Updates from State Library Services

Updates from State Library Services

July 2019 

Updates from State Library Services

The Librarian's Guide to Homelessness

Time is Running out: Working with Homeless Patrons

State Library Services’ subscription to Practical Tips for Difficult Homeless Patrons will expire on August 7, 2019. But there’s still time for you to register and complete the course. We have heard from many library staff who appreciate the common sense approach to the topic, and the practicality of the information presented. Through the course, participants gain insights into the mind of a person experiencing homelessness—how they might 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 (651-582-8356) if you have access issues or other questions.

Indigenous Representation: A Literature Workshop

Saturday, November 9, 2019
8:45 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Rauenhorst Ballroom, Coeur de Catherine
St. Catherine University

The Indigenous Representations: Resources Aligned to Birth-Grade 12 MN Education Standards workshop for teachers and librarians focuses on how to select, critically analyze, and incorporate Indigenous youth literature. With an emphasis on Indigenous-authored (#OwnVoices) texts, participants are encouraged to explore books aligned with specific Minnesota English Language Arts Standards and develop strategies for incorporating titles in curricula, programming, and other activities. Participants will also have opportunities to practice hands-on book evaluation and to purchase titles included in the recommended lists. The day’s activities include lectures, readings, and interactive workshops by Dr. Dawn Quigley (Turtle Mountain Band of Ojibwe; Apple in the Middle) and Dr. Debbie Reese (Nambe Pueblo; founder of the American Indians in Children’s Literature blog and co-adaptor of An Indigenous People’s History of the United States Adapted for Young Readers).

Registration opens August 2019 and is limited to 60 participants. To ensure representation from libraries and media centers across the state, a brief application (to be released in August) will be a required component of the registration process. A limited number of travel grants will be available.

This workshop is supported by the Minnesota Department of Education, Office of Indian Education and State Library Services, St. Catherine University MLIS Program, and the Kerlan Friends of the University of Minnesota Libraries and is funded in part using federal funding, Library Services and Technology Act [LS 00-19-0024-19].

Updates from MDE

New Comprehensive Services Map

Make quicker connections to resources in your community with help from ECLDS’s new comprehensive services map. Using the Children’s Defense Fund-Minnesota’s Bridge to Benefits as a template, and partnering with the Minnesota Literacy Council, MDE created this geolocation service so individuals and families can now visually find nearby support programs and resources.

Updates from our Partners

New Library Search & Compare Tool

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) developed a new online public library data tool. Library Search & Compare allows anyone to discover how their public library rates with peers across the nation. Data from the Public Libraries Survey can be displayed in various ways including by state, locale, legal basis, branch and various performance measures such as public services, financials, staffing, and collection. Results can be filtered, downloaded and shared. The database includes multi-year PLS data on a number of key variables at the library system level. IMLS plans to update the tool with FY17 data this summer. Feel free to play around with Library Search & Compare from the IMLS Labs webpage.

Student Voice & Choice Hot Dish: Recipes for Better Relationships, Better Learning & Computational
Thinking Made Easy (A YALSA Workshop from ITEM)

Thursday, July 18, 2019
8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
ISD 279 – Osseo Area Schools' Educational Service Center

What Is Connected Learning (CL)?
Learn the core concepts of Connected Learning (relationships, interests and real-world application) and how this can look in libraries by looking at a practice model and thinking about adapting the concepts to your own setting.

Participants will:

  • Understand the philosophy of Connected Learning as it relates to Educational and Career opportunities
  • Explore the Six Principles of Connected Learning
  • Think about how to operationalize Connected Learning theory into practice
  • Learn about how a library has incorporated Connected Learning into a production-centered site

Connecting CL & Computational Thinking (CT)
Even for beginners, CT doesn’t need to be scary. Ditch the fear by getting hands-on experience and a chance to discuss what computational thinking is and how it can be integrated into children’s and teen activities. Then discuss ways to combine that with Connected Learning for killer programs.

Workshop Outcomes
Participants will be able to:

  • Articulate how CL environments support youth learning of CT
  • Understand how to get started designing CL-connected CT activities

Current ITEM members: $35
Non-members: $50
Workshop + reduced-price ITEM membership: $85 ($10 savings)
Lunch (a variety of sandwiches) is included, and attendees earn 6 CEUs.

Registration deadline is July 7. Space is limited, so don't delay.

Registration for YALSA Workshop
Questions? Contact Deanna at admin@mnitem.org.

2017 Public Libraries Survey Released

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) released the latest data from its 2017 Public Libraries Survey (PLS). The PLS examines key indicators of public library use, financial health, staffing, and resources. You can explore the FY 2017 data, documentation and supplementary tables from the IMLS’s Public Libraries Survey webpage. IMLS also released a report on the 2016 data, which is available on the IMLS website.

Each year since 1988, the survey has provided a national census of America’s public libraries. The data are collected from approximately 9,000 public library systems comprised of over 17,000 individual main libraries, library branches, and bookmobiles in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories.

About State Library Services

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.