Category Archives: Regional News

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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Formula change support grows!

Recent action at mid-month board meetings on October 20 moved forward the possibility of a 2017 legislative initiative to change the Regional Library Basic System Support (RLBSS) formula.  The most recent approvals were from: Lake Agassiz Regional Library Northwest Regional Library … Continue reading

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GRRL & PCLS Support Formula Change

The regional library boards governing Great River Regional Library (GRRL) and Plum Creek Library System (PCLS) approved supporting resolutions to seek a statutory formula change tied with an increase in the  annual Regional Library Basic System Support appropriation.  The formula change … Continue reading

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ALS Endorses RLBSS Change

The Arrowhead Library System (ALS) Board unanimously approved a legislative initiative to amend Regional Library Basic System Support (RLBSS) formula on October 13. The initiative seeks an annual funding increase of $3 million, a change to the statutory funding formula … Continue reading

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Contact MN Senators

Email or call your Senators Franken and Klobuchar and ask our Minnesota Senators to co-sponsor S. 3391, the Museum and Library Services Act. Every year, nearly $200 million in federal library funding is awarded to every state by the Institute of … Continue reading

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ECRL Endorses RLBSS Change

The East Central Regional Library (ECRL) unanimously endorsed a legislative initiative that will seek a formula change and a funding increase in Regional Library Basic System Support (RLBSS). The proposal requests a $3 million per year increase in the annual … Continue reading

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MNLINK Discovery Layer

All new this week — the MNLINK discovery interface. This easy to navigate new search tool provides library users access to library collections around the state, as well as the Electronic Library for Minnesota, Ebooks Minnesota, Minnesota Reflections and much … Continue reading

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TdS Executive Position Open

The 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 … Continue reading

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Fire at St. Cloud Public Library

The St. Cloud Public Library experienced a fire set by an arsonist on the second floor of the building on August 17th. Currently, regional operations continue including daily delivery to the other 31 Great River Regional Library (GRRL) libraries and … Continue reading

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Northfield Public Library wins viewers’ choice award

Northfield Public Library was recognized as WCCO’s Viewers’ Choice for Best Library in Minnesota. The story highlights the history of the building and shows the beautiful new space which opened in May.  Click here to see the interview by WCCO … Continue reading

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Good response to ARSL in ND!

At the close of Early Bird registration,  448 people are registered for this year’s ARSL conference and 129 are from Minnesota!  There are 42 states represented, Washington, D.C., and Saskatchewan, Canada.  There are many new and returning vendors.  All signs … Continue reading

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LSTA 2016 Results

The results of the most recent Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) competitive grant round have been released and three public libraries are among the recipients.  These include MELSA member: Hennepin County Library and SELCO members:  Albert Lea Public Library … Continue reading

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Stand Up for Standout Friends 2016

MALF is pleased to introduce a new initiative, Stand Up For Standout Friends. Each and every member organization is invited to put forward the name of one individual for this special annual honor, in thanks for standout efforts in furtherance … Continue reading

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Coming Soon – New MNLINK Interface

MNLINK is getting a face-lift this  fall! Sporting a new logo, the greatly improved user interface will feature responsive functionality, allowing users access on the go and from any device.  While a bigger launch announcement will come at a later … Continue reading

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GRRL Visitor

Great River Regional Library recently had an important visit by former GRRL Director, Mona Carmack.  Mona served central Minnesota from 1981-1988.

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Ramsey County Library

Ramsey County Library was awarded a $806,500 Library Construction Grant to build a regional library for the Ramsey County Library in Shoreview. The new building will join Maplewood and Roseville as the third regional library in the county system. Ramsey … Continue reading

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New GRRL Core Values & Strategic Plan

During 2015, Great River Regional Library (GRRL) went through a process to review its core values and strategic plan. The process included public feedback obtained through surveys and community meetings, as well as input from regional stakeholders and the GRRL … Continue reading

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Time for the MLA Silent Auction

Call for nerdy paraphernalia, etc.  Did you love the Ryan Gosling care package, the sexy librarian apron, the Lego Batman Pinata, or any of the amazing gift cards at last year’s MLA silent auction? These awesome items and many more … Continue reading

