2015-2016 Practical Librarianship Series

SELCO book logo_Shadow_croppedSELCO is pleased to announce a new Continuing Education series for 2015-2016. Practical Librarianship will consist of four separate sessions focusing on topics that were pulled directly from a 2015 survey of our membership including:  Searching Tips & Tricks, Social Media, Evaluation & Assessment, and Library Spaces.

Registration for each workshop will open several weeks ahead of time;  you may attend as your schedule and interest allow. The schedule and speakers are posted on the Practical Librarianship page of the SELCO website.

Fargo – Moorhead Host ARSL in 2016

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The Association of Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL) announced Friday, July 31 that Fargo-Moorhead will host the 2016 ARSL Convention. This event will be a bi-state effort between North Dakota and Minnesota. The ARSL Board succeeded in reaching its laudable goal of negotiating room rates for $99 – a hallmark of previous conventions and a great plus in making this an affordable learning opportunity for small libraries with small budgets.

Mark your calendars for October 26-29, 2016!

Discover Five Practices Essential for Pre-Readers

The Minnesota Department of Education, State Library Services, with support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, is excited to bring renowned early literacy educator Saroj Ghoting back to Minnesota for a series of workshops that will give librarians and early childhood educators tools to provide high-quality storytimes and early literacy interactions with pre-readers. The workshops are rooted in the Every Child Ready to Read 2nd Edition (ECRR2) research-based curriculum released by the Public Library Association in 2011.

Please visit the Supporting Libraries Serving Youth webpage to learn more about the training options and register for a workshop near you.

Storytimes for Everyone

  • Great River Regional Library – St. Cloud / Mon., Aug. 24, 2015, 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
  • Headwaters School of Music and the Arts – Bemidji / Thurs., Aug. 27, 2015, 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
  • Blue Earth County Library – Mankato / Tues., Sept. 22, 2015, 9:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
  • East Central Regional Library – North Branch Area Library / Fri., Sept. 25, 2015, 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Training the Trainers

  • Great River Regional Library – St. Cloud / Tues., Aug. 25, 2015, 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
  • Ramsey County Library – White Bear Lake Library / Thurs., Sept. 24, 2015, 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

There is no fee to attend – lunch arrangements vary by location. Please email Jackie Blagsvedt or call 651-582-8805 or for more information.

Lead the Change coming to MN

 

Lead the Change 2015 graphicLead the Change: Professional Development for Library Staff is a full-day, live, interactive workshop that will transform library staff into leaders. Participants will learn their strengths and receive the tools needed to increase their effectiveness and performance and contribute to their library’s success.

May 19, 2015 at the Brookdale Library

Register

Presenters:

  • David Bendekovic – Program Developer and Lead Instructor at the Pennsylvania Library Association Academy for Leadership Studies
  • Kit Hadley – Library Director, St. Paul Public Library
  • Liz Lynch – Director, Lake Agassiz Regional Library

Be a part of this on-going, national movement as Lead the Change travels from city to city providing insights, best practices, dynamic presentations and leadership tools.

Lead the Change website

Lead the Change 2015 locations

MLA Annual conference Call for Proposals

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It’s time to start thinking about the MLA 2015 Annual Conference!

The Minnesota Library Association 2015 Annual Conference will be at the RiverCentre in St. Paul October 8-9. Search, Create, Inspire, this year’s conference theme chosen by MLA President Maggie Snow, is an opportunity to showcase and share the work we do every day — searching for answers, creating learners, inspiring minds to grow and communities to take action.

The MLA Annual Conference equips library staff with new ideas and tools to stay up-to-date, innovate, and succeed in their careers. A presentation at the conference can have an immediate and lasting impact on local libraries. Please help shape the program at the 2015 conference.

Please complete the proposal submission form if you have a great idea for an MLA 2015 Annual Conference session. Everything you need to know about submitting a session proposal can be found on the MLA website.

Deadline for session proposals is Friday May 1, 2015.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact the MLA Conference Program Committee Chairs.

Michele McGraw and Barbara Svoboda

Calling all Campers!

Camp Read-a-Lot (Round)SELCO proudly presents the 2015 Camp Read-a-Lot!  A professional development opportunity for those who work with children’s literature, focusing specifically on grades 2-5.  Our Campers have the chance to read from a set list of books prior to Camp and then spend the day discussing the books.  They’ll also have a chance to hear from Minnesota children’s author Douglas Wood, and a panel from the Diversity & Outreach Roundtable on diversity in children’s literature.  Earn up to 25 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)!

Date: Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Location: Cascade Meadow Wetlands & Environmental Science Center

Cost: $30

Click HERE to learn more and register today!

