Minnesota Library Legislative Day 2017!

Minnesota’s Library Legislative Day was Wednesday, Feb 22; and it was a great event!! If you have not been to one, please consider attending next year – it is so great to be in a group of library people all talking about the wonderful things libraries do. And legislators generally want to hear from us, because they like to know money is being well spent in their communities. So, it’s fun for everyone!!

This is a brief report on some of the activities of the day, to give other newbies an idea of what is like to participate in this event. We had a LOT of CMLE library people and Board members attending this year!! It was great to see people there, talking about all the great things in their libraries and library service across the state.

Thank you so much to everyone who was able to attend. And if you were not – you can always email, call, or write to your legislator! And thank you to the organizers of this event, who worked so hard to get everything together for it to be such a positive experience!

The “day” started on Tuesday evening, as several of us gathered at the Rice Street library in St Paul. We had the first legislative briefing, and had time to ask questions, share ideas on strategies, and to meet library people in person. Continue reading Minnesota Library Legislative Day 2017!

Cool ways to display your books

Bookshelves are awesome!

Library people love books, and they usually tend to own quite a few. Keeping these books organized can present challenges, especially if you own a lot of them.

This article from Buzzfeed has some really unique, yet totally do-able ideas for organizing and displaying your books. Check it out and discover:

  • using an old ladder as a shelf and wall decoration
  • incorporating plants into your bookshelves
  • using rope lights to highlight your collection

Follow the hashtag #bookshelf on Instagram for more pretty inspiration, or check out this article that features 15 Instagram accounts especially for book lovers.

And of course, Pinterest has a wealth of bookshelf ideas to enjoy. Just be warned – you could spend a lot of time perusing all the shelving options!

Orville watches over some of the books and plants here at CMLE Headquarters. Do you have your books or bookshelves organized in an interesting display? Send us a picture!


CMLE Geocaching Travel Bugs are on the move!

One of our travel bugs has had an adventure, and was left in a geocache in the Myrtle Beach State Park!

Wanting to escape the Minnesota winters, it landed in this beautiful park. The cache gets a lot of traffic, as it is located in a very busy visitors center on the beach. There is a long pier into the ocean, filled with people fishing. They have a boardwalk to escort people through the dunes area, and several hiking trails through the Carolina pine woods. It is a lovely area!

The Library Travel Bug has already been picked up from this location, and is hopefully headed to some other great location!! We will keep you updated on its progress, as well as the progress of our other Travel Bugs!

Are you thinking about truancy in your library?


A recent library discussion asked about policies libraries have established for truants (or potential truants) in the library. There were a lot of responses, some of them copied below; and it led us to wonder about your library policies. Do you have a policy on truant students? After looking at these ideas, do you need one? If so, CMLE Headquarters is available to help you write one!

Continue reading Are you thinking about truancy in your library?

Working with license agreements? Share your ideas!

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CMLE members – we are passing on a survey for you to complete. Being part of a profession has many rewards, and also some responsibilities; and that includes sharing your ideas with your professional colleagues! So if you have info to share – here is your chance!

Dear Colleagues:

For a session at the upcoming Electronic Resources & Libraries Conference in April, we are asking for your assistance to provide direction for our discussion about how license agreements are managed and retained in libraries. Please take a few minutes to complete a brief survey (no more than 10 minutes) to share your views and experiences with license agreements.

Please click on the link below to access the survey.  We need a response by March 6.


For more information about the ER&L conference, visit the conference website: http://www.electroniclibrarian.org/

Thank you for your time.

Susan & Betsy

Susan Davis                                                     Betsy Appleton

Interim Head of Acquisitions                       Electronic Resources Librarian

University at Buffalo (SUNY)                       St. Edward’s University

134 Lockwood Library                                   Munday Library

Buffalo, NY 14260-2210                                Austin, TX  78704

716-645-2784                                                  512-233-1679

716-645-5955 fax                                          eappleto@stedwards.edu


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