Minnesota Library Association
A monthly update of MLA activities
June 2013

MLA 2013 Annual Conference features authors, mini-conference

Libraries Rock! | MLA 2013 Annual Conference | October 10-11, 2013 | St. Cloud River’s Edge Convention Center Libraries Rock! | MLA 2013 Annual Conference | October 10-11, 2013 | St. Cloud River’s Edge Convention Center
The 2013 Annual Conference will be held October 10-11 at the St. Cloud River’s Edge Convention Center in St. Cloud, Minnesota. The conference equips library staff with new ideas and tools to stay up-to-date, innovate, and succeed in their careers. This year’s theme is “Libraries ROCK!”
  • Kee Malesky, National Public Radio librarian, with Sasha Aslanian, Minnesota Public Radio senior reporter
  • Overdue Media’s Bill Barnes and Gene Ambaum
  • Erin McKean, founder of Wordnik
  • The Geek Girls
  • Author Mary Sharratt
New for 2013 is the Talkin’ ’Bout My Generation mini-conference focused on library services for older adults, featuring hands-on activities, displays, and breakout sessions with:
  • Diantha Schull, author of 50+ Library Services: Innovation in Action
  • Brain Fitness – Keeping brains sharp; public libraries and the Alzheimer’s Association working together
  • Maura O’Malley, presenting Encore: Libraries, the Arts, and Older Adults
  • Joyce Yukawa, presenting Finding the Fires that Burn Within: A Community-Based Framework for Developing Older Adult Services
The 2013 Annual Conference offers more than 60 sessions across nine simultaneous tracks, Appy Hour, Trivia Night, a silent auction fundraiser, countless networking opportunities, and an exhibit hall with more than 40 vendors showcasing library products and services.
Information about the conference is being updated regularly on the MLA conference website. Complete details about sessions, speakers, and registration will be published by early August.

Academic and Research Libraries Division (ARLD) poster session at MLA Annual Conference

The ARLD board is excited to announce that a poster session for academic library topics will be held during the ARLD subunit meeting at the MLA Annual Conference. An official call for proposals will be sent by email to ARLD members soon. Think about your best ideas and check your inboxes.

RASS networking event summary

On May 9, RASS had its first ever networking event! In addition to dinner and the opportunity to meet, members had a rousing and invigorating discussion. Members shared some of the best and worst programs they organized or attended, disclosed program and service ideas, and made plans for the future of RASS. Newsletter? Website updates? Conference get-together?
The newly formed leadership committee has plans with a focus on bringing members together so that we can continue to learn and provide stronger services to our patrons. Watch your email or the RASS web page for updates and let co-chairs JoEllen Haugo or Stacey Hendren know if you want to get involved or if you have any ideas!
– Stacey Hendren, Co-Chair, Reference and Adult Services Section

Tomes on Tap 1st Anniversary

Tomes on Tap
Tomes on Tap, January 12, discussing Age of Miracles
Tomes on Tap just celebrated its first anniversary! In the past year, librarians and library staff from St. Paul, Dakota, Ramsey, Columbia Heights, SELCO, and Hennepin have met to discuss books, enjoy a delicious meal, and make some new friends. Come join us at 6:30 pm on July 13 as we discuss Benediction by Kent Haruf at The Black Forest Inn in Minneapolis. Please RSVP to Stacey Hendren.
Past titles and locations include:
  • April 27, 2013 – Flight Behavior at Burger Jones in Burnsville
  • January 12, 2013 – Age of Miracles at North Bound Brew Pub in Minneapolis
  • October 13, 2012 – A Visit from the Goon Squad at Chang Mai Thai in Uptown
  • July 14, 2012 – State of Wonder at Pig & Fiddle in Edina
  • April 28, 2012 – Night Circus at Republic in Minneapolis
If you have any suggestions for book titles or restaurants (something in your area), or questions, please contact Barb Pierce.
– Stacey Hendren, Co-Chair, Reference and Adult Services Section

Library legislative summary

Libraries had some great successes in the Legislature this year. Here are a few examples:
  • Current funding was maintained for Regional Library Basic System Support, Regional Library Telecommunications Aid, Multi-types, ELM, and Telecommunications Equity Aid. We also succeeded in getting an amendment included in the omnibus education bill changing the terminology for RLBSS and multi-type funding from “grant” to “aid” to better reflect how these programs are administered.
  • Total Operating Capital: MDE agreed to policy language to specifically allow the use of total operating capital for software and annual licensing fees in school libraries.
  • Minitex and MnLINK: Funding for Minitex and MnLINK was increased by $300,000 per year. It is the first increase for Minitex and MnLINK since the 2007 session.
  • Legacy Funding: Regional Public Library Systems received $3 million per year to provide arts and historical programs. The Minnesota Digital Library received $300,000 per year. This is an increase over the current $250,000 per year appropriation. As in the past, this funding is appropriated to the Minnesota Historical Society with a directive to cooperate with Minitex and jointly share the appropriation.
– Mark Ranum, Chair, MLA Legislative Committee

