Minnesota Library Association
A monthly update of MLA activities
March 2013

March website tip of the month

To get you more familiar with all the great new features of the MLA website, we’ll continue to feature a website article in each issue of the MLA Roundup. This month, learn more about the membership directory and how you can customize your information and get in touch with fellow members.
The MLA membership directory is…
  • Private. Only current MLA members can access the directory.
  • Searchable. Look for MLA members by name, employer, city, and subunit.
  • Always up to date. The directory is updated as soon as any member makes a change to his or her listing.
  • Customizable. You have control over (and responsibility for) your own listing. You can set up one set of contact information for receiving communications from MLA and a second set just for displaying on your member directory listing. You can even choose not to be listed in the directory at all.
Your initial/default directory listing includes the following information provided through your membership application:
  • First and last name
  • Designations/accreditations
  • Job title
  • Employer/organization
  • Phone number
  • E-mail address
  • Subunit memberships
Your listing can also include the following as provided by you through your MLA website account:
  • Photo
  • Mailing address
  • Social media links
  • “About Me” (an open text field that lets you include whatever you’d like)

YALSA invitation to participate in Virtual Town Hall series

As part of its year-long project (the National Forum on Libraries and Teens), YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association) is hosting a series of Virtual Town Halls—and you’re invited! Mark your calendar for March 19 from 1:00-2:00pm for the first one, which will focus on partnerships. Anyone interested in participating in this discussion/exploration is welcome to attend. Please feel free to pass this information along to colleagues who may also be interested.
About the National Forum on Libraries and Teens
The National Forum on Libraries and Teens seeks to bring together key stakeholders from the areas of education, technology, adolescent development, research, out-of-school time, connected learning, libraries and the for-profit and nonprofit sectors to explore the world of young adults and library services to this population, and ultimately produce a report which will provide direction on how libraries need to adapt to better meet the needs of 21st century teens. Grant funding is generously provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Registration for ARLD Day is open!

Join the Academic & Research Libraries Division on April 26 for ARLD Day 2013 at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. Our conference theme this year is Changing Collections: Advocating for Our Future.
We are excited to have Jenica Rogers, the Director of Libraries at the State University of New York at Potsdam, as our keynote speaker. Ms. Rogers has taken a stand against unsustainable pricing structures by database content providers, most notably by cancelling the American Chemical Society journal package for 2013 and instituting alternate resources. In addition, Ms. Rogers has said she will not agree to any more non-disclosure forms with publishers going forward. Will librarians follow her lead in advocating for our future?
We will have breakout sessions and lightning rounds featuring information on flipped classrooms, e-resource management, MOOCs, digitization, and much more.
Please join us at 8:30am for a full breakfast and networking. Registration includes breakfast and lunch.

25th Annual Spotlight on Books Conference

The Spotlight on Books Conference is for adults focused on youth literature. The conference will take place this year on April 11-13 at Rutger’s Sugar Lake Lodge Resort in Cohasset, MN. Featured speakers will include:
  • Karen Cushman, Newberry Award winning author
  • Scott Nash, illustrator and owner of NASHBOX, a graphic design and creative studio developing brands for children’s media.
  • Susan Marie Swanson, children’s author, Minnesota Book Award winner, recipient of 2009 Caldecott Medal
  • Vicki Palmquist, founder, Children’s Literature Network

Small Libraries, Big Community Conference archived

More than 300 people attended the February 28th day-long online conference Big Talk from Small Libraries sponsored by IMLS and the Association for Rural & Small Libraries. The conference featured 17 speakers, each of them sharing how they have placed their libraries at the center of their communities.
If you missed it, you can watch archived recordings of all the presentations! Here are the sessions that were presented.
  • I’m Gonna Make You Famous: Raising Awareness and Building Community on a Three-Inch Screen
  • A Community Working Together
  • Making the Most of Facebook and Blogging: How to Use Social Media Effectively in a Small Library
  • Reaching New Readers Through Writing
  • Manor Ink: Library-based, Youth-led News
  • Yoga @ The Library
  • Kitchen Creations at the Library
  • A Destination Library on a Dime
  • Oldies Night @ the Library
  • Circulating Electronics: The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly
  • Programming on a Shoestring Budget
  • Small Information Campaign Gets Big Numbers at the Polls

Welcome, new members!

Welcome to our newest members! The following individuals joined MLA last month. Learn more about them on the MLA membership directory—and please join us in welcoming them heartily.
  • Kristina Bergh
  • Daniel Buckanaga, City of Duluth Public Library
  • Jennie Burroughs, University of Minnesota Libraries
  • Lesley Chaudhry, Hennepin County Public Library
  • Dawn M. Erickson
  • Kelsey Johnson
  • Daniela Kroon, Traverse des Sioux Library Cooperative
  • John Larson, St. Paul Public Library
  • Heather Linehan, UW-Milwaukee
  • Chris Mallo, Great River Regional Library
  • Adam Marsnik, Normandale Community College
  • Cindy McFadden
  • Carmen Olson
  • Danielle Ostendorf
  • Genny Reynolds, East Central Regional Library
  • Ginny Richmond, Hibbing Public Library
  • Alec Sonsteby, Carl B Ylvisakar Library
  • Deb Wahl, Lake Agassiz Regional Library
  • Scott Williams, Minneapolis Community & Technical College

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 membership directory—and please join us in thanking them.
  • Cecelia Boone, Minitex
  • Tim Johnson, Elmer L. Andersen Lib/U of M
  • Mary Wussow, Dakota County Library, Wescott

February board meeting highlights

Since the board did not meet in January, the February meeting was a full agenda. Here are a few of the highlights:
  • Mark Ranum provided an overview of the legislative platform. The board approved a modification on the Minitex plank, increasing the amount to $5,631,000 to return to the 2009 amount (before cuts).
  • The MLA/MEMO Legislative Day is March 5-6, 2013. More details, including the platform, are available on the MLA website.
  • Ben Trapskin, ALA Chapter Councilor, reported that ALA Council approved the dues increases to CPI from 2% to 4%. The vote will go to membership in the next few months. Carla Urban crafted a resolution in partnership with ALA leadership in memory of former Minitex Director Bill DeJohn.
  • ARLD is hosting a lunchtime Dialogue on March 15 at the University of Minnesota Duluth on the topic of moving beyond the one-shot instruction.
  • The Communications Committee received numerous bids for the MLA logo redesign RFP. They are busy reviewing the documentation and examples to bring their recommendations to the March MLA board meeting.
– Kristen Mastel, MLA President


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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