Minnesota Electronic Health Library

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Supporting a Healthy Minnesota: Introducing the Minnesota Electronic Health Library

Reliable, high-quality health information is costly, resulting in uneven access across our state. This system of unequal access contributes to significant health and health care disparities. To address this problem, the Health Sciences Libraries at the University of Minnesota have developed an initiative called the Minnesota Electronic Health Library, or MeHL for short.

Our vision for MeHL is to support a healthier Minnesota by providing 24/7, online access to evidence-based, clinical care information to people throughout the state: health care providers, particularly in rural areas; students in health-related programs; and citizens who need to make informed decisions about their own care. Join us to learn more:

Webinar: Supporting a Healthy Minnesota: Introducing the Minnesota Electronic Health Library (MeHL)

Date and Time: Monday, December 15, 2014, 2:00 PM–2:45 PM

Register now! There is no fee to attend this webinar. This presentation will:

  • Explore the need for MeHL and the types of resources that it could include; discuss the critical role that public and academic libraries play in connecting people to health information;
  • outline a current legislative request to fund MeHL; and
  • offer ways in which you can actively support it.

Presenter: Janice Jaguszewski, Associate University Librarian and Director, Health Sciences Libraries, University of Minnesota

LTC registration opening soon!

 

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Registration opening soon & fills up fast!

March 18-19, 2015 at Macalester College

Registration is limited to no more than 475 total participants. Once this level of participation is reached, registration will be CLOSED! Please register early in order to ensure your spot at the conference.

This year’s Library Technology Conference is again intended to provide an opportunity for library professionals and the technologists who support them to discuss the technologies that are affecting library services; to see examples of what libraries are doing with these technologies; and to provide a venue where participants can learn specific skills or knowledge that they can take back and adapt for use within their own libraries. The number of conference participants will be limited to no more than 475 in order to help ensure a quality conference experience and to help facilitate the interactive and hands-on nature of many of the sessions.

The two-day conference features two keynote speakers, Bohyun Kim and Courtney Greene McDonald, and will also include more than 60 conference sessions – traditional lecture-style sessions, hands-on/workshop sessions, interactive technology dialogue sessions, and poster sessions. A wide range of library technology-related topics will be covered during Lib Tech 2015 sessions.

For more information, visit the conference website or email the conference planners.

MILE accepting apps

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MILE or Minnesota’s Institute for Leadership Excellence is seeking both mentors and mentees for MILE 2015.

Apply today and …

  • Develop and refine skills necessary to be a leader in the libraries of tomorrow.
  • Develop and move forward on professional and personal goals.
  • Network and make connections with colleagues in the broader community.
  • Reflect on the variety of leadership opportunities available at the local, regional, and state levels.

The application deadline is December 1.

 

Strengthening Libraries Together: MALF Workshop

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The Minnesota Association of Library Friends (MALF) will partner with libraries and Friends of the Library groups to bring a free workshop, Strengthening Libraries Together, to five Minnesota communities this September. Attendees will learn ways to increase Friends of the Library membership and raise significant funds for their libraries. They will also have an opportunity to share ideas and network with others facing similar challenges.

Sessions include:

  • Duluth Public Library, Saturday, September 6, 9:30am-3:00pm, Register by August 30
  • Ramsey County Library – Roseville, Monday, September 15, 4:30pm-8:30pm, Register by September 8
  • Rochester Public Library, Thursday September 18, 1:00pm-7:00pm, Register by September 11
  • Lake Agassiz Regional Library – Moorhead, Saturday, September 20, 9:30am-3:00pm, Register by September 13
  • Great River Regional Library – St. Cloud, Saturday, September 27, 9:30am-3:00pm, Register by September 20

Presenter: The workshops will be led by Melissa Brechon, a library consultant who brings 25 years of applicable experience as a librarian and administrator. Session highlights include a keynote titled “Ten Things I Know to Be True (About Friends of the Library Fundraising),” in which Brechon will explore current trends and best practices for Friends’ fundraising and membership solicitation. Workshops will also include a panel discussion featuring local Friends. Attendees will come away energized by new ideas for organizational growth and successful community initiatives.

Everyone is invited to sign up for a free workshop. It is not necessary to be a member of MALF or any Library Friends organization to attend. Note: To enjoy a complimentary lunch or dinner, you must register at least one full week before your workshop. Registration takes only a moment online. Visit the MALF website and click on the “Workshops” graphic on the home page. (Alternatively: Send an email at info@mnlibraryfriends.org to reserve your spot.)

Strengthen Libraries Together press release

Strengthen Libraries Together workshop promotional flyer