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ALA opposes new administration policies that contradict core values

As always, CMLE works to keep you informed on news around the profession. In this case, we are sharing the official American Libraries Association (ALA) stand on recent actions taken by the new administration because we want you to know what is happening, and to give you some ideas and details from your professional body. CMLE is not a political organization, but we support the values of the profession, including a free flow of information; and we always support the best libraries and the best service to our communities!

There are links you can use here to build your own advocacy skills, and of course we are always happy to help you in advocating for your library and for your community!!Talk to your legislators, and other stakeholders, to be sure your own voice is heard!

If it has been a while since you read through our professional Code of Ethics, this is a good time to do so. (We have the entire thing after the page break, for your convenience!)

The work libraries do to support their communities is important; keep reminding everyone of the value we bring! Continue reading ALA opposes new administration policies that contradict core values

Strengthening Networks, Sparking Change: Museums and Libraries as Community Catalysts

The results are in, and we have all kinds of information on strategies you can use in your library to strengthen your connection with your community!

This is a free report, from the Institute for Museum and Library Services. Not all of it will be relevant to everyone; but it would be worth taking a few minutes to flip through this file to see what kinds of ideas you might get to help you in your library. And, as an advocacy note: this is just the kind of thing you can be showing to your administration to demonstrate the value a library can bring to you!

The report can be found here.

More information is available here: Continue reading Strengthening Networks, Sparking Change: Museums and Libraries as Community Catalysts

MLA Educational Webinars

“At the MLA conference in Duluth we recorded two sessions which are now available free to members. These are the first of several webinars that will be made available to members over the course of the year. Some of these may be recording other MLA events such as the keynote at PLD or ARLD day and may expand to specific continuing education events that will be happening around our state. In most cases these continuing education events will be both in-person and online events. The brand new Continuing Education Committee is currently examining topics, locations and methods to bring these events to MLA members. This will be an additional opportunity for members to present outside of the conference. This new initiative for our members is very much in the planning stage so stay tuned!”

More with Less: Project Management for BeginnersListen Now!
Speakers: Kelly McBride, Director, Osceola Public Library and Anthony Molaro, Ph.D., Professor, St. Catherine’s University

BiblioTech – Bringing the Library to the PublicListen Now!
Laura Cole, Administrator, BiblioTech

Library Advocacy Updates from EveryLibrary

To keep our members updated on the news affecting our profession, we share material from all kinds of library organizations. This is the latest weekly newsletter from the advocacy organization EveryLibrary.

Remember: library advocacy is everyone’s job! We know the work we do is important – be sure you tell other people about it, and the work you do to serve your community!

From EveryLibrary:

It already looks like 2017 will be a daunting year for library funding and support across the country. We are disheartened to report at least two public library closures and a continued decline of school library funding and support. We are also concerned about an empowered Republican Study Committee who have proposed Federal Budgets with an agenda that includes defunding the National Endowment of the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, as well as the elimination of the Institute of Museum and Library Services which makes millions of dollars in grant money available to libraries. We will continue to see well organized institutions like the Koch Brothers funded Americans For Prosperity PAC come after libraries. That’s why we are starting this year by asking you to help us stand up against these initiatives and support our nation’s libraries.

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As you know, many library people tend to be book fans. And book fans tend to like book-related accessories.  You can find all kinds of things to go along with the books you love:

All of that is usual, and you have probably seen similar items already.

But, have you seen literary toothpaste??

It was a first for me! I saw this on Twitter, and issued a challenge there: I will buy a tube of either flavor for a CMLE member, and in return you will blog about the experience for us!

Continue reading Literary….toothpaste???