Weekly Review 2/11/16

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 CMLE Updates: State & Regional News
– State Library updates to keep you in the know More
– CMLE Spring Author Event with Erin Hart & Paddy O’Brien More
– eBooks MN is now in preview mode for library staff! More
– CMLE needs a new Office Administrator More
Upcoming Events and Registration Information
– 55 FREE online library events in February More
– Register now for Big Talk from Small Libraries online conference More
– Register TODAY! Free webinar on using eBooks MN More
Resources You Can Use
– AASL Recommended App: Ripped Apart: A Civil War Mystery More
– A treasure trove of book display ideas More
Tech Bits and Ideas
– 2016 Teen Tech Week is coming! More
Food For Thought
– The science behind adult coloring books More
– Caucus materials for the classroom More
Just For Fun
– Nerdy Valentine cards to lend inspiration More

New ELM video project!

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“Visit the new Video ELM site to hear stories from staff in Minnesota libraries, library systems, and statewide organizations like History Day highlighting the importance of ELM resources in their daily work and lives. If you’d like to submit your story, we’d love to include it on our site and share with the library community. Don’t be shy!  The more, the merrier!  Each story added helps promote ELM’s usage and awareness. Please consider being a voice for ELM. When you go to Video ELM to record a video, simply click on the large plus sign, follow the prompts, and consider these three questions in your recording.

  • What is your name?
  • Where do you work and what is your position?
  • How do you see the ELM databases used in your school, university, public library, or organization?  Or how do you see the impact of ELM databases on Minnesota residents?

If you don’t make a recording, don’t worry.  Just enjoy the videos and share!  Participate today!”

Action Guide to re-envision your public library

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AspenlogoAccording to the Aspen Institute Dialogue on Public Libraries (DPL) “Public libraries have the DNA needed to thrive in this new information-rich, knowledge-based society.”

In 2014, their important work was documented in the report, Rising to the Challenge: Re-Envisioning Public Libraries. A new action guide has been created with resources for “convening a community dialogue”. Libraries can use this as a tool to help them work with their communities to set a new vision for their public library.

The Action Guide for Re-Envisioning Your Public Library


New makeup of the CMLE Governing Board

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fireworksJanuary marks when CMLE has a turnover in its Board members. It is also the meeting where we do the yearly election of officers to serve on the Executive Committee. Each year I marvel at the knowledge around the table and the generosity of Board members in giving of their time.

A few facts about the CMLE Governing Board:

  • As a multitype library system, created in MN Statute, a Governing Board is required to oversee finance and services that serve regional needs.
  • The Board includes eleven members, consisting of seven citizen members (not employed in library or information services) and four library workers representing academic, public regional libraries, school media centers and special libraries.
  • Citizen members are appointed by the cooperating regional system boards, GRRL and ECRL in the Central MN region.
  • The number of representatives from each regional system board is determined in proportion to population, with a minimum of two citizen representatives from any system. On this Board, five are GRRL appointees, two are ECRL appointees.
  • For additional information about length of term or other details, see the CMLE Bylaws.

The 2016 slate of Officers (Executive Committee) include:

  • Maria Burnham, President
  • Susan Schleper, Vice President
  • Vi Bergquist, Treasurer
  • Joanne Kudrna, Secretary

A roster of the full CMLE Governing Board is available on our website.

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CMLE needs a new Office Administrator

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Sadly, Sheri Olson is leaving us quite unexpectedly, so CMLE finds itself  in need of a permanent, part-time replacement. Please share this information widely with people you know who might be a great fit for our CMLE team. Thanks!                   Patricia-

Central Minnesota Libraries Exchange (CMLE)

Office Administrator

The Central MN Libraries Exchange (CMLE) is part of a statewide network of MN multitype library systems. CMLE serves 320 libraries or K-12 school media centers. Services are driven by the dynamic needs of library and school media center personnel in the 12-county Central MN region. The person in this part-time position provides administrative and programmatic support. Visit cmle.org for a better sense of what CMLE is all about!

Primary Responsibilities

  • Be a member of a team that provides library-specific communications and marketing activities so that programmatic objectives are met and professionals in the library field receive needed information and resources via multiple communication channels including social media.
  • Identify, develop, oversee, manage, or promote events that fit identified professional development needs.
  • Maintain processes and systems that support established records retention schedules, Board governance administration, and financial backup.
  • Participate as needed with special projects or initiatives, and other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Associate of Arts (AA) degree.
  • Comfort with computers and working in a multiple-tab window environment.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills to be used across multiple venues.
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative, work independently, organize efficiently, manage/coordinate multiple tasks, and meet deadlines.
  • Demonstrated ability to fluently use advanced features of Microsoft Excel and Word.
  • Excellent customer service skills.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience as staff or a volunteer in a nonprofit organization.
  • Experience writing in a professional environment, e.g., newsletter articles, blog posts, promotional materials, etc.
  • Administrative experience using WordPress, Facebook, Twitter, and Google Apps.

Compensation and Perks

  • 25 hours per week, flexible schedule on site, with some possible telecommuting. Position could include more hours in the event of a funding increase.
  • Salary range of $16 – $18 per hour starting, depending on experience.
  • Pro-rated vacation, sick leave, holidays, and PERA pension.

Essential Duties

  • Communicating in English across all work areas.
  • Interacting with other employees and clients.
  • Moving office and other supplies weighing up to 40 pounds occasionally.
  • Ability to travel independently on system business occasionally.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.

How to apply: Please send a print resume and cover letter indicating your interest in the CMLE Office Administrator position to: Chris Palmer, cmERDC/CMLE, 570 1st. St. SE. St. Cloud, MN 56304. Review of applications: Application review begins March 4, 2016.  Applications will be accepted until position is filled.

Free webinar about eBooks Minnesota

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ebooks minnesotaIn a recent post, we shared the good news about the current “preview mode” stage of the development of eBooks Minnesota. All Minnesota library staff are encouraged to test it out before it goes live to the public on February 29th. Missed this earlier post?  Click here to get up to speed.

Minitex is now offering library staff an opportunity to learn more….

“This webinar (Wednesday, February 17) will provide a detailed overview of Ebooks Minnesota and the BiblioBoard Library platform. Attendees will gain an understanding of the parameters and focus of the project and see a demonstration of the navigation and content on BiblioBoard, the PatronsFirst mobile library. Nick Banitt, head of the Ebooks Minnesota Working Group, will be there to answer your questions.”  Register for this webinar now!

The science behind adult coloring books

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photo-1453749024858-4bca89bd9edcRecently there has been an explosion of adult coloring books. Even 5 of Amazon’s current top 15 books are coloring books. More than just a fad, there seems to be some actual science behind the act of putting crayon to paper.

Jordan Gaines Lewis, a science writer and neuroscience Ph.D. student at Penn State College of Medicine, recently wrote a piece about how coloring can help with your life.

Everyday Creativity

Lewis explains that many people are finding a lack of creativity in their lives. Obviously the act of coloring can help with that, but it goes beyond the simple act of coloring. From simple decisions of what color to use, to expressing your personal style when you choose what to color next, they all help. Lewis claims “more new research has focused on how creativity, especially in the form of visual art, can improve physical health.”

Decision Fatigue

Lewis also shares how many of us are suffering from Decision Fatigue. We all have too many impactful choices to make everyday. Coloring allows us to make “a series of small, inconsequential decisions (teal or mahogany for this squiggly line?)” and may help us get a small part of self-control back after a long day.

The article is a fun read and not too long so read it now or just go and color… we won’t mind!

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