Category Archives: Regional News

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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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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2016 Legislative Forum

Save 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 … Continue reading

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NLLD Photos

From Washington, DC and the halls of government…                                           ALA’s photostream for NLLD 2016

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TdSLC Seeks Executive Director

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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Minnesotans in Washington

A 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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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ALS with new web look

Just 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 … Continue reading

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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

The 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 … Continue reading

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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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Success = Library Legislative Day

Despite the construction making navigation around the Capitol complex a bit tricky, the beautiful spring weather and productive office visits made the 2016 Minnesota Library Legislative a success.  Every year library supporters from across the state go to Library Day … Continue reading

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On the eve of Legislative Day

Librarians, 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 … Continue reading

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Mark Your Calendar: MLA at 125

Come 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 … Continue reading

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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: Great River Regional … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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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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: I moved from one residence within ECRL region to another in the region within … Continue reading

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ECRL Push for Broadband Support

East 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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Leap Day Launch Ebooks MN

Ebooks 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 … Continue reading

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SELCO Supports Broadband Vision

The 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 … Continue reading

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ALS Supports Broadband Initiative

The 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. … Continue reading

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ECRL Fundraising RFP

FUNDRAISING 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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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ECRL First Region to Endorse Broadband Vision

High speed internet service is essential to individuals, communities and the libraries that serve local residents.  The regional library systems are seeking library board support for the Minnesota Broadband Vision and the East Central Regional Library (ECRL) is leading library … Continue reading

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PCLS Winter Getaway

Plum Creek Library System’s (PCLS) annual winter reading program launched region-wide on January 2, and will run through March 31, 2016. The program, open to ages 18 and beyond, is held every year during the winter months, and rewards readers … Continue reading

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New ECRL Website

East Central Regional Library (ECRL) proudly announces a redesigned website. Collaborating with a web designer but with close attention to expense, much of the work was performed in-house.  This built on-going staff skills that will enable future management of the … Continue reading

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Broadband Resolution

Members of the Minnesota Library Association (MLA) Legislative Committee endorse the Minnesota Broadband Vision.  This library specific resolution will be recommended for adoption by the MLA Board later this month.  Libraries around the state are encouraged to seek support from … Continue reading

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MN Broadband Vision

Karen Pundsack, GRRL Executive Director, joined other conference participants as they collaboratively developed a broadband vision for Minnesota: Everyone in Minnesota will be able to use convenient, affordable world-class broadband networks that enable us to survive and thrive in our … Continue reading

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LARL’s Hot Reads for 2016

Lake Agassiz Regional Library is thrilled to invite the public to participate in a winter reading program for adults! The rules for the program are simple: read or listen to four books, audiobooks, eBooks, or eAudiobooks for a chance to … Continue reading

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