MALF Seeks Your Input

MALF_HORIZ_VECTORA request from the Minnesota Association of Library Friends — It will only take a minute…

Dear Friend of the Library:

As part of our overarching mission to strengthen Minnesota’s library community, MALF’s programming committee is committed to bringing relevant, high-quality programming to Friends of the Library each summer.

In 2012, library consultants Brenda Hough and Diana Weaver flew in from Kansas to give us a valuable crash course on everyday advocacy and on the nuances of formal lobbying. In 2013, Ann Walker Smalley, director of Metronet, orchestrated a workshop about growing and maintaining Friends membership and engagement.

This year… it’s up to you! Please take a moment to fill out this short (four question) survey on what programming topics you’d like to see for 2014. The poll will remain open through April 15.

MALF workshops are open to members and non-members alike, so feel free to forward on this email or share the survey link through social media:

Minnesota Association of Library Friends
325 Cedar Street, Suite 555
Saint Paul, MN 55101-1055

Explore E-Books MN – Coming Soon!

Save the Date(s) for Explore E-Books MN

Join fellow public, academic, school and special librarians in a statewide effort to explore the  integration of e-books into libraries, grow an understanding of how e-books and e-content impact  libraries, and engage in conversation around the future of e-books in Minnesota. The Explore E-Books MN series of events will combine the internal expertise of Minnesotans with perspectives from national e-book innovators to further our professional understanding and build consensus. Improve your library’s capacity to embrace a digital future by participating in each event.

Live Webinars

  1. E-Book Basics, Wed, April 30, 2014, 1–2 p.m.
  2. Access to E-Books: Challenges Facing Libraries & Publishers, Wed, May 21, 2014, 1–2 p.m.
  3. E-Books in Libraries: A Business Models Overview, Wed, June 18, 2014, 1–2 p.m.
  4. E-Content Creation in Libraries, Wed, July 23, 2014, 1–2 p.m.

 Explore E-Books MN Summit

Wednesday, August 13, 2014, 9:30 a.m.–3:15 p.m., St. Catherine University, St. Paul

More details and registration information to follow.  Mark your calendars now!

This event will be co-sponsored by Minnesota Department of Education – State Library Services, Minitex, the Council of Regional Public Library System Administrators (CRPLSA) and the Multitype Systems.

23 Mobile Things is now open – Register today!

23MobileThings_SidebarIt’s back!  The popular program 23 Things on a Stick has a new iteration for a new technology generation.  23 Mobile Things is your opportunity for a better understanding of Android and Apple mobile devices.  Sponsored by the seven Minnesota Multitypes, 23 Mobile Things is designed to be self-paced and to help participants learn more about mobile apps and all that they can do.  Whether you’re a mobile whizkid or novice, there’s something in here for everyone!

The program will run from January 15 – June 15, 2014.  Your first step?  Pop over to the new website and check out the Welcome page and FAQs for all the how-to’s, set up your blog, and register.  Participants have the chance to earn badges as they make their way through the Things, plus there’s the chance to receive a completion prize once you’ve made it to the end.
SELCO staff will be participating as well and will be there to cheer you on as you start on this new mobile journey.  So good luck and get appy!

Minitex Minutes

Minitex Minutes logo

Looking for easy info on statewide library services?

Minitex offers a new video series, Minitex Minutes on the Minitex YouTube channelMinitex Minutes provides a brief opportunity to meet the staff behind the scenes, learn about about current projects, and hear about partnerships with other statewide and national groups.  Recent Minitex Minutes  include: Minnesota Digital Library and MnLINK.

Check them out!

23 Mobile Things


Coming Soon!

23 Mobile Things is a self-paced, web-based learning program for Minnesota library staff  and trustees. It will help participants explore the potential of mobile devices for professional & personal learning. The program will run from January 15 through June 15, 2014. Registration opens January 15.


Training Opportunity – Monthly Affordable Care Act Updates

To help you keep up to date with what’s happening related to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, State Library Services and the Minnesota Department of Commerce are teaming up to offer monthly conference calls through March 2014. Led by Health Policy Advisor Alyssa Von Ruden, the calls will be to provide updated information and respond to topical questions being raised in libraries. 

Training Dates and Times

Wednesday, October 30, 2013
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Thursday, November 21, 2013
2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Thursday, February 27, 2014
3 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

To participate, call 1-888-742-5095 at the scheduled time. When prompted, enter Conference Code: 787 494 7876. Preregistration is not required.

If you have specific questions you would like addressed, please email to or 24 hours ahead of the scheduled time and we will do our best to prepare a response. Any additional tools, training and/or resources that become available will be distributed via the State Library Services listserv.

If you have questions about these opportunities, would like to request a reasonable accommodation to participate in these events, or would like to sign up for State Library Services’ listserv, please contact Jennifer Nelson at 651-582-8791 or

Workshop – Drafting the Blueprint

. . . In Mankato, Fergus Falls and Iron Mountain

As libraries adapt to meet the ever-changing needs of patrons, Friends of the Library groups must also evolve. While the need itself is readily apparent, many organizations struggle when it comes down to actually formulating a plan and putting it into motion. This year, MALF’s 2013 summer workshop series, “Drafting the Blueprint: Building Friends,” will focus on bringing the Friends of the Library concept fully into the twenty-first century.

Whether you are a formal member of your local Friends chapter, a library staffer looking to expand your skills set, or just an impassioned patron looking to make a difference, this day-long (9 a.m.-3 p.m.) workshop is for you. Host and keynote speaker Ann Walker Smalley, director of Metronet, will lead participants through a day of panels, presentations and participatory activities designed to help you build and sustain your member base and refine your mission and programs to better align with library and patron needs.

As in years past, in recognition of the broad geographic distribution of Minnesota’s Friends groups, the workshop will be repeated in its entirety on three different days and in three different venues across the state.

  • Mankato: Wednesday, Aug. 21. Blue Earth Co. Library, 100 E. Main St.
  • Fergus Falls: Saturday, Aug. 24. Fergus Falls Public Library, 205 E. Hampden Ave.
  • Mountain Iron: Saturday, Sept. 7. Mountain Iron Public Library, 5742 Mountain Ave.

The cost is $10.00 per attendee, and includes lunch. You can pay in advance or at the door, but must register in advance. Visit the Minnesota of Library Friends website to begin the registration process. Don’t delay! The registration window for the two August workshops closes Friday, August 16, and registration for the September workshop closes Friday, August 30.