Discover Five Practices Essential for Pre-Readers

The Minnesota Department of Education, State Library Services, with support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, is excited to bring renowned early literacy educator Saroj Ghoting back to Minnesota for a series of workshops that will give librarians and early childhood educators tools to provide high-quality storytimes and early literacy interactions with pre-readers. The workshops are rooted in the Every Child Ready to Read 2nd Edition (ECRR2) research-based curriculum released by the Public Library Association.

Please visit the Supporting Libraries Serving Youth webpage to learn more about the training options and register for a workshop near you.

Storytimes for Everyone

  • Great River Regional Library – St. Cloud,  Monday, August. 24, 2015, 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
  • Headwaters School of Music and the Arts – Bemidji, Thursday, August 27, 2015, 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
  • Blue Earth County Library – Mankato, Tuesday, September 22, 2015, 9:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
  • East Central Regional Library – North Branch Area Library, Friday, September 25, 2015, 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Training the Trainers

  • Great River Regional Library – St. Cloud,  Tuesday, August 25, 2015, 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
  • Ramsey County Library – White Bear Lake Library, Thursday, September 24, 2015, 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

There is no fee to attend – lunch arrangements vary by location.  Please email Jackie Blagsvedt or call 651-582-8805 or  for more information.

Fargo – Moorhead Host ARSL in 2016

ARSL-logoThe Association of Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL) announced Friday, July 31 that Fargo-Moorhead will host the 2016 ARSL Convention.  This event will be a bi-state effort between North Dakota and Minnesota.  The ARSL Board succeeded in reaching its laudable goal of negotiating room rates for $99 – a hallmark of previous conventions and a great plus in making this an affordable learning opportunity for small libraries with small budgets.

Mark your calendars for October 26-29, 2016!

General information about ARSL and the 2015 conference in Little Rock

MLA 2015 – Save the Date!

MLA conference logo 2015Come to St. Paul on October 8 and 9, 2015 for the annual  Minnesota Library Association Annual Conference!

Online Registration opens August 3

In the world of libraries, we SEARCH for new ways to engage our patrons and to  enhance the user’s experience!

Let’s all work to CREATE a lasting experience and take that energy back and share it with our colleagues.

The Minnesota Library Association Annual Conference will INSPIRE you as you head back to your local library. You will be ready to experiment with new ideas and attack any problem from a new perspective!

Recharge your passion for libraries by attending a wide variety of engaging breakout sessions and the keynote presenters:

  • Miguel Figueroa, American Library Association, Libraries of the Future: Learning with ALA’s Center for the Future of Libraries
  • Eli Neiburger, Deputy Director of the Ann Arbor District Library, with FLATLAND: A Romance of Many Dimensions
  • More details about the keynote speakers

CRPLSA is a proud sponsor of the 2015 Annual MLA Conference.

Friends Workshops Focused On Fundraising

MALF_HORIZ_VECTORIn cities and towns across the country, the public library stands as the enduring, seemingly unchanging heart of the community. But a closer looks shows that, in point of fact, libraries are constantly adapting to meet the evolving needs of their patron base. In order to stay relevant in this environment, Friends of the Library organizations must be prepared to realign their priorities and programs to match the library’s – in other words, to expand beyond their traditional comfort zone.

MALF’s fall 2015 workshop series, Beyond Book Sales: The Future of Friends Fundraising, shines a light on the all-important fundraising aspect of Friends work. What can we do, in this current landscape, to raise real funds for our library? How do we take those first steps in a new direction? And, circling back to our roots, what does the future hold in store for the tried-and-true used book sale?

In September, library consultant and former Friends executive Stu Wilson will lead three half-day sessions covering these questions and more. Each will include an hour-long keynote, during which Wilson will brief attendees on: fundraising fundamentals; book sale trends; libraries’ increasing need for private support; changing community needs and volunteer demographics; and, effective social media tools. There will be ample opportunities for audience Q&A.

