Here is our state library services newsletter from January 9! Stay tuned for all kinds of good info.
Here is our state library services newsletter from January 9! Stay tuned for all kinds of good info.
The 2017 LSTA grant cycle awards have been issued! The larger, competitive awards are going to eight recipients for a total of $517,000, funding projects ranging from $32,000 to $98,000. The Early STEM Literacy in Libraries Mini Grants are being awarded to seven recipients for a total of $50,000, funding projects ranging from $2,000 to $9,000. Find more information on the State Library Services’ LSTA page, or contact Leah Larson (651-582-8604).
The 2018 tax season is right around the corner! What questions do you have about the upcoming tax season? What resources or information would be helpful for your library?
Join a tax conversation on December 13 at 11 a.m. with the Minnesota Department of Revenue and Prepare + Prosper to get your questions answered and to learn about important updates.
Although registration isn’t required, if you do register for Taxes 101, you’ll be able to submit a question in advance so the presenters can address it during the webinar.
For further information, please contact Emily Kissane (651-582-8508). Continue reading Updates from State Library Services
We are pleased to make available our recently approved LSTA 2018-2022 Five-Year Plan. An overarching focus of the plan is to connect Minnesotans with information and resources through libraries, and we’re looking forward to working with libraries and other partners to achieve our goals. The plan identifies areas for competitive grant-making as well as statewide initiatives. Please don’t hesitate to contact Jen Nelson (651-582-8791) if you’d like more information about the new plan.
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency created a tabletop version of “Your Resilient Community,” a part of their popular Eco Experience State Fair exhibit, and they are partnering with State Library Services to lend the exhibit to libraries.
The interactive exhibit comes with a portable table, eco-themed booklist, and button maker with templates for a fun, hands-on activity. We’re working with Minitex to deliver the exhibit, so all you need to do is set it up – instructions are provided.
Libraries may have the exhibit for four to six weeks, and we’ll try to work around your schedule. Please contact Emily Kissane (651-582-8508) if you are interested in hosting Your Resilient Community.
Summer learning programs help ensure that youth retain critical academic skills they acquired during the school year through reading and learning activities over the school break. State Library Services sent on online survey intended to collect information about how Minnesota’s public libraries implement and measure summer learning programs for youth to all Minnesota public libraries in September. More than half (55 percent) completed the voluntary survey. Thank you!
All but a few of the responding libraries (96 percent) offered summer learning programs for youth in 2017 and incorporated learning activities other than reading into their summer programs. Most offered programs for youth of all ages—preschoolers (91 percent), elementary school students (99 percent) and teens (81 percent). The most popular program components included incentives, collateral materials such as reading records, and public performances and events.
A significant majority of libraries (82 percent) partner with other community organizations for their summer learning programs. The most common partners include schools, childcare organizations, businesses, local government, and nonprofit organizations. Half (50 percent) of libraries developed programs and activities that addressed the needs of youth most in need of learning opportunities during the summer school break. Youth living in lower-income households and ethnic or minority youth were the most frequently targeted groups.
IMLS Labs, a new tool from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), allows you to search funded Grants to States projects across all states (from FY2014 and FY2015), refine your results by faceted options from within the State Program Reports, and export them in CSV or text-based formats. Visit the site to learn more about what we did here in Minnesota, and see what other states are accomplishing with their federal funding. Information and ideas abound!
The Public Library Association (PLA) is partnering with the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office to present a webinar on the benefits of using outcome data to improve and support library programming. On Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017, 1-2 p.m., learn how to use Project Outcome data for programming decisions and improvements, funding requests, measuring against strategic priorities, and advocating for the impact your programs and services have on the community. Participants will hear real library examples and have the opportunity to ask questions. Register for the free Project Outcome Data webinar today; space is limited.
Keep the Lights On Afterschool for Minnesota’s Youth
October 26 is the 18th annual Lights On Afterschool (LoA), a day for afterschool programs across the country and Minnesota to celebrate the role afterschool programs play in the lives of youth, families, and communities. Library partnerships between afterschool programs and libraries is a major theme for LoA this year.
Ignite Afterschool is partnering with the Weisman Art Museum for a special event in the Twin Cities on Thursday, October 26, 3:30-6 p.m. Register today for the Lights On Afterschool Weisman Art Museum event—or better yet, volunteer at the event. Ignite Afterschool is seeking volunteers for two shifts: 1) Shift A: 3-4:30 p.m. 2) Shift B: 4:30-6 p.m. Contact Matt Ramirez at Ignite Afterschool for more information or to volunteer.
YALSA is awarding twenty $1,000 grants to support libraries’ efforts to reach underserved teens over the summer months, as well as another twenty $1,000 grants to support hiring teen interns over the summer. Visit YALSA’s summer learning webpage to learn more and apply.
