Minnesota Library Association
A monthly update of MLA activities
April 2013

It’s great to see you!

Did you know that you can upload a profile picture to your MLA account? Adding a photo to your member listing will help your colleagues put a face to a name at MLA networking events.
We know how difficult it can be to choose a photo of you to use for professional networking accounts, so the MLA Membership Committee is here to help!
We’ll be hosting a free photo booth at upcoming MLA events so you can get that perfect profile picture while you’re already looking your professional best. You will receive a digital copy that you can use for LinkedIn, Twitter, etc., and will have the opportunity to upload your photo to your MLA website account on the spot.
Already have a photo you’d like to use?
Just log in to your account on the MLA website and click on My Account to edit your account information and upload your photo.
Note: Only other MLA members signed in to the website are able to view the member directory.

Annual Conference call for auditions

MLA 2013 Annual Conference: Libraries Rock!
It’s time to start getting the band together—because libraries are going to ROCK at the MLA 2013 Annual Conference!
The MLA Annual Conference equips library staff with new ideas and tools to stay up-to-date, innovate, and succeed in their careers. A presentation at the conference can have an immediate and lasting impact on local libraries. Please help shape the playlist at the 2013 conference.
Have a great idea for an MLA 2013 Annual Conference session that you would like to present or coordinate? Audition! Just complete our proposal submission form.
Sessions will run 60 minutes—a length appropriate for 1-3 speakers. The format of the presentation may include single or multiple speakers, panel discussions, case studies, and/or demonstrations of projects.
The Program Committee will select sessions based on consistency with conference themes, coverage of topics of timeliness and interest to members, and credentials of presenter(s).
Deadline for session proposals is April 26, 2013. Everything you need to know about submitting a session proposal can be found on the MLA website.

Still time to register for RART Spring Retreat!

Sign up by April 17 to attend the Reader’s Advisory Round Table (RART) Spring Retreat. RART presents WTF?-RA (What’s the Future of Readers’ Advisory?) on Saturday, April 20, from 10:00am to 3:00pm. The retreat will feature:
  • Jody Wurl, Hennepin County Library
  • Anna Haase Krueger, Ramsey County Library
  • LeAnn Suchy, Metronet
  • Hans Weyandt (author of Read this!: handpicked favorites from America’s indie booksellers)
  • Peter Geye (author of The Lighthouse Road and Safe From the Sea)
  • Lunch catered by D’Amico & Sons
  • ...and so much more!

ARLD events: March Dialogue and April ARLD Day

ARLD (Academic and Research Libraries Division) Dialogues are an opportunity for academic librarians from various institutions to gather and converse about a particular aspect of librarianship. On March 15, eight librarians attended a discussion on Moving Beyond the One-Shot Instruction Session at the University of Minnesota Duluth Library. Strategies to extend instruction included tutorials, flipping the classroom, and credit courses required for graduation. Participants recommended tools like Jing, Screencast-O-Matic, and Camtasia and noted that many reusable/customizable materials already exist in resources like the Cooperative Library Instruction Project (CLIP) and Peer Reviewed Instructional Materials Online (PRIMO). They also discussed challenges like getting students to do the work outside of class and gaining faculty buy-in.
In other news, an exciting ARLD Day 2013 awaits you on April 26 at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. Our conference theme this year is Changing Collections: Advocating for Our Future. Our keynote speaker, Jenica Rogers, the Director of Libraries at the State University of New York at Potsdam, has taken a stand against unsustainable pricing structures by database content providers and 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 flipped classrooms, e-resource management, MOOCs, digitization, and much more. Registration includes breakfast and lunch.
– Randi Madisen, ARLD Member Communication

MILE 2013: Everyone a Leader

MILE (MLA Institute for Leadership Excellence) 2013—Everyone a Leader—will take place at Breezy Point Resort in Brainerd, Minnesota, May 14-17. During this four-day leadership conference, the 25 selected participants will spend their days in an intimate conference setting with other emerging library leaders from across the state. Main speakers include Barry Kudrowitz, Cindy Holtfreter, and Nikki Daniels. Mentor pairings will be posted later.
We would like to congratulate the MILE 2013 participants:
  • Ally Addison
  • Jenny Anderson
  • Amy Boese
  • Daniel Buckanaga
  • Jonathan Carlson
  • Amy Commers
  • Jodi Edstrom
  • Shannon Farrell
  • Gabriel Gardner
  • Mary Healy
  • Katlin Heidgerken-Greene
  • Sarah Huber
  • Suzanne Hunt
  • Megan Kocher
  • Ryan McCormick
  • Deborah Monn
  • Sarah Seeley
  • Elaine Settergren
  • Andrea Smith
  • Kim Staley
  • Reagen Thalacker
  • Jami Trenam
  • Frances Veit
  • Jennifer Verbrugge
  • Sara Zettervall
Thank you to everyone who applied. There were many strong candidates. Please keep MILE 2015 in mind if you are interested in applying or reapplying. Questions can be directed to Rick Eubanks or Laura Morlock, MILE 2013 Co-Chairs.
– Laura Morlock and Rick Eubanks, Co-Chairs, MILE 2013

Invitation to attend MLIS program summit

Save the date! You are invited to our annual gathering of community members and program stakeholders at the MLIS Program Summit, Creating Communities, which will take place on Monday, April 29, 2013 from 5:00-8:00pm in the Coeur de Catherine Rauenhorst Hall (third floor ballroom) on the St. Catherine University Saint Paul campus.
The program for the event includes a Professional Association Fair with refreshments, an update on the MLIS program, and an opportunity for the community to engage in discussion and provide feedback.
Please share this invitation with your colleagues and staff. Questions can be directed to imdept@stkate.edu or 651-690-6802.