METRO:  Edina Public LibraryMALF 2015 workshop map
5280 Grandview Square, Edina
Friday, Sept. 11, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Register by September 4

CENTRAL:  Aitkin Public Library
110 1st Avenue NE, Aitkin
Saturday, Sept. 12, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Register by September 5

SOUTH:  Marshall – Lyon Co. Public Library
201 C Street, Marshall
Tuesday, Sept. 15, 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Register by September 8

Every session will also include an hour-long idea exchange session – a MALF workshop staple, and one of attendees’ best opportunities all year round to network and share with Friends from across Minnesota. In addition, our local co-hosts in Aitkin, Edina and Marshall will provide guided library tours at each site.

Everyone is invited to sign up for a free workshop. It is not necessary to be a member of MALF or any Library Friends organization to attend, and all participants will receive free lunch or dinner (depending on session run time). However, you must PRE-REGISTER ONLINE at least one week prior to the date of your workshop.

About Stu. Workshop moderator and keynote presenter Stu Wilson is a lead consultant and project coordinator with the St. Paul-based Library Strategies Consulting Group. His specialty areas include strategic planning, board development, advocacy, and of course, fundraising. Wilson’s career experience includes productive terms as both Executive Director of the Friends of the Hennepin Co. Library and Vice-President of the Friends of the St. Paul Public Library. He is also the founder of Fitzgerald in Saint Paul, a nonprofit celebrating the legacy of author F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Lake Superior Libraries Symposium 2015

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

LSLS15 will be held on Friday, June 5th at the University of Minnesota Duluth. Library staff, administrators, trustees, and students from the Upper Midwest and beyond are invited to attend and participate.

Register today!

Reflecting this year’s conference theme, Sharing Our Stories, breakout sessions will focus on learning from our successes and failures, and crafting stories to demonstrate our impact and advocate for change. The keynote speaker is Char Booth, Director of Research, Teaching, and Learning Services at the Claremont Colleges Library, and a faculty member of the ACRL Information Literacy Immersion Institute. The conference also features a lightning round, deluxe taco bar, and two social events.

More information

PLD Day 2015

MLA PLD logoTime is running out to register for for PLD Day 2015!

Registration deadline:  April 15th

Who? All public librarians!

When?   April 28th from 9:30 A.M. – 3:00 P.M.

Where?  The Grands at Mulligans in Sartell, MN

Why? Because we’re going to have an awesome day!

To register:  Cost for the day, including breakfast snacks and a sit down lunch are $30 for MLA members and $50 for non-members. Sign up today.

PLD Day 2015 is going to be a fun, educational day for ALL public librarians and we encourage you to join us!

In the morning, CRPLSA (Council of Regional Public Library System Administrators) will take us on a tour of Minnesota’s regional library systems – they will talk about funding formulas, organization, service areas, everything you ever wanted to know about the other regions in the state.

Our keynote is Andrew Stehr from Rochester Public Library.  Play It Safe:  Tips on library Security with a focus on handling issues when you’re on your own.  Dealing with security and behavior issues is one of the worst parts of working in a public library.  This session will help take some of the confrontation out of security and help you feel safer when dealing with incidents.

And in the afternoon? We’ve got technology demonstrations, including a 3D printer, Discover Kits from Carver County, and a vinyl cutter – all things that could be very useful for your library in ways you have probably not imagined!

And the last session of the day will be a panel on makerspaces, including some of the demonstrated technologies.  There are ways to create awesome makerspaces in both big and small libraries so don’t think because you have no space, this won’t be useful for you!

Lead the Change coming to MN

Lead the Change 2015 graphic

Lead the Change: Professional Development for Library Staff is a full-day, live, interactive workshop that will transform library staff into leaders. Participants will learn their strengths and receive the tools needed to increase their effectiveness and performance and contribute to their library’s success.

