Tag Archives: MDE

Tax Season Outreach Materials

Tax Season Is Slowly Approaching Order Outreach Materials and Mark Your Calendars Your library probably receives at least a few questions about taxes during the tax season. State Library Services is working again with Prepare + Prosper’s statewide outreach campaign, … 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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Strengthen Adult Learning Communities

The following information has been shared from State Library Services: Attend Regional Meetings to Strengthen Adult Learning Communities Mark your calendar and plan to join colleagues from adult education, libraries and workforce development for Better Together, a full-day learning opportunity. … Continue reading

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Tax Resources Webinar

Attend an Upcoming Tax Resources for Libraries Webinar The 2016 tax season is coming up quickly! To help libraries serve their communities during the tax season, State Library Services and the Minnesota Department of Revenue invite library staff to attend … Continue reading

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LSTA Mini Grants Awarded

State Library Services just announced the projects selected to receive a 2015 Libraries Supporting the World’s Best Workforce LSTA mini grant. The World’s Best Workforce recognizes that Minnesota must have students who are college and career ready and poised to … Continue reading

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Taxes 101 for Libraries

The 2016 tax season is right around the corner! To help libraries serve their communities during the tax season, State Library Services and Prepare + Prosper’s Claim it! campaign invite library staff to participate in: Taxes 101 for Minnesota Libraries … Continue reading

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Know When to Hold Em, Know When to Throw (Recycle) Em

Records are vitally important to the operation of any organization; they serve as the organization’s memory and are evidence of past events and the basis for future actions. Join the Government Records Specialist for State Archives at the Minnesota Historical … Continue reading

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Manion Joins State Library Staff

From State Librarian, Jennifer Nelson – Welcome Joe! State Library Services is delighted to welcome Joe Manion as its new State Data Coordinator. Joe has more than 20 years of experience in public libraries, most recently as Public Services Division … Continue reading

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McHenry Response to CRPLSA

The CRPLSA directors and each of the 12 regional library board chairs have received a response from Kevin McHenry, Minnesota Department of Education Assistant Commissioner.  McHenry’s letter addresses  CRPLSA’s concerns  regarding earlier  management decisions at PCLS and PLS.   McHenry’s letter … Continue reading

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CRPLSA Letter to Assistant Commissioner McHenry

CRPLSA recently communicated two major concerns to Minnnesota Department of Education Assistant Commissioner Kevin McHenry pertaining to the management and oversight of regional public library systems. CRPLSA supports the ongoing investigation by the Department and State Library Services (SLS) into … Continue reading

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MLA opposes statutory changes to regional hiring

A Minnesota Library Association (MLA) has delivered a  letter to legislative leaders opposing an change to the statutes regarding the hiring of regional public library system directors as proposed by Governor Dayton and the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE). While … Continue reading

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Governor’s Education Policy and Supplemental Budget Items

The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) will host a conference call with Assistant Commissioner Kevin McHenry and State Librarian Jennifer Nelson on Monday, April 13. Here are the specifics as shared by MDE The Governor’s education policy and supplemental budget … Continue reading

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MDE Review of PCLS

The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) conducted an administrative, organizational, and fiscal review of Plum Creek Library System (PCLS).  The purpose of the review was to examine known weaknesses in these areas and to identify any other potential areas of … Continue reading

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Updating Regional Library Telecom Aid

From State Librarian Jennifer Nelson – an update for Regional Library Telecommunication Aid (RLTA) The Governor’s supplemental budget includes a provision to modify Minnesota Statutes, section 134.355, Subd. 8-10, Regional Library Telecommunications Aid (RLTA). Established in 1998, RLTA provides state … Continue reading

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LSTA Grant Opportunity

Library Services and Technology Act Competitive Grant Opportunity Federal Fiscal Year 2015 State Library Services is pleased to announce the 2015 Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) competitive grant opportunity. An estimated $650,000 is available to fund grant projects that … Continue reading

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Consultant Group Recommendations

Minnesota’s Commissioner of Education, Brenda Casselius, submitted the Recommendation of the 2014 Libraries and Service Delivery Consultant Group to the Minnesota Legislature.   The Consultant Group spent several months reviewing options for changing library procedures and governance systems to ensure … Continue reading

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Consultant Work Group Recommendations DRAFT

A draft of the recommendations from the Libraries and Service Delivery Consultant Work Group to the 2015 Minnesota Legislature will be the topic of the Work Group’s final meeting.  The meeting will be held: Monday, January 12, 2015 from 1:00 … Continue reading

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Award for Continuous Improvement

