CMLE staff are often asked what CMLE does now that it no longer provides the interlibrary loan service that ended in 2012. Coming up on 10 years of flat funding, CMLE needs to choose carefully what it can start and what it can sustain. With a small staff of 1.5 people, we do lots of things, one being your receipt of our Weekly Review email each Thursday. In order to send the email, our staff comb through hundreds of bits of information to identify the best to help you manage the clutter in your inbox. We often take complicated subjects and distill them down into manageable bites too. In addition, CMLE offers events, some of a technical nature, and some more lighthearted to provide you time to socialize and build relationships with your peers. Take a look at our events lineup this year….
ELM Expo in partnership with Metronet and Minitex; a full day of face-to-face learning tips and tricks of using ELM: Took place November 6, 2015
Snippets & Sneak Peeks book talk event in partnership with East Central Region of ITEM and Barnes & Noble: Took place Jan. 12, 2016
Genealogy Research Workshop in partnership (for space and laptops) with Great River Regional Library: February 2, 2016 (postponed due to weather, coming soon)
Spring Author Event with Erin Hart and Paddy O’Brien at North Folk Winery in Cambridge in partnership with Scout & Morgan Books: March 10, 2016. Register now! Deadline is March 4th!
New Library Spring Tour and Book Talk event in partnership with St. Cloud Community and Technical College, date is pending, watch our communications.
Supervisory Nuts and Bolts Workshop, coming soon. Have you ever noticed you learned about theory in “library school” but not many practical skills or tips about supervising without authority? The date for this event will be picked based on the wishes of those who are interested in attending.
In addition, CMLE makes contributions to programming of other organizations in order to provide you with a better attendee experience. Three examples include the ITEM Fall Conference, MLA Fall Conference, and the EdCamp MidMN right here in St. Cloud, Minnesota. If you ever need financial assistance to attend any library-related event or conference, please consider the CMLE Scholarship program. Yes, that is another of our many services which strive to respond to regional needs. The full services list is on our site.
Photo credit: Maria Burnham