May 19, 2015 at the Brookdale Library



  • David Bendekovic – Program Developer and Lead Instructor at the Pennsylvania Library Association Academy for Leadership Studies
  • Kit Hadley – Library Director, St. Paul Public Library
  • Liz Lynch – Director, Lake Agassiz Regional Library

Be a part of this on-going, national movement as Lead the Change travels from city to city providing insights, best practices, dynamic presentations and leadership tools.

Lead the Change website

Lead the Change 2015 locations

MLA Annual Conference Call for Proposals

MLA conference logo 2015It’s time to start thinking about the MLA 2015 Annual Conference!

The Minnesota Library Association 2015 Annual Conference will be at the RiverCentre in St. Paul October 8-9.   Search, Create, Inspire, this year’s conference theme chosen by MLA President Maggie Snow, is an opportunity to showcase and share the work we do every day — searching for answers, creating learners, inspiring minds to grow and communities to take action.

The MLA Annual Conference equips library staff with new ideas and tools to stay up-to-date, innovate, and succeed in their careers. A presentation at the conference can have an immediate and lasting impact on local libraries. Please help shape the program at the 2015 conference.

Please complete the proposal submission form if you have a great idea for an MLA 2015 Annual Conference session.  Everything you need to know about submitting a session proposal can be found on the MLA website.

Deadline for session proposals is Friday May 1, 2015.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact the MLA Conference Program Committee Chairs.

Michele McGraw and Barbara Svoboda

Twin Cities Teen Lit Con

MELSA Teen Lit Con 2015The Twin Cities Teen Lit Con brings teens together with their current and future favorite authors. Ten authors will participate in this second annual event on Saturday, May 9, 2015.

  • E. Lockhart
  • Gene Luen Yang
  • Gayle Forman
  • Matt de la Peña
  • Kirstin Cronn-Mills
  • Steve Brezenoff
  • Pat Schmatz
  • Patrick Jones
  • Rebecca Hahn
  • Jonathan Freisen

There will be author panels, featured speakers, writing workshops, breakout sessions and an exhibit hall with book sales, book signings, and other book related cool stuff to do.  Over 600 attendees enjoyed the fun at the 2014 Teen Lit Con and Con organizers are planning for an even larger crowd this year.

Check out 2015 Twin Cities Teen Lit Con details

MILE Seeks Mentors

MLA logo 2014Interested in helping develop future library leaders?

MLA recently announced the 2015 class for the  Minnesota Library Association Institute for Leadership Excellence (MILE).  MLA is seeking applications from experienced library professionals who would like to contribute to the success of Minnesota libraries. Applicants are sought from all types of libraries, and with a range of professional experiences. This is a great opportunity to make a professional contribution while getting to know an enthusiastic and engaged MILE mentee.

More information about the mentorship program and the mentor application

MILE Class of 2015 Announced

MLA logo 2014MLA recently announced the 2015 class for the  Minnesota Library Association Institute for Leadership Excellence (MILE)! The 25 selectees for this year’s class will meet their peers in a dynamic four-day retreat at beautiful Sugar Lake Lodge near Grand Rapids, MN from May 12-15, 2015. There they will learn about using improvisational humor and creative idea generation to foster approaches to problem solving and strategic planning, explore their personal strengths, and discover how they can be leaders no matter what their position in the library. Following the retreat, they will also benefit from having an 18-month mentorship with a current Minnesota library leader.

Congrats to the MILE 2015 class!