Your library can apply to participate in Becoming American: A Documentary Film and Discussion Series on Our Immigration Experience, a six-week public program featuring documentary film screenings and scholar-led discussions designed to encourage an informed discussion of immigration issues against the backdrop of our immigration history.
The project will provide participating organizations (libraries, museums, historical societies, and cultural centers) with DVDs of carefully selected, compelling documentary films; discussion guidelines; original essays by eminent immigration scholars; extensive resource guides; and web support including training in how to organize, promote and run the series successfully.
In addition, each of the 32 nonprofit organizations selected to implement Becoming American will receive a cash award of $1,300 for project expenses. Participating institutions are expected to offer this six-week program sometime during the period June 1, 2018, and May 31, 2019. Guidelines and applications are available on the Becoming American website. The application deadline is December 1, 2017.
New Digital Exhibit from the Kerlan Collection
Children’s Book Art: Techniques and Media is the newest digital asset in the Kerlan Children’s Literature Research Collections’ digital exhibits project. The exhibit showcases art from the Kerlan Collection, and provides an invaluable resource for anyone interested in exploring the world of illustration through the artistic techniques employed by the country’s most popular illustrators.
The Kerlan Collection at the University of Minnesota Archives and Special Collections is one of the leading repositories of rare books, process art, and manuscripts of children’s literature. The collection includes rare volumes of Mother Goose from the 1800s as well as works by contemporary creators like Jane Yolen, Sharon Creech, Christopher Paul Curtis, and Melissa Sweet. The University of Minnesota Libraries’ mission is to share these riches with teachers of children, youth services librarians, teachers of teachers, students of creative writing and art, and anyone who is interested in the craft of making children’s books. Check out all of the Kerlan’s digital exhibits on the University of Minnesota website.
Following last fall’s Early STEM Literacy training workshops presented around the state by the Science Museum of Minnesota, we set out to determine the best way to support early STEM literacy programs and activities in libraries. We identified a mini grant opportunity as the best way to do this. An estimated $50,000 is available to fund grant proposals ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 to help libraries offer programs and services to increase early STEM literacy capacity and programming in libraries.
The grant period is estimated to start on November 1, 2017, and end September 30, 2018. Please note that this is slightly shorter than a year due to a delay in federal funds.
To learn more about our current LSTA grant opportunities, please attend an upcoming grant guidance webinar on Tuesday, August 8, 1-2 p.m. There is no need to pre-register; just click on the link to attend. (Call-in toll-free number: 1-888-742-5095, Conference Code: 492 064 9083). Grant applications and instructions are available on the Minnesota Department of Education’s Grants Management site. Visit the LSTA webpage or contact Leah Larson (651-582-8604) for more information.
We are looking for reviewers for both grant opportunities to read and score applications and participate in a half-day review discussion (which may not be needed for the Early STEM Literacy in Libraries Mini Grants). Please contact Leah Larson (651-582-8604) for more information if you are interested.
State Library Services is pleased to announce that applications for the 2017 Library Construction Grant program are now available. The program provides public libraries with funding for renovation, construction, and improvement projects that result in more accessible library facilities. Projects may:
The 2017 Minnesota Legislature allocated a total of $2,000,000 to the program, and those funds are available for competitive grant awards.
Application forms and instructions are available on the Minnesota Department of Education’s Grants Management site. Scroll to Library Construction Grant opportunity. Completed applications are due Friday, September 29, 2017.
An informational webinar will be scheduled shortly and will be announced via the SLS listserv.
Staff from State Library Services, Minitex, local school media centers, and more will team up to present about Ebooks Minnesota through a free ALA-sponsored webinar, Community Reading Platform: Transforming Libraries, Impacting the Classroom, on Wednesday, August 2 at 1 p.m. During the webinar we will showcase usage data, discuss trends, and hear stories about how the project is re-envisioning how simple public and school library collaboration can be in a model that works for everyone, including publishers. Register today to attend the ALA webinar.
Libraries now have an additional way to give their patrons access to Ebooks Minnesota: Minitex has MARC records available for the collection. Please let Minitex know how you’d like the content by completing this brief Ebooks Minnesota survey. They’ll provide you with information about accessing the records in a way that best suits your needs. For more information about the MARC records, please contact Minitex. For more information about Ebooks Minnesota, please contact Emily Kissane (651-582-8508).
Join staff from the USCIS Office of Citizenship for an exciting learning opportunity August 16-17 at the Baker Center at Cherokee Heights Elementary in St. Paul. Bridges to Citizenship Summer Institute is a no-cost two-day event to provide librarians and adult ESL, EL/Civics, and citizenship teachers with information on the naturalization process, free materials for the library and adult education classroom, practical ideas to enhance library and adult education services to immigrants, and more. Register for Bridges to Citizenship Summer Institute by August 8, 2017. For more information, contact Jennifer Kuylen, Community Relations Officer, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
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.
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.