Monday, October 12, 2015

Banned Books infographic

Even though Banned Books Week 2015 has now come and gone, this information about the banning of books is worth sharing.

Friday, October 09, 2015

Weekly Webcast Recap

Research in a Digital World: Electronic Resources for K-12

October 20, 3:00pm EDT
Featuring the most up-to-date info, multimedia add-ons, and a host of other highlights, electronic resources are a must-have in any school library. Despite these advantages, many students and teachers are unaware of the benefits of these robust materials, preferring print books or search engines when it comes to research. For librarians, knowledge of e-resources is crucial—both for developing 21st-century skills in today’s students and for ensuring that other educators have the tools that they need. Register

Seizure Training Webinar for School Personnel

October 20, 4:00pm CST
One in 10 people will have a seizure in their lifetime, and 1 in 26 will develop epilepsy. Do you know how to respond? Teachers, school nurses, staff, and families work together to reduce bullying and foster understanding of epilepsy in schools. Learn about seizures, epilepsy, identifying the common seizure types and how to respond appropriately. Register

Building Great Programs for Patrons in their 20s and 30s Workshop

fee $55.00
October 21, 2:30pm Eastern
To plan for your library’s present and future, it’s essential to target patrons in their 20s and 30s. In this workshop, Katie LaMantia and Emily Vinci will present strategies and resources for reaching the 20s and 30s demographic. Using the insight they’ve gained through their careers, they’ll also share ideas and examples of effective programs and marketing approaches. Register

Take Your Learning Online: Upcoming Webinars

October 28, 1:30pm CST
Public library directors, survey reporters, and others interested in library data collection are invited to share 2015 Public Library Annual Report webinar hosted by our State Data Coordinator. Joe Manion will share changes to the 2015 survey approved by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). You’ll have a chance to learn about modification to federal data elements and definitions, and suggest changes or additions to the state-level data that we collect. You’ll also be able to share any concerns about the annual report process. Registration not required. Join the WebEx meeting online or call 888-742-5095 and enter conference code 289 945 0924 / meeting number 253 591 132. Email Joe to request a copy of the webinar slides after October 28.

New ELM Webinars

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Crime Fiction: Cult Classics and Hot New Titles

October 27, 1:00pm CST
In this unique spin on our ever-popular fall mystery webinar, David Wright, Reader Services Librarian at Seattle Public Library, will kick off the program by sharing some of his favorite crime-fiction cult classics, all recently reprinted or still in print. Then stay tuned as representatives from Amazon Publishing, Oceanview Press, Severn House, and Soho Crime preview the hottest mysteries from their forthcoming lists. Register now! Moderated by Keir Graff, editor of Booklist Online. Register

The Hottest Graphic of Fall 2015

October 21, 3:00pm EST
What’s looking good for fall? Join Brigid Alverson, editor of SLJ’s "Good Comics for Kids," along with a panel of experts who will share their views on the hottest graphic novels hitting shelves soon. You'll hear all about upcoming releases from Dark Horse Comics, Diamond Books, Papercutz, and Marvel, including:
Invader Zim
The Walking Dead
Jem and the Holograms
The Red Shoes and Other Tales
Scarlett: Star on the Run
…and more!
We’ll be discussing movie adaptations and favorite TV characters and examining the continuing crossover between the world of children's books and graphic novels. Comics, now more than ever, are taking on diverse subjects and themes, so be sure to tune in to this exciting and informative webcast about unforgettable new titles you won’t want to miss. Register

Cloud and Web Services for Libraries

October 14, 12:00pm CT
When young, we look to the sky and see shapes in clouds. We watch as the cloud reshapes into something else. Like actual clouds, the world of digital cloud-based tools seems to also be ever changing as this new technology is developed. For librarians, trend of moving ILS systems to the cloud has exciting possibilities but enthusiasm is tempered by uncertainty. Cloud-based web services are a somewhat new tool, and as such, options are limited. These services are being continuously upgraded, and librarians need to have a voice in the development of these tools to be sure their needs are met.
Libraries have needs that are complex and evolving and available ILS systems are presently limited in their abilities. Minimally, an  ILS system will track what the library owns, its patrons, what they have borrowed, and other general library services. These minimal functions do not take into account the need for integration with the wider array of online services libraries offer nor integration into services of the libraries’ academic institution.
This webinar will discuss what capabilities libraries need versus the capabilities currently offered in commercial ILS systems, and possible short-term solutions as well as helping ILS cloud services to understand better what future versions of their products should include. Register

