Updates from State Library Services - June 2019 (issue corrected)

Updates from State Library Services

June 2019

Updates from State Library Services

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Welcome Hannah Buckland

State Library Services is excited to let you know that Hannah Buckland (formerly of Hennepin County Library and the Leech Lake Tribal College Library) has joined the team. Hannah will be working with our state aid programs, library construction grants and developing and implementing partnerships and programs, like the traveling exhibits. Hannah can be reached by email at Hannah Buckland or at 651-582-8792

Accepting Applications

In anticipation of Joe Manion's upcoming retirement, we're now accepting applications for a State Data Coordinator. This position works with public library data at a state and national level, and helps to develop and implement surveys and outcome measures for library programs. Apply online on the Minnesota Careers website through June 25, 2019. Please feel free to contact Jen Nelson (651-582-8791) with questions.

Updates from MDE

Work Confidently with Homeless Patrons

The Minnesota Department of Education is committed to supporting the state’s Heading Home Together plan, and library staff training is one of our goals. All library administrators, staff, board members, and volunteers now have free year-long access to “Practical Tips for Homeless Patrons,” an online, self-paced tutorial presented by Ryan Dowd, the author of “The Librarian’s Guide to Homelessness.” Through the course, participants will gain insights into the mind of a person experiencing homelessness—how they communicate, likely experiences that color their worldview, and possible triggers to behavior escalation. Through an empathy lens, library staff and volunteers will also gain tips and tricks for welcoming, serving, and supporting homeless patrons.

To take the training, follow the enrollment steps on the Niche Academy website. Contact Jen Nelson (651-582-8791) if you have access issues or other questions. Please note that the training will be available until August 10, 2019.


Updates from our Partners

Kudos for Carver County Library

Carver County Library won a National Association of Counties 2019 Achievement Award for its STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) literacy program. The library’s youth services team developed the program. Kits, one for each of four STEM themes, rotate to every branch for summer storytimes. STEM storytimes engage children, ages 0-5, along with their caregivers.

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.