Thursday, July 24, 2014

Register Now for "Strengthening Libraries Together"

During the month of September, MALF will partner with libraries and local Friends groups across the state to bring “Strengthening Libraries Together,” a new and free workshop, to five Minnesota communities. Attendees will learn ways to increase Friends of the Library membership and raise significant funds for their libraries. They will also have an opportunity to share ideas and network with others facing similar challenges.

Session leader Melissa Brechon has been active in Minnesota’s library community for over 25 years, most recently in leadership roles at the Austin (MN) Public Library and the Carver County Library. She is currently a lead consultant with Library Strategies, where she works closely with public libraries across the country. Her areas of specialty include strategic planning, facility and staffing studies, Board and leadership development, feasibility studies, and capital campaigns.

Sessions will be held in:
Duluth Public Library
2432 E. 5th St., Duluth, MN
Saturday, Sept. 6, 9:30am-3:00pm

Register by August 30

Rasmey County Library - Roseville
2180 N. Hamline Ave., Roseville, MN
Monday, Sept. 15, 4:30pm-8:30pm

Register by September 8 

Rochester Public Library
101 Second St. SE, Rochester, MN
Thursday, Sept. 18, 1:00p-7:00pm

Register by September 11 

Lake Agassiz Regional Library - Moorhead
118 5th St. S., Moorhead, MN
Saturday, Sept. 20, 9:30am-3:00pm

Register by September 13

Great River Regional Library - St. Cloud
1300 W. Germain St., St. Cloud, MN
Saturday, Sept. 27, 9:30am-3:00pm
Register by September 20
Session highlights include a keynote titled "Ten Things I Know to be True (About Friends of the Library Fundraising)," in which Brechon will explore current trends and best practices for Friends' fundraising and membership solicitation. Workshops will also include a panel discussion featuring local Friends. Attendees will come away energized by new ideas for organizational growth and successful community initiatives.

 Please download and share our event flyer and press release.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Aurora Public Library is 100 years old!

Aurora Library celebrates its centennial year

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Posted: Thursday, July 17, 2014 10:53 pm
AURORA — Kathy Kiiskinen has been an avid reader all her life, so it’s a natural fit for her to be president of the Friends of the Library in Aurora, where the library is in its centennial year.
And to celebrate 100 years, librarian Paula Chapman and the Friends of the Library hosted a visit by award-winning Minnesota author William Kent Krueger — who writes books based on a fictional town named Aurora.
Close to 100 people attended the event and potluck dinner at the Aurora Community/Senior Center. “Every seat was filled,” said Kiiskinen, adding that her daughter Kim Kiiskinen is a librarian in River Falls, Wis. In a phone interview she said, “We’re all readers. My kids had library cards before they started school.”
Krueger wrote the Cork O’Connor mystery series, including one to
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be released in August called “Windigo Island.” In the series “Cork O’Connor battles vicious villains, both mythical and modern, to rescue a young girl in the latest nail-biting mystery,” a reviewer wrote. This year Krueger won a Northeastern Minnesota Book Award and a Minnesota Book Award for his book “Tamarack County.” He also won an Edgar Award for mystery writing for “Ordinary Grace.”
Kiiskinen laughed when she told of Krueger’s reaction to the large turnout of guests — and the spread of food at the potluck. “This is the Iron Range,” Kiiskinen had told Krueger. Chapman said the event was attended by guests not only from Aurora and the surrounding area, but also from International Falls to Alexandria to Rochester, as well as out-of-state visitors from Florida, Michigan and Kansas. Kiiskinen said the Aurora drugstore “sold a lot of postcards.”
The Aurora Public Library opened on Jan. 10, 1914, said Chapman. Centennial committee members are retired librarian Joyce Banttari, Pat Barnes, Sarah Barnes, Paula Chapman, Carol Haasl, Pat Heikkila, Karen Leiviska and Thea Riebel. Chapman credited Mesabi East graduate Grace Berg with creating the Aurora Library’s centennial logo and Arrowhead Library System graphic artist Brian Minor with designing a centennial bookmark. Officers of the Friends of the Library in addition to Kiiskinen are Barb Hammer, vice president; Peg Bateman, secretary; and Pat Heikkila, treasurer.
To mark the 100th anniversary of the library’s founding in January Chapman had dislayed lists of bestsellers for each decade since the library opened. Chapman said in a phone interview that the 1914 bestsellers included “Pollyanna” by Eleanor H. Porter, “T. Tembaron” by Frances Hodgson Burnett, “Eyes of the World” by Harold Bell Wright, “The Salamander” by Owen Johnson — and “Inside of the Cup” by British Prime Minister Winston Churchill.
A Fourth of July ice cream social was hosted by the Friends of the Library and sponsored by Zup’s with close to 200 sundaes served.
Upcoming events include a presentation of Z Puppets at 3:30 p.m. Aug. 5 and a concert at 1:30 p.m. Aug. 13 at the Essentia Health Northern Pines called “Timeless Beauty of Harp and Flute” by members of the Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

E-Rate Progam and Libraries

What libraries need from key U.S. technology program

July 10

(AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)
I’ve published two posts this week about the federal “E-Rate” program — which offers discounts to schools and libraries  for Internet access and telecommunications — and a modernization plan that the Federal Communications Commission will take up at its meeting Friday.

