Senate Education Bill Disappointing

The following information was shared via email with the library community on Monday, March 27, 2017 by Sam Walseth, Capitol Hill Associates, in his role as the MLA-ITEM lobbyist.

Senate E-12 Omnibus Bill

Despite your grassroots efforts, we fell short in the Senate E-12 bill this afternoon. The committee didn’t fund any portion of our library systems request in SF 1033. Instead, the committee put $288 million of their $300 million target into the basic education formula.

There’s another $4 million in the bill to expand early learning programs. There’s $6 million for Reading Core and a few other odds and ends and smaller change items. The Senate E-12 committee heard a request to expand school Broadband Equity Aid, but they didn’t include that funding either. Overall, it’s a very basic E-12 bill with no real drama (see the House bill for that).

At this point of session we’re in tough shape for our systems’ requests in the E-12 bill. None of the three players; Governor, House & Senate, have much for library initiatives in their education proposals. The House bill has $50,000/year for two years for the Center for the Book.

If the Legislature moves forward with their own ‘round 1’ E-12 package it’s likely the Governor will veto it and demand an increased spending target. He’s asking for $709 million for E-12 where as the legislature is at $300 million in the Senate and $258 million in the House.

Assuming the E-12 target increases in any ‘round 2’ negotiation, the likely places for additional dollars are to get the school general education formula to 2&2, more money for PreK and help with TRA.

Senate Legacy Bill

We’ll likely see the Senate’s Legacy bill rollout Thursday morning at 10am.

Bonding Bill

There’s still no sign of a House bonding bill. The Senate bonding bill, SF 210, awaits floor action at some point when leadership is ready to take it up. SF 210 includes $2 million for library construction and renovation grants.

Samuel P. Walseth, Capitol Hill Associates

Call your Senator – SF 1033

Please contact your Senator about including SF 1033 in the Senate Omnibus Education Finance bill. Time is of the essence!  Regional library systems systems need your support for the requested funding increases. Hearing from constituents is important for this issue.

 Don’t know what to say? Here are some talking points–feel free to customize/tailor as you wish:

  • No new dollars have been invested in Minnesota library systems since FY2009.
  • Due to the nature of the current formula, SELCO has lost over $500,000 in the past six years resulting in stressed services for libraries.  
  • The library systems provide the foundation for Minnesota residents to access cooperative statewide services including MNLINK interlibrary loan, ELM databases, reciprocal borrowing privileges, Overdrive eBooks, training, and support.

If your Senator is not on the Committee, ask her/him to ask their colleagues to include SF 1033 in the omnibus education finance bill.Senate Information:

Don’t know your Senator? Find them here:

Legislative update on Library Legacy progress

The following information was shared via email with the library community on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 by Sam Walseth, Capitol Hill Associates, in his role as the MLA-ITEM lobbyist.

The House Omnibus Legacy bill has been posted. It will be discussed Monday, March 26 afternoon and voted out of committee.

You can read it here

Scroll to lines 74.2 to find $375,000/year for the digital library project.

Scroll to lines 74.24 to find $2.75 million in FY 18 and $2.5 million in FY 19 for regional library systems legacy funding.

In other news –

Ann Hokanson, Traverse des Sioux Library Cooperative, did a great job representing us in the Senate Legacy committee. Many thanks to her and Sen. Senjem for their work in getting us this far in the Senate’s process. No word yet on when the Senate Legacy bill will be released. I’m going to guess sometime next week.

Samuel P. Walseth, Capitol Hill Associates

House Education Bill Released

The following information was shared via email with the library community on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 by Sam Walseth, Capitol Hill Associates, in his role as the MLA-ITEM lobbyist.

The House Education Finance Committee released a copy of their draft omnibus education finance and policy bill this morning.

Click here to link to the document

The bill provides $50,000 in each of the next two fiscal years (2018 and 2019) for the Center for the Book, but doesn’t include this funding in the on-going state government base.

Unfortunately, the bill doesn’t include any of our proposed RLBSS and Multitype funding request.

For schools, the bill reduces compensatory aid as a means to provide some additional funding on the basic formula. The bill adds 1.3% and then 1.6% on the basic formula for all kids.

The bill is a far cry from what Governor Dayton will sign into law. It’s the House GOP’s starting point for end game negotiations with the administration.

The bill spends an additional $257 million over the next two years on E-12 programs. The Governor has proposed an additional $709 million over the same period.

