her retirement at this month’s East Central Regional Library Board of Directors meeting. “We always admired how Barb treats people, … Continue reading

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IMLS Statement on President’s Proposed Budget

Washington, DC — Institute of Museum and Library Services Director Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew released the following statement on the President’s proposed FY 2018 budget, which includes elimination of the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Since its inception 20 … Continue reading

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Legislative Update 3/27/2017

The following information was shared via email with the library community on Monday, March 27, 2017 by Sam Walseth, Capitol Hill Associates, in his role as the MLA-ITEM lobbyist. Senate E-12 Omnibus Bill Despite your grassroots efforts, we fell short … Continue reading

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Legislative Update 2/27/2017

This afternoon the Senate E-12 Budget Division chaired by Sen. Carla Nelson (GOP Rochester) reviewed our proposal to amend and increase the RLBSS formula and to increase funding for the multi-county, multi-type library systems. Many thanks to Ken Behringer, Liz … Continue reading

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Library Legislative Day Talking Points 2017

Library Legislative Day is scheduled for Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at the Capital! 2017 MLA Legislative Platform Talking Points for 2017: Broadband Telecommunications Access for Schools and Public Libraries Library Legacy Request HF 1308  & SF 1134 Regional Library Basic … Continue reading

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Legislative Update: Bills Introduced! 2/16/17

RLBSS & Multi-type bill introduced: HF 1382, Rep. Bud Nornes (GOP Fergus Falls) & SF 1033, Sen. Gary Dahms (GOP Redwood Falls) were introduced this week. These bills include MLA-ITEM RLBSS and Multi-type funding increases. The legislation also includes the … Continue reading

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Legislative Update 2017-01-26

The following information was shared via email with the library community on Thursday, January 26, 2017 by Sam Walseth, Capitol Hill Associates, in his role as the MLA-ITEM lobbyist. Dayton’s Budget Plan Governor Dayton announced a budget plan earlier this … Continue reading

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Legislative Day Registration Opens

Minnesota Library Legislative Day is just around the corner. Library supporters are invited to converge at the Capitol for this important annual event on February 21-22. Although Wednesday is the highlight, activities begin on Tuesday at the Rice Street Library. … Continue reading

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VLS Seeks Executive Director

The Viking Library System (VLS) announces an excellent opportunity to lead a well-established federated regional public library system.  Services are provided directly to the public through bookmobile and outreach services and indirectly through 11 independent member libraries. The system is … Continue reading

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February Legislative Day

Just announced:  Library Legislative Day will be held Wednesday, February 22. Briefings will be offered Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning.  Times and locations are still being finalized.  Mark your calendar now and plan to join library supporters at the Capitol.

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ECRL Executive Director Search

The East Central Regional Library (ECRL) announces the upcoming vacancy and search for a new Executive Director. The successful candidate will be the Executive Director of a 6-county consolidated public library system in east central Minnesota which operates 14 branches and … Continue reading

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SELCO Executive Director Search

Job search underway in the southeast.  SELCO seeks an individual with strong leadership skills to provide direction for a diverse membership and manage SELCO staff at its headquarters in Rochester. SELCO has created customized webpages offering information to prospective candidates … Continue reading

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Hot Reads in LARL

Lake Agassiz Regional Library is thrilled to invite it’s reading public to participate in Hot Reads for Cold Nights, an annual winter reading program for adults. The LARL program rules are simple: read or listen to four books, audiobooks, eBooks, or eAudiobooks … Continue reading

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Minitex to enhance eBook app

Library users will more easily access eBooks across multiple systems thanks to SimplyE, a free app from phones and tablets that is being further developed at Minitex. SimplyE, developed by the New York Public Library, eliminates the need for a … Continue reading

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ARSL successful & sends thanks

With over 500 participants representing rural and small libraries in nearly every state and Canada, the recent ARSL – Association of Rural & Small Libraries annual conference in Fargo was a success.  CRPLSA provided financial support by underwriting the keynote … Continue reading

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National Library Legislative Day 2017

