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.

MN Book Award Winners!

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The Minnesota Book Awards is a Capital City project, led by The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library, in consortium with the Saint Paul Public Library and the Mayor’s Office of the City of Saint Paul.



Marquette Financial Companies

Meyer, Scherer and Rockcastle, Ltd.

Minnesota Department of Education—State Library Services

Pioneer Press

Saint Paul Cultural STAR

Wellington Management, Inc.

Xcel Energy



Anonymous Donor

The Harlan Boss Foundation for the Arts

Huss Foundation

The Katherine B. Andersen Fund of The Saint Paul Foundation

Sit Investment Associates

Media Sponsors

Minnesota Public Radio

The Rake

Saint Paul Neighborhood Network

TPT-MN Channel


Barnes & Noble Booksellers

Library Networks for Literature – A Project of the Public Programs Office of the American Library Association

Metropolitan Library Service Agency

Minnesota Center for Book Arts

Minnesota Educational Media Organization

Minnesota Library Association

Minnesota Library Foundation

Red Balloon Bookshop

Minnesota Book Awards presented tonight – winners announced here first!

The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library is pleased to announce the winners of the 20th annual Minnesota Book Awards. In addition to winners in eight categories, the Book Awards presented the Readers’ Choice Award, which was selected by over 7,000 voters from across Minnesota. More than 700 people attended the gala award ceremony on Saturday, April 12, hosted by Cathy Wurzer of Minnesota Public Radio and TPT. Announced at the gala, the winners of the 2008 Minnesota Book Awards are:

Award for Children’s Literature
Sponsored by Xcel Energy:

Lynne Jonell – Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat
Published by Henry Holt and Company

When Emmy discovers that she and her parents are being drugged with rat potions by her horrid nanny, Miss Barmy, she and her animal friends must foil the dastardly plot. Readers will enjoy the clashes between Emmy and the mischievous rat in this whimsical adventure.


Award for General Nonfiction
Sponsored by Meyer, Scherer & Rockcastle, Ltd.:

Charles Baxter – The Art of Subtext: Beyond Plot
Published by Graywolf Press*

Acclaimed writer and essayist Charles Baxter explores the hidden overtones and undertones in fictional work. As the author explains, “A novel is not a summary of its plot but a collection of instances, of luminous specific details that take us in the direction of the unsaid and the unseen.” Baxter teaches at the University of Minnesota.

Award for Genre Fiction:
William Kent Krueger – Thunder Bay
Published by Atria Books/Simon & Schuster

The seventh book in the Cork O’Connor series takes the protagonist into Canada where he attempts to locate the son his friend, the Ojibwe healer Henry Meloux, fathered several years ago. Reuniting the two proves more dangerous than anyone predicted. William Kent Krueger, winner of last year’s Genre Fiction Award, lives in St. Paul.

Award for Memoir & Creative Nonfiction
Sponsored by Wellington Management, Inc.:
Patricia Hampl – The Florist’s Daughter
Published by Harcourt

In her most personal book to date, St. Paul author Patricia Hampl revisits her childhood as she experiences her mother’s death. Daughter of a Czech father whose floral work gave him entrée to high society, and a distrustful Irishwoman with an uncanny ability to tell a tale, Hampl paints a picture of herself as someone who remained a devoted daughter well into adulthood.

Award for Minnesota
Sponsored by Marquette Financial Companies:
Doug Hoverson – Land of Amber Waters:

The History of Brewing in Minnesota
Published by the University of Minnesota Press*

Starting with Minnesota’s first brewery in 1849, Doug Hoverson, a certified beer judge and award-winning homebrewer, tells the story of the state’s beer industry from small-town breweries to larger companies such as Schell’s and Grain Belt. The book also highlights the vibrant beer culture of today including a new wave of breweries and brewpubs.

Award for Novel & Short Story:
Wang Ping – The Last Communist Virgin
Published by Coffee House Press*

From the restaurants of New York’s Chinatown to the retail emporium of Bergdorf Goodman, and from remote Chinese military outposts to the streets of Beijing, Wang Ping’s stories open a window into the rapid transformations of an ancient culture. Born in Shanghai, the author currently teaches at Macalester College.


Award for Poetry:
Deborah Keenan – Willow Room, Green Door
Published by Milkweed Editions*

Written over the course of three decades, this collection presents a body of work addressing themes of love and rage; vulnerability and authority; and distraction and focus. In this collection, the reader gets a sense of inhabiting the world with the poet, of walking through time, both historical and personal.


Award for Young Adult Literature:
Will Weaver – Defect
Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux

David was born with different features than other people. Some are apparent to others, such as his hearing aids and misshapen face. Others are secret, terrifying to some and magical to others. Will Weaver has written many notable young adult novels as well as the short story on which the movie Sweet Land was based.

The Readers’ Choice Award
Sponsored by Pioneer Press and
Jill Kalz – Farmer Cap
Published by Picture Window Books*

Eccentric Farmer Cap plants crops like spaghetti and popsicles. The other farmers laugh at him, but a spectacular harvest causes them to rethink their traditional views. This is the fourth book in Jill Kalz’s Pfeffernut County series. The author has written nearly 50 children’s books and lives in New Ulm.

* Indicates a Minnesota-based publisher

At the Book Awards gala on April 12, Don Leeper also received the previously announced Kay Sexton Award, for his lifelong contributions to Minnesota’s literary community. Founder and president of BookMobile (formerly Stanton Publications Services), Leeper has fostered the literary community for over 25 years with his design and production service, visionary capability and relationships with local and national publishers. The Award is sponsored by Barnes & Noble Booksellers.

Also presented was the first annual Book Artist Award, co-sponsored by Minnesota Center for Book Arts (MCBA). The award, presented to Jody Williams, recognizes a Minnesota book artist for excellence throughout a body of work, as well as significant contributions to Minnesota’s book arts community. Williams’ work is currently being shown at St. Paul’s Central Library, 90 W. 4th St., through April 20.

Books written by a Minnesotan and first published in 2007 were eligible for the 20th annual Minnesota Book Awards. 250 books were nominated for awards this year, and 32 books were selected as finalists. The winners were chosen by panels of judges from the list of finalists. Nominations for next year’s Awards will open in early fall, 2008. For more information on the Book Awards process, and a complete list of finalists and winners since 1988, visit The Friends website,, and click on the Minnesota Book Awards icon.

The Book Awards gala will be broadcast on the TPT-MN Channel in late May or early June. Check your local listings for the channel, date and time of broadcast.

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