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New duties for State Librarian

An announcement from Kevin McHenry, Minnesota Department of Education (MDE), Assistant Commissioner, regarding operational changes to State Library Services and the Charter Center — I’d like to share some important news about some operational changes at MDE. Effective today, State Library … Continue reading

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GRRL Read Down Fines

The Great River Regional Library (GRRL) Read Down Your Fines took place   Monday, June 20 through Saturday, June 25.   This event is for children and teens who hold ‘minor’ cards and are unable to borrow library materials because of … Continue reading

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SELCO’s Camp Read-a-Lot in a month

Plans are underway for SELCO to host its 8th Annual Camp Read-a-Lot! Wednesday, August 17, 2016 Camp is a professional development opportunity for library staff, teachers, and interested adults who work with children’s literature, focusing on specifically on grades 2-5.  … Continue reading

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Library advocacy theme unveiled!

Library advocates from across Minnesota began planning for the 2017 Minnesota Legislative session during the annual Library Legislative Forum on July 12, held at the St. Cloud Public Library (GRRL). Minnesota Loves Libraries will be unifying theme for 2017 library … Continue reading

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Appreciation for MNBA Support

The Friends of the St. Paul Public Library, as the Library of Congress-designated Minnesota Center for the Book, expressed their appreciation to CRPLSA for financial support of the 28th Annual Minnesota Book Awards. 2016 MNBA Appreciation Packet for Outreach Partners … Continue reading

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Lunch at the Library

Public libraries are helping make sure kids have access to nutritious food when school is not in session by hosting summer food programs. Once again this summer, Northwest Regional Library (NWRL) staff are reading at meal sites that provide free … Continue reading

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RFI for Lobbying and Advocacy Services

The Minnesota Library Association has issued a Request for Information (RFI) to solicit information from interested parties with respect to Lobbying and Advocacy Services for the Minnesota Library Association and affiliates. MLA will use the information generated by this RFI, … Continue reading

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Legislative Issues Survey

MLA/ITEM 2016 Legislative Forum – Registration Reminder & Interest Survey Library advocates are invited to gather at the St. Cloud Public Library on Tuesday, July 12th from 9:00am – 3:00pm for the annual Library Legislative Forum. This is the work … Continue reading

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Bremer Trust Supports Libraries

Working diligently towards its goal to build healthy and vibrant communities, the Otto Bremer Trust recently awarded grants to Lake Agassiz Regional Library (LARL) and Northwest Regional Library (NWRL). The Moorhead Public Library, LARL headquarters, received a grant from the … Continue reading

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Library Lobbyist Survey

A Request from MLA, ITEM, CRPLSA and the Multitypes, please take the Lobbyist Evaluation Survey The Minnesota Library Association (MLA) holds a letter of agreement for governmental affairs consultant services with Capitol Hill Associates, Inc. on behalf of MLA, ITEM, … Continue reading

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New GRRL Website

Just in time for summer, Great River Regional Library (GRRL) launched a new website on June 21.  It immediately offers offers a spash of color with “river” of bookcovers and bold clickable images for library information topics. GRRLs’ primary goals … Continue reading

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Hutton to retire

Ann Hutton, SELCO Executive Director since 1996, has announced her plans to retire May 1, 2017.  In her letter to the SELCO Board of Directors she stated: Having started my library career as a school librarian in Wisconsin, a state … Continue reading

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Legislative Forum 2016 – Registration Open!

Calling all MLA and ITEM members and library advocates and trustees — you are invited to gather at Great River Regional Library in St. Cloud on Tuesday, July 12th from 9:00am until 3:00pm for the annual Library Legislative Forum. This … Continue reading

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Legislative Update 2016-06-10

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. Tax Bill Veto: On Monday of this week, Governor Dayton pocket-vetoed … Continue reading

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Behind the Scenes at the Library…

Floating Collection East Central Regional Library (ECRL) is moving towards a floating collection throughout its 14 branch consolidated region.  During the pilot period, floating non-print (CDs, DVDs, and books on CD) has demonstrated increased circulation in those areas. Regional staff … Continue reading

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