Minnesota Library Association
A monthly update of MLA activities
May 2013

MLA 2013 Annual Conference partnership opportunities

MLA is recruiting companies and organizations to partner with the 2013 Annual Conference as sponsors, exhibitors, and more. Do you know of a company or organization that you would like to see represented in the exhibit hall this year? Do you use a great service that you believe others should know about?
Please pass the information for partners on the conference website along to your contacts, or share your suggestion with Exhibits Co-Chairs Barbara Svoboda or Jennifer Verbrugge or Sponsorship Chair Michele McGraw and they will follow up.

Advocating for change at ARLD Day 2013

Nearly 150 academic librarians gathered on April 26 for ARLD Day 2013 at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. The keynote speaker, Jenica Rogers, inspired the audience to actively manage the terms of licensing agreements and relationships with publishers. Several subsequent sessions followed the conference theme of Changing Collections: Advocating for Our Future, including sessions on e-book rights advocacy and licensing e-books. There were options for library instruction on hot topics like flipping the classroom and MOOCs. Lightning rounds highlighted video games, digitizing Hubert Humphrey’s documents, and reducing the size of reference collections. It was a lovely spring day for some scintillating exchanges!
– Randi Madisen, Member Communication, ARLD

Shane Nackerud wins ARLD Academic Innovators Award

Shane Nackerud, technology lead for the eLearning Support Initiative at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, is the 2013 Academic Innovators Award winner for his work on two library assessment projects.
The first project applies affinity strings to user behavior—essentially tracking who uses library resources and mapping that use to a relatively broad user designation. It provides a mechanism by which the libraries can make resource recommendations back to the peer groups represented by the affinity strings.
The second project, Library Data and Student Success, is a nationally known effort that successfully ties library usage data to student success measures; namely GPA and retention. This groundbreaking study demonstrated statistically significant relationships between library use and higher GPAs and better student retention. For more information on this project, see two articles by the project team in the April 2013 issue of the journal portal: Libraries and the Academy.

MILE 2013: Everyone a Leader

The Minnesota Institute for Leadership Excellence 2013, “Everyone a Leader,” will take place at Breezy Point Resort in Brainerd this week! We look forward to this four-day leadership conference with the 25 selected participants; main speakers Barry Kudrowitz, Cindy Holtfreter and Nikki Daniels; additional panel speakers Jodi Carlson Grebinoski, Tim Johnson, Erica Nutzman, Peg Werner, Kristen Mastel, Amy Springer, Nick Dimassis, and Michael Scott; and the MILE 2013 mentors listed below. Thank you, MILE 2013 mentors!
  • Mary Barbosa-Jerez
  • Erika Bennett
  • Kathy Bognanni
  • Jodi Carlson Grebinoski
  • Kirsten Clark
  • LeAnn Dean
  • Nick Dimassis
  • Anne Friederichs
  • Trudy Hanus
  • Ted Hathaway
  • Heidi Hoks
  • Kathleen James
  • Julie Kelly
  • Brian Kraft
  • Melinda Ludwiczak
  • Kristen Mastel
  • Michele McGraw
  • Shannon Melham
  • Mary Sancomb-Moran
  • Jenny Sippel
  • Amy Springer
  • Lisa Thompson
  • Deb Torres
  • Carla Urban
  • Nancy Walton
More information on MILE 2013 is on the web. Questions can be directed to Rick Eubanks or Laura Morlock, MILE 2013 Co-Chairs.

Join the MLA Diversity Outreach Roundtable

What is important about diversity to you? Want to get involved with the Diversity Outreach Roundtable (DORT)?
The DORT Chair and Chair Elect, Laura Morlock and Amelia Snetting, are excited to invite you to join us this coming year. If you are interested in discussing topics on diversity, especially within your organization, and have a passion for the issues and critical concerns surrounding this topic, please join us for a June meeting. Participate in a Doodle poll to indicate your interest and availability. Contact Laura Morlock and Amelia Snetting with questions.

Grants are available for summer youth programs

A new grant competition will award $150,000 to libraries, museums, and other nonprofits to provide hands-on learning opportunities this summer for youth across the country. The Project: Connect Summer Youth Programming Competition is administered by the Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Advanced Collaboratory (HASTAC), with support from the MacArthur Foundation through a grant to the University of California, Irvine, and in partnership with the Born This Way Foundation.
Grants of up to $10,000 will support a series of local hands-on events July through September where young people collaborate and compete through activities such as hackathons, maker spaces, digital journalism and communications labs, and mentoring workshops. Funded programs will show that learning happens anywhere, anytime and should be equitable, social, participatory, and reflect kids’ interests. Applications are due June 10.

