Tag Archives: PLS

Formula change support grows!

Recent action at mid-month board meetings on October 20 moved forward the possibility of a 2017 legislative initiative to change the Regional Library Basic System Support (RLBSS) formula.  The most recent approvals were from: Lake Agassiz Regional Library Northwest Regional Library … Continue reading

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“Ready Go” Brings Interactive Art to Pioneerland

Pioneerland Library System (PLS) is proud to offer Ready Go to PLS  libraries this summer.  Working with Springboard for the Arts, Ready Go offers an exciting art events that connect people to artist-designed, mobile “tools” that pique curiosity.  Peter Haakon … 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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PLS Launches New iPad Collection

Pioneerland Library System (PLS) is rolling out iPads to libraries for patron check out and in library use. Each PLS library will receive at least one iPad. As a starting point approximately 20 apps were installed on each device, including … Continue reading

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Ortega Appointed as PLS Executive Director

The Pioneerland Library System (PLS) Board of Trustees has appointed Laurie Ortega as the Executive Director of the 31-library system. Ortega has been serving as Interim Director since February 2015.  She joined PLS as manager of  the Willmar Public Library … Continue reading

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Cow in Pioneerland

Hello Once Upon a Reader fans, Cow took a day off from her summer vacation to visit two libraries in the Pioneerland Library System (PLS) yesterday. Mike and I went along to act as her assistants. In Glencoe, she presented … 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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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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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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New mini grant recipients

State Library Services is pleased to announce the successful recipients of the second round of Expanded Learning Through Libraries mini-grants.  Each applicant was eligible for up to $10,000 and the final awards ranged from $3,437 to the maximum, $10,000.  These … Continue reading

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MnLINK RFP Committee Created

Minitex has formed an RFP group for the MnLINK Gateway.  This committee will prepare, solicit and review RFPs to replace the current Fretwell-Downing VDX interlibrary loan software, as well as investigate a discovery layer for the MnLINK Gateway.  The individuals … Continue reading

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PLS and SELCO Endorse RLBSS Legislative Initiative

The SELCO/SELS Board of Directors (SELCO) and Pionnerland Library System (PLS) Board voted unanimously to support a change to the Regional Library Basic System (RLBSS) formula during the 2015 legislative session.   These two regional governing boards join the Arrowhead Library … Continue reading

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PLS to Study Salaries

Pioneerland Library System (PLS) will work with an independent consultant, Robert Bjorklund, and conduct a compensation and classification study for PLS staff positions. The purpose of the classification and compensation study will be to address changes in operations and staffing over … Continue reading

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New Plan for PLS

The  Pioneerland Library System (PLS) Board approved a new 2014-2016 strategic plan on January 23.  This plan was developed by a committee made up of Board and staff members.  They were guided by the PLS mission and vision statements and used … Continue reading

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