Interacting with Content: Improving the User Experience (Virtual Conference)

October 28, 10:00am-4:00pm CT
The demands for awareness of and responsiveness to the academic user experience (UX) are increasingly important for all players in the scholarly communications industry. What began as a software development methodology has proven to be a critical function in our ability to deliver high-quality scholarly resources to a global readership. In this virtual conference, we will feature a range of perspectives on how publishers, libraries and technology suppliers achieve an understanding of reader needs and perspectives, in order to drive iterative improvements in the way users interact with the content we host, publish, and license. Register

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

ITEM Conference Report: Ebooks Minnesota

At the 2015 ITEM Fall Conference (October 2-3) in St. Cloud, I attended the Explore Ebooks MN: Update session. The presenters were Valerie Horton of Minitex and Emily Kissane of State Library Services within the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE).

Valerie reported that a statewide approach to ebooks was the subject of a series of activities that culminated in the August 2014 ebook “summit” at St. Catherine University. Out of that process the project now named Ebooks Minnesota emerged. Some of the characteristics of the project that were high priorities for planning participants included: titles be owned in perpetuity; unlimited simultaneous use/access; DRM; and ease of use. The new project is designed to include those characteristics.

Ebooks Minnesota will be a shared collection for all types of libraries and all Minnesotans, using IP-authentication much as the ELM databases do now. MDE has provide $100,000 for content for K-12 readers. Minitex is committed to keep the “platform” running, although after the first two years, need new funds will be need in order to continue adding new content.

Minnesota is the fourth state to implement a statewide ebook collection (Arizona, North Carolina, and Massachusetts), with the MN project most resembling North Carolina’s. The “opening day” collection will be exclusively MN independent publishers. One project goal is to include a strong core of children’s content. Another goal is linking the collection  with the MN Digital Library. Valerie reported that a search of OCLC WordCat indicates that 385,000 books have been published in MN by +150 publishers. In fact, a recent article indicated that a recent (March 2008) article in School Library Journal stated that twelve of the top publishers of school-age books in the U.S. are in Minnesota (8 are located n Minneapolis and 4 in Mankato). Minnesota publishers produce 2,350 children’s titles each year.

Ebooks Minnesota has signed agreements with Cherry Lake, Lerner, and ABDO - and they working with other publishers. The focus will be on “midlist” and “backlist” titles only = best-sellers will have to wait a year or so. The content will not be a popular title collection, as various libraries and library systems across Minnesota already provide such e-content (e.g using OverDrive and 3M). Platform to be BiblioBoard from BiblioLabs (they will have a vendor booth at the MLA Conference). A Made in MN tag/graphic will appear everywhere, as the initial collection should also be seen as promoting Minnesota businesses.

ELM will be one important access point/portal, and it is hoped that MnLINK will have a “discovery layer” later this year. The MN Digital Library will be another access point. Free MARC records will be made available for local/regional library catalogs, although they will likely come a collection “packages” from each publisher rather than single records. Expect a November “soft launch” with the goal of an opening day collection of 3,500-4,000 titles (there will be a minimum of 2,000 titles).

Cloquet Public Library Celebrates 120 Years!

Friday, October 02, 2015

Weekly Webcast Recap

Government Documents and National History Day projects: Pursuing Primary Sources

October 7, 2:00pm EDT
Students need primary sources for their National History Day projects, and many of our FDLP collections include such treasures. Attend this webinar to learn more about the national History Day program. Webinar attendees will: Become familiar with the National History Day program; Learn tips for collaborating with existing partners in your state; Consider ways to partner with existing National History Day groups; Learn how to connect students and teachers with the collections; Learn how to create engaged citizens who are aware of these resources in their communities. Register

Engaging Reluctant Readers 

October 13 
3:00pm EDT
Getting a struggling and/or reluctant reader excited about books is a challenge for many librarians. Very often, a voracious reader is hidden within these kids—they just need to find the right books to help spark their interest. This highly informative webcast will feature a panel of authors and market experts providing a sneak peek at intriguing new books.