Summary: MILE 2013 at Breezy Point Resort

Thank you to everyone who was involved in the Minnesota Library Association’s Institute for Leadership Excellence (MILE) 2013: the 25 graduates, mentors, speakers, MILE 2011 committee members, Breezy Point Resort staff, Ampere! staff, the Minnesota Library Association, the Minnesota Library Foundation, and all the Minnesota libraries and organizations who supported the participation of their employees in MILE 2013! It was another stellar MILE workshop. We look forward to seeing what this group of MILE 2013 graduates does for MILE 2015, as well as all of their continuing committee work, projects, and presentations which further Minnesota library leadership. Thank you again!
– Rick Eubanks and Laura Morlock, Co-Chairs, MILE 2013
MILE 2013 graduates

MLA website feature highlight: News feed

News articles are published to the MLA website nearly every week. Articles can be about MLA (activities, events, general announcements, calls to action) or non-MLA events and announcements of interest to MLA members and supporters.
News items appear on the MLA home page and the main news page. On the news page, you can filter news items by committee/subunit. Each committee, subunit, and event page will also show any current news articles related to that committee, subunit, or event.

MN Library Certification Program concluded

The Council of Regional Public Library System Administrators (CRPLSA) announced that the Minnesota Certification Program for Library Staff (formerly known as the Minnesota Voluntary Certification and Minnesota Certification for Library Staff Program) is now officially ended.
If you are currently engaged in the Minnesota program, your regional public library Certification contact will continue to work with you on completing the program. If you would like to transfer your work from the Minnesota program to the ALA-APA program, your work will transfer seamlessly for credit in that program. More details about other program options in the state can be found in the CRPLSA announcement.
As stated in the announcement, CRPSLA “thanks the tremendous number of library staff and leaders who made this program so successful. We all worked together for over 20 years to establish Minnesota’s identity and reputation for outstanding library education opportunities for all library staff. CRPLSA recognizes and affirms our ongoing commitment to maintain and strengthen this identity and reputation for the future.”

Welcome, new members!

Welcome to our newest members! The following individuals joined MLA last month. Learn more about them on the MLA member directory—and please join us in welcoming them heartily.
  • Ehsan Alam
  • Kathleen Ashe, Southwest Minnesota State University
  • Carolyn Avaire, Drexel University
  • Valerie Horton, Minitex
  • William Straub

Thank you, renewing members!

Thank you and welcome back to our latest renewals! The following individuals renewed their MLA memberships last month. Learn more about them on the MLA member directory—and please join us in thanking them.
  • Kali Freeman, McNally Smith College of Music
  • Patricia Gerlach, St. Paul Public Library System
  • Kristin Hegberg, MN State Academy for the Deaf
  • Sarah Kleppe
  • Rachel McGee, St. Mary’s University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Library
  • Amanda Mills, Minneapolis Community & Technical College
  • Kim Staley, MLIS, Capella University
  • Stephen Swanson, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
  • Sara Zettervall, University of Minnesota Libraries

May MLA board meeting highlights

Jody Wurl recently attended the MNC Technology Conference and gave a report to the board. Jody serves on the MLA Communications Committee and received a grant from MLA to attend this conference. Attendees were able to crowd source notes via Google Drive. Some session themes included effective use of video, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Tumblr, and Instagram.
Kirsten Clark gave an update on the logo design process. The logo committee recently met with the selected logo design company.
ARLD Day highlights were shared. There was a lot of praise for Jenica Rogers, the keynote speaker. The board discussed potential changes for next year, including food and classroom space.
There will be a three-year chair arrangement for the Intellectual Freedom Committee with an advising committee. Kirsten Clark, current chair of the Intellectual Freedom Committee, shared updates with the board. There will be an opportunity at the 2013 MLA Conference to share ideas regarding the Intellectual Freedom Committee. Having been split from the Intellectual Freedom Chair role, the Member-at-Large position will now serve as ex officio to the Membership and Communications Committees.
The board agreed to funds for an upcoming strategic planning retreat based on a proposal from MLA President Kristen Mastel. A strategic plan will be presented to the membership for discussion at the MLA Membership Meeting during the 2013 MLA Annual Conference.
– Amy Springer, ARLD Chair and MLA board member


Shelf Check by Emily Lloyd
Shelf Check by Emily Lloyd
Shelf Check is an online comic written by local librarian Emily Lloyd. Comics are reprinted in issues of the MLA Roundup with the express permission of the author.

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