Samuel P. Walseth, Capitol Hill Associates

RESOLVED – New Record Creation Problems in Horizon

EDIT 03/21/2017, 9:33 AM – This is your all clear to start importing or creating records in the system once again.  Throughout the day yesterday with the help of SirsiDynix, we had to clear our a number of stuck processes & record locks and were finally able to clear the problem.  We haven’t had any re-occurrences today so far. 

We will be keeping an eye on the system today, and we will let you know if there are any further developments.  Thank you again for your patience.
We’ve been noticing some issues throughout the afternoon of the database crashing or the records not saving when new records are created, either through workforms within Horizon or the import process from OCLC.  We’ve been trying to narrow down the problem.
To aid us in fixing the problem, we ask that you please DO NOT import or otherwise create any new bibs in Horizon until you’ve heard back from us.  Editing existing records does not seem to be a problem.
Thank you for your patience as we work this issue out.  We hope to get back to you with an all clear very soon.

IMLS Statement on President’s Proposed Budget

Institute of Museum and Library Services Issues Statement on the President’s Proposed FY 18 Budget

Washington, DC — Institute of Museum and Library Services Director Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew released the following statement on the President’s proposed FY 2018 budget, which includes elimination of the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Since its inception 20 years ago, the grants and programs the Institute of Museum and Library Services has administered have provided critical support that has enabled museums and libraries across the country to make a tremendous difference in their communities. The institutions we serve provide vital resources that contribute significantly to Americans’ economic development, education, health, and well-being whether by facilitating family learning and catalyzing community change or stimulating economic development through job training and skills development. Our agency’s support enables museums and libraries to offer learning experiences for students and families as well as increase care for and access to the nation’s collections that are entrusted to museums and libraries by the public.

We’ve invested in rural and smaller communities by supporting basic infrastructure and the development of libraries as local community hubs for broadband connectivity and digital literacy training, which has helped hundreds of residents gain job-related skills and, in many cases, find employment. In summary, our grants and programs support libraries and museums as essential contributors to improving Americans’ quality of life.

More than $214 million of our $230 million FY 2016 enacted budget targets museums and libraries directly through our grant programs. This includes $155 million for library services to every state and territory in the country through a population-based formula grant program.

As Congress now begins its work on the FY 2018 budget, our agency will continue to work closely with the Office of Management and Budget. More importantly, we will continue to remain steadfast in our work on behalf of the millions of Americans touched by the services of libraries and museums each day.

Net Inclusion Summit

Net Inclusion May 16-17, 2017 — St. Paul, Minnesota

The National Digital Inclusion Alliance and the St. Paul Public Library welcome digital inclusion practitioners, advocates, academics, Internet service providers and policymakers to Net Inclusion 2017: The National Digital Inclusion Summit.

Net Inclusion Purpose:

  1. Discuss current and potential local, state and federal policies with the potential to increase digital equity.
  2. Discuss current and potential sources of financial and programmatic support of digital inclusion programs.
  3. Share digital inclusion best practices and new strategies.

Early Bird Registration Ends April — Register Now

Big Library Read – Art of the Pie

The next Big Library Read is now live! The current title is Art of the Pie by Kate McDermott. It will be available from unlimited simultaneous downloads from the OverDrive catalog until March 30, 2017.

Bonus Material


2017 MN Book Award Reviews

The Minnesota Book Awards are sponsored each year by the Friends of the St. Paul Public Library. Finalists were announced earlier this month. SELCO staff and library staff from around the region are contributing to our reviews of the 36 books in nine categories; Poetry, General Nonfiction, Children’s Literature, Genre Fiction, Young Adult Literature, Novel & Short Story, Memoir & Creative Nonfiction, Minnesota, and Middle Grade Literature.

You can find links to the brief reviews on our website or go directly to our MNBA 2017 playlist on SELCOtv. We will be posting reviews throughout the month of March. Winners will be announced April 8, 2017 at a ceremony at the InterContinental Hotel St. Paul Riverfront. 

Digital Newspaper Hub Transitions


The Minnesota Historical Society just released a new Minnesota Digital Newspaper Hub.   The new Hub implements exciting features and transitions the Hub to a new ProSeek platform (as seen in the Swedish American Newspapers and Historical Minneapolis Tribune sites). The new Hub will bring together the Minnesota digital newspapers, the Historical Minneapolis Tribune newspapers, and sets of digitized Minnesota newspaper titles including over 500,000 pages contributed by SELCO from early newspapers published in southeastern Minnesota.

The Minnesota Historical Society is excited to make this transition and enhance access to Minnesota’s newspapers. Likewise, SELCO is honored to partner with the Historical Society and proud of its role in developing and growing this valuable Minnesota digital newspaper collection documenting over 150 years of Minnesota history!