Creating a Welcoming Library Environment for & with Teens

Starts October 5 
fee up to $215
Using the YALSA Teen Space Guidelines as a foundation for this four-week course, participants will learn how to leverage existing resources to create a welcoming library environment for teens, regardless of library size or budget. Funding options and staffing models for creating a welcoming library environment will also be discussed. Register

Pinterest for Libraries: Building Community Through Social Media

October 14
11:00am PST
Come to this free webinar to learn how your library can benefit from establishing an online sharing community with Pinterest.

Adults Just Wanna Have Fun: Innovative Adult Programming Ideas for your Library! 

October 21
1:00pm CDT
Public libraries often promote themselves as centers of lifelong learning. Yet standard programs like lectures and book groups engage only a small portion of the adults in our communities. Like young people, adults need creative, social, hands-on experiences to draw them in and keep them excited about learning. 

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

October is Bursting with Legacy events!



Alisa Magallón, Teaching Artist with the Minnesota Opera will be touring area libraries presenting a special storytime program. She will read and sing a children’s picture book with an opera theme, present an opera based craft such as a puppet or items that could be used as a costume for our budding opera singers!  Magallón also brings an educational twist to the program sharing tips with parents and caregivers on how to bring books to life with music and song increasing early literacy and creating a love of both music and reading.

The Magic Flute
Minnesota Opera

If you enjoy that program, free tickets to Minnesota Opera's presentation of the Magic Flute will also be available at libraries.   Mozart’s mystical masterpiece The Magic Flute will be at the Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center (DECC), Symphony Hall, on Saturday, October 31st at 2:00 p.m.


Painting with Crayons

 with 321 Art Studio

Do you love to color? Do you love to paint?  Local artists Nancy and Amy Lucas from the 321 Art Studio will guide artists through the step-by-step process to create a Minnesota autumn landscape with Neocolor crayons and then transform the drawing into a water color style painting with a bit of water.  Make this a family adventure and explore creative ways to express yourself with Neocolor crayons and water!



But that isn't all Arna Rennan will be presenting Music of the Immigrant based on Norwegian music and traditions at area libraries as well. Join us for an exploration of the Norwegian culture from the old country to the traditions of our friends and family today.  

See the full schedule at:

Friday, September 25, 2015

Weekly Webcast Recap

Finding Reliable Information Online: Adventures of an Information Sleuth

October 13, 2015
1:00pm CDT
Librarian Leslie Stebbins will discuss strategies for finding reliable information online and helping patrons discover everything from accurate health information to reliable restaurant reviews to vetted scholarly research h. What is “the psychology of search?” When is the “wisdom of the Crowd” unreliable? How can we help people move beyond the first five Google results to uncover trustworthy information online? Stebbins answers these questions and more as she shares her quest for reliable information online. Register

Digital UX Workshop: Crafting Exceptional Digital Experiences for the User-Centered Library

Fee $225 (Save $25 with promo code LTCALJSUB) 
Starts October 20, 2015
During this  5 week course, you will learn from library and user experience (UX) experts how to design exceptional digital experiences for your users. Participants will have access to insightful keynote sessions and case studies that will explre why UX matters, and how to sell user-centered design (UCD) to leadership within your organization. Register

BLUEcloud Visibility: The Future of Library Data

October 1, 2015
1:00pm EDT
You’ve heard about linked data and how it will revolutionize the world of libraries. Now find out how you can join that movement.
During this free, 20-minute webinar, SirsiDynix CEO Bill Davison will introduce you to BLUEcloud Visibility, SirsiDynix’s linked data solution. Attendees will learn:

  • How BLUEcloud Visibility can increase your library's mindshare
  • Which ongoing services you’ll receive when you subscribe to BLUEcloud Visibility
  • Why linked data gets more powerful as more libraries use it, and how SirsiDynix is helping that happen
Join us for this webinar and the following Q&A session to see how BLUEcloud Visibility can bring the future of library data to your institution.

