Minnesota Library Association
A monthly update of MLA activities
January 2013

Bill DeJohn

MLA mourns the passing of Bill DeJohn, who died on Dec. 31, 2012, after a brief illness. Bill was a longtime member and staunch supporter of MLA and ALA and had been named MLA Academic Librarian of the Year in 2006.
Bill served as Minitex director for 27 years, having retired in January 2012. He was renowned for his vision, his political skill, and his ability to coax legislators into investing in libraries and library services. He was unflagging in his passion for libraries, resource sharing and equity of access. His commitment to collaboration, his continual interest in innovation, and his support of the Minnesota library community will be deeply missed.
A resolution in his memory will be presented at the Midwinter ALA Council meeting and at the MLA annual membership meeting.

ALA Legislative Day

MLA members: We need you at National Library Legislative Day!
Bob Boese, past chair of the MLA Legislative Committee, will be coordinating our visit to this ALA-sponsored legislative day in Washington, DC. The activities will be centered at the Liaison Hotel in Washington, DC on May 7 and 8, 2013.
It would be great to have representation from all eight of Minnesota’s Congressional Districts. If you’re interested, please contact Bob Boese at cabooks@sherbtel.net.

ARLD Dialogue and ARLD Day: Two dates to save!

ARLD Dialogue: March 15
The next ARLD Dialogue will be hosted at the University of Minnesota-Duluth Campus on Friday, March 15, from 1:00-2:00 pm. The discussion theme will be “Moving Beyond the One-Shot Instruction Session.”
ARLD Dialogues are free for ARLD members, but space is limited. More information on registration will be forthcoming.
ARLD Day: April 26
Mark your calendar: ARLD Day is coming soon! Join us on April 26, 2013, as we explore Changing Collections: Advocating for Our Future. This annual gathering is hosted by the Minnesota Library Association’s Academic and Research Libraries Division. Registration information will be available in March.
Our keynote speaker, Jenica Rogers, is the Director of Libraries at the State University of New York at Potsdam. She has taken a stand against unsustainable pricing structures by database content providers, most notably cancelling the American Chemical Society journal package for 2013 and instituting alternate resources.
Look for ARLD’s call for conference session proposals and nominations for the Innovator’s Award, which recognizes librarians or project teams who have made an outstanding recent contribution to advance the mission of an academic library in Minnesota.

Call for MILE mentors

Help develop future library leaders by becoming a MILE mentor! MLA’s Institute for Leadership Excellence (MILE) is currently recruiting mentors for MILE 2013 participants. Mentors are expected to guide and encourage their mentees for an 18-month period beginning in May 2013 (in person, over the phone, via e-mail, or using other technologies). If you’re partnered with a MILE participant, you’ll meet him or her during the MILE retreat at Breezy Point Resort on May 17, where you’ll also learn about best practices in mentoring.
We are looking for all types of library staff, and you do not need to be in an administrative or traditional leadership role to serve as a mentor. This is a fantastic opportunity to help strengthen the profession and share insights with a junior colleague.
Applications for potential mentors will be accepted through February 15, 2013. The 2013 MILE Mentoring Subcommittee will review applications beginning in February and will contact mentoring applicants about whether we’d like to pair you with a mentee by April 1, 2013.
Are you a graphic designer who’s good at creating logos, or do you know someone who is? If so, the Minnesota Library Association is looking for you!
On January 15, we posted a Request for Proposals to kick off the process of redesigning the MLA logo. Please read through it and see if this is a project you’d like to take on.
A “notice of intention to bid” is due January 29 and proposals themselves are due February 15, 2013.
Questions? E-mail Kirsten Clark, MLA board member and logo committee member, at clark881@umn.edu.

STEM Day Conference 2013

Library partners Minitex, Metronet, and MELSA invite you to attend STEM Day Conference 2013: Building Partnerships for STEM Education.
February 14, 2013
8:30 am – 3:00 pm
Continuing Education & Conference Center
University of Minnesota – St. Paul Campus
At this unique conference, you’ll hear from a broad spectrum of STEM educators. Get a fresh take on STEM-based projects and programs, teen tech crews and labs, community collaborations, and curriculum supportive resources and technology that support and advance K-12 STEM education in Minnesota.

Metronet Wind Down

About one third of Minnesota’s veterans are enrolled as patients in the Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Healthcare System. Public, academic, and special libraries can help publicize programs and resources available to veterans and their families and friends who may not be aware of them.
This Wind Down will give you an opportunity to learn more about the VA and the services and programs available to veterans. There will be brief presentations on MyHealtheVet, the Homeless Veterans Program, the VA’s Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention program, women veterans’ services, programs and services for returning veterans, and services to transgender/transitioning veterans.
Thursday, January 24, 2013
3:30-5:00 pm
Medical Library at the Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Healthcare System
1 Veterans Dr, Minneapolis

Lake Superior Libraries Symposium proposals

The Lake Superior Libraries Symposium is now accepting proposals for breakout sessions at our 2013 conference. Our theme is “Libraries by Design.” How can we design our services, our space, and our skills to serve our communities and face the future? How can libraries provide explicit attention and take action directed toward patron needs?
Successful proposals will showcase effective and innovative practices and be applicable to many types of libraries. Proposals are due by Thursday, February 28.

Spotlight on Books Conference

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Spotlight on Books conference.
Spotlight on Books is a conference for adults concerned with helping youth find involvement and satisfaction with the best books have to offer. The conference offers workshops and author speakers, like this year’s speakers Susan Marie Swanson, winner of the 2009 Minnesota Book Award, and Karen Cushman, author of Will Sparrow’s Road.
April 11-13, 2013
Ruttger’s Sugar Lake Lodge Resort
Grand Rapids, MN

Nominations for Youth Program Awards needed

The National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award is the nation’s highest honor for after-school and out-of-school arts and humanities programs that exemplify how arts and humanities programs outside of the regular school day enrich the lives of young people throughout the country by teaching new skills, nurturing creativity, and building self-confidence. The winning programs are honored at a White House ceremony and receive $10,000.
Help us spread the word: The deadline for 2013 nominations is February 4, 2013. Libraries are encouraged to submit a nomination!
Have questions about the benefits of the award and whether or not your institution’s program is eligible? IMLS created an FAQ to help you get started. Please see our website or this PDF for details.


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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