Minnesota Library Association
A monthly update of MLA activities
November 2013

2013 MLA Annual Conference video

At the conference, we asked some of you what rocked your library world today or what rocks at your library. Here are some of your answers: http://youtu.be/wp2tvXl1zQ4
Coming in December: Librarian Shoes!

Petition for a new Library Instruction Round Table

Jodi Grebinoski and Kim Pittman are petitioning to start a Library Instruction Round Table through the Minnesota Library Association. This round table will create a forum for staff from all types of libraries to discuss and share information and resources related to all types of library and information literacy instruction.
If you provide library or information literacy instruction in any format (face to face, online, etc.) and are an MLA member, please consider adding your name to the petition by completing this brief form: http://z.umn.edu/roundtable.

DORT networking event

Come mingle and enjoy food, drinks, and conversation about diversity with colleagues (and MLA President Kristen Mastel) at the next Diversity Outreach Round Table (DORT) networking event. We will meet at the Blue Nile on Friday, December 13, from 6:00-9:00pm. RSVP here by December 9. Contact Laura Morlock, DORT Chair, at lmorlock@stkate.edu with any questions.

2013-2014 calendar

Here’s a quick snapshot of upcoming MLA and other professional events you may be interested in attending. Check Upcoming Events for further details.
  • Monday, December 9: SLA Minnesota Holiday Party in Minneapolis
  • Friday, December 13: ARLD Dialogue: Mindfulness in the Library in Minneapolis
  • Friday, December 20: Board of Directors meeting in St. Paul
  • Sunday, January 19: Mock Newbery, Caldecott, and Printz Award discussions in St. Paul
  • Wednesday and Thursday, March 19-20: Library Technology Conference in St. Paul
  • Friday, April 25: ARLD Day 2014 in Chaska
  • Wednesday and Thursday, October 8-9: MLA’s 2014 Annual Conference in Mankato

Library Journal’s Star Libraries

Library Journal announced America’s Star Libraries, 2013: Top-Rated Libraries—and five Minnesota libraries made the list. Congratulations to East Grand Forks Campbell Library, Ely Public Library, Grand Marais Public Library, Hennepin County Library, and Ramsey County Library!

November board meeting highlights

Stakeholders representing several regional library systems and MEMO attended the November MLA board meeting. These guests were interested in Lobbyist Elaine Keefe’s annual presentation and the group discussion related to supporting advocacy across the state.
A new agenda format was tested at the November meeting. The board is investigating using a consent agenda for routine business and structuring the board meetings around the four focus areas of the strategic plan.
The changeover for the new MLA logo will be implemented in January.
Due to increasing demands from her new position, Kirsten Clark stepped down from her position as chair of the Intellectual Freedom Committee. The board appointed Amy Springer as chair to fill this position. Kirsten will continue on the Intellectual Freedom Committee as past chair. The board recognized Kirsten for her work on the Intellectual Freedom Committee and thanked Amy for accepting the appointment.
– Delane James, PLD Chair and Board Member

Welcome, new members!

Welcome to our newest members! The following individuals joined MLA last month. Learn more about them on the MLA member directory—and please join us in welcoming them heartily.
  • Kim Aarsvold, SELCO
  • Erica Beesch, Saint Catherine University
  • Mark Blando
  • Robert Bruce, SELCO
  • Holly Carlson, Hennepin County Library
  • Maura Coonan
  • Kelly Groth
  • Rachel Heinrich, Ely Public Library
  • Elizabeth Hunter
  • Lee Knutson, Minneapolis Business College
  • John Meyerhofer
  • Marlene Moulton Janssen, Anoka County Library
  • John Pfeifer, SELCO
  • Latain Sandau
  • Kate Vo Thi-Beard

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.
  • Leo Aeikens, SELCO/SELS
  • Patricia Akerman, St. Cloud Technical and Community College
  • Sally Baker, SELCO/SELS
  • Lora Bloom, St. Paul Public Library
  • Helen Burke, Hennepin County Library
  • Kurt Carlson
  • Rachel Dols, St. Catherine University
  • Robert Elliott
  • Pat Falbo, SELCO/SELS
  • Marilyn Frauenkron Bayer, SELCO/SELS
  • Ann Goplen, SELSO/SELS
  • Maureen Gormley, Dakota County Library
  • Carol Gross, SELCO/SELS
  • David Harms, SELCO\SELS
  • Steven Harsin, Cook Public Library
  • Valerie Hasleiet, SELCO/SELS
  • Martha Hauschildt, SELCO\SELS
  • Cheryl Hill, SELCO
  • Sara Hoffman, Red Wing Public Library
  • Mary Jane Holland, SELCO\SELS
  • Lori Hopkins, SELCO/SELS
  • Deanna Larson, SELCO\SELS
  • Sherry Lund, Hutchinson Public Library Pioneerland Library System
  • Chris Magnusson, San Jose State University / Arrowhead Library System
  • Galen Malecha, SELCO/SELS
  • Holly Martin Huffman, Marshall-Lyon County Library
  • Barbara Misselt, East Central Regional Library
  • Diane Moench, SELCO/SELS
  • Jill Mueller, SELCO\SELS
  • Denise Mullen, SELCO/SELS
  • Jake Odland, Douglas County Library
  • Rhana Olson
  • Clint Patterson, SELCO/SELS
  • Barbara Payne, SELCO/SELS
  • Vivian Perry
  • Andru Peters, SELCO/SELS
  • Carol Price, SELCO/SELS
  • Annemarie Robertson, Dakota County Library
  • Judy Rusert, SELCO/SELS
  • Mary Schneider, SELCO/SELS
  • Judith Schotzko, Minnesota Association of Library Trustees and Advocates (MLTA)
  • Thomas Sherman, SELCO\SELS
  • Nancy Smith, SELCO/SELS
  • Charlie Sparks
  • Barbara Svoboda, Dakota County - Farmington Library
  • Liz Wanschura, SELCO\SELS
  • Judy Webster, SELCO/SELS
  • Janice Welch, SELCO/SELS
  • Robin Yaffe Tschumper, SELCO/SELS
  • Eric Yang, St Paul Public Library
  • Joyce Yukawa, St. Catherine University

MLA social media recap

Here’s a brief rundown of what we’ve been talking about lately on Twitter and Facebook.
  • Minnesota Library Association shared Toronto Public Library’s photo - We’re just saying-- reading has a lot of benefits! If you’re interested in reading about the extinction of the dinosaurs, try these books.
  • A very new design for a library in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico!
  • How are you marketing your library? The early founders of free public libraries intended them to achieve particular outcomes: a place for working people to access the wisdom of the classics, to socialize, and to become more informed and educated citizens and avoid spending their time idling, lonely or drunk. Read more at: In the library with the leadpipe
  • If cookbooks aren’t enough, how about loaning kitchen appliances (like) at the Toronto Public Library?
  • Storytime is fun, why wouldn’t you want to attend! Ten reasons to attend storytime by Library Adventure
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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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