Safety in the Library Workshop

October 22, 1:30pm-3:30pm at ALS Headquarters
October 23,  9:00am-11:00am at Duluth Public Library
Presenter: Andrew Stehr, Rochester Public Library. Particippants are welcome from ALS member public, school, academic, and special library staff. Employees from all types and sizes of libraries encounter difficult patrons and difficult situations. Learn tools and techniques for keeping yourself safe in your library! Topics to be discussed are approaching patrons, trusting your instincts, improve training, and even how to shake off a bad experience! Please register by October 20.

Dealing with Difficult Patrons Live Webinar

October 14, 2015
ALS has purchased access to the upcoming ALA webinar and will be broadcasting it live at the headquarters. In this webinar, library safety and security expert Steve Albrecht will show you how you can deal with these problem patrons effectively, efficiently and without creating major disruptions in your library environment. Library employees at all levels will learn strategies for dealing with such patrons and effectively diffusing challenging situations. Register by October 12.

Makerspaces in Libraries

October 7, 2015
3:00pm EDT
Makerspaces, sometimes also referred to as hackerspaces, hackspaces, and fablabs are creative, DIY spaces where people can father to create, invent, and learn. In libraries they often have 3D printers, software, electronics, craft and hardware supplies and tools, and more, Makerspaces are becoming increasingly popular in both public and academic libraries as a new way to engage patrons and add value to traditional library services. Discover how you can create a makerspace within your own library through this step-by-step guidebook. From planning your innovation center to hosting hack-a-thons, guest lectures, game nights and social events in your new lab, this practical primer provides detailed guidance and best practices. Register

Minnesota Digital Library Staff Curated Online Exhibits for Digital Public Library of America

September 30, 2015
10:00am CT
Two new Minnesota Digital Library (MDL) curated exhibitions are now available on the Digital Public Library of America website. Researched and created by Carla Urban and Greta Bahnemann, these exhibitions were developed as part of the final phase of the DPLA Public Library Partnership Project (PLPP), of which MDL was a participant. The exhibitions were built using material digitized from public libraries in Minnesota as part of the PLPP, along with other contents from Minnesota Reflections and DPLA. Join us to learn more about the content in these two online exhibits (Patent Medicine & Urban Parks) and tips on how to search and use the exhibits. Register

Video Postcards: Training at the Speed of Sight

October 14, 2015
10:00 am CT
Faster than a workshop, more powerful than a handout, and able to reduce email in a single bound, video is a compelling way to meet just-in-time training goals. Video “postcards” - brief video episodes—are a valuable training resource for busy audiences. A short segment of video is easily digested, can be repeated on demand, and stimulates both the visual and auditory centers of the brain, which increases learner retention of information. Participants in this practical session will be introduced to a low-cost, no-studio process for planning and producing videos for instructional and training purposes. Register

Upcoming ELM Training Sessions


Keep Your Connected Nonprofit or Library Secure

October 1, 2015
11:00am PST
Join Symantec’s Kelley Bray who spent years training government agency staff from TSA to Homeland Security on smart practices for personal safety, office security, and keeping your data and activities protected. Register

Friday, September 18, 2015

Weekly Webcast Recap

MackinVIA School eBook Collection Training for School Library Staff

Arrowhead Library System Headquarters
October 15, 2:00-4:00pm & October 28, 2:00-4:00pm
Training to use the newly launched MackinVIA School ebook collection purchased by ALS. When you register, please select which session you will be attending.

The Digital Shift: Libraries Connecting Communities

October 14
10:00am-5:00pm EDT
Virtual conference that will focus the attention of library professionals on the challenges and opportunities presented by the digital transition’s impact on libraries and their communities. Participants will engage in a dynamic day-long conversation about our shared digital future. We’ll explore how libraries connect communities like no other institution and demonstrate how libraries leverage digital tools to facilitate and strengthen connections among classrooms and communities around the globe. Register

Boundless Libraries: A Look at the 2015 New Landmark Libraries

September 29
3:00pm ET
Use them as prototypes for your next building project or treat them as think tanks for great design ideas that will support your libraries are today and provide a glimpse into the library of the future. The Landmarks, named by a team of 6 expert judges from a national pool, represent forward-thinking libraries that provide a gateway to learning, a public space open to all, and a place for discovery. Register

