Call to action for MN Library Legislative day!

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Can’t make it down to the Capitol for MN Library Legislative day on March 2-3? CMLE has got you covered! Please take a moment to send an email to your legislator to help us put libraries on their radar!

Just follow these 3 simple steps to have your voice heard!

1) Click here to find out Who represents me? Enter in your Zip Code.
2) Click on one of your state legislators.
3) Find your legislator's email address. Some will have you fill out an online form, some will use your email program.

Need some help getting started? Start with the following subject.

Subject: I love libraries because....

Write your text or just tag on a sentence or two to one of these…

- Public libraries are the great equalizer, they serve people of every age, education level, income level, ethnicity and physical ability. I love my public library because... [fill in the blank]

- School libraries transform learning, build enthusiastic learners, and provide important space for thinking, making, and doing. I love my school library because... [fill in the blank]

- Academic libraries are the heart of the university, providing important spaces for thought and inquiry; often serving as breeding grounds for ideas. I love my academic library because... [fill in the blank]

- Special libraries exist in prisons, hospitals, museums, and other venues. My special library is important because... [fill in the blank]

Make sure to include your signature so they know you are a constituent.

Copyright Continues: New Resources Tab in Learning Landing

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iStock_000014864782LargeWe have added a new tab to our Copyright LibGuide on CMLE’s Learning Landing!  The new ‘Resources’ tab features those resources provided by Nancy Sims at our November event, Us, Use, and Users.

Check it out here, and , if you haven’t already, check out our recap of the event!

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A reason to celebrate: More free textbooks from CK-12

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Steve's Birthday PartyCK-12’s collection of over 100,000 textbooks just keeps growing!  The free resource platform now has roughly 106,000 texts provided by about 30,000 schools.  For more on this announcement, click here.

If you’re unfamiliar with CK-12, check out their page here.  The site has resources for math, science, English, history, and even SAT prep!

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Gear Up for ARLD Day 2015!

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640px-Clock_CogsMark your calendars – ARLD Day is coming up!  The event takes place on Friday, April 24, 2015 from 8:30 AM until 4:00 PM.  This is a great opportunity to connect with fellow librarians, share ideas, and explore new ones.  And it’s close to home – at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chaska.  This year’s keynote speaker is Stephanie Davis-Kahl, the Scholarly Communications Librarian and Associate Professor at Illinois Wesleyan University.  The event is hosted by the Academic and Research Libraries Division of the Minnesota Library Association (MLA).

Click here for more information about the event (including proposal submissions, registration, and Stephanie Davis-Kahl).

For more events like ARLD Day, check out our Events/Initiatives page.

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Students creating digital portfolios

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Starring role...So much of what students are creating in school these days is online rather than on paper. Instead of putting projects on refrigerators, how can we allow parents to still view these materials?

Digital portfolios, online repositories for student work, might be the answer.

“Because digital portfolios live online, parents can easily access them as well and see what their kids have accomplished throughout the year. Students can share them with each other, share them with family members, and even use them as a tool for college admissions.

Edudemic recently had 5 tools that might help students create their digital portfolio:

  • Google Sites
  • Evernote
  • WordPress
  • EduBlogs
  • Weebly

Ready the entire post here. Have other tool suggestions? Add them in the comments below!

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More Shopping for Book Lovers!

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Leave it to Buzzfeed to find us book lovers more things to buy!  Chelsey Pippin’s 28 Literary Accessories All Book Lovers Must Have is basically a shopping list of the things we’ll be buying this year.  All the items on the list come from Etsy accounts.

Some products, like this scarf, are general for all book lovers:

This library card scarf.

Others, like these earrings, are specific to a certain book, author, or series:

These Sherlock studs.

As if there wasn’t enough to buy from last month’s post!  Happy shopping!

Recommended App: Easy Portfolio

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Easy PortfolioRecently, the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) came out with their 25 Best Apps for Teaching & Learning for 2014.  The apps were chosen because they foster innovation, creativity, active participation, and collaboration.

One of these apps is Easy Portfolio.  This app allows users to save website links, videos, pictures, audio files, and other documents to their personal portfolios.

The app is recommended for all grades K-12.  It is available for $1.05 on Android and for $1.99 on iOS.  This quick video shows a couple of the things you can do on the app:

For more apps, check out our 2014-2015 Recommended App archive!

Libraries at airports?!

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800px-Washington_Dulles_International_Airport_at_DuskLibrary branches can be found in many places and now they’re showing up in Airports!? American Libraries Magazine recently reported that airports around the country are seeing more and more libraries among the baggage returns and security checks.

In some cases, like in Boise, digital access is only for Boise residents. In others, like in San Antonio, nonresidents are able to get temporary access to the library’s digital offerings. Regardless of the access, it seems to be a success. “The popularity of the download stations has prompted both libraries to consider establishing more throughout the airports and in other parts of the city.”

MSP -> SAT? Get your library card ready!

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