Internet Librarian 2009

November 1, 2009

Brenda Hough – Erika Rux at IL2009

Originally uploaded by NLLN.

Erika Rux (Librarian at Concordia College’s Ylvisaker Library) and I were able to attend the Internet Librarian 2009 Conference last week in balmy Monterey, California.

Pictured here are Brenda Hough and Erika having fabulous desserts after a long day of sessions!

One of the hallmarks of IL is networking between attendees — a way to catch up with old friends, and to meet new people face-to-face. Old Monterey, on the bay, is a small town, so the conference flows easily from the conference center to the restaurants, pubs, and outdoor plazas of the area.

For more information about the sessions — most of which were being streamed — go to the bloggers and presenters who captured the sessions and shared their slide-presentations. Bloggers to check include Sarah Houghton-Jan, Bobbi Newman, David Lee King, Matt Hamilton, Buffy Hamilton, Michael Porter, Jason Griffey, … and many more.

On  Twitter, check out the nearly 5000 tweets under #il2009.

It is an exciting Conference and one I look forward to attending in the future. Along with Computers in Libraries (east coast; spring conference), Internet Librarian is one of the most stimulating and energizing conferences available!


Plan to attend in Fergus Falls 10/29

October 23, 2009

Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund

Listening Sessions Scheduled

The Minnesota Historical Society, the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Minnesota Humanities Center will host a series of listening sessions to obtain public input for a 10-year plan and 25-year framework for the use of funds made available through the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. The constitutional amendment, approved by voters in November 2008, added a provision to Minnesota’s constitution that provides for an increase in the sales tax to support outdoor heritage, clean water, parks and trails, as well as arts, history and cultural heritage.

Representatives from the three organizations and 10 other history, arts and cultural organizations and libraries will work together to develop a plan for how proceeds of the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund will be spent. Members of the public are encouraged to attend. Listening sessions will be held in coming months in locations across the state. An online survey is available. The results of this collaborative planning process will be reported to the legislature by Jan. 15, 2010.

Listening Sessions

Time: 5 – 7 p.m. The public is encouraged to arrive at 5 p.m.

RSVP: legacy@mnhs.org

Online Input

If you can’t attend a listening session, please provide your input via an online survey.

Committee

The 13-member committee was chosen from a field of 50 applicants nominated by their peers.

Members are

  • Peggy Adelman, chief financial officer, Minnesota Zoo, Apple Valley;
  • Jennifer Bloom, executive director, Learning, Law and Democracy Foundation, St. Paul;
  • Michael Garcia, president and CEO, Duluth Children’s Museum;
  • Allen Harmon, president and general manager, Duluth-Superior Area Educational Television;
  • Andrea Kajer, deputy director, Minnesota Historical Society;
  • Patricia Mulso, executive director, Freeborn Historical Society, Albert Lea;
  • Jeff Nelson, public strategy managing director, Minnesota Public Radio, St. Paul;
  • David O’Fallon, president and CEO, MacPhail Center for Music, Minneapolis;
  • Rebecca Lynn Petersen, executive director, Fergus Falls Center for the Arts;
  • Brenda Raney, director of government relations, Science Museum of Minnesota, St. Paul;
  • Mark Ranum, director, Plum Creek Library System, Worthington;
  • Stanley Romanstein, executive director, Minnesota Humanities Center;and
  • Pam Perri Weaver, board member, Minnesota State Arts Board.

MN Library Foundation mini-grants available

October 22, 2009

Heads up!  MLA Foundation mini-grants are available to Minnesota libraries. Application deadline is Dec 31, 2009, for these $500 awards. Click here for the guidelines and application information.

This is a great opportunity to seek supplemental funding for that very special project or event!


Peg Werner and Joan Larson

October 20, 2009

Peg and Joan

Originally uploaded by NLLN.

Peg Werner and Joan Larson were both honored at the recent MN Library Association Annual Conference in St Cloud.

Peg received the President’s Award from MLA President Ken Behringer for her work on library maintenance of effort across a whole field of players and interested partners. Peg is the Director fo the Viking Library System.

Joan Larson received the MN Library Association Distinquished Achievement Award for her years of service in the library community, her passion, enthusiasm, and endless innovation, and her continued voice in retirement. Joan is the former Executive Director of the Northern Lights Library Network , an active member of the Douglas County Friends of the Library in Alexandria, and a member of the Mn Assoc of Library Friends Board.

Also honored at the Conference was Senator Dan Skogen of Otter Tail Co for his hard work and successful championing of libraries in the Minnesota Legislature.  

Congratulations to all!


The Weaver race car

October 20, 2009

The Weaver race car

Originally uploaded by NLLN.

Will Weaver’s appearance in Detroit Lakes, complete with race car and Team Weaver member Bill Smith, was a big hit. Thanks to the Detroit Lakes Public Library and Becker Co Friends of the Library. Middle school kids from Detroit Lakes and Mahnomen were there. More pictures are available at http://www.flickr.com/photos/nlln


“Preserve America Stewards” – apply now

October 19, 2009

Organizations with volunteer programs that focus on preserving our heritage are encouraged to apply for designation as Preserve America Stewards. The next quarterly deadline for submitting applications to the Preserve America Stewards program is December 1, 2009.
Read more: http://www.imls.gov/news/2009/101609a.shtm

… from the IMLS e-Newsletter, Primary Source


A Library to Last Forever – NYTimes.com

October 9, 2009

Op-Ed Contributor – A Library to Last Forever – NYTimes.com

Read this Op-Ed piece by Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google, about the Google Book project — and the disputed Google settlement. The piece is interesting — but even more interesting are the comments it is generating from all sides.

The Google Book setttlement is still being decided. And is still controversial.