Updates from State Library Services

Updates from State Library Services

October 2019

Updates from State Library Services

Racial Equity Workshops: Thank You for Participating!

Many thanks to those who have participated in State Library Services’ recent workshop, All Are Welcome: Inclusive Outreach and Participatory Engagement for Advancing Racial Equity in Libraries.

Our first two iterations of this workshop in Faribault and Fergus Falls were well attended, and registration is closed for the upcoming workshop scheduled for Thursday, October 17, at Rondo Community Outreach Library in Saint Paul.

State Library Services looks forward to offering additional learning opportunities in the future to support library workers in advancing racial equity.


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Volunteer as a Writing Award Juror

Minnesota is a partner for the national 2020 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. As a partner, State Library Services is recruiting up to 20 volunteer jurors to read and rate writing submissions from creative teens in grades 7-12.

The opportunity to serve as a juror is open to all, regardless of library type, position, etc. Each juror will dedicate 10-15 hours to scoring a maximum of 100 submissions in the span of three weeks: December 20, 2019, to January 10, 2020.

Find more information about serving as a volunteer juror and sign up using the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Juror Volunteer Form. Contact Hannah Buckland (651-582-8792) if you have any questions.


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Dive In! Anytime, Anywhere Facilitation

Looking for some help running programs and activities? Come get ready to learn ideas to use with any age group, share your tips and tricks, and practice some new techniques.

This training is part of the YALSA/COSLA IMLS grant funded project "Transforming Teen Services: Train the Trainer Approach."

When: Friday, November 8, 2019, 9:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

2600 19th Street NW
Rochester, MN 55901

Register for this hands-on Dive In! Anytime, Anywhere Facilitation training!

Questions? Contact Leah Larson (651-582-8604).

(photo credit: Ian Parker on Unsplash)


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Pump Up the Power of Play

Kids learn a lot when they play. But did you know your words and actions can make play time even more powerful?

During The Power of Play: Building 21st Century Skills workshops, you’ll discover the benefits of play and get practical tips for how to support playful learning in libraries.

The half-day workshop is led by the Minnesota Children's Museum's specialist in child development. You’ll learn about the components of play and the power and benefits of play to early childhood and beyond. Together, we’ll consider the role of play in library programs, services, and facilities to support family engagement.

When: Wednesday, November 20, 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Anoka County - Centennial Library
100 Civic Heights Circle
Circle Pines, MN 55014

Space is limited, so sign up today for The Power of Play: Building 21st Century Skills.

Can't make this date? Additional sessions will be scheduled in May, so watch this space for more opportunities to gain tools to support playful learning in the library and beyond. Please contact Jen Nelson (651-582-8791) if you have any questions.

Updates from our Partners

New Name for the National Library Service

As of October 1, 2019, the name of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped has changed to the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled. Still known as NLS, the organization will continue to provide its life-changing services to residents across the state and country.


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Minitex Statewide Database Survey

Minitex works with libraries of all types in Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota on selecting, negotiating, and managing statewide database collections within the three states.

One of the early steps in our statewide database selection process is to assess the current collection and to consider potential unmet needs.

Please complete our Minitex Statewide Database Survey to share your feedback about the current collection and to help us identify needs not served by that collection. The primary audience is library staff in Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota. The survey contains 10 questions. Please complete it by October 18.

To see which databases are provided via Minitex contracts in the three states, please see this list of Minitex statewide databases by state; in Minnesota, the collection is called eLibrary Minnesota, or ELM.

Thank you for your feedback about this important database collection!

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.