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Recap of Minitex ILL Conference

trendsThis year was the 25th anniversary of this annual conference, and a festive atmosphere was definitely in the air. Just when I thought I may need to fetch more caffeine, Lee Rainie took the stage for the opening keynote, which worked better than caffeine! He was brisk and energetic, yet thoughtful about the future of libraries. He admitted libraries (and much of society) is going through a disheartening, disruptive time, and that no one has the playbook yet . He also said we need leaders, that there are declining levels of trust in much of society. Not so much for librarians, who are regarded as friends in most networks, which makes me proud to be a librarian. Some key points I noted:

According to Rainie, there are six big puzzles for us to solve:

  1. What’s the future of personal enrichment, entertainment and knowledge?
  2. What are the future pathways to knowledge?
  3. What’s the future of public technology and community anchor institutions?
  4. What’s the future of learning spaces?
  5. What is the future of attention?
  6. Where do you fit in ALA’s Confronting the Future report? (30 pgs.) According to this report…”In order for libraries to be successful, they must make strategic choices in four distinct dimensions, each consisting of a continuum of choices that lies between two extremes. Collectively, the choices a library makes along each of the four dimensions create a vision that it believes will enable it to best serve its patrons” (see pg. 21 to see the four dimensions)

The program moved on to Katie Birch from OCLC as she dipped her toe into the past and the future of ILL. Interesting factoid: Year to date, When Breath Becomes Air is the most requested OCLC interlibrary loan title!

Participants were able to choose from three breakout session; I chose the Ignite sessions and was not disappointed! I learned lots.

Valerie Horton wrapped up the day with her thought provoking talk, Skating on the Bleeding Edge. She described innovation as the process of discovery. She also encouraged us to accept failure, that it is indeed the norm of experimentation. According to current business literature, employers are looking for people who can say, “I failed and I learned!” She concluded with a few additional facts: The next trend is “messy”, and we have to accept that we don’t know the right answers. Accept messy structures, partnering can be messy and frustrating. And, if you are burnt out and exhausted, you cannot reflect, think well, or innovate!

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Come to the "new library" celebration & author talk event

Jessica Lourey
Author Jess Lourey

CMLE staff think May 5th (Cinco de Mayo) is a perfect day to celebrate!  Come join us  at the St. Cloud Technical and Community College (SCTCC) for a fun and affordable program. We are pleased to partner with Vi Bergquist, SCTCC Library Director and the SCTCC library staff in offering this event. The layout of the day includes:

— Author talk by Jess Lourey
— A Minitex trainer will do a Show n Tell of the newly unveiled eBooks MN
— Tours of the new library
— Tasty food and drink prepared by the school’s culinary program in honor of Cinco de Mayo!

Who: All academic, K-12, public, and special library staff are welcome

What: Library tours, author talk by Jess Lourey, eBooks Minnesota Show n Tell, and of course festive food and drink to celebrate the bright future of this new Central MN Library.

When: Thursday, May 5, 2016 from 4 – 6:30 pm (event starts with author talk)

Where: SCTCC Library (this is the Green & White Building, formerly the CentraCare Heartland Clinic), which is slightly separate from the main campus building – 1520 Whitney Court, St. Cloud MN 56303.

Parking: Free in surface lots right outside the door, but download this parking pass for inside your car.

Cost: $5

Register Now!  Attendance will be capped at 32; please register early. Update: Jess Lourey’s publisher is giving a free book to each attendee.

We hope to see you there!


Promote AskMN.org to students

ASKmnLogofull3Students should always have access to a reference librarian when they need help. One school librarian cannot possibly help all students all of the time, right? A smart, strategic Rochester school librarian (Ellen Range) has done a fantastic job of putting together a post on AskMN for her teachers to learn about the service and tells them how to introduce students to this wonderful resource.

Ellen has produced a video and helpful step-by-step information about how to use this “24/7 chat with a librarian” service. Take a look to see what Ellen has shared.

Leap into the new "public" face of eBooks Minnesota!

ebooks minnesotaMinitex is pleased to announce the official public launch of Ebooks Minnesota. Peruse 2,500 titles in the collection at EbooksMN.org.

Ebooks MN is now available at elm4you.org and MnKnows.org. It will be available through MnLINK later in the year. You are encouraged to add it to your web pages at this time, with helpful “how to” information at EbooksMN.org/about.

Get more information including videos, tutorials, poster and bookmark order information, a feedback form, and information about publishers here.


Free webinar about eBooks Minnesota

ebooks minnesotaIn a recent post, we shared the good news about the current “preview mode” stage of the development of eBooks Minnesota. All Minnesota library staff are encouraged to test it out before it goes live to the public on February 29th. Missed this earlier post?  Click here to get up to speed.

Minitex is now offering library staff an opportunity to learn more….

“This webinar (Wednesday, February 17) will provide a detailed overview of Ebooks Minnesota and the BiblioBoard Library platform. Attendees will gain an understanding of the parameters and focus of the project and see a demonstration of the navigation and content on BiblioBoard, the PatronsFirst mobile library. Nick Banitt, head of the Ebooks Minnesota Working Group, will be there to answer your questions.”  Register for this webinar now!