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, as well as activities with regional or local impact.

Regional grant highlights included:

  • ECRL – Bolstering tech skills
  • MELSA – Reducing barriers to summer reading program participation
  • VLS – Providing a mobile laptop lab to offer tech classes in remote locations

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ALS Visit with 8th District Congressman Nolan

From the newsletter of Congressman Rick Nolan …


“Mayor of Biwabik Jim Weikum and his beautiful family met with me in my office to discuss how we can better invest in school libraries, as well as workforce training programs to help students transition into the workforce – especially important in reducing the high rate of unemployment for young Americans.”

Jim chairs the 2014 Minnesota Library Association Legislative Committee.  He is the Director of the Arrowhead Library System (ALS) and a CRPLSA member.