Updates from State Library Services - August 26, 2019

Updates from State Library Services

August 2019

Updates from State Library Services

Stakeholder engagement

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Minnesota’s cities and towns are rapidly diversifying. Libraries, like other government institutions, are expected to respond to diverse community needs. By assessing and adapting library services with an equity lens, libraries can provide responsive, quality library services to all Minnesotans.

State Library Services is hosting All Are Welcome: Inclusive Outreach and Participatory Engagement for Advancing Racial Equity in Libraries for library leaders and front-line staff. This free workshop builds on the 2018 All Are Welcome: The Role of Libraries in Advancing Racial Equity workshop presented in 2018.

Participants will learn how to implement inclusive outreach and public engagement policies and apply an equity framework to outreach materials and strategies using discussion and hands-on activities. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of culturally inclusive dynamics that will attract racially diverse communities to their library.

This free workshop builds on the 2018 All are Welcome: The Role of Libraries in Advancing Racial Equity workshop presented in 2018. Prior attendance at a 2018 workshop is not required to register for a 2019 workshop.

Workshop objectives

  • Understand the role government has played in creating racial inequity
  • Become familiar with inclusive outreach and community engagement principles and how libraries are applying them
  • Begin to develop Inclusive Engagement strategies

Workshop dates and locations

This free workshop is repeated in three locations:

  • Monday, September 23, 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m., Buckham Memorial Library, 11 Division Street E, Faribault, MN
  • Monday, September 30, 2019, 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m., Fergus Falls Public Library, 205 East Hampden Ave., Fergus Falls, MN
  • Thursday, October 17, 2019, 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m., Rondo Community Outreach Library, Saint Paul, Minnesota

Workshops are limited to 50 participants each. To attend, please complete the All Are Welcome registration form.

If you have questions about the workshop, contact Hannah Buckland, Library Development and Services Specialist at State Library Services, 651-582-8792.

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Indigenous Representations: A Literature Workshop 

Saturday, November 9, 2019
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Rauenhorst Ballroom, Coeur de Catherine 
St. Catherine University
2004 Randolph Ave. 
St. Paul, MN 55105

This workshop for educators (such as teachers, school librarians and public librarians)  focuses on how to select, critically analyze, and include Indigenous youth literature in libraries and classrooms. With an emphasis on Indigenous-authored (#OwnVoices) texts, this workshop will encourage participants to explore books aligned with specific MN 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. The day’s activities include lectures, readings, and interactive workshops by Dr. Dawn Quigley (Turtle Mountain Band of Ojibwe; author of 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 applications for the Indigenous Representations Workshop are available through September 13.

This workshop is limited to 60 attendees; we are using an application process to strive for participant equity and diversity. There is no registration cost, and a limited number of travel grants are available. Applications are due Friday, September 13, by 5 p.m. Applicants will be notified whether or not they have been selected to attend by Wednesday, September 25. Individuals selected will receive a second registration form to specify any necessary accommodations, including ASL interpretation and dietary restrictions. Find additional information about the Indigenous Representations Workshop application process, as well as the application.

Contact: Please email Hannah Buckland or call 651-582-8792 if you have any questions.

Supported by MDE Office of Indian Education and State Library Services, St. Catherine University MLIS Program, and the Kerlan Friends University of Minnesota Libraries. This workshop is funded in part using federal funding, Library Services and Technology Act [LS 00-18-0024-18].

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Early Literacy and You

Over the last five years, State Library Services has offered resources, professional development and funding to help improve early literacy services in libraries. We'd like to hear from you about what impact these activities have had on you and your library. Please take five minutes to fill out a short survey about Early Childhood Resources, Funding, and Training, and contact Jen Nelson (651-582-8791) if you have any questions or comments.

Updates from our Partners

2019 ITEM Conference Right Around the Corner – Oct. 10-12

The Information Technology Educators of Minnesota (ITEM) 2019 Fall Conference theme is “Come Together.” In a world where the education landscape is constantly changing, and teaching and learning is different day to day, “Come Together” will give all of us – library media specialists, technology integrationists, literacy professionals, and instructional coaches – the chance to collaborate, network, and learn from each other.

Date: October 10-12, 2019
Location: Minneapolis Marriott Northwest in Brooklyn Park, MN

Register to attend the ITEM Conference.

The keynote for Friday's lunch is Kristina Holzweiss, 2015 SLJ School Librarian of the Year, author of Hacking School Libraries: 10 Ways to Incorporate Library Media Centers into Your Learning Community, as well as a number of books for kids on Makerspace ideas. On Saturday morning, Kelly Holstine, Director of Educational Equity at OutFront Minnesota, and the 2018 Minnesota Teacher of the Year, will give the keynote, "Courageous Connections: Every Heart Matters." Saturday afternoon's keynote is Dr. Sarah Park Dahlen, an associate professor in the Master of Library and Information Science Program at St. Catherine University.

Homelessness Training

State Library Services is grateful for the over 200 staff members who participated in the online Ryan Down training on homelessness over the last year. We know not everyone had a chance to watch, and wanted to share news of a new webinar, available through Webjunction, on the topic. Produced by Infopeople, Balancing Books and Social Issues is a one-hour, no-cost webinar on homelessness and trauma in libraries. Webjunction registration is required.

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.