Minnesota Library Association
A monthly update of MLA activities
February 2013

Congratulations to the new PLD officers

The Public Library Division of MLA is pleased to announce the results of the election for the open offices of the PLD. The new officers for 2012 are:
  • Nick Dimassis (chair elect)
  • Laura Randolph (secretary)
  • Stephanie Hall (member-at-large)
On behalf of Delane James, Public Library Division Chair, “Congratulations to the new officers, and thanks to everyone who ran for office. I appreciate each of you for stepping forward and helping move PLD forward.”

New Facebook pages for PLD and CYP

The Public Library Division of MLA has launched their Facebook page. Please be sure to visit the page and “like” it! Thanks to Anne Wrigg for helping manage the page.
Interested in learning more about Minnesota library services for children and teens? Check out the new Facebook page for the MLA Children and Young People’s Section (CYP).

ARLD Day 2013 call for proposals

The Academic & Research Libraries Division (ARLD) of MLA is seeking session proposals for ARLD Day 2013, which will be held April 26, 2013 at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.
Our 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.
We encourage you to submit a session proposal for ARLD Day 2013. Please complete the session proposal form by February 28. Anyone, including current MLIS students, can submit a presentation. Our planning committee will select presentations and notify presenters in early March.
Conference session types will include:
  • Breakout sessions – Breakout sessions are 45-60 minutes long and include presentations, panel sessions, workshops, etc.
  • Lightning round sessions – Lightning round sessions maximize the amount of information shared about innovative and exciting projects, services, or ideas. Each presenter (or small group) will be given five minutes to present on a topic, followed by three minutes of audience Q&A.
The deadline for proposals is February 28, 2012.
Questions? Contact Cindy Gruwell at cagruwell@stcloudstate.edu.

Academic Innovators Award: call for nominations

Do you know of an academic librarian or academic project team whose innovative projects, programs, or services have made recent outstanding contributions that advance the mission of an academic and/or research libraries in Minnesota? If so, nominate him or her today for the Minnesota Academic Innovators Award!
About the Award
The Minnesota Academic Innovators Award is sponsored by the MLA Academic & Research Libraries Division (ARLD). The recipient of the award is recognized and presented with $300 at ARLD Day (April 26, 2013). MLA membership is not required for nominators or nominees.
Award Criteria
Projects, programs, or services should demonstrate recognized creativity and quality within the context of an academic institution. Innovation will be considered very broadly.
All nominations are due February 28, 2013.

ARLD Dialogue: Moving Beyond the One Shot Instruction Session

Join this informal discussion about strategies for expanding our role in the classroom beyond a single library session. Topics could include flipping the classroom, tutorials, and embedded librarianship. Attendees will be able to discuss current techniques, develop ideas for the future, and talk about current trends.
This dialogue is hosted by Kim Pittman, reference and instruction librarian, and Jodi Carlson Grebinoski, reference and government documents librarian, and will be held at 1:00pm on Friday, March 15, at the University of Minnesota Duluth Library Rotunda (416 Library Drive, Duluth MN).

December 2012 MLA board meeting report

Last year, MLA board members took turns writing up highlights of each month’s board meeting for the Roundup. December was my turn, and I confess that I didn’t get it done in time for January’s issue. I could blame it on being busy with a lot of things (the holidays, the arrival of my new boss, Minitex Director Valerie Horton) but I think I was also enjoying the fact that I got to pass the mantle of presidential responsibility along to the energetic and highly capable Kristen Mastel, your new president.
Now that I’ve had a month or more to settle into my role as past president, it has only grown on me how much I appreciated the contributions of all the board and subunit and committee leaders last year. We had a GREAT year! The conference was a rousing success, the association continues to be on sound financial footing (a fact I appreciate more and more as I learn about the struggles of some of our counterparts in other states), we steadily attract new members, and we are carrying on efforts begun in the last few years to spread out responsibilities and create additional opportunities for engagement and involvement.
I particularly want to thank outgoing board secretary Jenny Trushenski, who regularly drove all the way from Fairmont and played a huge role in our project to document current MLA policies and procedures; Robin Ewing, whose insight and experience were always helpful and greatly appreciated; Bob Boese, who led the Legislative Committee; Cindy Gruwell, ARLD chair; and Pat Conley, PLD chair. I think if you were to ask any of them, they would tell you that serving on the board involved more laughter and interesting discussions than they might have expected.
I suppose I should also get to the actual December board meeting… The biggest news was that Melissa Palank, who has served as our executive director in the MLA office at Ampere! (our management company) was moving on to other things. We were introduced to Pat Steiger, our new executive director, who brings deep experience working with nonprofits and has already dug into her new duties. You can read more about Pat Steiger in the article below. We were also very excited about the launch of the new website, which includes all sorts of great features, like a member directory, the ability to pay membership dues and registrations online, and more. Check it out if you haven’t already.
My thanks again to each of you who supported MLA in 2012 with your membership, your time, and your ideas. Your participation strengthened the Minnesota library community!
– Carla Urban, MLA Past President

Welcome, new board of directors and executive director!