The first post urged the FCC to approve the plan as a first step in improving the program. It was co-written by Julius Genachowski, managing director of The Carlyle Group and former FCC chairman, and Jim Coulter, a commissioner of the bi-partisan Leading Education by Advancing Digital Commission and co-founder of TPG Holdings. The second post said that the plan before the FCC  is inadequate and does not address suggestions filed by more than 600 educators on how to modernize the E-Rate program to meet their classroom needs. It was written by Brian Lewis, chief executive officer of the International Society for Technology in Education.

In the following post,  Emily Sheketoff, director of the Washington office of the American Library Association, offers a third view on the E-Rate modernization plan.

By Emily Sheketoff

Most parents and families understand that learning does not stop at the school door, at the start of summer break, or upon graduation. Whether it’s education for K-12 or non-traditional students, or early learners and adult learners, libraries complete education. In fact, the Pew Internet Project found that 94 percent of parents say libraries are important for their children, including 79 percent who described libraries as “very important.”

Today, modern library service depends on high-capacity broadband, which the federal E-rate program is essential in supporting. More than 77 million people log on to public library networks in a year. Yet, despite literally being part of the name of the “Universal Service Program for Schools and Libraries” (or the E-rate program), libraries are often overlooked in conversations about modernizing this vital program and ensuring digital opportunity. This is a problem.

America’s libraries are in the center of the reform debate as recipients of E-rate funding and as the only providers of free public Internet access in more than 60 percent of communities. Our nation’s public libraries depend on affordable, scalable, high-capacity broadband in order to complete Education, jump-start Employment and Entrepreneurship, and foster individual Empowerment and Engagement, or the E’s of Libraries™. The services today’s libraries provide are not “nice to have.” They are critical for communities nationwide. Libraries serve everyone from birth through Medicare Part D, and librarians provide the expert assistance integral to successfully navigating the digital world.

Just about a year ago, there was great optimism among those who care deeply about the little-known but critical E-rate program when the Federal Communications Commission took on the challenge President Obama’s ConnectED initiative issued. We planned to set targets for measuring our progress in deploying high-capacity broadband to libraries and schools. We aimed to streamline an application process that everyone agreed was too complicated and cumbersome. And we sought to be the best possible stewards of funding that has hardly budged since the program was established 18 years ago—while cost of living has climbed and technology use has exploded.

Now we hold our collective breath to see whether we will sink into gridlock or find a path forward for our students and communities. If Washington  is not the originator of the “false dilemma,” it certainly is its most active practitioner. This is clear in the charged debate around E-rate reform. The American Library Association (ALA) believes there are valuable nuanced approaches that would result in immediate positive impact for libraries, schools and the people we serve.

We see merit in immediately addressing the widely shared concern about substandard Wi-Fi in library and school buildings to meet mobile technology demands. According to FCC data, libraries have received only 1 percent of the available funding for Wi-Fi and related services over the course of the E-rate program. And in the last funding year no libraries or schools received Wi-Fi funding. At the same time, we hold the Commission to its commitment to ensure these vital community institutions have high-capacity broadband “to” the building, and not just “within” the building. Both are necessary for libraries to provide the nearly endless array of vital services that they offer, including, but not limited to: online digital learning; videoconferencing for small businesses and entrepreneurs, as well as for job interviews; access to real-time healthcare information with medical professionals; and opportunities to connect with family across states, countries, and continents.

Virtually all public libraries now provide free public access to Wi-Fi, and use of these networks in (and around) our libraries is exploding. Libraries host more than 1.5 billion in-person visits each year, and Wi-Fi is now considered a foundational and essential library service that enables access to the public internet, as well as a growing range of digital content. Accordingly, it is vital that the Commission adequately fund internal connections and Wi-Fi, as well as allow for the flexibility, local planning and decision-making needed to develop robust Wi-Fi networks for all libraries and the people they serve.

