March 2014:  In This Issue
Academic Innovators Award Call for Nominations
Small and Rural Libraries Round Table
ARLD Day 2014: Call for Session Proposals
Tomes on Tap Book Club
Children and Young People's Section Unconference
Reader's Advisory Spring Retreat
MLA Board Meeting Recap
2014 Calendar

Academic Innovators Award Call for Nominations

Do you know of an academic librarian or academic project team whose innovative projects, programs, or services have made recent outstanding contributions that advance the mission of an academic and/or research libraries in Minnesota? If so, nominate him or her by March 14, 2014 for the Minnesota Academic Innovators Award.

This award is sponsored by the MLA Academic & Research Libraries Division (ARLD). Its recipient is recognized and presented with $300 on ARLD Day on April 25, 2014. MLA membership is not required for nominators or nominees.

The projects, programs, or services associated with the nominees should demonstrate recognized creativity and quality within the context of an academic institution. Innovation will be considered very broadly.

Small and Rural Libraries Round Table

We invite all SRLRT members and folks who are interested in learning more about small and rural libraries to "like" our Facebook page.  If you have items to be shared on the Facebook page, please feel free to post them or email them to Heidi Schutt at hkittl@tds.lib.mn.us.

ARLD Day 2014: Call for Session Proposals

The Academic & Research Libraries Division (ARLD) of the Minnesota Library Association is seeking session proposals for ARLD Day 2014 which will be held April 25, 2014 at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.

Our theme this year is The Creative Library. We are excited to have Barry Kudrowitz Assistant Professor of Product Design at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, as our keynote speaker. He is a designer, teacher, author, artist, and musician: a real Renaissance man. He wowed MILE Institute for Leadership Excellence attendees with his presentation on innovation, and plans to engage us with the interaction of observation, problem finding, and the innovative process.

We encourage you to think creatively and complete the session proposal form by March 14. Anyone, including current MLIS students, can submit a presentation. Our planning committee will select presentations and notify presenters in late March.

Conference session types will include:
• Breakout sessions which are 45-60 minutes long and include presentations, panel sessions, workshops, etc.
• Lightning round sessions which maximize the amount of information shared about innovative and exciting projects, services, or ideas.

Each presenter (or small group) will be given five minutes to present on a topic, followed by three minutes of audience Q&A. The deadline for proposals is March 14, 2014. Questions? Contact Amy Springer at aspringe@umn.edu.2014 

Tomes on Tap Book Club

The Readers’ Advisory Round Table has formed a casual book club for librarians and library workers called Tomes on Tap.  If you work at a library and like to talk about books, please join us! Please RSVP by March 21 via email at barb.pierce@ci.stpaul.mn.us or Facebook invitation to Barb Pierce so she can make a reservation.
  • Book:  Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
  • Date & Time: March 22, 2014, 6:30 p.m.
  • Location: Pig & Fiddle  in Edina
  • Parking: Includes the Edina municipal parking ramp a block away, the restaurant lot east of the building, and free on-street parking.

Children and Young People’s Section Unconference

The Children and Young People's Section of the Minnesota Library Association invites you to our first ever Unconference!  An Unconference is an event where you help choose the sessions. We'll hear from three marvelous Minnesota children's librarians on their areas of expertise, and we'll also hear from all of you. A vote at the event will determine some of the discussion topics. This is a chance to share what we know best, and a place to ask questions and share ideas and best practices. The Unconference will take place on Friday, April 4th, 11:00am-4:00pm at the Stillwater Public Library. Watch for registration details soon!

Readers’ Advisory Spring Retreat

The Readers’ Advisory Round Table requests you save the date Saturday, April 26 to attend their annual spring retreat at the Maplewood Library. More information about the sessions will be coming soon.

MLA Board Meeting recap

The current MLA Board agenda is organized by the four areas of the new MLA strategic plan.The following recap highlights the work the board discussed in those four areas. 

Educating & activating a library support network
Library Legislative Day will take place Wednesday, March 5.  The Board discussed the recent Star Tribune article asserting that the need for library buildings is waning.  There was agreement that attendance at the Capitol for Legislative Day is all the more critical as legislators consider accessibility construction grant funding (i.e., bonding for bricks and mortar) in relation to the article--and other voices claiming the same.

Strengthening our organization
The transition to new management company is on track and going smoothly.
Retreats for Reader’s Advisory and CYP are in the works for spring, information will be posted for both when available.
 Over 200 new members joined MLA in 2013, bringing membership to 765!  To make it even easier to become a member, payment will be automated in March when the new the website goes live.
 Kudos to the Minnesota Library Trustees and Advocates for the success of their recent membership campaign.  They make us stronger!
A follow-up meeting for the Strategic Plan is scheduled for May to discuss next steps as implementation accelerates.

Engaging our members

 More members will become actively involved if they know the scope of duties and responsibilities.  Thus, an outline of volunteer Job Descriptions will soon be available. National Legislative Day is May 5 & 6 in Washington D.C.

 Developing and equipping our leaders
The Membership Committee is planning to do some webinars on writing successful conference proposals and presenting at conference.


Here’s a quick snapshot of upcoming MLA and other professional events you may be interested in attending. Check Upcoming Events for further details [link to http://www.mnlibraryassociation.org/events/upcoming ]
  • Friday, March 14 deadline for ARLD Day session proposals
  • Friday, March 14 deadline to nominate for Academic Innovators Award
  • Wednesday and Thursday, March 19-20: Library Technology Conference in St. Paul
  • Friday, March 21: RSVP to Tomes on Tap book club
  • Saturday, March 22: Tomes on Tap book club at the Pig & Fiddle in Edina
  • Friday, April 4: Children’s & Young People’s Section Unconference in Stillwater
  • Friday, April 25: ARLD Day 2014 in Chaska
  • Saturday, April 26: Readers’ Advisory Round Table Spring Retreat in Maplewood
  • Friday, June 6: Lake Superior Libraries Symposium in Duluth
  • Wednesday and Thursday, October 8-9: MLA’s 2014 Annual Conference in Mankato


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