Minnesota Library Association
A monthly update of MLA activities
October 2013

MLA election results

Peg Werner, Chair of the MLA Nominating Committee, announced the results of the 2014 MLA board election at the MLA membership meeting on October 10, 2013 (during the Annual Conference). If you missed that announcement (and the accompanying fun and door prizes), I am pleased to share the names of our new board members:
  • President-Elect: Maggie Snow (Anoka County Library)
  • Treasurer: Jennifer Hootman (Minitex)
  • Legislative Committee Chair-Elect: Pat Conley (Washington County Library)
  • Member-at-Large: Carla Lydon (East Central Regional Library)
  • Intellectual Freedom Chair-Elect: Maureen Gormley (Dakota County Library)
  • ALA Chapter Councilor: Michael Scott (SELCO)
We had a very strong slate of candidates and I want to express my gratitude to ALL our nominees for their willingness to step up to leadership positions within MLA. I also want to thank the Nominating Committee for the excellent and extensive work they did recruiting nominees. Many thanks to Peg Werner (Chair), Maureen Bell, Julie Kelly, and Nathan Wunrow. Your work has laid the foundation for yet another great year for MLA.
– Kristen Mastel, MLA President

MLA award recipients

One fun aspect of the Annual Conference is the announcement of the year’s awards. Congratulations to the following 2013 MLA award winners:
  • William DeJohn (posthumously) received the William G. Asp Distinguished Career Award in memoriam for his gifts of leadership and collaboration, his support of MLA, and his dedication to the role of libraries and their staffs in addressing the lifelong learning needs of Minnesota residents.
  • Susan Hansen, Rochester Public Library, received the Above & Beyond Award for exemplary service to the Rochester Public Library community and “above and beyond” teamwork and support for her colleagues.
  • Michelle Filkins and Jennifer DeJonghe received the Above & Beyond Award on behalf of the David Barton Community Labyrinth and Reflective Garden, Metropolitan State University, for creating both a fitting memorial to Library Dean David Barton and an innovative way for the library and university to engage with its students and with the local community.
  • Anna Hulseberg, Gustavus Adolphus College, received the MLA President’s Award in recognition of her attention to detail, process improvements, and financial management while serving as Minnesota Library Association treasurer.
  • Kirsten Clark, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, received the MLA President’s Award in recognition of her dedication to the Intellectual Freedom Committee as Chair, service as Member-at-Large, and leadership in redesigning the MLA logo.
And thanks to the 2013 MLA Awards Committee: Jayne Blodgett, Abike Eyo, Anne Mackereth, Kate McCready, Heidi Schutt, and Carla Urban. Visit the awards page of the MLA website for more information about MLA awards, including lists of past recipients.
– Carla Urban, MLA Past President

ARLD election results and business meeting

The results are in for the September election of the 2014 ARLD (Academic and Research Libraries Division) board of directors! Effective this coming December, the following new elected officers will be joining our board:
  • Dan Reeves (Rasmussen College – Blaine) – Chair-Elect
  • Jennifer Sippel (Minneapolis Community & Technical College) – Secretary
  • Diana Symons (College of St. Benedict/St. John’s University) – Member-at-Large
The ARLD Business meeting at the MLA Annual Conference was aptly called ARLDapalooza. We introduced our officers, voted to modify our bylaws, and then perused many intriguing poster sessions. If you missed the slideshow highlighting our many activities in 2013, you can view it at http://z.umn.edu/gx5.
– Randi Madisen, ARLD Member Communication