The Minnesota Digital Library 11th Annual Meeting and digital storytelling

The Minnesota Digital Library (MDL) will hold its 11th Annual Meeting on Tuesday, June 4, 2013 at the Continuing Education & Conference Center, University of Minnesota, St. Paul Campus. The keynote address by documentary storyteller Michael Mouw and some of the breakout sessions will focus on the theme of digital storytelling. Simply put, digital storytelling refers to a social movement that uses computer tools to help everyone share their life or family stories. Other presentations will include:
  • Think Like a Documentary Filmmaker
  • Digital Public Library of America: Minnesota’s Contribution
  • Professional Connections and Social Media
  • Digital Preservation: Keeping the Promise of our Digital Legacy
  • Need a Cheap Date? Free But Easy Online Tools to Promote Digital Collections
  • Digital Resources, Tablets, and Tours
  • MN Digital Library Update

Registration is open for Lake Superior Libraries Symposium

Online registration is open for the 2013 Lake Superior Libraries Symposium to be held on June 7, 2013, at Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College in Superior, WI. Library staff, administrators, trustees, and students from around Minnesota, Wisconsin, the Upper Peninsula, and beyond are invited to attend and participate!
The conference will feature a keynote by Nate Hill, assistant director at the Chattanooga Public Library and co-chair of the Digital Public Library of America’s Audience & Participation workstream; 16 presentations on designing library space, skills, and services; poster sessions; networking; and a deluxe taco bar. What’s more, our conference is located in the beautiful Twin Ports of Duluth and Superior, the gateway to the North and South Shores of Lake Superior. The region features world class breweries, eateries, views, hiking, biking, and shopping.
Have more questions? Contact us.

St. Cloud State University to host 34th Annual Children’s Literature Workshop

Well-known author Avi will be featured at the 34th Annual Children’s Literature Workshop at Atwood Center, St. Cloud State University, June 17 and 18, 2013. Also featured will be Minnesota author Laura Purdie Salas. Other presenters include reading and media specialist Julie Reimer, Minnesota authors Debra Frasier, Sheila O’Connor and Dennis Warner, Children’s Literature co-founder Vicki Palmquist, and media specialist/technology integrationist Laurie Conzemius. There is a discounted registration for students and groups of five or more from the same organization. Contact Marcia Thompson at mthompson@stcloudstate.edu or 320-247-0463 with questions.

MLIS Program Summit thank you

Thank you to all who participated in the 2013 MLIS Summit! The MLIS Program at St. Catherine University would especially like to thank all of our donors, including the ALASC (American Library Association Student Chapter), Allen Edmonds, Bibelot Shops, Inc., Heidi Hammond, Phillip Kilbride, and the Red Balloon.
We would also like to thank all of the Professional Association Fair participants. An updated “Guide to Participating Associations” is now available in the MLIS Office, which includes the name, a brief description, and contact information for each organization. Feedback from the breakout sessions will be posted on the blog soon.

Welcome, new members!

Welcome to our newest members! The following individuals and organizations joined MLA last month. Learn more about them on the MLA member directory—and please join us in welcoming them heartily.
  • Margaret Behr, Washington County
  • Carol Daul-Elhindi, Winona State Univesity
  • Amanda Flinn
  • Kristi Harms, Northwest Regional Library
  • Olivia Hedlund
  • Cynthia Henry, Dakota County
  • William Hinshaw, Saint Catherine University
  • Scott Kaihoi, University of Wisconsin
  • Cait Kortuem, St. Catherine University - Minneapolis
  • Paul Lai, Saint Catherine University
  • Stephanie Langer, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, School of Information Studies
  • Danielle Maestretti, Minneapolis Community & Technical College
  • Ellen Morehouse, University of St. Catherine
  • Jennifer Nelson, State Library Services
  • Gail Nordstrom, Viking Library System
  • Doris Rubenstein, Hennepin County Library
  • Madeline Rudawski
  • Wynfred Russell, Hennepin County Library
  • Aimee Schreiber, St. Catherine's University
  • Amy Stenftenagel
  • Jennifer Wagner
  • Earleen Warner, Bethel University Library
  • Katherine Warner
  • Gwen Wasmund
  • Anna Wigtil, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Pine Technical College Library

Thank you, renewing members!

Thank you and welcome back to our latest renewals! The following individuals and organizations renewed their MLA memberships last month. Learn more about them on the MLA member directory—and please join us in thanking them.
  • Bonnie Adams, Kasson Public Library
  • Virginia (Ginny) Brodeen, Contemporary Library Consultants
  • Vernon Leighton, Winona State University
  • Maureen Millea Smith, Edina Library
  • Melissa Prescott, St. Cloud State University
  • Art Tiff, Kasson Public Library
  • Susan (Sue) Zuriff
  • Kasson Public Library

April board meeting highlights

The board met the new head of accounting for Ampere! and held a brief question and answer session on the budget. The organization continues to be in good financial shape.
Several updates were given regarding MILE and ARLD Day as well as a longer discussion on next steps in strategic planning. The focus of this planning is not on redefining the mission or goals statements but rather mapping out both strategic and technical plans for the coming years. There will be a retreat this summer for board members and invited attendees from the community, and multiple communications and input venues in the coming months for all MLA members.
This month’s board meeting had the following action items:
  • The board approved funding for a 2014 Emerging Leader to attend Midwinter and Annual meetings.
  • The MLA Logo Committee brought forward their recommendation for a logo design company and this was also approved.
– Kirsten Clark, Intellectual Freedom Committee 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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