Brainfuse Workshops for ALS Member Libraries

Arrowhead Library System Headquarters
September 30, 9:30-11:30am & October 1, 1:30-3:30pm
ALS is hosting two hands-on Brainfuse workshops for all member library staff and you’re invited! Diane Weltzer from Brainfuse will be presenting a two-hour workshop focusing on the two databases available to ALS patrons and students—HelpNow and JobNow. Register

Book to Action: putting words into action

October 6
12:00pm Pacific
Civic engagement programming is an exploding area of library service, and community-building is high on the list of priorities for 21st-century libraries. If you’ve been wondering how to get started in these crucial areas, this webinar is for you. Book to action is an inspirational program that builds on the book group idea to their community and enlist a partner agency to create a volunteer activity that addresses the topic. The book’s author is invited to speak and then the community is invited to participate in the volunteer activity.

How to protect the freedom to read in your library

September 29
11:00am CDT
What do you do when a patron or a parent finds a book in your library offensive and want to take it off your shelves? How do you remain sensitive to the needs of all patrons while avoiding banning a title? How can you bring attention to the issue of book banning in an effective way? In this 1-hour webinar, three experienced voices will share personal experiences and tips for protecting and promoting the freedom to read. Register

Romantic Sounds: The Art of Narrating Audiobooks of the Romance Genre

September 22
2:00pm Eastern
Join Booklist for a free, hour-long webinar where expert audiobook narrators Amanda Leigh Cobb, Johanna Parker, and Thérèse Plummer will discuss the preparation, recording, and listening experience of romance titles. Discover how their processes change as the subject matter fluctuates from sweet to sexy. Enjoy behind-the-scenes stories of how their work affects both those in the recording studio and those in their personal lives. Finally, explore some highlights of recent and upcoming titles from Recorded Books. Moderated by Booklist Audio editor Joyce Saricks. Register

North Shore Readers and Writers Festival

Full Festival Pass: $395 for non-members, $370 for members
Individual Workshops: $65 for non-members, $60 for members
Individual Craft Seminars: $33 for non-members, $30 for members
Special Events: $10
November 5-8
The community of Grand Marais has long been known for its love of the arts, including the written word, and for providing of inspiration and retreat for writers and artists. Celebrate the literary arts with four days filled with workshops, readings, panel discussions, and more. Readers and writers alike will find a multitude of opportunities to learn and engage with words. Get a Registration by calling 218-387-2737. Registration Deadline October 22.

Ebooks, Patrons, Libraries, and Consortia

September 22
1:00pm Central Time
Greg Pronevitz, executive director of the Massachusetts Library System and stakeholder in a statewide ebook platform servicing over 400 libraries, will discuss consortial ebook platforms and their history, present, and plans for the future among library consortia. Our patrons who have patience have grown accustomed to state-of-the-art library platforms and can navigate the maze of links and authorizations required to check out ebooks. Those without patience buy their ebooks from commercial providers. Greg believes that libraries can succeed in serving current ebook patrons and many new ones as the years go by if they work together. Register

Challenging Behaviors in Young Children: What to Do When Nothing Else Works

September 29
2:00pm ET
There is widespread concern over the increasing frequency of challenging behaviors being exhibited by young children. The number of young children in preschool with challenging behaviors is one of the leading concerns of teachers, administrators and parents. This dynamic webinar will focus on providing participants with knowledge of effective and appropriate prevention and intervention strategies for children who exhibit challenging behavior. This presentation will focus on the latest research  in the field of early childhood on best practices of identifying, preventing and intervening with young children.

Appeal to Genre Readers

October 14
2:00pm EST
We all know them -- those readers dedicated to a particular genre -- you may even be one yourself! How can you help those readers find the perfect book to read when they’ve already made it through their list of author or title read-alikes? Appeals are a great place to start. Fantasy fans may enjoy reading about a large cast of characters or a sweeping story line, while romance lovers may be interested in books that are high-drama or feature a sassy protagonist. Appeals have become an increasingly important component of readers’ advisory services, going a step beyond read-alikes in a patron’s genre of choice. Join us and our panel of reader’s advisory experts, as we discuss strategies for going beyond genre read-alikes and using appeals to *ahem* appeal to avowed genre readers. Register