FCC Chairman Wheeler’s draft proposal—which no one but other commissioners have been able to read in detail—will not single-handedly boost global competitiveness nor will it kill E-rate as we know (and value) it. It is, however, an important first step in connecting all learners to the high-capacity broadband critical for digital opportunity. Wi-Fi doesn’t work without adequate broadband to support it, and there is more work to be done to further improve and strengthen the E-rate program for more productive years ahead. But to further delay action will shortchange our nation’s public libraries and the communities they serve.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Minnesota Gangsters at the Gilbert Public Library

Education, Learning and Libraries at a Tipping Point

Education, Learning and Libraries at a Tipping Point

New OCLC report shows how consumers are resetting expectations for higher education and libraries

DUBLIN, Ohio, 25 June 2014—A new report suggests that the cumulative weight of changing consumer habits, enabling technologies like MOOCs and mobile, and the high cost of postsecondary education are resetting expectations and bringing permanent changes to education and lifelong learning.
OCLC, the computer library service and research organization, today released At a Tipping Point: Education, Learning and Libraries, the latest in a series of OCLC Membership Reports designed to explore emerging trends that impact libraries and librarianship. The report is available to download from the OCLC website.
"OCLC market research has tracked the perceptions of information consumers for more than a decade. Much has changed in the environment over that time. We have seen Google change search habits and Amazon change buying habits. We are now watching online learning services and MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) change the landscape and expectations for education and learning," said Cathy De Rosa, OCLC Vice President for the Americas and Global Vice President of Marketing, and principal contributor to OCLC Membership Reports.
At a Tipping Point looks at the views of online learners—their concerns about the cost of higher education, their experiences with online learning, and their expectations for more convenient, life-based education models in the future.
"The pressure is mounting on traditional models of learning. We see evidence in the research that we may be reaching a tipping point in how consumers think about and would like to manage their education," said Ms. De Rosa. "Students and parents are eager for more convenience and more options in how they learn—they favor convenience over structure, self-service over predefined options. Students of all ages are having success with online learning and, like most services that have moved onto the Web, consumers expect these new services to continue to improve in quality and increase in popularity."
Changes to education and online learning have implications and opportunities for libraries. "The same digital forces reshaping education will reshape library users’ expectations, on our campuses and across our communities," said Ms. De Rosa.
At a Tipping Point provides data on consumer attitudes and perceptions about online learning and MOOCs. The report also includes data about parents' and students' perceptions of campus life and their use of libraries—both at the library and online.
The report concludes with some thoughts for strategic consideration and action for libraries.
"As consumers' needs and preferences shift, libraries have new opportunities to deliver both services and convenience that will increase impact and grow relevance to online learners," said Ms. De Rosa.
See a brief video about At a Tipping Point: Education, Learning and Libraries on the website at
Visit the OCLC Membership Reports page for more information and to download the study.

About OCLC

Founded in 1967, OCLC is a nonprofit, membership, computer library service and research organization dedicated to the public purposes of furthering access to the world’s information and reducing library costs. More than 74,000 libraries in 170 countries have used OCLC services to locate, acquire, catalog, lend, preserve and manage library materials. Researchers, students, faculty, scholars, professional librarians and other information seekers use OCLC services to obtain bibliographic, abstract and full-text information when and where they need it. OCLC and its member libraries cooperatively produce and maintain WorldCat, the world’s largest online database for discovery of library resources. Search on the Web. For more information, visit the OCLC website.
OCLC, WorldCat, and are trademarks and/or service marks of OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc. Third-party product, service and business names are trademarks and/or service marks of their respective owners.

Monday, July 07, 2014

July Legacy Programming

Another month packed with programming!

Legacy Event tickets are available for several of the Northern Lakes Music Festival performances including the Opera Carmen in Chisholm and Ely and the Orchestra concerts in Chisholm and Aurora.

Also coming up in Duluth, on July 31st is performance by Jeffrey Madison at Weber Hall on the UMD campus, check your local library for event tickets.

Cuyler Adams and his dog Una will be touring libraries sharing history of the "cuy-una" range that was named after them.  These history players are from the Minnesota Discovery Center so if you want to learn more, pick up Legacy Museum passes for free admission to the Discovery Center!

Have you ever been told your funny? Or enjoy writing comedy? Then attend one of Steve Novotny's Sit Down With Stand Up comedy writing workshops!

And Wanda Gag has one more "author" visit scheduled for Tuesday, July 15th at 1p at the Eveleth Public Library. Wanda Gag is one of Minnesota history's most interesting people who stepped forward in time to share her story. Some people led ordinary lives, others accomplished extraordinary things, but all faced the challenges of their times in history as best they could. See Wand Gag as she engages you with her memorable life stories and travels to New York City to pursue her art career and the publication of her first book, Millions of Cats.

For a full list of events go to:  Legacy Blog 

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Eveleth Public Library Centennial Celebration

Congratulations to the Eveleth Public Library as they celebrate 100 years of service to the community!  If you missed the main event on Tuesday, there are still special performances, a parade and an open house for you to attend. Make a trip to Eveleth to see the wonderful collection of historical materials they have on display recognizing the library, the community and the people of Eveleth over the last 100 years.