MLA did not hold a board meeting in January. A few board members, along with Ampere! staff, traveled to the St. Cloud Convention Center for a site visit in preparation for the Annual Conference, October 10-11, 2013.
Please join me in welcoming the new members of the MLA board of directors:
  • Michele McGraw, President-Elect
  • Carla Powers, Secretary
  • Mark Ranum, Legislative Committee Chair
  • Amy Springer, ARLD Chair
  • Delane James, PLD Chair
Pat Steiger Pat Steiger
In addition, MLA has a new Executive Director as of the beginning of January. Pat Steiger is a seasoned executive with more than 20 years of for-profit and nonprofit senior leadership experience. She has worked in the fields of housing, community services, criminal justice, real estate, and alternative energy development, among others.
Pat has extensive education, which includes an M.A. in public administration from Hamline University, a B.A. in sociology from the University of Minnesota, mini MBAs in financial management and real estate from the University of St. Thomas, and a Certificate of Management from the Carlson School of Business.
Pat may be reached at office@mnlibraryassociation.org, psteiger@ampfyi.com, or 651-999-5343.
– Kristen Mastel, MLA President

Minnesota libraries are eligible for a free University Avenue historical documentary

“University Avenue means different things to different people. It’s always been eclectic, unruly, noisy, gritty. And the street has seen its fortunes rise and fall over the decades. But its purpose has always been the same: to provide a vital link between Minneapolis and Saint Paul for people and commerce.”
Lou Bellamy’s opening narration sets the stage for this journey down one of the most fascinating and influential streets in the Upper Midwest. During the first half of the 20th century, University Avenue was a thriving commercial corridor, defined by places like the Minnesota Transfer Railway, Montgomery Ward, Brown & Bigelow, Lexington Ballpark, Prom Ballroom, and the popular streetcar. The ’70s and ’80s were not as kind to University Avenue as new freeways and suburban development ushered in a period of slow decline. More recently, thousands of immigrants began living out their hopes and dreams, raising their families and opening hundreds of small businesses along the street. Today, those businesses are facing new challenges as the Central Corridor light rail project transforms the street once again.
Minnesota libraries are eligible to receive a free DVD of a one-hour program. “University Avenue: One street, a thousand dreams” premiered on Twin Cities Public Television in December. It was produced by Myers Communications Group in partnership with Ramsey County Historical Society. DVDs for Minnesota library collections are made possible thanks to generous funding from private donors and the State of Minnesota from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the Minnesota Historical Society.
To order a copy for your library, send an email with your library name and mailing address to pmyers@myersgroup.net. Please put “Library DVD” in the subject line. DVDs will be available in early March. They will also be offered for retail purchase.

MLA website tip of the month

Now that the new MLA website has been up for more than a month, we thought it might be helpful to include some tips on using all the great new features. Have you logged in yet and taken a look at your user account? All MLA members had a user account created automatically. You should have already received a message that included your unique login information. If you didn’t, you may contact the MLA office to get started.
Your user account puts a lot of cool features at your fingertips. Here’s what any account holder can do, regardless of MLA membership:
  • Update your account username and/or password
  • Apply for MLA membership
  • See your current membership status
  • See a list of upcoming and past events for which you registered
  • Post job listings, see a list of current and past job listings you’ve posted, and edit your own job listings
As a member of MLA, you can also:
  • Update the primary contact information used by MLA to get in touch with you, including name, designations/accreditations, job title, employer, phone number, e-mail address, and mailing address
  • Manage your communication preferences, like your MLA e-mail and mailing subscriptions
  • See your upcoming membership renewal date
  • Renew your MLA membership
  • Post job listings for free
  • Upload a photo for use in the member directory
  • Control and customize the information displayed in your member directory listing, including phone number, e-mail address, mailing address, social media links, and “About Me” section
So if you haven’t already, log in and take a look!

Lake Superior Libraries Symposium receives recognition

There’s an exciting new conference opportunity for Lake Superior-area librarians, and creators of this unique event recently accepted a special award.
The Lake Superior Libraries Symposium (LSLS) was recognized with the Standing Up for Rural Wisconsin Schools, Libraries, and Communities Award on February 1, 2013, at the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison. The award honors projects that improve the quality of life in rural Wisconsin communities. [read more]
About the Lake Superior Libraries Symposium
LSLS was developed by librarians from Northwestern Wisconsin and Northeastern Minnesota. From an initial collaboration of academic and public libraries to educate their community on E-books, the idea for a regional professional network was born. Out of that collaboration, the Lake Superior Libraries Symposium was created to help librarians develop enhanced professional networks and promote resource sharing and communication between organizations.
LSLS 2013, with the theme “Libraries by Design,” will take place June 7, 2013, at WITC-Superior Campus, 600 North 21st Street, Superior, WI 54880. This summer’s event focuses on the question “How can we design our services, our space, and our skills to serve our communities and face the future?”

Deadline extended for APALA and AILA Talk Story grants

TextTalk Story: Sharing Stories, Sharing Culture is a literacy program that reaches out to Asian Pacific American (APA) and American Indian/Alaska Native (AIAN) children and their families. The program celebrates and explores Asian Pacific American (APA) and American Indian/Alaska Native (AIAN) stories through books, oral traditions, and art to provide an interactive, enriching experience. Children and their families can connect to rich cultural activities through Talk Story in their homes, libraries, and communities. This grant is aimed to give financial support to libraries and community organizations who want to introduce a Talk Story program into their library, focusing on APA or AIAN cultures.
Libraries and community organizations that serve children and their families are eligible to apply. Applications must be received by Friday, March 1.


Shelf Check by Emily Lloyd
Shelf Check by Emily Lloyd
OREO’s “Whisper Fight” (library Super Bowl commercial)
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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