Tag Archives: ECRL

ECRL photo makes MN Reflections calendar

This photo of the old bookmobile in Stanchfield was selected as a cover shot for the MN Reflections 2017 calendar. In May 1960, a photograph was taken of people standing in line for the East Central Regional Library bookmobile in … Continue reading

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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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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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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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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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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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ECRL Starwatch Party

Get to know the constellations like The Big Bear, Cygnus the Swan, Pegasus the Winged Horse, Aquila the Eagle and many more at a Minnesota Starwatch Party with meteorologist Mike Lynch sponsored by East Central Regional Library (ECRL). The program … 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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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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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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10 Pigs Excitement in ECRL

Ten Pigs In Wyoming! East Central Regional Library staff declare, “It was one epic, amazing, and fun event for everyone!” as Derek Anderson, author and illustrator,  presented the very first, statewide Once Upon a Reader Trunk Show based on his … 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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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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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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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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ECRL Art in Digital Library

The Minnesota Digital Library is thrilled to announce East Central Regional Library’s (ECRL) Kids Design Glass  is a recent addition to Minnesota Reflections. This Library Legacy project is now fully documented in Minnesota Reflections with scans of the original 14 drawings, … Continue reading

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Planning for 2016 Legislative Session

Preparations for the 2016 Legislative Session is a work in progress for the Minnesota Library Association (MLA) and CRPLSA .  The 2016 MLA Legislative Chair will be Barb Misselt, East Central Regional Library (ECRL) director. And, an action item on … Continue reading

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ECRL images in MDL Minnesota Reflections

East Central Regional Library (ECRL) is excited to announce that its first digital collection is live in Minnesota Digital Library’s Minnesota Reflections, courtesy of the Digital Public Library of America’s Public Library Partnerships Project. DPLA has collaborated with MDL in … Continue reading

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Migrations abound

East Central Regional Library (ECRL)  completed the migration of their Evergreen open source library automation system from PALS hosting to Equinox.  With the benefit a multiple migrations, Director Barb Misselt reported that “nothing went awry. In fact, we weren’t even … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Wyoming Moo-ooo Walk

Special events abound for Once Upon a Reader – a statewide one-book program designed for Pre-K children to promote early literacy skills.  Even walking and reading at the same time in the East Central Regional Library (ECRL) ! Once Upon … Continue reading

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Regional library heritage

An amazing number of years of Minnesota library experience recently gathered for lunch and shared a selfie. If there were prizes for having worked in the most Minnesota regions, Bob Boese, currently Interim Director at Plum Creek Library System, would … Continue reading

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Old MacDonald Had a Banjo to show in ECRL

The children’s show, Old MacDonald Had a Banjo, imagines a farm full of songs bursting out entertaining, educating, and involving the audience in singing, movement, and silliness. Folk musician Paul Imholte plays the part of Old MacDonald as he sings … Continue reading

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ECRL Voyageur Program

Experience The French Voyageur and Minnesota’s Fur Trade as historical presenter, Arn Kind teaches East Central Regional Library (ECRL) patrons about how the fur trade began, the cultures and the people, the transportation of goods and furs plus lots more.  … Continue reading

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Cow’s continuing adventures in ECRL & MELSA

From David, Mike, and of course, Cow Cow is back from another whirlwind tour of libraries. Friday morning, March 13, she was at the Moo-ra Public library (ECRL) with 56 attendees and that afternoon she was at the Aitkin branch … Continue reading

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MILE Class of 2015 Announced

MLA 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, … Continue reading

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ECRC receives mini grant

East Central Regional Library (ECRL) received a $7,430 Federal Library Services and Technology Act mini grant for a Playful Learning Space in the Wyoming Area Library.  The grant will be administered by State Library Services within the Minnesota Department of … Continue reading

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CRPLSA at AMC

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Each December for over 100 years, the Association of Minnesota Counties’ (AMC) Annual Conference gathers more than 600 county elected officials, department heads, and staff, come together to learn and discuss the important topics and trends affecting county government. CRPLSA … Continue reading

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ECRL New Strategic Plan Approved

The mission of East Central Regional Library is to strengthen communities by connecting people with resources, spaces, and educational experiences that enrich and empower their lives.   This mission statement begins East Central Regional Library’s (ECRL) 2015-2017 Strategic Plan, which … Continue reading

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CRPLSA Members to Join MLA Board

Among the new board members recently elected by the membership of the Minnesota Library Association to serve in leadership positions are two CRPLSA directors — Barbara Misselt, East Central Regional Library (ECRL), and Dayle Zelenka, Traverse des Sioux Library Cooperative … Continue reading

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ECRL Kids Design Glass at MLA

The East Central Regional Library (ECRL) conference session entitled “Creating a Wow! Legacy Project” perfectly met the MLA “Better Together” conference theme.  ECRL staff and Library Legacy project sculptor, transported and installed the glass sculptures created through the “Kids Design … Continue reading

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ECRL Board Member Particiaptes in State Library Consulting Group

Chisago County Commissioner George McMahon has been appointed to the Libraries and Service Delivery Consultant Group of the Minnesota Department of Education. Commissioner McMahon represents the Association of Minnesota Counties on the Consultant Group.  Commissioner  McMahon also brings operational experience … Continue reading

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LSTA Activities in MN

State Librarian Jennifer Nelson provided the Minnesota advocates participating in National Library Legislative Day 2014 with a succinct summary of recent Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) activities.  The handout offered an overall statement of purpose, samples of statewide projects, … Continue reading

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LSTA Mini-Grants Announced

State Library Services is pleased to announce the recipients of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) Mini-Grants for Expanded Learning through Libraries and Play and Learn Space. The Hoyt Lakes Public Library (ALS), Ogilvie Independent School District (ECRL), and St. … Continue reading

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ECRL Endorses RLBSS Change

The East Central Regional Library (ECRL) approved going ahead to revise the Regional Library Basic System Support (RLBSS) formula on May 12.  The proposed change to the statutory funding formula will shift funds from the equalization factor to the base … Continue reading

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