Peg Werner and Joan Larson

October 20, 2009

Peg and Joan

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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!


Update on the Broadband Task Force

September 16, 2008

The following is a brief update from Peg Werner, Viking Library System Director, on the work of the Ultra-High Speed Broadband Task Force.

Peg has been appointed by Gov. Pawlenty to represent Libraries on this Task Force and from her comments, you can see that she is doing an excellent job. Thanks, Peg, for your eloquence, for representing our users’ needs, and for keeping libraries visible to this important task force.

“FYI – The Ultra-High Speed Broadband Task Force has met only once.  The main difference between this group and other, similar ones that I have served on is that this time it is a mix of government-types and industry insiders.  So we not only have the users represented, but also the providers.  I think that will be very helpful in both our discussions and in any conclusions we may draw.  As a representative of public libraries, I am emphasizing the fact that providing broadband across MN at a relatively cheap rate does not a State of “haves” make.  It is essential for this task force to understand that there are thousands of Minnesotans who: 1) cannot afford even cheap broadband  2) do not have and cannot afford a computer  3) have  never used a computer and don’t know how to get help.  Public libraries are the number one source in the country to counteract all three of these issues. “