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Looking ahead: 1 week until regular publishing resumes!

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At CMLE, we are looking ahead and excited to return to our regular publishing schedule soon and the Weekly Review! 

As fall approaches, CMLE is looking forward to the first installment of the Weekly Review for the upcoming academic school year! Our regular publication schedule of 10-15 blog posts per week will resume, with the Weekly Review being released on Thursdays. The first Weekly Review for this school year will be published on September 8th, only three weeks away!

Until that time, we will continue to share only time-sensitive information that cannot wait until Fall publishing resumes.

Itching for some reading material in the meantime? Check out our top 10 CMLE blog posts for the 2015-2016 academic year.

Enjoy the rest of your summer!

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We've Learned: Staffing updates

LightbulbWe’ve Learned… is designed to keep our readers informed about news concerning personnel in CMLE libraries/media centers. Please keep us informed of any “happenings” regarding staff members in your area so that we can include them in the next write-up! Happenings can include: changes in staffing, awards, honors… you get the idea! Updates can be sent to

Thank you to all that alerted us of these personnel changes:

New staff appointments:

  • Juliana Boner, Librarian, Anoka-Ramsey Community College – Cambridge Campus

New position titles:

  • Media Specialists in the Sauk Rapids-Rice school district are now instead officially titled Instructional Coach – Technology Integration.
    • Thank you to Maria Burnham at Sauk Rapids-Rice High School for this information.


  • Ann DeWolfe, Media ESP, Parkside Elementary – Buffalo Hanover Montrose Schools
  • Linda Crompton, Media Specialist, Independence and Liberty Elementary – Big Lake Public School District

Please keep us updated this summer if you become aware of any staffing news or changes! Email this information to


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Famous library felines

You’ve probably seen the famous cats Baker and Taylor on the brand’s merchandise. But do you know anything about their backstory?

The new book The True Tails of Baker and Taylor chronicles the memories of the two beloved cats, and details their personality and behavior. The two cats were brought into the library world with a purpose – protect the Douglas County Library in Minden, NV from a rodent invasion triggered by a recent remodel. They became community favorites, but their popularity skyrocketed when the supplier company Baker & Taylor named the cats as the brand’s official mascots. They even ended up with a fan club!

The book also investigates the positive influence of animals on humans, especially in an office environment. Animals are a good reminder in this time of constant technology to take a step back and live in the moment.

Read the full article here.

Can’t get enough animal love? We’ve got you covered! Check out CMLE’s previous posts about other library cats, books for cats, cats that think they are librarians, and pets that won’t let you read.

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New primary source sets

Were you scrambling for primary sources for history day projects or other curriculum needs this year? Scramble no more…next year could be different!

Minitex has announced a new resource for Minnesota Reflections users (MN Reflections is a digital collection of more than 257,000 images, maps, and documents). These primary source sets will be an online resource for students and teachers. Each focus on a historical topic and highlight the related resources available in MN Reflections. Some of the topics include American Indian boarding schools in MN, iron mining, and Fort Snelling.

These sets are intended to help develop critical thinking skills and allow students to be introduced to using and learning from primary source materials. Read the whole article here.

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Top 10 CMLE blog posts of the academic year 2016

10As the school year wraps up, we like to look back at the most popular posts or pages from the academic year. We thought you might be interested too!

  1. Makerspace madness! The top post was about the efforts of Sauk Rapids-Rice High School library surrounding makerspace programming.
  2. Our readers like to learn and keep their skills current, since our calendar of continuing education events came in second place!
  3. It’s been a busy year at CMLE, with some staffing changes taking place, and it’s clear readers like to stay updated!
  4. People were interested in learning about our event celebrating the new SCTCC library and Author event. Read the recap here.
  5. We were happy to see readers taking advantage of our Notable Dates Page! Check it out to help plan your library events or displays.
  6. The exciting news about the Scout & Morgan bookstore in Cambridge being a Top 10 finalist for the Independent Small Business Award landed it in sixth place!
  7. Another event that piqued interest was the Spring Author event with Paddy O’Brien and Erin Hart! Missed the event? Enjoy pictures and an event summary here.
  8. It’s no surprise big news from CMLE’s Executive Director Patricia Post on her retirement made the top 10!
  9. The desire of our readers to learn is clear! The calendar of Minitex Webinars and Training got many visits.
  10. And finally, who doesn’t need some humor injected into their day? Our post about funny library signs seemed to have been appreciated!
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