The Minnesota Library Foundation is currently seeking a chair/chairs for this year’s Silent Auction at the MLA conference. The Silent Auction chair(s) is responsible for the planning, organizing, and (ultimately) implementation of the auction. Interested? Questions? Contact Belinda Lawrence at email@example.com or 651-690-6648.
Two Minnesota library staff have been selected for the prestigious 2010 ALA Emerging Leaders program.
Cody Hanson, Technology Librarian, University of Minnesota Libraries, Minneapolis, sponsored by LITA
Cynthia Matthias, Teen Services Librarian, Hennepin County Libraries, sponsored by the Minnesota Library Association
The Emerging Leaders program is a leadership development program for newer library workers from across the country. 100 library staff were selected for the 2010 program.
Both Cody and Cynthia have been busy. Read the ALA Tech Source blog for a recent posting, Cody Hanson: Highlights of the 2009 LITA Forum. View Cynthia Matthias’ presentation from the 2009 MLA Conference, Developing Best Practices for Innovative Technology Programming.
Congrats to both of you and to your libraries!
During the grassroots advocacy luncheon today, Sally Reed, FOLUSA (Friends of the Library USA) reinforced why it’s so important to get the word out about what libraries do and why it matters. If they are to support and fund libraries, the public and decision-makers have to understand the role of the library in creating an informed democracy and understand why the library is unique and indispensable.
Reed gave several reasons why the library is unique – expertise available on hand, parenting collections, modeling of reading to children via story hours, meeting learning needs, computer and technology support, more.
Here’s where she caught my attention. At the beginning of her talk, she said, ”The digital divide is alive and with us. Libraries assist those in the depths of the divide without access and experience. Decision-makers want to tell us the library is not relevant any more and funding can be cut, but we have to tell them what we do to support those without access.” Near the end of her talk, she said, “All jobs are online now. Applicants must respond with digital resume and cover letter. Libraries serve those without skills, access. No one else does this to the extent libraries do.”
I moderated a program yesterday on, “Doesn’t Everyone Have the Internet?” This topic is near and dear to my heart. Here are a couple of session handouts with US and Minnesota statistics.
Who Doesn’t Have the Internet? (Minnesota Internet Study) — Marnie Werner, Center for Rural Policy and Development
Digital Divide Statistics: Internet Use and Home Broadband Access – compiled by me from various sources. All feedback welcomed. Sidenote: Let me know if you have more recent data on access for those with disabilities.
Trends in Community Technology Centers in the Twin Cities Area (MN) – an example of “telling the story” to decision-makers. Add your ideas to the list!
“Now More Than Ever: Improving Public Access to Technology” - Catherine Settanni, The Digital Access Project, gave an awesome overview.
The remaining handouts will be posted online soon.
If you want to see what’s happening during MLA, visit http://twitter.com and search for the hashtags, #mla09 and #mla2009.
Fun fact from program D3: Ann Treacy reported that 80% of Twitter users use their cell phone (requires a text-message option on your cell phone plan), 20% use their computer online (requires an Internet connection).
A few hundred library staff have gathered in St. Cloud for the Minnesota Library Association conference. There’s good energy in the building. Met Cathy Wurzer yesterday–that was fun. Set up a Professional Table for State Library Services – come visit us there. Took photos of library staff today. As soon as I find someone with blue tooth or with a mini-sd card holder, so I can get the photos off my cell, i’ll download those photos and post them here!
Library support staff and paraprofessionals have a few options for participating in the upcoming Minnesota Library Association (MLA) conference. MLA’s section for Support Staff and Paraprofessionals (SSPiN) announced these opportunities today.
Nominate colleagues for the “Una Lamb Paraprofessional of the Year Award” and the “SSPiN Advocate Award”: http://mnlibraryassociation.org/about-mla/awards/
Attend the SSPiN fall business meeting: Thursday, October 15, 2009, 10:00-11:15 a.m.
Volunteer to staff the SSPin Professional Table for an Hour during Exhibit Hours: Contact Tracy Hvezda-Lehtola, SSPiN Chair 2009, by Monday, Sept. 14th. [952-847-6183 or firstname.lastname@example.org ] Hours available: 10/14/09, noon-6 and 10/15/09, 9am-4pm.
Develop skills and a network of colleagues: Register to attend.
Help promote the Minnesota Library Association Annual Conference, just a few weeks away! Senior Designer and Webgoddess, Kendra Myers, reported today that MLA conference registration is now open. (I didn’t know MLA had a Webgoddess. Awesome!)
Here’s the scoop:
The Minnesota Library Association is pleased to announce that registration is now open for its 2009 Annual Conference, to be held October 14-16, 2009, in St. Cloud, Minnesota. This three-day conference will be of value to all library professionals and supporters.
Here are the basic event details:
Minnesota Library Association 2009 Annual Conference
Challenges • Choices • Change
October 14-16, 2009
St. Cloud Civic Center, St. Cloud, MN
Visit www.mnlibraryassociation.org/mlaconference for complete details and registration.
A press release with additional information is available for download here: www.mnlibraryassociation.org/uploads/conf09/PressRelease09_0831.doc
A PDF flyer is available for download here: www.mnlibraryassociation.org/uploads/conf09/MLA_AnnualConf09_Flyer.pdf. Please feel free to print and post or distribute copies as you see fit.
A PDF of the brochure mailer is available for download here: www.mnlibraryassociation.org/uploads/conf09/MLA_AnnualConf09_Brochure.pdf. Please feel free to print and post or distribute copies as you see fit.
The Minnesota Library Association Readers’ Advisory Round Table asks,
Are you reading so much that dating has fallen by the wayside? Looking for good times as well as good books? Maybe you should try Read Dating!
Here is the description:
The first round is a mixer. You (along with every other participant) will draw a question such as “What was your favorite book as a teen?” and mingle around the room asking your question of other participants. The second round will be timed dating, when you’ll discuss your favorite books (no more than three) in a one-to-one setting for a few minutes before moving to a new literary partner. At the end of the night, if like literary minds want to match up… well, that would be up to you.
Sound like fun? Read Dating will take place September 1, 2009 at Spill the Wine in Minneapolis. Registration required by August 28. Find more information here.
Many Minnesota library staff with responsibility for training or staff development have been members of the ALA round table, CLENERT, also known as CLENE. Today ALA Council approved a name change — the Continuing Library Education and Networking Exchange Round Table (CLENERT) will now be called the Learning Round Table (Learn).
Context, from Council Document #27.1: CLENERT has been working to expand membership and increase the effectiveness of the round table. A survey of members indicated that 93% of the members did not know what the acronym, CLENERT meant. In order to increase visibility in the association and to emphasize the active nature of the central mission of the round table, CLENERT requests that their name be changed to Learning RT (Learn).
Great new name – easy to remember and reflects the work of the round table!