Registration for National Library Legislative Day 2017 is now open. To find information about the event, to register, or to book a hotel room, visit ala.org/nlld. As with previous years, National Library Legislative Day 2017 will be held at the … Continue reading

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Minnesota Loves Libraries Launched

Today marks the official launch of Minnesota Loves Libraries, a statewide, grassroots advocacy campaign set to run through January. We are looking for stories that exemplify service, community connections, and individual success. Have you had a positive interaction with a library staff … Continue reading

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Winter Reading Programs

Blustery weather and long winter nights provide the perfect excuse to snuggle down with a good book (or two, or three).  The Arrowhead Library System and SELCO winter reading programs will enhance the reading enjoyment whether the reader chooses a … Continue reading

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LARL 1000 Before Kindergarten

Lake Agassiz Regional Library (LARL) is happy to announce the launch of 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten, a program designed to foster relationship-building and brain development while preparing youth for kindergarten. Thanks to the Minnesota Department of Education through a Library … Continue reading

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Legislative Update 2016-12-02

The following information was shared via email with the library community by Sam Walseth, Capitol Hill Associates, in his role as the MLA-ITEM lobbyist. State Budget Forecast Released State officials released the November budget forecast for the state of Minnesota … Continue reading

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Minnesota Loves Libraries close to launch

It’s almost here — Libraries throughout the state are nearly ready to launch the first-ever, statewide Minnesota Loves Libraries campaign! The time has come to begin gathering stories of how libraries make a difference in people’s lives so we can … Continue reading

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First Legislative Update for the 2017 Session

The following information was shared via email with the library community by Sam Walseth, Capitol Hill Associates, in his role as the MLA-ITEM lobbyist. House and Senate GOP leadership announced committee structures and chairs today. They worked to align the … Continue reading

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KRLS & MELSA make it an even dozen!

With board action by the Kitchigami Regional Library System (KRLS) and MELSA trustees, the library community has unanimous support by 12 regions for a 2017 legislative initiative to change the Regional Library Basic System Support (RLBSS) formula. This new initiative … Continue reading

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Children Play & Learn in ECRL

Children hardly needed a tutorial in how to interact with the new Play and Learn space during an open house November 2, 2016, at North Branch Area Library of East Central Regional Library (ECRL). Parents and their little ones learned … Continue reading

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New TdSLC Director Announced

On Thursday, November 17, the Traverse des Sioux Library Cooperative (TdSLC) Board of Directors formally endorsed the hiring of a new Executive Director. The new Executive Director will be Ms. Ann Hokanson, currently the Director of the Austin, Minnesota, Public … Continue reading

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Libraries Respond

The ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services has created Libraries Respond as a space for us to help keep current events in conversation with libraries’ ongoing work in and commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion. This page will … Continue reading

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VLS Endorses RLBSS Formula Change

On November 15, 2016, the Viking Library System Board approved a resolution supporting a change in the formula by which Regional Library Basic System Support (RLBSS) is calculated and the state aid is distributed to the 12 regions.  The resolution … Continue reading

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Misselt to Retire

After nine years at the helm of East Central Regional Library (ECRL), Barbara Misselt will retire April 1, 2017.  In a letter accepted by the ECRL Board, she wrote: Thank you for the opportunity to lead this organization in providing … Continue reading

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CRPLSA at AMC

CRPLSA will once again participate at the Association of Minnesota Counties annual conference, December 5-6, 2016.  System Directors will staff a booth in the exhibit area and share information about libraries serving Minnesota’s 87 counties.

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SELCO approves formula change initiative

The SELCO Board of Directors unanimously supports the resolution to seek a formula change and an increase in the annual appropriation of Regional Library Basic System Support (RLBSS).  The proposed formula change will reduce the Equalization factor of the formula … Continue reading

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St. Cloud Library Reopening

The headquarters of the Great River Regional Library (GRRL)  – the St. Cloud Public Library will offer limited services beginning Monday, October 24 as cleaning and restoration work in the St. Cloud Public Library continues. The closing and cleanup work … Continue reading

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