Minitex is calling on all Minnesota library employees (from public, academic, special, or K-12 libraries) to submit their creative work to be included in a Pressbook.
Do you write short fiction, poetry, or create art? Send it in to Minitex to be included in the project! (And check out our Libraries After Dark page: we love featuring creative library people on our website too!)
From their website:
“The two goals of this project:
- To showcase the great talent that we have in our community;
- To learn how to create a Pressbook and teach others in the library community how to do it!
We will accept all submissions provided that they are your original works, and that they have not been published or performed for profit in other venues.
- Formatting requirements for text: Microsoft Word
- Formatting requirements for images: JPG, PNG, or GIF. 250 KB maximum size, 300 dpi.
The anthology will be an open Pressbook publication made available on the Pressbook platform. If not otherwise stated, all submissions will be granted a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International license.”
Don’t miss the deadline: Friday December 15th, 2017!
Please contact Rachel Wexelbaum (Collection Management Librarian, St Cloud State University) at firstname.lastname@example.org or Bridget Reistad, Librarian, Lake Superior College at email@example.com with questions or submissions.
Reflection on 26th Annual Minitex Interlibrary Loan Conference
Access Department – ILL
As a result of attending this event, can you identify and explain a few things you can use/apply to your work or practice?
Several of the things I took away from the Keynote speaker were:
- That the library needs to not just be welcoming to employees but that it should look welcoming when you first enter the building
- To say “yes, and” to show that you understand what someone is saying instead of “no, but” when we can’t do exactly what the patron is asking.
- An analysis of personality styles.
Our library had a very ‘sterile’ atmosphere when you first enter the building and a few years ago we put in an electric fireplace and some comfortable seating in the front. It is one of the busiest areas of the library now, which proves the idea of being welcoming. I am looking forward to trying the more positive approach of using ‘yes and’ as opposed to ‘no but’ when helping my patrons. The personality types analysis will be very helpful too when dealing with difficult personalities.
The session on statistics by the Minitex Director was very interesting too. Our library web page will need some work so that its format adjusts to any type of device for ease of use. She also talked about 18-24 year olds reporting ‘digital fatigue’ so our idea that students want everything electronically will need to be reevaluated.
We were also informed of some improvements to WorldShare that I will be using immediately upon returning to work in Interlibrary Loan.
Access Department – ILL
From Minitex news, by Beth Staats
” Minnesota Libraries Publishing Project and Pressbooks
If you missed the introductory webinar on the Minnesota Libraries Publishing Project (MLPP) and Pressbooks you can view the recorded webinar. The MLPP provides online publishing tools and training information to support independent authors and small publishers in the state. It’s available to all Minnesotans in hopes of promoting experimentation with self-publishing. Pressbooks uses geolocated IP authentication. Users must create an account to create, access, and save their book files. To find out how a fellow librarian and author is using Pressbooks take a look at this recent Minitex News article.”
Were you scrambling for primary sources for history day projects or other curriculum needs this year? Scramble no more…next year could be different!
Minitex has announced a new resource for Minnesota Reflections users (MN Reflections is a digital collection of more than 257,000 images, maps, and documents). These primary source sets will be an online resource for students and teachers. Each focus on a historical topic and highlight the related resources available in MN Reflections. Some of the topics include American Indian boarding schools in MN, iron mining, and Fort Snelling.
These sets are intended to help develop critical thinking skills and allow students to be introduced to using and learning from primary source materials. Read the whole article here.
Image Credit: http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/