  • Carolyn Avair, East Central Regional Library System
  • Roxanne Backowski, St. Cloud State University
  • Trent Brager, Minnesota School of Business-Rochester
  • Adam Brisk, University of Minnesota-Duluth
  • Julia Carlis, Dakota County Library
  • Amelia Cohoes, Globe University
  • Allison Girres, Pioneerland Library System
  • Shelly Grace, SAMMIE
  • Sarah Hawkins, East Central Regional Library System
  • Stacey Hendren, Anoka County Library
  • Kristin Jones, Carver County Library/Pioneerland Library System
  • Richmond Kinney, Duluth Public Library
  • Kelly Kraemer, College of St. Benedict | St. John’s University
  • Stephanie Langer, Kitchigami Regional Library
  • Rachel Lockman, Minneapolis Community & Technical College
  • Sarah Lo Pinto, Washington County Library
  • Anne Lundquist, Traverse des Sioux Library Cooperative
  • Chris Magnusson. Arrowhead Library System
  • Amy Mars, St. Catherine University
  • Lisa Motschke, Scott County Library
  • Jake Odland, Douglas County Library
  • Michael Schnieder, Minnesota School of Business-Elk River
  • Christie Schultz, Dakota County Library
  • Jill Wujcik, Sanford-Brown College
  • Jessica Zillhart, Anoka County Library

Summer & At-Risk Food Program

Summer and At-Risk Food Programs for Kids – Webinar Reminder

Public libraries can help make sure kids have access to nutritious food when school is not in session by participating in summer and/or afterschool food programs. Begin planning your library’s summer 2015 participation by attending an informational webinar on February 4, 2015 at 11 a.m.  Jenny Butcher, USDA Summer Food Service Program Coordinator at MDE, will share how you can get involved.


Contact Jennifer Verbrugge with questions or to request a reasonable accommodation to participate in this event. Note: MDE requires a two-week advance notice in order to provide the requested accommodation and requires a 48-hour notice in order to cancel a requested accommodation.

Libraries Serving Youth Meetup

State Library Services invites library staff to attend a Libraries Serving Youth Meetup on Saturday, April 18 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.  The Meetup will be a chance for school librarians and public librarians to meet, network and share ideas, as well as learn about successful public library & school collaborations, get creative ideas, and even enjoy a free lunch.

Registration opens February 14 – Mark your calendar and stay tuned to the State Library Services website and listserv for more information.

Dementia Friends Training for Libraries

Join Maren Levad for an hour-long webinar on Tuesday, January 20 at 10:00. During this information session, librarians will learn about dementia and turn their understanding into practical action that could help someone living with dementia in their community or visiting their library.

88,000 Minnesotans live with Alzheimer’s disease and the number is growing. 70% of those people live at home and need support from their family and community. Whether you have been personally affected, know of people in your community that live with dementia, or just want to learn more, this session will help you determine how your library can help.

To register for the webinar, please contact Maren.

Minnesota Electronic Health Library

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Supporting a Healthy Minnesota: Introducing the Minnesota Electronic Health Library

Reliable, high-quality health information is costly, resulting in uneven access across our state. This system of unequal access contributes to significant health and health care disparities. To address this problem, the Health Sciences Libraries at the University of Minnesota have developed an initiative called the Minnesota Electronic Health Library, or MeHL for short.

Our vision for MeHL is to support a healthier Minnesota by providing 24/7, online access to evidence-based, clinical care information to people throughout the state: health care providers, particularly in rural areas; students in health-related programs; and citizens who need to make informed decisions about their own care. Join us to learn more:

Webinar:  Supporting a Healthy Minnesota: Introducing the Minnesota Electronic Health Library (MeHL)

Date and Time:  Monday, December 15, 2014, 2:00 PM–2:45 PM

Register now!  There is no fee to attend this webinar.

This presentation will:

  • Explore the need for MeHL and the types of resources that it could include;
    discuss the critical role that public and academic libraries play in connecting people to health information;
  • outline a current legislative request to fund MeHL; and
  • offer ways in which you can actively support it.

Presenter:  Janice Jaguszewski, Associate University Librarian and Director, Health Sciences Libraries, University of Minnesota

LTC registration opening soon!

LTC 2015 logo

Registration opening soon & fills up fast!
March 18-19, 2015 at Macalester College

Registration is limited to no more than 475 total participants. Once this level of participation is reached, registration will be CLOSED! Please register early in order to ensure your spot at the conference.

