Electronic resources — Fall trials from Minitex

October 7, 2009

Twice a year, Cooperative Purchasing & Electronic Resources Services (CPERS) spotlights e-resources that we’ve just started offering (Credo Reference; HAPI: Hispanic Articles Periodical Index; Marshall Cavendish); e-resources that are a group subscription (MLA, Philosopher’s Index); new e-resources (Alexander Street Press American History in Video, EBSCO Footnote); e-resources that have been revamped with a new interface or new content; or e-resources that librarians have brought to our attention. Try out a new e-resource! Visit the CPERS Fall Trials Web site for product descriptions, trial access information, and contact information. 

Anne Hatinen
Electronic Resources Librarian


Libraries and the Recovery Funds

April 18, 2009

The massive American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA)  — also known as the stimulus funds — will bring hundreds of million dollars to Minnesota. How do libraries stand to benefit? There are numerous places in this act that include libraries but whether or not libraries will be included depends on our ability to dig in and do the work required. We have to be at the table when proposals are made and when policy discussions are taking place.

One of the best places to start is the ALA overview of ARRA and Libraries found at http://www.ala.org/ala/aboutala/offices/wo/woissues/washfunding/fedfund/arra101.cfm . Another place is to look at our state’s plan to handle the funds which is found in the office of Management and Budget. http://www.mmb.state.mn.us/recovery and to get details on the actual funds coming to Minnesota and how allocated go to: http://www.mmb.state.mn.us/doc/citizen/summary.pdf.

There is a lot of money. How it will be used is detailed and complicated. If it is to be used for libraries, it will be necessary for us to pay attention at all levels, to work with others, and to share our plans.

Get the news on your cell phone!

January 9, 2008

Youth Media Awards results available in real time on your cell phone!

Unable to attend the 2008 ALA Youth Media Awards or sit in on the live Webcast Monday, Jan. 14th? Get award winners sent directly to your cell phone by text message – as it happens – for free, beginning at 7:45 a.m. EST. The American Library Association is making results available at the touch of your fingertips through two subscriptions, offering limited and complete results, respectively.
Text the word “ALA 5” to 32075 in the U.S. and Canada to receive notification of the winners of the following five awards, one text message per award:

  • Newbery Medal
  • Caldecott Medal
  • Coretta Scott King Awards
  • Michael L. Printz Award
  • Pura Belpré Award

You will receive 5 text messages for this subscription, winners only.
For complete results, text the word “ALA 13” to 32075 in the U.S. and Canada to receive notification of the winners of all 13 Youth Media Awards, including the five previously mentioned and the following, one text message per award:

(You will receive 13 text messages for this subscription, winners only)

  • Alex Awards
  • Margaret A. Edwards Award
  • Odyssey Award
  • Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award
  • Andrew Carnegie Medal
  • Mildred L. Batchelder Award
  • Schneider Family Book Award
  • Theodor Seuss Geisel Award

Results will be limited to the winners. To review the full list of honorable and notable mentions, visit http://www.ilovelbraries.org. The 2008 award winners will be announced Monday, January 14, starting at 7:45 a.m. EST. A live Webcast of the award announcements will be available on a first-come, fist-served basis; visit http://www.unikron.com/clients/ala-webcast-2008/ for details. The awards press release will be posted online by 10 a.m. EST at http://www.ilovelibraries.org.

Disclaimers: When you subscribe, you will receive a confirmation text message. If you do not receive the confirmation message, you are not subscribed. You must have a text / SMS enabled cell phone to participate in this service. Normal text message charges may apply. ALA is not responsible for any charges incurred from your cell phone provider to subscribe to or receive notices from this service. This is a one-time only subscription. Your cell phone number will not be used for any other purpose and the subscription list will be disabled at the close of the ALA Youth Media Awards presentation.

LSTA Grant Writing Workshop – Nov 6, Detroit Lakes

October 18, 2007

LSTA Grants Training/Orientation Workshop Tuesday, November 6, 2007 9:30-3:30 Detroit Lakes Holiday Inn
10 East, Detroit Lakes 
Agenda: v    Discussion of the new Minnesota 5 Year LSTA Planv    Grant Opportunitiesv    Letter of Intent processv    Competitive Application Process 
Who: v    Anyone who is interested in the LSTA grant programv    Anyone who would potentially have a role in designing or implementingnew, innovative library service projectsv    Staff from all types of libraries are encouraged to attend 
Register:v    Free but Registration required –  Online registration 

Marketing “Every Child Ready to Read” workshops

October 3, 2007

ecrr  Find a PR kit for marketing your “Every Child Ready to Read” workshops taking place in your library. The kit includes press releases, posters, flyers, bookmarks and a wealth of information to promote your workshops.

Sharon Lerner Scholarships available from MLA

September 26, 2007

One last opportunity to apply for the Sharon J. Lerner scholarship for the MLA Conference. This scholarship is a competitive scholarship but could be awarded to up to 3 recipients. Scholarship recipients would have their MLA Conference registrations paid and would be honored at the Awards banquet. The criteria for this award is as follows:

      1. Must be a current MLA member or become an MLA member if the scholarship is awarded to him/her.

      2. Successful applicants are MN library workers providing children’s or young adult services.

      3. Must have two or more years of library experience.

4. Applicants have either never attended an MLA conference or have attended an MLA conference sometime in the past, but would be unable to attend in the current year with out financial assistance.

5. Scholarship recipients agree to: attend the MLA Annual Conference, provide a newsletter article for MLA on the Annual Conference, become a member of MLA and join the Children and Young People’s Sections.

All applications must be received by October 1.
For a copy of the application, contact Heidi Hoks at hhoks@carverlib.org  or 952-4503.

Thank you,
Heidi Hoks
MLA President

Kid’s Page

September 20, 2007

Kid’s Page from the federal government is a  place for kids to explore, discover and learn. This fun site has tons of cool information; it’s divided into four topics:
Everything Art, History and Culture, People and Places, Science
and Nature. You can design your own sculpture online, take a
virtual trip to the Galapagos, and play the Viking board game. Pop
quiz: How deep in the ocean does the giant squid live?

This is a great site for librarians, teachers, parents — and Kids!