“Dear Minnesota Library Supporter,
This year the annual Minnesota Library Association conference will be held in Rochester, MN on October 5-6. We expect the conference to be attended by hundreds of librarians, trustees, exhibitors, and Friends of Libraries from across Minnesota.
This year’s conference theme is Radical Librarianship – the power of libraries to provide access to the truth, strengthen our community voices, create opportunity for exploration and innovation, and assist our patrons to build a better future.
The Minnesota Library Foundation’s mission is “to benefit the community by raising and distributing funds to enhance the services and increase public awareness of Minnesota libraries.” Some of the ways that the money raised by the Silent Auction has been given back to the greater Minnesota library community have included:
- helping libraries recover from disasters
- sponsoring the MILE Leadership Institute
- supporting the Minnesota Book Awards
- providing small grants to libraries across the state
Continue reading Minnesota Libraries are in need of radical support in 2017
Save the date! The 2017 Minnesota Library Association (MLA) Conference will be held October 5th and 6th at the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester, Minnesota. Our theme this year is Radical Librarianship – the power of libraries to provide access to the truth, strengthen our community voices, create opportunity for exploration and innovation, and assist our patrons to build a better future.
We hope you will consider joining us for this conference. It’s going to be a terrific event, attended by library staff from across Minnesota. Participating in the conference is a great opportunity to showcase how your organization supports the radical work of Minnesota’s libraries. Below are several opportunities for your organization to take advantage of in Rochester:
Continue reading MLA: Exhibitor, Sponsor and Advertising Registration Now Open!
ARLD Day Pre-Conference Workshop
When: 4/27/2017, 1-5pm
Where: Maplewood Public Library, Community Program Room
Description: Unsure about how to move ahead with the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy at your institution? Join the Minnesota Library Association Instruction Roundtable (IRT) for an interactive workshop designed to help you plan the next steps for your instruction program or individual teaching practice. This workshop is an opportunity to learn more about the rationale and philosophy behind the Framework, draw from the frames to develop student learning outcomes and assessment tools, discuss using the Framework for faculty outreach, and find out how other Minnesota librarians are putting the Framework into practice. After the workshop, attendees will be invited to participate in IRT’s ACRL Framework “23 Things” online program, an opportunity to utilize and implement the Framework through readings and activities while sharing your progress with colleagues across Minnesota.
Continue reading Let’s Build Together: Minnesota Librarians Implementing the ACRL Information Literacy Framework
Do you need some suggestions on important ideas to talk about with your legislators and other stakeholders? We have them right here! Remember: Legislative Day is Feb. 22. If you can’t attend in person, send an email to be sure your legislator knows about the important work you are doing in libraries!!
The Minnesota Library Association (MLA) and the Information
and Technology Educators of Minnesota (ITEM) support state funding for the following programs that sustain library services in Minnesota:
Continue reading Advocacy: The 2017 MLA/ITEM Legislative Platform
CMLE continues to serve as your sources for news around the profession. There are a lot of changes happening nationally that affect libraries, and library activities and missions. We are sharing information from our professional organizations with you to help you sort through ideas for yourself, and to have professional information to share with your stakeholders.
Sharing information freely, and understanding the value of valid and reliable resources as part of information literacy, are cornerstones of our professional work. These are issues we deal with every day in the library. Any changes to these core ideas are a problem for us, and we want to be able to address them.
People sometimes ask what kinds of things would be appropriate topics for library advocacy. Certainly anything you feel impacts your work in libraries, or libraries across the country, would be very appropriate to discuss! You should feel empowered to talk with your legislators (local, state, and federal) to share your experiences and your views. (If you want to practice an elevator speech, or having another set of eyes look at an email draft – CMLE is here to help you!)
Read on for the MLA statement: Continue reading Statement from MLA President Amy Boese