This year’s Library Technology Conference is again intended to provide an opportunity for library professionals and the technologists who support them to discuss the technologies that are affecting library services; to see examples of what libraries are doing with these technologies; and to provide a venue where participants can learn specific skills or knowledge that they can take back and adapt for use within their own libraries. The number of conference participants will be limited to no more than 475 in order to help ensure a quality conference experience and to help facilitate the interactive and hands-on nature of many of the sessions.

The two-day conference features two keynote speakers, Bohyun Kim and Courtney Greene McDonald, and will also include more than 60 conference sessions – traditional lecture-style sessions, hands-on/workshop sessions, interactive technology dialogue sessions, and poster sessions. A wide range of library technology-related topics will be covered during Lib Tech 2015 sessions.

For more information, visit the conference website or email the conference planners.

ARSL 2015 in Arkansas

Save the Date for ARSL 2015 in Little Rock September 30-October 3, 2015!

The ARSL conference planning committee is hard at work beginning the process to create  what is sure to be another fantastic conference. Mark your calendar and plan to attend. ARSL 2015 will kickoff with pre-conferences on September 30.

Anyone interested in helping with the 2015 conference should email Conference Chairperson Judy Calhoun.

While all the specifics for dates and locations are not available, the geographic destinations for the next several years have been released. ARSL is continuing its efforts to make this conference accessible to as many members as possible by rotating conference locations around the country.  Upcoming locations include:

2016 – Vermont/New Hampshire
2017 – St. George, Utah
2018 – Illinois
2019 – North Dakota/Minnesota

MILE accepting apps

MILE 2015 logo

MILE — Minnesota’s Institute for Leadership Excellence is seeking both mentors and mentees for MILE 2015.

Apply today and …

  • Develop and refine skills necessary to be a leader in the libraries of tomorrow.
  • Develop and move forward on professional and personal goals.
  • Network and make connections with colleagues in the broader community.
  • Reflect on the variety of leadership opportunities available at the local, regional, and state levels.

The application deadline is December 1.

Library Technology Conference 2015 Scholarships

LTC 2015 logo
A limited number of rural library or school media center scholarships are available for persons who wish to attend the 2015 Library Technology Conference. The goal of these scholarships is to promote library technology proficiency and awareness. Each scholarship will cover conference registration (either single day or full 2-day registration fees), as well as one night lodging at one of the conference hotels for those travelling to the conference from outside the 7-county Twin Cities metro area.


  • Any staff who currently works in a library or school media center in a city, town, or municipality with a population under 30,000 is welcome to apply.
  • Special consideration will be given to persons who will be attending the Library Technology Conference for the first time and those from outside the 7-county Twin Cities metro area.
  • Selection will largely be based on the brief (up to 300 words) statement of the expected benefits that the applicant will receive from conference attendance.


All scholarship applications must be received no later than Monday, December 1, 2014. Applications received after this date will not be considered.

Apply for a Library Technology rural library or school media center scholarship

For more information, contact the Library Technology Conference

MNsure webinar for library staff

mnsure logo with tag lineMNsure and Open Enrollment: What You Need to Know

MNsure is hosting a webinar designed specifically for the library community.  Participants will get a preview of MNsure’s marketing, outreach, and operations for the upcoming open enrollment period that runs from November 15, 2014 through February 15, 2015. Those participating will also have a chance to ask questions.

Thursday, November 13, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 Noon

Preregistration is not required.

To view the webinar, please follow this link. Depending on browser settings, you may have to click “join as a participant.” Participants will be able to join the meeting about 10 minutes before it is scheduled to begin. To hear the webinar, dial 1-888-742-5095 and enter Conference Code 9879144187 when prompted.

For more information, email Emily Kissane or call 651-582-8508.