Government Round Table business meeting minutes

Attending the MLA GODORT Business Meeting, Friday, October 11, 2013: Helen Burke, Chair, Hennepin County Library; Kirsten Clark, University of Minnesota & MLA Board of Directors; Maura Coonan; Jodi Grebinoski, University of Minnesota Duluth; Anna Hulseberg, Gustavus Adolphus & MLA Board of Directors; Dennis Johnson, Rasmussen College; Amy Mars, Hennepin County Library; Amy Springer, University of Minnesota & MLA Board of Directors; Andrea Stelljes, Hennepin County Library.
Helen welcomed all to GODORT. The current roster of MLA/GODORT members amounts to 13, which makes GODORT the smallest unit within MLA. Changes implemented by MLA membership eliminate the additional fee to join subunits: “Active members are entitled to free membership in as many subunits as they wish to join.” This may well result in additional MLA members who try out GODORT. Let’s see if we can give them their money’s worth for joining! Motion was made, seconded and unanimously approved to invite all current MLA members to explore and join GODORT. Several members present are on the MLA Board of Directors and vowed to reinforce the message in a variety of ways.
Given MLA’s four strategic directions for the next two years (see p. 16), what would GODORT members assembled like to do to strengthen our organization and engage membership?
  • Explore updating our subunit name by referring to government information rather than government documents (ALA/GODORT has brought up the issue from time to time, too)
  • Focus on government information at the federal level
  • Remind MN libraries of all kinds that the U of MN’s Government Publications in Wilson Library serves as the Regional Depository for MN, SD, and now MI
  • Focus on government information at the state level
  • Invite Capital Area Libraries Consortium (CALCO) to do a presentation
  • Offer a presentation on new state programs, e.g. MNsure
  • Invite speakers from other state commissions and agencies other than those represented by CALCO
  • Reprise MLA/GODORT’s 2010 MLA session, “Speed Dating for Librarians: 20 Favorite Government Websites” (see entries for 10/6/2010)
  • Focus on/by our natural allies, such as CALCO, the MN Coalition on Government Information (MNCOGI), MLA Intellectual Freedom Committee, etc.
  • Celebrate Sunshine Week annually, which is from Sunday to Sunday surrounding March 16, birthday of James Madison
  • Reinvigorate MLA/GODORT’s blog
Your thoughts and interest in many of the ideas presented here are welcome anytime (hburke@hcilb.org).
– Helen Burke, Chair, GODORT

Post Annual Conference summaries

We have read on the web some really great Annual Conference summaries. Take a look at some of the conference takeaways from your colleagues by visiting the links below. Thanks to all who wrote about and shared your experience!

Join the 2014 Annual Conference planning committee!

We’re looking for enthusiastic individuals to help plan next year’s conference. Volunteers are needed to help plan and coordinate:
  • Exhibits – assuring continued excellence, quality, and diversity of the exhibits through recruitment and vendor relations
  • Keynote/featured speakers – identifying, selecting, and liaising with headline speakers
  • Local arrangements – identifying, coordinating, and communicating things to do and places to see near the venue
  • Marketing – developing a marketing plan and creating content for various marketing pieces in print and electronic formats
  • Silent Auction – coordinating all aspects of the Silent Auction, including soliciting for auction items, organizing lots, and running the auction
  • Sponsorship – assuring high quality programming and events through the recruitment and retention of sponsorships and advertisements
  • Volunteer coordination – recruiting, scheduling, and supporting volunteers and/or providing direct volunteer support during the conference
The 2014 conference will be October 8-9 in Mankato. Planning will ramp up in the next few weeks as we review feedback to learn what worked well this year and what we may improve upon for future conferences.
Fill out our short and easy interest form today.

Invitation to Tomes on Tap event

Tomes on Tap, a book club for library staff, will be meeting on November 16 at 6:30pm at Tooties. We will be discussing the book Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo. Please join us for discussion, food, and the opportunity to meet some fun folks.
If you plan on attending, please contact Barb Pierce.
– Stacey Hendren

October board meeting highlights

  • In 2014, monthly board meetings will be structured around the new strategic plan that was introduced at the annual conference.
  • MLA is continuing to receive requests for proposals from management companies as Ampere!’s two-year contract will expire at the end of the year. A committee will review the proposals and present a summary to the MLA board in the coming months.
  • Ampere! is working to split out “Friends” and “Students” as separate categories in membership to give a more accurate reflection of student memberships and Friends and Trustee memberships.
  • The ebook plank was eliminated from the legislative platform.
  • The intellectual freedom committee met in October and is working to create a form to report challenges in the state.
  • The Communications Committee will be working to put the new logo on the MLA website and stationery. The logo was revealed at the Annual Meeting.
– Ben Trapskin, MLA Board Member and ALA Chapter Councilor

