Minnesota Library Association
A monthly update of MLA activities
December 2013

A Message from Our President

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Minnesota Library Association members for entrusting me as your president in 2013. There has been much progress, activity, and accomplishment at MLA this year. One only needs to review the highlights in our MLA Roundup to see the great work that has been done by MLA. At the top of my list is the creation of and continued progress on our three-year strategic plan and the excellent professional development and networking opportunities that were provided at the Annual Conference.
I would like to acknowledge Carla Urban for her contribution to MLA over the last three years as president-elect, president, and past president. Carla mentored me through my term, created a diverse Annual Conference program, and, during the strategic planning process, provided direction for the future while honoring our MLA history. In addition, I would like to thank Maggie Snow, who served as Conference Oversight and Program Chair. Maggie established schedules, coordinated subcommittees, and tracked details that otherwise may have slipped past me.
Thank you for your engagement over the past year with MLA, from casting your vote during elections or commenting via social media to presenting and moderating Annual Conference sessions. I wish to thank the board of directors, subunit and committee leaders, and especially the Ampere! staff for their support, dedication, and countless hours of work on behalf of the MLA membership.
We will be saying farewell to several board members at the end of the month, including:
  • Carla Urban, Past President
  • Anna Hulseberg, Treasurer
  • Ben Trapskin, ALA Chapter Councilor
  • Kirsten Clark, Intellectual Freedom Committee Chair
  • Mark Ranum, Legislative Committee Chair
  • Amy Springer, ARLD Chair
  • Delane James, PLD Chair
Thank you all for the conversations you have shared and the support and commitment you have shown me and MLA over the last 12 months. It has been a great experience! I am leaving you in good hands. I have worked with Michele McGraw this past year and know she will be an excellent leader for MLA in 2014 and beyond.
– Kristen Mastel, MLA President

Communications Committee end of the year report

I’ll be ending my yearlong stint as chair of the MLA Communications Committee soon and handing this role over to Jody Wurl from Hennepin County Libraries. Before I go, I would like to formally thank all the committee members for their time and commitment to the many projects we have worked on over the past year! Thank you to:
  • Jody Wurl (Hennepin County Library)
  • Natalie Eierman (Washington County Library)
  • Rebecca Ganzel (Augsburg College)
  • Amy Hanson (Minnesota Indian Resource Center)
  • Megan Kocher (University of Minnesota)
  • Megan Krueger (Lake Agassiz Regional Library)
  • Randi Madisen (Century College Library)
  • Chris Magnusson (Arrowhead Library System)
  • Kirsten Clark (MLA Board liaison)
  • Kendra Myers (Ampere! liaison)
Here’s a short summary of our 2013 accomplishments:
  • Completed an RFP process and worked with Beganik strategy + design and the MLA board to approve a new MLA logo
  • Worked with Ampere! on logo implementation that will continue into 2014 (expected output will be an MLA style guide, various sized logos one can download, logo guidelines, a transportable tabletop MLA sign to use for promoting MLA at other events, and logo updates on the website, emails, and documents)
  • Recorded our first MLA videos at the Annual Conference: Librarian Shoes: Sensible to Sassy and MLA Annual Conference Interviews
  • Piloted our first mobile application, Sched, at the 2013 Annual Conference
  • Took photographs at the MLA Annual Conference and created a Flickr album
  • Worked with Ampere! and three MLA subunits (RASS, RART, and ARLD) to pilot forum functionality within the MLA website
  • Continued to promote libraries and interact with our supporters and members via the MLA Facebook page (currently at 547 Likes) and MLA Twitter account (currently at 1,772 followers!)
  • Created a Wikipedia page for the Minnesota Library Association
  • Created an MLA account on Pinterest, used to capture and store links to the apps discussed at the MLA Annual Conference Appy Hour Breakfast Showcase
  • Attended the April 10, 2013 Nonprofit Technology and Communication Conference on behalf of MLA and shared a report with the MLA board
  • Implemented a private Google Group to simplify email exchanges among communications committee members and to more easily manage permissions for our committee Google Drive content
  • Discussed and researched options for digitizing MLA historical content (to continue into 2014)
  • Wrote and edited content for 12 issues of the MLA Roundup, our electronic newsletter
  • Created and revised documentation about our committee practices (social media guidelines, what we will promote for 3rd parties) and created a new handout for subunit/committee leaders: Options and Best Practices for Subunit and Committee Leaders
– Sara Ring, MLA Communications Committee Chair

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.
  • Tiffany Casey
  • Abigail Cutler
  • Kelly Kraemer, College of St. Benedict / St. John’s University
  • Kari Schaffer, Anoka County Library
  • Academy College
  • Hamline University

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.
  • Patti Bross, Lake City Public Library
  • Jonathan Carlson, College of Saint Benedict/Saint John’s University
  • Natalie Eierman, Washington County Library
  • Susan Garwood, University of Wisconsin
  • Sheri Huppert, MN State Law Library
  • Susan Nemitz, Ramsey County Library
  • Melissa Pond, Dakota County
  • Suzanne Schriefer, Rasmussen College
  • Jennifer Trushenski, Martin County Library
  • Amy Wittmann, Buffalo Public Library

MLA social media recap

Here’s a brief rundown of what we’ve been talking about lately on Twitter and Facebook.
  • Remember 23 Things on a Stick? 23 Mobile Things launches Jan. 15. Learn about apps/mobile impact on libraries
  • Register now for the Hubbs Children’s Literature Conference happening Feb 22 at the University of St. Thomas
  • 30 Gorgeous and Innovative Bookshelves
  • We asked attendees what rocked their library world at the 2013 MLA annual conference, and here’s how they responded!
  • Arrowhead Library System in Northeastern Minnesota is seeking an enthusiastic person to fill the Regional Librarian - Automation position.
  • Do your patrons have slides they would like to be able to view or print? This article shows how one library was able to use their microfilm reader to both view and print slides. It may only work with some models of microfilm readers, but it is a nice additional service that could be offered.
  • Install and “Awesome Box” at your library
  • Learn why teens need libraries
Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to get up-to-the-minute postings!


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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