Digital Learning Objects survey

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Does your library use Digital Learning Objects (videos, podcasts, tutorials, etc.) as part of your instruction program? We are interested in what motivates the decision to re-use an existing DLO or to create a new one, and we’d love to hear from you. We are running a survey aimed at anyone involved with developing or using DLOs for library instruction. This survey should not take longer than 30 minutes and has been IRB approved by Marquette University (WI). You can find the survey at the following link:

This survey will close on March 31, 2017.

If you have any questions about this research project, please contact Heather James (, Elizabeth Gibes (, or Eric Kowalik (

Thank you for considering!

Heather James

Coordinator, Scholarly Communication & Digital Programs

Raynor Memorial Libraries

Marquette University


What teen magazines are you offering?

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A library person recently asked about the most popular teen/YA magazines. There were a lot of answers, so we are sharing them with you here. Feel free to add in some of the magazines that are popular in your library!

    • Teen Vogue
    • Alternative Press
    • Game Informer
    • Girl’s Life
    • ​Mad
    • ​Otaku USA
    • Seventeen
    • Transworld Skateboarding
    • J-14 (formerly Twist)
    • Otaku USA
    • Game Informer
    • Rolling Stone
    • Sports Illustrated
    • Cicada
    • Sesi
    • Justine
    • X-Box the Official Magazine
    • Scholastic Art

A few comic suggestions

  • Avengers
  • Batman
  • Spiderman
  • Star Wars
  • Superman
  • Teen Titans
  • Ultimates
  • X-men

Teen cooking program suggestions!

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These are suggestions for teen cooking programs from assorted libraries – but they could easily be done for all ages! The library people running these programs report they get a very good turnout; so might be a fun (potentially messy – never wrong) way to bring some new life into your programming.

Note: If your library does cooking programs, know that the CMLE HQ staff is ready and willing (even eager!) to come help with the taste testing! (And if you were not planning to include taste testers – we still volunteer!)

  • Teen Iron Chef
  • Cupcake Wars
  • Cake Boss
  • Fruit Bouquets
  • Stranger Things Cookie Bake-Off ( teens stop by the teen room to pick up a mystery ingredient that they have to incorporate into their cookies; since our theme is Stranger Things/80’s, we’ll be asking teens to use ingredients like Marshmallow Fluff, Teddy Grahams, and other snack foods that were released in the 80’s)
  • Make pasta from scratch – with rolling pins, the way my grandmother made it, not with a machine
  • A culinary school near by and the owner and an assistant (possibly student) came and did a pizza making program
  • Hunger Games Cornucopia themed food program where teens had to rush into the Cornucopia and grab an unmarked bag. They then had a certain amount of time to create a food creation using all of the ingredient.

CMLE socializes!

CMLE is constantly working to build connections across our system! And our regular social dinner gatherings are a great way to help people meet up and build your networks!

As you can see, we had a great time visiting Old Chicago. Several of us had dessert; we just couldn’t tear ourselves away!

We will have a poll up soon for our next day and location. Be thinking about where you would like to gather in early May! Feel free to add any suggestions in the comments, or email to us.

Let the world know what angry librarians are like!

CMLE members: it’s time!

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We get a pittance of money at all levels to provide an extraordinary amount of services to our communities – and our federal money is being threatened. Our federal money is threatened, our federal office is threatened – and our libraries will suffer!

DO NOT STAND FOR THIS! Let the world know just how valuable libraries are, and about the work that you do!! Let’s NOT just sit passively and quietly as our structures are dismantled, and our organizations ruined!!

Be proud of yourself, and of your library!

Our work is important – and should not be devalued and defunded!!

Even if your library does not directly receive money from IMLS, you receive services through the state from IMLS. Losing our federal agency – the only voice our profession has in the federal government – will be a disastrous blow to us.

In 2016, Minnesota received $2,732,686 from IMLS. That money goes to individual libraries in LSTA grants, and helps support  statewide programs and services we all use. Let’s not let this go!

Read this press release from the Young Adult library services association of ALA, and DO SOMETHING today!!


If you have other questions, or want to talk about emails you can send, phone calls you can make, or other things you can do to, you can always reach out to us here at CMLE Headquarters! We are here to support you, and the work you do for your community. Continue reading Let the world know what angry librarians are like!

We support libraries!