Tag Archives: VLS

VLS Seeks Executive Director

The Viking Library System (VLS) announces an excellent opportunity to lead a well-established federated regional public library system.  Services are provided directly to the public through bookmobile and outreach services and indirectly through 11 independent member libraries. The system is … Continue reading

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VLS Endorses RLBSS Formula Change

On November 15, 2016, the Viking Library System Board approved a resolution supporting a change in the formula by which Regional Library Basic System Support (RLBSS) is calculated and the state aid is distributed to the 12 regions.  The resolution … Continue reading

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Refresh and Revitalize Your Friends Group: MALF Workshop

MALF Brings a New Workshop Series to Minnesota Libraries By popular demand, “Revitalization” is the focus of this year’s Minnesota Association of Library Friends (MALF) annual workshop series.  Sally Gardner Reed, Executive Director of United for Libraries, will lead and … Continue reading

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More regional broadband support

By adding their names to the Minnesota Broadband Vision, regional library boards are showing their support for a future in which residents of all generations and backgrounds will have access to affordable, high-quality broadband. Included on the growing list: Great River Regional … Continue reading

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VLS Celebrates 40 Years of Library Service

Viking Library System (VLS) celebrated its 40th Anniversary with an Open House on July 17, 2015.  There were displays of historical equipment, materials, services and publicity pieces; service demonstrations by staff members; building and bookmobile tours; a science experiment  for … Continue reading

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Minnesota Byways for VLS

Doug Ohman has traveled the state to document historic sites and structures that are quickly being lost to history. During a tour of Viking Library System (VLS) libraries, Doug will share personal stories and the captivating history of some of … Continue reading

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Mooing in Vikingland

Hello MOO! Followers, Cow (and Mike and David) were out on the road last week, visiting six libraries in the Viking Library System (VLS). All three of us were very, very happy to have Tom Lieberman with us, playing live … Continue reading

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VLS Shared PR

The Viking Library System (VLS) member libraries will repeat their successful marketing program of several years ago wherein each library is responsible for a complete set of marketing materials for one month.  The materials will be shared with all of … Continue reading

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Library Construction Grants

An appropriation to the 2014 Library Construction Grant program provided $2,000,000 for library construction and renovation projects. One-to-one matching grants help build libraries that meet high standards of accessibility and energy efficiency. Three projects were earmarked to receive funds, with … 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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New published author in VLS

Gail Nordstrom, Viking Library System, and Heidi Hammond, University of St. Catherine, have a new book: Reading the Art in Caldecott Award Books: A Guide to the Illustrations.  This new reference book describes the distinguishing elements within Caldecott Award winning … Continue reading

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Library – Historical Society partnering in VLS

Fergus Falls Public Library in the Viking Library System (VLS) teamed up with the Otter Tail County Historical Society to bring the exhibit Transfer of Memory to the area. The touring exhibition includes portraits and stories of Minnesota Holocaust survivors. … Continue reading

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The Latehomecommer featured in VLS

Douglas County Library sponsored a Hmong cooking demonstration as part of Alexandria’s Community Read endeavor which featured the book The Latehomecomer, by Kao Kalia Yang. The program took place at a local restaurant – and included samples. This was Viking … Continue reading

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Unanimous Vote at VLS

The Viking Library System (VLS) board voted unanimously on May 20 to support changes to the Regional Library Basic System Support (RLBSS) aid formula.  The formula change will offer a degree of stability to a funding stream fraught with volatility as … Continue reading

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Wood Turners on display in VLS

Viking Library System (VLS) member, the Thorson Memorial Library in Elbow Lake, hosts rotating art exhibits, with a gallery space for hanging pieces and shelving units for sculpture and pottery. Each exhibit includes a reception and talk by the artist, … 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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SELCO & VLS Launch New Library Catalogs

SELCO (Southeastern Libraries Cooperating) and Viking Library System (VLS) are pleased to announce the launch of Enterprise as the new discovery layer of their online public catalogs. Search capabilities have been beefed up and now allow patrons to get very … Continue reading

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Telecom Talking Points

CRPLSA director, Peg Werner, VLS, was instrumental in preparing the Broadband and Telecommunications Access for Schools and Libraries legislative talking points. The focus of this legislative initiative supports an increase of $6 million for the school Telecommunications Equity Aid (TEA) … Continue reading

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VLS Hosts Art at the Library

The work of area potter and art instructor Lori Charest will be featured in the Thorson Memorial Library display cases from mid-January through mid-March. The Library is planning a public reception and artist talk, as well as a two-part pottery workshop … Continue reading

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