On December 13th, ARLD sponsored a dialogue, “Mindfulness in the Library,” hosted by Jenny Sippel at Minneapolis Community & Technical College Library. Thirteen participants discussed ways to use mindfulness in the academic environment through observing thoughts and feelings without judgment. They shared suggestions for implementing mindfulness in library instruction sessions and in reference interviews, and recommended various apps, books, and articles on the topic of mindfulness. Sippel also gave a tour of MCTC's new Meditation Room.
The first meeting of the year for the new MLA board took place on January 17. Topics of discussion included the legislative platform and the transition to a new management association.
Legislative Committee Chair Jim Weikum reported that the telecommunications plank was changed. Regional public library systems decided not to seek an increase in RLTA. However, the plank still includes a TEA increase for K-12 schools.
The other significant change was the eBooks plank. The legislative committee finalized the wording to read: “The Minnesota Library Association and the Minnesota Educational Media Organization encourage the State of Minnesota to pursue an investigation of the wide variance of pricing in eBooks for libraries as compared to individuals, and an exploration of possible remedies to this uneven and discriminatory sales model.” The board approved the legislative platform as presented. You can review our Legislative Documents here.
The other main point of discussion was the transition to a new management association. Claire Wilson of Management-HQ reported that work continues with Ampere! on financials and the MLA website. Once the new website is complete the front end will look the same but the back end will be hosted by “Your Membership,” which provides more comprehensive services. The new website is expected to be finished before the end of February.
Mark your calendars; ARLD Day is coming soon! Join the Academic and Research Libraries Division on April 25, 2014 as we explore “The Creative Library” at the beautiful University of Minnesota Arboretum in Chanhassen. Registration information will be available in March.
Our keynote speaker, Barry Kudrowitz, is Assistant Professor of Product Design at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. He is a designer, teacher, author, artist, and musician: a real Renaissance man. He wowed MILE attendees with his presentation on innovation, and plans to engage us with the interaction of observation, problem finding, and the innovative process.
In the meantime, watch for ARLD’s call for conference session proposals, in both full-length and “lightning round” formats. In addition we are seeking nominations for the Innovator’s Award which recognizes librarians or project teams who have made an outstanding recent contribution to advance the mission of an academic library in Minnesota.
The organizers of the Lake Superior Libraries Symposium (LSLS) invite breakout session and poster presentation proposals for our third annual conference to be held on June 6, 2014 at the University of Minnesota Duluth.
“Bridges,” the 2014 theme, reflects more than a move across the water to a new location–it highlights the creative approaches and partnerships happening in and among libraries. Successful breakout session and poster presentations will be applicable to many types of libraries and showcase effective and innovative practices. Sixty-minute breakout sessions should include 10-15 minutes of question and answer.
Panel presentations, particularly those representing a diversity of library types, sizes, and/or locations, are strongly encouraged.
All presenters will receive a discounted registration rate of $25.
Presenters will be notified of acceptance in early April. For questions about proposals and submissions, please contact Kim Pittman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here’s a quick snapshot of upcoming MLA and other professional events you may be interested in attending. Check Upcoming Events for further details.
- Wednesday and Thursday, March 19-20: Library Technology Conference in St. Paul
- Friday, April 25: ARLD Day 2014 in Chaska
- Friday, June 6: Lake Superior Libraries Symposium in Duluth
- Wednesday and Thursday, October 8-9: MLA’s 2014 Annual Conference in Mankato