News item from Kevin McHenry, Assistant Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Education … State Library Services has received the 2014 Governor’s Award for Continuous Improvement. Under the leadership of Jen Nelson, the State and Federal Programs Team (Jackie Blagsvedt, Emily Kissane … Continue reading

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MDE Consultant Group Continues

The Libraries and Service Delivery Consultant Group prepares for its fourth meeting on November 17 when it will once again focus on structures and governance.  The group was created by the Commissioner of Education, Brenda Casselius at the direction of … Continue reading

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MNsure webinar for library staff

MNsure 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 … Continue reading

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MN High Tech Association supports increased bandwidth for libraries

Margaret Anderson Kelliher, President and CEO of the Governor’s Broadband Task Force, has prepared a detailed letter for Commissioner Brenda Cassellius of the Minnesota Department of Education. In the letter, Ms. Anderson Kelliher addresses the importance of adequate broadband connectivity … Continue reading

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MDE Consultant Group: Meeting #2

The Libraries and Service Delivery Consultant Group created by Minnesota Department of Education Commissioner, Brenda Casselius, held its second meeting on September 15.  The handouts from the meeting may be found on the MDE website.

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MDE Consultant Group Meets

The Libraries and Service Delivery Consultant Group conducted its first meeting on August 18 at the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE).  The group includes individuals knowledgeable about libraries and the delivery of library services.  Based on their legislative charge they … Continue reading

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State Library Services at the State Fair

Join State Library Services for a photo opportunity at the State Fair on August 22, 24, 27 or 31. Librarians and MDE staff be at the fair with a new, life-size Blue Ribbon Reader cutout that lets readers highlight their … Continue reading

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Mini Grants for Learning

Mini Grant Opportunities for Playful Learning Spaces and Out-of-School Learning Collaborative Programs State Library Services is pleased to announce a second round of two competitive grant opportunities — Playful Learning in Libraries Mini Grants and Expanded Learning through Libraries Mini … Continue reading

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Call for Construction Grant Reviewers

State Library Services invites applications from individuals interested in participating on the Library Construction Grant review panel. Reviewers will read and score applications and assess applications for adherence to Library Construction Grant guidelines. The panel will meet in October. Please … Continue reading

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MDE seeks stakeholders for study group

From Jennifer Nelson, State Librarian — The 2014 Minnesota Legislature directed the commissioner of the Department of Education to consult with people knowledgeable about state libraries and service delivery on increasing service delivery and collaboration between library governance systems. The … Continue reading

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Storytimes for Everyone

Easy as Sing, Read, Talk, Write and Play: Storytimes for Everyone Adults as Partners in Developing Language and Literacy in Young Children The Minnesota Department of Education, with support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, is proud to … Continue reading

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Jen Nelson blogg[Ed]MN

Our State Librarian, Jennifer Nelson, is featured in a recent Minnesota Department of Education blogg[ED]MN post.

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State Library Services Staff in Roseville

State Librarian Jen Nelson shares a list of State Library Services staff located at the Minnesota Department of Education in Roseville including contact information (address, phone, email) and general areas of responsibility.

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Nifty eBook Poster – with one correction

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 … Continue reading

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2014 Legislative Changes Impacting Libraries

State Librarian Jen Nelson shares an update on the laws passed in the recently adjourned 2014 legislative session that impact libraries. Omnibus Capital Investment – Library Construction Grants A $2 million appropriation will support library construction grants under Minnesota Statutes, … Continue reading

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SELCO Teen Poets Featured in blogged[ED]MN

Two teen poems from SELCO’s new Wordflow anthology are featured in the April 23, 2014  blogg[ED]MN news posting. Through the benefit of Arts and Cultural Heritage Funding for Library Legacy activities, SELCO has an ongoing commitment to area writers.  Each … Continue reading

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Kids Design Glass Highlighted

Each of the 14 fantastical glass sculptures created as part of the East Central Regional Library (ECRL) Kids Design Glass project are featured in the new issue of  blogg[ED]MN. The Minnesota Department of Education introduced blogg[ED]MN, as a new communication … Continue reading

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New Staff at State Library Services

From State Librarian, Jennifer Nelson: I’m delighted to announce that Emily Kissane has accepted the position of State Library Program Specialist at State Library Services beginning April 16, 2014. Emily has a wealth of experience that will make a decided … Continue reading

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Mini Grant Opportunity

A recent announcement from State Library Services regarding the availability of Mini Grant Opportunities for Early Learning Spaces and School Age Programs — State Library Services is pleased to announce two new competitive grant opportunities — Play and Learn Space … Continue reading

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