Updates from State Library Services

Updates from State Library Services

April 2019

Updates from State Library Services

Libraries support financial literacy

The Minnesota Library Financial Education Workshop will help 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 for the Minnesota Library Financial Education Workshop. For information, contact Joe Manion, 651-582-8640.

Big data! 

Thanks to all the library directors and report filers who submitted their 2018 Minnesota Public Library Reports. Individual reports for each of Minnesota’s 140 libraries are available from Public Library Reports on the Minnesota Department of Education website. Select the first letter of the library’s name to view an alphabetical list of libraries. The directory includes annual reports from 2010 to 2017. For historical or custom reports, please contact Joe Manion.

Updates from our Partners

Is your new library a landmark?

Library Journal is looking for eight to ten public library buildings that are sustainable, functional, innovative, and beautiful to feature in their New Landmark 2019 edition. If your public library has completed new construction, expansion or significant renovation between January 2016 and March 1, 2019, you can apply. You need to provide basic information about the project, respond to five essay questions and upload a minimum of six photographs.

Apply online to become a library landmark. Deadline is June 7, 2019. Applications submitted by design firms and library administration will be considered. A panel of judges representing designers and librarians will review applications. If you have questions, email Emily Puckett Rodgers, New Landmark Library organizer.

How to measure social and emotional learning at the library

The Library Research Service (LRS) set out to measure the impact of social and emotional learning (SEL) at the Denver Public Library. LRS is part of the Colorado State Library, a unit of the Colorado Department of Education that designs and conducts library research. LRS launched a pilot project to explore methods of evaluating youth outcomes from summer program experiences that positively impacted participant growth in relationship-building and problem-solving. Among the strategies tested—smiley face surveys, reflection on experiences, and team observation—observation using a behavior rubric and coding scheme proved the most promising. The results yielded preliminary, but valuable information to inform youth programming and staff training. LRS will share the SEL Tool with interested libraries. For more information, contact Katie Fox at LRS.

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.