New WebJunction!

WebJunction, the online learning community for librarians and library staff, has launched a new social and learning experience in close collaboration with partners in 15 state libraries. The new site builds on the deep repository of helpful content, relevant courses and active discussions that have been the hallmark of WebJunction since 2003.

The new capabilities make it easier for librarians and staff to:

  • Connect with friends, peers and colleagues from across the library community using powerful new social tools such as friends, public profiles, groups, discussions, tagging and recommendations;
  • Create their own content, conversations and spontaneous communities with fast, fun and easy-to-use tools;
  • Learn the skills they need to thrive in their careers with new and more flexible online courses covering general business, technical and library skills, complimented by powerful social and learning management tools that add depth to the experience.

Originally launched in 2003 with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, OCLC and partners from across the library community, WebJunction has grown to over 30,000 registered members, delivered thousands of courses and become a vibrant partner and community.

North Star Consortium New Member Training

If you have been reading our Exchanger newsletter, you are aware that our CMLE members now have the opportunity to join the North Star Library Consortium, which uses Destiny library management software. We have 20 new sites joining the consortium in August, and those participants will need to attend the following training.

 Two-Day Basic Destiny Training

Tuesday and Wednesday, Aug 19th and 20th , 2008

Sartell High School,

748 7th St. No.Sartell, MN  56377

9:00am – 4:00pm each day


Who Should Come? New Consortium members who have migrated to the North Star Library Consortium during July-August of 2008.  We will have some schools from the CMLE region and others from the Northern Lights Library Network region in this round of activity. Each school in a district may send one person to this event (one person must be your designated local Destiny Administrator) . Both days of this training are required  to receive support on Destiny software. Follett will have your data ready for use in this hands-on training, where you will work on your settings and privileges using your own data.


Lodging:Anyone who needs to come the night before or stay overnight, can call to reserve a room at AmericInn in Sartell, MN. Call 320-259-0877 or 800-396-5007.



            119 LeSauk Dr.

            Sartell, MN  56377


Refreshments: Lunch will be provided each day at no cost to you.


Questions? Contact Patricia Post at

Grant Opportunity

From eSN“Tools for Schools” for 6/24/08:

Fri, Jun 13, 2008
Richard Riley Award
$10,000 for schools that are community learning centers

 Primary Topic Channel: Grants

Sometimes referred to as “community learning centers,” schools that serve as centers of community provide a rich array of social, civic, recreational and artistic opportunities to the broader community, often clustering educational and municipal buildings together. These additional services and opportunities often improve student achievement and help maximize local tax dollars. The winning school will be a center of community that demonstrates innovative design ideas and helps promote student achievement.

Contact Information

Contact Website: http://www.nationalschoolsearc…

 NOTE:  Applications accepted through July 25, 2008

Grant Opportunity

From eSN“Tools for Schools” for 6/11/08:

Thu, May 29, 2008
2008 Technology Grants for Rural Schools program
Technology grants for schools in rural areas

The Technology Grants for Rural Schools program was created to help meet the growing need for innovative technology in the classroom. The grants are funded by a donation from the Rural Telephone Finance Cooperative (RTFC) and strive to help public schools in rural areas served by OPASTCO members bring modern computers to every classroom, connect schools to the information superhighway and make sure that effective and engaging software and online resources are an integral part of the school curriculum.

Contact Information

Contact Website:

From the website: Applications are due into the FRED officeon or before September 13, 2008

Eligibility Requirements

1.     Must be a public k-12 school

2.     Must be in the service area of an OPASTCO telephone company

OPASTCO is an association for small independent telephone companies throughout the United States and Canada.

To find out if you are in the service area of an OPASTCO member contact your local telephone company.

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