Library patrons with legal issues?

Volunteer Lawyers Network (VLN) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit pro bono civil legal services program that serves low income persons, primarily in Hennepin County (although several services are metro-wide or statewide). The attorneys are volunteers; the services are free to clients who qualify. VLN has been serving the community since 1966.
At this time, VLN has more attorneys ready to volunteer than client demand in the statewide services of answering debt collection lawsuits and providing employment law phone advice. These services are available to households with income at or below 300% of the federal poverty level. VLN would be happy to send you flyers to post and/or brochures to hand out to library patrons on these services. Persons seeking assistance in a full representation capacity on these issues (collection lawsuits and employment issues) would need to be Hennepin County residents.
Consider referring library patrons with legal needs to the program, as they offer several other statewide services. They have an online tool to help agencies determine whether a referral would be appropriate based on the legal issue and county. The VLN client intake line is 612-752-6677 and hours are Mon-Wed and Friday from 10:00am-1:00pm. They have online intake available in certain areas of law.
Feel free to contact Heidi Huber at 612-752-6658 or heidi@volunteerlawyersnetwork.org with questions or to request flyers/brochures.

2013 Branch Out Conference

The Branch Out Planning Committee is seeking presenters for its 2013 conference, July 31-August 1, 2013, in Maple Grove, Minnesota.
Branch Out is a biannual conference, begun in 1992, designed by and for library paraprofessionals, support staff, and media specialists. Its purpose is to bring library staff from around Minnesota together for career development and networking opportunities.
If you have a passion for a particular topic or are interested in sharing your expertise with others by presenting at Branch Out, we would like to hear from you! A two page proposal form is linked to below and should be returned to the Planning Committee at branchout2013@yahoo.com by April 18, 2013. Please indicate this is a presenter proposal in the subject line.
A list of workshop topics for which we are seeking presenters is also linked to below. If you have another topic to suggest, please let us know.

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.
  • Alicia AuBuchon, St. Catherine University
  • Melody Baker, UW Milwaukee
  • Anna Chesebrough, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
  • Kara DeMarie, St. Catherine University - Minneapolis
  • Lyndi Fabbrini, Bethel University
  • Gail Hedstrom, Thorson Memorial / Elbow Lake Public Library
  • Marjorie Jenkins
  • Brian Kraft, Washington County Library
  • Anissa Martin, University of Alabama
  • Tina Norris, University of South Carolina
  • Megan Peterson, Uof M, Morris, Rodney A. Briggs Library
  • Ben Trapskin, Anoka County Library
  • Thorson Memorial / Elbow Lake Public 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.
  • Ken Behringer, Dakota County Library
  • Janet Bergeson, Great River Regional Library
  • Jayne Blodgett, University of Minnesota, Morris
  • Amy Boese, Ramsey County Public Library
  • Melissa Brechon, Library Consulting
  • Susan Certain, Augsburg College Library
  • Andrew Cook, Dakota County Library, Farmington
  • Nicholas Dimassis
  • Anne Friederichs, Dakota County Library, Wescott
  • Ala Garlinska, South Central College
  • Toni Genz, Dakota County Library
  • Michael Gorman, St. Cloud State University
  • Sue Gray, St. Catherine Univeristy
  • Maggie Hein, Dakota County Library
  • Ginny Heinrich, DeWitt Wallace Library, Macalester College
  • Heidi Holland, Ramsey County Public Library
  • Joseph Holtermann, MSU, Mankato
  • Dennis Johnson, Rasmussen College
  • Walt Johnson, Hennepin County Library
  • Beth Kelly
  • Richard Kettering, Shattuck-St. Mary's School
  • Megan Kocher, University of Minnesota
  • Melinda Ludwiczak, MELSA
  • Marilyn Lustig
  • Justine Martin, MSU, Mankato
  • Bonnie McLellan
  • Laura Miller, Hennepin County Library
  • Verne Oleksowicz
  • Donald Pearce
  • Joyce Peterson, Duluth Business University
  • Bruce Pomerantz, State Library Services & School Technology
  • Allison Quam, Winona State University
  • Mark Ranum, Plum Creek Library System
  • Marcia Savela
  • Amy Shaw, St. Catherine University
  • Maggie Snow, Anoka County Library
  • Amy Springer, University of Minnesota
  • Heidi Temple, Ramsey County Library-Roseville
  • Amy Vogel, St. Paul Public School District
  • Nancy Wisser, Dakota County Library
  • Dakota County Library

March board meeting highlights

Mark Ranum provided an update from the recent Library Day at the Capitol as well as an overview of current legislation related to libraries. The board also discussed several upcoming items of interest, including developing a press release policy to provide for more systematic communication about libraries and the work of the association, and an update on the MLA logo update process and timeline.
Amy Springer provided an update on the upcoming ARLD Day, April 26 at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. ARLD has pulled together a great lineup of speakers and presenters!
This board meeting had a special guest: Mike Cibulka, president of Ampere!, who discussed the recent changes in staff and ownership and answered questions regarding the work Ampere! does to support MLA.
– Kirsten Clark, Intellectual Freedom Committee Chair


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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