It’s Complicated…

It’s Complicated: The Nuts & Bolts of Minnesota Libraries

Have you heard these acronyms—MELSA, MOE, MLA, ITEM, ARLD, SLS, ELM, MDE, IMLS, RPLS, LSTA? Do you know the difference between a federated and consolidated library system? What’s a multitype? Where does money for libraries in Minnesota come from? Have other questions about how libraries in Minnesota work and cooperate? This is the workshop for you!

Join other library staff from around the Twin Cities as you learn the structure of Minnesota libraries, how different types of libraries are organized and funded, how libraries work together, what other organizations are part of libraries’ infrastructure, issues facing libraries, and more. Bring your questions about Minnesota libraries and prepare to leave with useful insight on how we work.

All library staff are welcome to attend, regardless of how long you have worked in Minnesota libraries.

Wenesday November 5, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Ramsey County Library – Roseville

2180 North Hamline Avenue
Roseville, MN 55113


  • Kathleen James, MELSA
  • Chris Olson, MELSA
  • Ann Walker Smalley, Metronet

Click here to register

eBook Summit Follow-up

Explore ebook-mn logo 2014A note of appreciation and an update from Jennifer Verbrugge, Library Program and Partnership Coordinator at the Minnesota Department of Education …

Thank you for participating in the Explore eBooks MN Summit!  Because of you, the Summit was an engaging day of idea-sharing and thoughtful exploration into Minnesota’s ebook future.

Here are the results of the facilitated discussion, also available on the Explore eBooks MN website, check the Summit tab. Audio recordings of the keynote speeches can also be found there, and we’ll soon add the presenters’ PowerPoint slides.

Please share your thoughts about the summit by taking a brief survey.

The results of the summit will be shared during sessions at both the upcoming ITEM and MLA conferences. We look forward to seeing you there!

Again, thank you!
–Jen Verbrugge

Creative Aging Training Opportunity

Lifetime Arts: Creative Aging Librarian Training Institute

September 16-17, 2014, 9 AM-4 PM
Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall, Doty Board Room

This two-day training institute will prepare Minnesota librarians to advance creative aging in their communities, expand librarians’ connections to other aging and arts professionals, and contribute to the development of libraries as key institutions for positive aging. Participating librarians will learn how to initiate, develop and implement professionally-conducted arts education programs for older adults in their local libraries. Curriculum topics include:

  • Creative Aging Best Practices (featuring library case studies
  • Adult Learning/Arts Instruction
  • Community Partnerships
  • Internal and External Needs and Assets Assessments
  • Planning and Implementation Strategies for Creative Aging Programs:
    • Determining Community Interests
    • Selecting and Working with a Teaching Artist
    • Recruiting Participants
    • Documentation and Evaluation Approaches
    • Promotion and Communications
    • Strategies for Sustainability.

Registration open to 50 librarians. Training presented by Lifetime Arts.

Fee: Free, continental breakfast and lunch included both days.
Training supported by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.  Meals funded by MELSA.

For more information, contact Melinda Ludwiczak, MELSA Project Manager,  651-645-5731

Click here to register

23 Mobile Things – Complete!

23MobileThings AvatarThe first offering of 23 Mobile Things is complete!

Sponsored by Minnesota’s multitype systems, 23 Mobile Things was a self-paced, online learning opportunity that helped participants learn about mobile apps, and gain an a better understanding of their Android and Apple mobile devices.  Initiated on January 15  and extended until July 15, 2014, over 100 library staff completed all “23 things” and became eligible for prizes.

For those who didn’t finish or didn’t start, watch for another round in October 2014.

Strengthen Libraries Together: MALF Workshop

MALF_HORIZ_VECTORThe Minnesota Association of Library Friends (MALF) will partner with libraries and Friends of the Library groups to bring a free workshop, Strengthening Libraries Together, to five Minnesota communities this September. Attendees will learn ways to increase Friends of the Library membership and raise significant funds for their libraries. They will also have an opportunity to share ideas and network with others facing similar challenges.

