Entries by Ann Hutton

Legislature Returns from Break

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 legislature returned to business today after their Passover/Easter break. They named conference committee members to the various budget and tax bills. Those conference committees will […]

Going Live with the New Minnesota Library Publishing Project

The Minnesota Library Publishing Project (MLPP) is a pilot project that provides online publishing tools and training information to support independent authors and small publishers across the state.  The MLPP is coordinated by Minitex with support from Minnesota’s academic and public libraries. MLPP’s book design tool is Pressbooks: an easy-to-use, online, cloud-based service that enables […]

Updated MN Trustee Handbook

Just Announced — State Library Services has updated the Minnesota Public Library Trustee Handbook! This revised edition includes updated content from the prior handbook as well as the Library Trustee Manual template published by the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA) in 2016. The handbook is meant to be a useful resource for library […]

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 […]

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: […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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: Discuss current and potential local, state and federal policies with the potential to […]

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 […]