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.
  • Renee Abeln, Pioneerland Library System
  • Heidi Anderson-Ferdinand, Anoka County Library
  • Jackie Blagsvedt, Minnesota Department of Education
  • Margaret Bresnahan
  • Nancy Bunting, Great River Regional Library
  • Martha Eberhart, University of Minnesota Duluth
  • Andrea Egbert, Anoka County Library
  • Shari Gieseke, St. Cloud Hospital (CentraCare Health)
  • Andrea Hermanson, East Central Regional Library
  • Andrea Hoff
  • Leslie Hunter-Larson
  • Rennae Krentz, Westbrook Public Library
  • Dagmara Larsen, MSR
  • Donna Larson, East Central Regional Library
  • Susan Larson, Minnesota State Law Library
  • Anne Lundquist
  • Liz Lynch, Lake Agassiz Regional Library
  • Rebecca March, Minneapolis Community and Technical College
  • Anthony Molaro, St. Catherine University
  • Lynette Nelson, Appleton Public Library
  • Rebecca Norlien, Two Harbors Public Library
  • Jan Pease, Pioneerland Library System
  • Terry L. Pfleghaar, GRRL
  • Laura Probst, Concordia College
  • Erica Redden-Lyon, Hennepin County Library
  • Dezra Rittman, Great River Regional Library
  • Michelle Roering, Hennepin County
  • Matthew Rosendahl, UMD Library
  • Heidi Southworth, MSU, Mankato
  • Mary Lou Steiner, Macalester CollegeLibrary
  • Connie Stirling, Ramsey County Public Libraries
  • Teresa Tjepkes
  • Maren Wilbur, Carver County Libraries, Chanhassen Branch
  • Courtney Wyant, Austin Public Library
  • Andrew Wylie, Anoka County Library
  • Kyunghye Yoon, St. Catherine University
  • April Youngblood
  • St. Catherine University MLIS Program

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.
  • LaVonne Beach, LaCrescent Public Library
  • Sharon Beaman, Jessie F. Hallett Memorial Library
  • Vi Bergquist, St. Cloud Tech. & Community College
  • Peggi Beseres, Jessie F. Hallett Memorial Library
  • Heather Biedermann, Minnesota State University, Mankato
  • Thomas Bremer, Winona State University
  • Catherine Clair, Think Small- Debra S Fish Early Childhood Library
  • M. Constance Crane
  • Melissa Douglas
  • Casey Duevel, Minnesota State University, Mankato
  • Mary Kay Feltes, Owatonna Public Library
  • Beth Goodrich, Hennepin County Libraries
  • Michelle Grace, SAMMIE
  • Karen Hartmann, Hennepin County Library
  • Katlin Heidgerken-Greene, Anoka County Library
  • Susan Heusser-Ladwig, Perham Area Public Library
  • James Hill, Zumbrota Public Library
  • Paula Huddy, The Blake School - Highcroft
  • Kim Johnson, Anoka County Library
  • Joni Kreuser, Hennepin County Library
  • Donovan Lambright, SELCO
  • David Lesniaski, St. Catherine University MLIS
  • Maureen Maloney, Duluth Public Library
  • Jennifer Munnings, Scott County Library System
  • Rebecca Nelson, Viking Library System
  • Kari Oanes, Austin Public Library
  • Kari Ourada, Westbrook Public Library
  • Derek Rieckens
  • Carol Roos, Minnesota School of Business
  • Susan Schumacher, Duluth Public Library
  • Bill Sozansky
  • Katie Sundstrom, Two Harbors Public Library
  • Qin Tang, Minnesota Department of Transportation
  • Joan Van Norman, Stillwater Public Library
  • Mark Vargas, St. Cloud State University
  • Sandy Walsh, Ramsey County Library
  • Kelly Wavrin, Minitex
  • Sarah Weeks, St. Olaf College
  • Debbie Weide, Jessie F. Hallett Memorial Library

MLA social media recap

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