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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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Storytime for Grown Ups

How to Plan and Implement a Storytime for Grown Ups Join Joe Manion, Library Development Specialist at State Library Services and  Tim Claussen, Reader & Trainer, for an informative library programming workshop.  Participants will learn how to create and deliver … 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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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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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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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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Trib to be added to Hub

State Library Services has announced an agreement with Minnesota Historical Society (MHS) that will integrate the Minneapolis Tribune (1867-1922) into its Minnesota Digital Newspaper Hub.  The Newspaper Hub is a searchable website that makes hundreds of thousands of pages 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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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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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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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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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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MDE Legislative Update

The following message from Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) Assistant Commissioner Kevin McHenry was shared with the Minnesota Library Association through its Legislative Chair, Jim Weikum at ALS. It describes MDE  technical and policy initiatives for the 2014 legislative session. … Continue reading

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LSTA Grant Opportunity

A recent State Library Services announcement and LSTA (Library Services and Technology Act) grant opportunity: State Library Services is pleased to announce the 2014 Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) competitive grant  opportunity. We welcome applications from any legally established … Continue reading

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State Library Seeks Info

State Librarian, Jennifer Nelson, forwarded this request for input from regional library systems and recent Public Library Accessibility and Improvement grant recipients — State Library Services is gathering information to aid in updating and revising the Public Library Accessibility and … Continue reading

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State Library Recruiting Program Specialist

An update from State Librarian, Jennifer Nelson, on recruiting efforts for a new State Library Program Specialist: State Library Services is accepting applications to fill a State Library Program Specialist position. Based in Roseville, this is a great professional employment … Continue reading

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Coming Soon: LSTA Competitive Grant Round

Just released by Jennifer Nelson, State Librarian, from the Minnesota Department of Education, State Library Services . . . Library Services and Technology Act Competitive Grant Round Now’s the time to start thinking about how grant funds can help your … Continue reading

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Public Library Accessibility and Improvement Grants Awarded

Public Library Accessibility and Improvement Grants announcement from State Librarian, Jennifer Nelson for libraries in ALS and MELSA: State Library Services is pleased to announce the Round Two 2013 Public Library Accessibility and Improvement grant awardees. With $608,700 in funds … Continue reading

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State Library Initiatives

A State Library Services update from State Librarian, Jennifer Nelson: Initiatives Decisions related to e-books are at the top of many people’s to-do list this year. To help ensure that Minnesota’s libraries have access to the latest information and a … Continue reading

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State Library Staffing Transitions

A State Library Services update from State Librarian, Jennifer Nelson: Transitions A primary goal for State Library Services is to ensure that our staffing and activities are aligned with the goals and priorities of the Minnesota Department of Education. To … Continue reading

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Verbrugge to join State Library

State Library staffing news from State Librarian, Jennifer Nelson: Jennifer Verbrugge will join State Library Services on January 22 as the new Library Partnership and Program Coordinator, working with the Legacy appropriation and LSTA statewide initiatives. She will also focus … Continue reading

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