I like to know things.
Okay, that’s not surprising; I’m a librarian and it’s pretty much in the job description.
So it makes me happy to get nice pieces of information emailed to me on are regular basis! And one of my favorites arrives Monday thru Friday (sometimes with a bonus selection of reading recommendations on Friday!): Now I Know.
“You’ll learn things like:
The creator is Dan (spoiler: he works for Sesame Street, one of my favorite kid shows of all time!) This is his “About” page; I think you will get a good idea of how fun his daily newsletter would be to receive. Sign up yourself!
“Hi. I’m Dan. I’m a dad. And a husband.
And a Mets fan.
I can tell you how to get to Sesame Street. (Kind of.)
I have an email newsletter with more than 100,000 subscribers. It’s about trivia. Pee-Wee Herman once tweeted about it.
In 2013, I wrote a book.
My forehead is in a YouTube video with more than 20 million views.
I once had a startup, but I sold it to the founder of Wikipedia. I didn’t make nearly as much money as the press reported.
I’ve made important public statements concerning Big Bird’s bedtime.
I’ve read all of the Harry Potter books at least twice.
I can vibrate my eyes.
I’ve never eaten bacon.
I’ve tweeted over 50,000 times.
I was not in Gangs of New York.
I’ve gotten 4096 in 2048.
I’ve fed cookies to Cookie Monster.
I once started a petition which ended up with more than 150,000 signatures.
I’m a recovering lawyer.
I created a legal argument which went to the Supreme Court (and the Court rejected).
I taught a five-year-old about square roots.
I went to Tufts. And Cardozo.
I curate under-$20 gift ideas to make Secret Santa easier for people.
I’ve been the New York Mets Designated Driver of the Game three times.
In 2014, I wrote another book.
I am the Connecticut State Magic the Gathering Champion (1997) in both Limited and Standard formats. I am somewhat embarrassed by this.
Nice to meet you.
State Library Services is excited to welcome Leah Larson as our new LSTA Coordinator. Leah most recently worked for the Perpich Center at the Crosswinds Arts & Science School Library, providing resource support for faculty and students, as well as educators around the state through Perpich Outreach. She has an MLIS from the University of St. Catherine, and is a certified Minnesota K-12 media specialist. Leah taught ESL, Special Education, and Language Arts for grades 1-8 at public schools in Minnesota, Texas, and New York, and was a media specialist in Richfield prior to starting at Perpich. She has led numerous professional development workshops and cohorts for teachers and media specialists on equity in education, and literature as a lens for teaching and learning about culture. In addition to her work with LSTA, Leah will bring her school library expertise to a number of different projects. Leah can be contacted at email@example.com or 651-582-8805.
Measures that Matter Webinar: Moving Toward More Meaningful Measures
Circulation, visits, program attendance, patron satisfaction…these are some of the many measures commonly collected by public librarians. But how well do we understand what measures tell the most meaningful stories of today’s libraries? During the first webinar in the three-part Measure that Matter series, the landscape of major public library surveys was scanned, and ways to consider how library data could be used more productively in the future were considered. The second webinar explored more deeply the concepts of sampling, data types, and data management. The third webinar will look toward the future, considering what data public librarians should collect to demonstrate their impact. Speakers both within and outside the library field will provide multiple perspectives on meaningful measures. Register today to attend the webinar.
Save the Date: Capturing Imaginations, Building Skills Conference
The Minnesota STEM Network and Ignite Afterschool are teaming up again to offer their second joint conference. The two-day event November 29-30, 2017, at the University of Minnesota Continuing Education Conference Center, will bring people together to ensure every young person in Minnesota has access to high-quality STEM education and an opportunity to build 21st century skills. Join us as we investigate, connect, and advance formal and informal STEM education and workforce development. We will share registration information and the request for session proposals when they are available later this summer.
CMLE members, did you know that your public library system has a newsletter? Libraries are all about sharing information, and it’s always exciting to see what is happening at your local library!
If you are part of the GRRL system, sign up for their newsletter here.
If you are part of the ECRL system, sign up for their newsletter here.
And of course, you should sign up for CMLE’s newsletter, or follow us on social media, if you don’t already! 🙂
TO: Minnesota Libraries
FROM: State Library Services
DATE: January 23, 2017
SUBJECT: Updates from State Library Services
Updates from State Library Services
Support Kindergarten Readiness Using Minnesota’s Newly Revised ECIPs
The complete revision of Minnesota’s Early Learning Standards: The Early Childhood Indicators of Progress (ECIPs)—including parent guides in English, Hmong, Spanish, Somali, Vietnamese and Russian—are now available on the MDE website. The ECIPs provide benchmarks for parents and care providers so they can know when a child is on track and identify if a child might need additional early learning supports. The language, literacy and communications ECIPs highlight how well the Every Child Ready to Read 2 curriculum supports early literacy learning. The ECIPs can also help you enhance your early learning programing and children’s play environments to support kindergarten readiness across all of the early learning domains, including approaches to learning, math, scientific thinking, the arts, social and emotional awareness, social systems and physical movements. Contact Jackie Blagsvedt (651-582-8805) for more information.
New E-Reader Users Need Your Help
If your patrons need help downloading ebooks to their brand-new e-readers, check out this handy resource featuring step-by-step access advice for major platforms and devices. The website is an ILEAD USA project designed by librarians in Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota. For more information, please contact Emily Kissane (651-582-8508).
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