Library Journal just posted an excellent article, Minnesota Librarians Soon To Take a Seat at State Workforce Development Council. Kit Hadley, St. Paul Public Library director, and Chris Olson, MELSA director, are quoted. A report of the Minnesota Library Association is referenced.
The opening lines are attention-getters:
“Politicians at all levels of government — from Washington to county executives — may finally be catching on that public libraries are the backbone of workforce development. Minnesota has been leading the way, becoming in May the first state in the country to add a public library advisor to a state Workforce Development Council.”
The Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State (SOS) posted this open appointment vacancy in its September 2011 Open Appointments Press Release (.doc). Application instructions are available on their site as well. According to the official press release, “Applications submitted by September 27, 2011 are assured of full consideration by the appointing authority.”
This is an important opportunity for Minnesota, and the LJ article covers it well. This is an article to read and share with colleagues and policy and decision-makers.