Ann Walker Smalley

January 31, 2008

Ann Walker Smalley

Originally uploaded by NLLN.

Minnesota Multitype Library System Directors did 2 sessions on “23 Things on a Stick: A Library Learning 2.0 Project” at the MEMO Midwinter Conference. It was very popular and got a lot people launched! Ann Walker Smalley, project lead, did a great job of presenting this material to an eager audience.


Gay Galles at MEMO Midwinter

January 31, 2008

Gay Galles session

Originally uploaded by NLLN.

Gay did a great session on Collection Development in the Electronic Age. Libraries are still about providing resources and Gay had a lot to offer on how the electronic tools aid in creating quality collections.

MEMO Midwinter

January 31, 2008


Originally uploaded by NLLN.

Here are 4 of the NLLN women attending MEMO Midwinter. It was a great conference and we all learned a lot, had a chance to talk with vendors, networked with our colleagues, and ate well!

23 Things on Tame the Web

January 30, 2008

Blogger Michael Stephens of Tame the Web had a recent post featuring 23 Things on a Stick.  Take a look at . It’s quite flattering and he asks if a national project might be next.

In any case, Minnesota is doing a statewide library learning experience that we can be proud of and that has drawn attention — and not just because of it’s distinctive name!

Erika Rux and Gay Galles

January 26, 2008

Erika Rux and Gay Galles

Originally uploaded by NLLN.

Eriak and Gay have offered to be “coaches” for the NLLN participants in the 23 Things on a Stick project. They will be reading the blogs, commenting, encouraging colleagues, and making themselves available via the Meebo room. Ruth Solie and Deb Keena, in the NLLN Office, will be doing the same. If you have special questions, go to or email us at

MN Digital Library — make comments!

January 24, 2008

The Minnesota Digital Library is pleased to announce that people may now comment on the images in our “Minnesota Reflections” collection. The MDL designed a wiki site that allows us to provide this resource. Look at a photo, map or document, click on the “comment on this item” and leave your comments.

We are looking for public support in providing information on the items in our collection and we would like people to ask questions and share stories.

Here’s what you need to do:

• Visit Minnesota Reflections ( )  

• Search for items you want to view.

• When you are looking at an individual photo, document or map, you will see a button in the blue menu bar above the image. The button is red with yellow type.

• Click on that button and you will go to a wiki page. From there, comment as you like on that particular object.

No registration is required. We do ask people to focus their comments on the item in the collection.

The Minnesota Digital Library will monitor comments. This is still a prototype service. We are still designing it and answering questions about how to share the information people provide.

If you have general comments, suggestions or insights to offer regarding the Social Side of Reflections, please send them to Marian Rengel, MDL outreach coordinator (

Thanks for helping the MDL with the project and have fun.

Marian Rengel
Outreach Coordinator
Minnesota Digital Library Coalition
Learning Resources & Technology Services
Miller Center B41-6
St. Cloud State University
720 Fourth Avenue South
St. Cloud, MN 56301-4498
Office (320) 308-5625
Fax (320) 308-4778 (shared)

Visit the Minnesota Digital Library’s collection site at and our home at

Today’s the Day! Begin 23 Things on a Stick

January 20, 2008

Today the “23 Things on a Stick – a Library Learning 2.0 Project” is launched.

Here’s the deal:  this is a personal learning experience in which you explore, learn about, and use “23 things” related to Web 2.0. These tools and applications are all free — just waiting for you. If you register by Feb 15, 2008, and complete the 23 Things by April 16, 2008, you will receive an incentive and will be eligible for special prizes.

What to do: go to the “mother” blog for this project, read through the instructions and the FAQ, begin with Thing 1 which is to set up and register your own personal blog. This blog will be the means by which you track your progress, reflect on your experience, and share your thoughts with the community of people engaged in this project. You can share as much as your blog as you like and you are encouraged to read other participants’ blogs and to comment.

This is a personal learning project so you may find you need to do some or all of this on your own time – maybe at home, maybe in off hours at work. It is also possible that some of these items are not accessible from  your work computer due to filters or other constraints. In that case, it may be necessary to do it from home.

Each thing will take approximately an hour or less to do, but you may well find that you want to spend more time exploring the item, trying it out in different situations or for different purposes, or seeing how other people have used these tools. How much time you spend is up to you.

What if you get stuck?  Help is available via the NLLN 23 things blog — hints, reports, comments — or by emailing us at  More information is also available on the NLLN webpage dedicated to 23 Things.

This project is sponsored by the 7 Minnesota multicounty, multitype library systems. NLLN is pleased to make this available to our library community and hope you have a good time learning and using some exciting new tools. It has been a great learning experience setting it up and will continue to be a learning experience as others become part of the Project.