Sessions include:

  • Duluth Public Library, Saturday, September 6, 9:30am-3:00pm, Register by August 30
  • Ramsey County Library – Roseville, Monday, September 15, 4:30pm-8:30pm, Register by September 8
  • Rochester Public Library, Thursday September 18, 1:00pm-7:00pm, Register by September 11
  • Lake Agassiz Regional Library – Moorhead, Saturday, September 20, 9:30am-3:00pm, Register by September 13
  • Great River Regional Library – St. Cloud, Saturday, September 27, 9:30am-3:00pm, Register by September 20

Presenter:  The workshops will be led by Melissa Brechon, a library consultant who brings 25 years of applicable experience as a librarian and administrator. Session highlights include a keynote titled “Ten Things I Know to Be True (About Friends of the Library Fundraising),” in which Brechon will explore current trends and best practices for Friends’ fundraising and membership solicitation. Workshops will also include a panel discussion featuring local Friends. Attendees will come away energized by new ideas for organizational growth and successful community initiatives.

Everyone is invited to sign up for a free workshop. It is not necessary to be a member of MALF or any Library Friends organization to attend. Note: To enjoy a complimentary lunch or dinner, you must register at least one full week before your workshop. Registration takes only a moment online. Visit the MALF website and click on the “Workshops” graphic on the home page. (Alternatively: Send an email at to reserve your spot.)

Strengthen Libraries Together press release

Strengthen Libraries Together workshop promotional flyer

LTC 2015 Planning Survey

LTC 2015 logoHelp the 2015 Library Technology Conference planners. Complete this brief survey.

The LTC planners aspire to offer a conference that covers a wide variety of topics related to libraries and technology, and that both appeal to and represent the interests of a broad range of library professionals. We’re trying to find out what kinds of support might be helpful for potential speakers or presenters.

Thank you in advance for completing the survey.

eContent Creation in Libraries

Explore ebook-mn logo 2014eContent Creation in Libraries:  Explore eBooks MN Webinar, 5th and final in a series

Academic, public and K-12 libraries are increasingly involved in e-content creation. K-12 libraries, for example, foster efforts by schools and school districts to create and make accessible standards-driven open education resources. Academic libraries have opportunities to support the creation of eTextbooks and as self-publishing takes hold, public libraries have a potential role to play in the creation, publishing and distribution process. This session will highlight the ways in which libraries of all types are participating in eContent creation and Open Access Publishing.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 1–2 p.m.

Presenters: Joy Kirchner, University of Minnesota and Sybil Smith, CEO of Smith House Press Publishing Consultants

As associate university librarian for content and collections and interim Co-AUL for research and learning at the University of Minnesota, Joy Kirchner is a member of the senior leadership team where she oversees two of the Libraries divisions that manage collections acquisitions, development, preservation and publishing. A chief priority this year included the roll-out of a Content Services Initiative that involved conceptualizing, implementing and promoting sustainable services for content creation and publishing for scholarly and creative works for the campus community.

Sybil Smith has been publishing books since 1982 and is CEO of Smith House Press Publishing Consultants, which helps authors successfully self-publish their own books. She also owns two publishing companies, Smith House Press and FINS Publications, and regularly gives seminars including “Congratulations, You Have Written a Book…Now What?” and “How to Write, Publish and Sell Your eBook.”

Register now

More information

Explore eBooks Summit

Explore ebook-mn logo 2014Explore eBooks MN: A Summit on the Future of eBooks in Minnesota

Build your knowledge, share your opinion, and strengthen Minnesota’s libraries.  An opportunity to learn more about the experiences of other states in their pioneering eBook efforts and work collaboratively with fellow librarians in a facilitated session to carve a path toward propelling eBooks in Minnesota.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.

St Catherine University

Rauenhorst Hall, Coeur de Catherine
2004 Randolph Avenue, Saint Paul
Parking is available and free on campus

Presenters and Facilitators:

  • Deb Hoadley, Massachusetts E-Book Project
  • Kim Armstrong and Mark Sandler, Center for Library Initiatives Committee on Institutional Cooperation
  • Consensus workshops led by certified facilitators from Minnesota Technology of Participation

Registration fee is $30 and includes lunch.

