Judges Needed for MN Book Awards

Dear Library Network Contacts,


Book Awards judge applications are now being accepted for both the preliminary and final round.  Can you please help by forwarding this information to all the library contacts in your network?  Thank you for your assistance, and here are the details:


Nominations for the 21st Annual Minnesota Book Awards opened earlier this month, and I’m delighted to announce that we are now accepting applications from people interested in participating in the Book Awards by serving on a preliminary or final round judging panel. 


Applications are invited from individuals qualified and interested in judging one of the following eight award categories:  Children’s Literature, General Nonfiction, Genre Fiction, Memoir & Creative Nonfiction, Minnesota, Novel & Short Story, Poetry, and Young Adult Literature. 


The volunteer judge position descriptions and application form are available at www.thefriends.org/mba_judges.html.  Qualified applicants need not have previous judging experience to apply.  Applications are being accepted through Wednesday, October 15, 2008.


Preliminary round judge applicants should be comfortable reviewing and evaluating a large volume of books within a relatively short period of time, and need to be available to attend the judging panel session the afternoon of Saturday, January 31, 2009.  Final round judge applicants need to be available for the panel session on Saturday, March 7, 2009.


Please feel free to contact me with any questions related to the Book Awards, and be sure to visit www.thefriends.org for ongoing updates.  Thank you for your support of Minnesota authors and books.







Ann Nelson

MN Book Awards Coordinator

The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library

325 Cedar Street, Suite 555

Saint Paul, MN  55101-1055

Direct:  (651)366-6497

Main:  (651) 222-3242

Fax:  (651) 222-1988




Picturing America Grants

Schools and public libraries are invited to apply online for the second round of Picturing America, which will ship in March 2009. Picturing America is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) designed to bring masterpieces of American art into classrooms and libraries nationwide.

Online applications will be accepted through  October 31, 2008. The images in the Picturing America collection will remain the same; eligible institutions which applied during the first round will receive their Picturing America awards in fall 2008 and will not be eligible for a second award, In May 2008, 26,300 schools and public libraries were selected to received the first round of the award. ,


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 papost@stcloudstate.edu

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