IMLS – Native American Library Basic Grants available

December 27, 2007

IMLS – News & Events – Press Releases
Library Basic Grant, Basic Grant with Education/Assessment Option, and Enhancement Grant Applications

Application Deadlines:
Basic Grants: March 3, 2008
Enhancement Grants: May 1, 2008


The Big Read!– Apply soon

December 19, 2007

Time to Apply for The Big Read
Deadline for Applications: February 12, 2008. IMLS, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, announces the fourth deadline for the Big Read program. The purpose of the Big Read is to revitalize the role of literature in American popular culture. Grants ranging from $5,000 – $20,000 are available to encourage local communities to inspire reading through the Big Read program. This will be the only application deadline in 2008.

 For the past 2 years, Fergus Falls has received Big Read grants and have conducted outstanding programs in their community. For more information about their success contact Rebecca Petersen (A Center for the Arts) or Walt Dunlap (Fergus Falls Public Library).

Flickr Blog

December 18, 2007

Flickr Blog  From the Flickr blog (Dec 13) comes info about the new Flickr Uploadr 3 tool — this is a great upgrade that allows for lots of quick uploading, tagging, sorting, and arranging.  If you are a Flickr user you’ll be glad to check out the details of this.

Also check out the new stats that are available to Flickr users with Flickr Pro accounts — this is a new and welcome addition to Flickr.

“Dribbling Lessons” -Metronet Information Literacy Lessons

December 14, 2007

Check out these “dribbling lessons” that form a part of the Metronet Information Literacy project. These lessons help with the very basics of incorporating information literacy into curriculum, coordinating with the state standards, and using available tools. It is a great way to figure out how to share information literacy skills in school!

Metronet Information Literacy Lessons

Deadlines for MN Book Awards!

December 7, 2007

Dear Friends of the Minnesota Book Awards,
A couple of key nomination deadlines are approaching very quickly.  Please make note of these important dates if there is a 2007 book you plan to nominate and/or if you intend to nominate someone for the Kay Sexton Award:
Nominations for the 20th annual Minnesota Book Awards close Friday, December 14, 2007.  Book nominations are being accepted in the following eight categories:  Children’s Literature, General Nonfiction, Genre Fiction, Memoir & Creative Nonfiction, Minnesota Nonfiction, Novel & Short Story, Poetry, and Young Adult Literature.  Eligibility guidelines and the nomination form are available at or by calling me at 651-366-6497.
Nominations are open through Friday, January 11, 2008 for the Kay Sexton Award which is presented annually to an individual or organization in recognition of long-standing dedication and outstanding work in fostering books, reading, and literary activity in Minnesota.  Nominees may include but are not limited to booksellers, publishers, teachers, and leaders of literary organizations.  This award honors Kay Sexton, a book buyer for many years at Dayton’s and B. Dalton Bookstores in the Twin Cities.  Anyone is eligible to submit a nomination using the Kay Sexton Award form available at or by calling me at 651-366-6497 to request a form.  The website link includes a list of previous years’ winners.
Please feel free to contact me with questions about anything related to the 20th annual Minnesota Book Awards, and be sure to visit for ongoing updates.  Please make sure your calendar is marked for the April 12, 2008 Awards Gala.  
Thank you for your continued support of Minnesota authors and books.
Ann Nelson
Minnesota Book Awards Coordinator
The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library
325 Cedar Street, Suite 555
Saint Paul, MN 55101-1055
Direct Phone Number:  651/366-6497
Main Office Number:  651/222-3242   
Fax:  651/222-1988
The Minnesota Book Awards is a Capital City project, led by The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library, in consortium with the Saint Paul Public Library and the Mayor’s Office of the City of Saint Paul.  Outreach partners include the Metropolitan Library Service Agency (MELSA), the Minnesota Library Association (MLA), and Minnesota Department of Education – State Library Services.

Voluntary Certification credits available

December 3, 2007

The Soaring to Excellence Program, People Watching with a Purpose on Feb. 8, 2008, has been approved by the Certification Oversight Committee for 2 contact hours and Public Service A6, Explain federal, state, and local filtering requirements.  And Technology 2, Understand federal, state, and local requirements for internet and computer use in the library environment (Policy).

Homework:  1.  What policies does your library have for computer and Internet use?

Homework: 2. .  Describe the steps required to turn off the filter
for an adult patron doing research on your library’s computer.

The 2 contact hours allows a 30 minute discussion after the
Also, the UNT LE@D courses have been approved for MN Certification
program.  These are available free online through MN Web Junction.
The participant is responsible for determining which competencies a
course addresses and submitting the  Transfer of Learning form for
each course they take for Certification.

Rebecca B. Patton
Public Library Consultant
Arrowhead Library System
5528 Emerald Avenue
Mountain Iron, MN 55768
Telephone 218-741-3840
Fax 218-748-2171

Senior Friendly Libraries: Successful Wii Gaming Program at Old Bridge Public Library

December 3, 2007

Senior Friendly Libraries: Successful Wii Gaming Program at Old Bridge Public Library

This is kind of fun — seniors and gaming in the library!  Wii bowling anyone?