Register by Wednesday, August 6

For more information

This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Grants to States program, administered by the Minnesota Department of Education, State Library Services with financial support from CRPLSA.

eBooks in Libraries

Explore ebook-mn logo 2014eBooks in Libraries: A Business Models Overview

The eBook market rapidly evolves, and all types of libraries must continuously adapt to the changes. This session will provide an understanding of the differences among business models used by academic, public and K-12 libraries. Participants will leave the webinar with a greater understanding of library eBook stakeholders, restrictions on eBook use and access for libraries, and new eBook models that potentially address library concerns.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014, 2–3:15 p.m.

Presenter: Sue Polanka, Wright State University Libraries

Sue Polanka created the award-winning blog, No Shelf Required®, a blog about the issues surrounding e-books for librarians and publishers. The blog transformed into a book series with ALA Publishing. Sue is the Head of Reference and Instruction at the Wright State University Libraries in Dayton, Ohio, Past-President of the Academic Library Association of Ohio, and was elected to ALA Council in 2012. She was named a Library Journal Mover and Shaker in 2011 and named Alumnus of the Year by Kent State University School of Library and Information Science in 2013. She is co-editor of the new ALA journal, eContent Quarterly. Sue speaks internationally on the topic of eBooks.

Register now! There is no fee to attend this webinar.

For more information

This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Grants to States program, administered by the Minnesota Department of Education, State Library Services with financial support from CRPLSA.

Nifty eBook Poster – with one correction

Explore ebook-mn logo 2014

For those around the state who are helping promote the upcoming series of eBook webinars and the August eBook Summit, please swap this poster for any publicity you have already shared.  The time of the June 25 webinar will be one hour later.

Sorry for the inconvenience in swapping posters — Thank you for your help in spreading the news about this important professional discussion.

Revised eBook Minnesota poster

One Month More for 23 Mobile Things MN

23MobileThings AvatarOne month remains! Over 700 library staff members, from all types of libraries, as well as trustees, Friends, and volunteers enrolled in 23 Mobile Things MN between January 15 – February 15.  Some participants zipped along trying different apps from social media to hobbies, from games to news. Others may need a gentle nudge and today is the the day to pick up your smart phone or tablet.  Start again and investigate 23 Mobile Things.

Access to eBooks

Explore ebook-mn logo 2014Access to eBooks: Challenges Facing Libraries and Publishers

The barriers to providing access to eContent collections varies by type of library, and is driven, at least in part, by a tension between the practices of publishers designed to increase sales and the desire of libraries to provide access to content of high interest and/or need to patrons. Participants will emerge with a deeper understanding of the shared barriers to increasing cost-effective access to eContent and learn about the groundbreaking work of the ReadersFirst initiative.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Presenter: Jamie LaRue, LaRue and Associates Consulting

After leading the Douglas County (Colorado) Libraries for over 23 years, Jamie LaRue struck out on his own to be a full time thought leader. He writes, speaks, and consults about the future of public libraries. He is the author of “The New Inquisition: Understanding and Managing Intellectual Freedom Challenges,” and is well known for the Douglas County Libraries Model, a library platform for the management of eBooks.

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This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Grants to States program, administered by the Minnesota Department of Education, State Library Services with financial support from CRPLSA.

eBook Basics

Explore ebook-mn logo 2014

eBooks are a fact of life for libraries of all types. This webinar will define common terms, describe how eBooks work, and give insight into how libraries are integrating eBooks into their collections and services. The session will give participants a solid understanding of how eBooks are impacting libraries.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Open to all public, academic, K-12, and special librarians, and others interested in learning more about eBooks and libraries.

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For more information

This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Grants to States program, administered by the Minnesota Department of Education, State Library Services with financial support from CRPLSA.