Updates from State Library Services

Updates from State Library Services

Special Edition 2019

Updates from State Library Services

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Join our team

State Library Services is hiring a Library Development and Services Specialist to serve as the State Library Programs Specialist.

Join a small and mighty team that is dedicated to helping Minnesota’s libraries achieve equity and excellence for all Minnesotans.

Apply online or contact Jennifer Nelson (651-582-8791) if you have questions or would like more information about the opening.

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Support financial literacy at your library

All types of libraries help users navigate the perils and rewards of personal finance. Libraries offer resources and programs for people who want to buy homes, invest money, save for college and retirement, or seeking financial assistance or redress for scams.

State Library Services is partnering with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to provide library staff members with the knowledge needed to confidently provide personal finance information to their users, including those who are economically vulnerable and youth just beginning to secure their financial futures.

The Minnesota Library Financial Education Workshop will help academic, school, public and special libraries become the go-to source for financial education. Experts from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and local representatives from the Securities and Exchange Commission, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Social Security Administration and other financial experts will share issues and resources for financial literacy.

Two free, all-day workshops will be presented in Minnesota:

  • Tuesday, April 23, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., St. Cloud Public Library, 1300 W. St. Germain Street, St. Cloud, Minnesota
  • Wednesday, April 24, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Hennepin County Southdale Library, 7001 York Ave. S., Edina, Minnesota

Register online at Minnesota Library Financial Education Workshop Registration.

For more information, feel free to contact Joe Manion (651-582-8640), Library Development and Services specialist.

Updates from our Partners

Supercharge your storytime assessment: using data to tell your story 

WebJunction is offering a free webinar on March 5 titled Supercharge Your Storytime Assessment: Using Data to Tell Your StoryWe know that Supercharged Storytimes DO make a difference in building early literacy skills and giving children an early start on reading readiness. But do the administrators and decision-makers in your library community know this?

It's critical to keep telling the story of your impact and advocating for the value of storytimes for early learning, and having data to back it up will reinforce your message. In this webinar, you’ll hear from practitioners who have overcome their hesitancy around storytime assessment and have discovered the power of data to tell their library story.

Get answers to how the Project Outcome early learning assessment tools can make data collection and reporting easy. With feedback from your storytime families, you can improve your services and gather stories that give life to the impact you and your library are having.

Register for the March 5 Supercharge Your Storytime Assessment webinar.

Library of Congress wants to hear from you

Beginning in early March 2019, a sample of 10,000 reader/patrons across the country who currently use services provided by the Library of Congress’s National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped–also known as NLS–will be invited to participate in a nationwide survey. The information collected from this survey will guide NLS as they move forward on a variety of projects to enhance and expand the braille and talking- book program.

As a part of NLS’s cooperating network of libraries, Minnesota's Braille and Talking Book Library encourages invited patrons to respond to the survey at their earliest convenience. Insights gathered from this survey will help us better understand the needs of all of our patrons. You may receive an invitation by mail, email, or phone. In order to ensure ease of use, readers selected for the survey will be given the option of responding in a number of ways to their invitation. Once you have received your invitation, if you have questions, please feel free to contact Gallup Support at galluppoll@gallupmail.com or call 1-888-297-8999.

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About State Library Services

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State Library Services, a division of the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE), partners with libraries to achieve equity and excellence in our collective work for Minnesotans. Division staff are consultants who help libraries plan, develop and implement high-quality services that address community needs. State Library Services administers federal grant, state aid, and state grant programs that benefit all types of libraries.