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October 31, 2007

Minnesota Library Association Annual Conference --Mankato

Last week I attended the Minnesota Library Association Annual conference in Mankato. The theme was “All the World’s a Stage—Becoming the Lead Player You Were Meant to be?. On Wednesday I attended the annual MLA Government Documents Roundtable meeting and then the MILE Leadership Luncheon. I attended the session about the American Community Survey and how gathering information for the Census is changing. I also met with my MILE mentor that afternoon.
On Thursday I attended “Performing on the Library Instruction Stage? which had some good tips about being in front of an audience and the similarities between a performer and a teacher. I attended Cody Hanson’s session on “Podcast, Screencast and Social Media?. Hanson is the Technology Librarian at the University of MN. Check out his blog at http://codyhanson.com/blog for 2007 and 2006 MLA Presentations. The Keynote speaker on Thursday was the author Sandra Benitez. I also attend the presentation by Paul Dahl “Being a Servant-Leader in the Library Setting?. The Blue County Library held a very nice reception on Thursday evening.
On Friday I attended “Using technology to Teach Information Literacy: Leveraging the Tech Tools Your Patrons Already Know? and the “Embedded Librarian: Engaging Students in Library Research?. Both of these sessions has some good ideas about library instruction, including making tutorials for point of use and classes having more than one library instruction /session. The Friday keynote speakers were Bill Barnes and Gene Ambaum of Unshelved. The presentation was entitled “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Library?. Check out their comic strip at http://www.unshelved.com/
I also checked out the booths and the posters sessions between the sessions.
Some library 2.0 things the Minnesota Library Association (http://www.mnlibraryassociation.org) are doing include:
MLA Blog--http://www.mlaupdate.blogspot.com/
Facebook Group -- http://minnesota.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2384944595
LibraryThing Group --http://www.librarything.com/groups/minnesotalibraryasso
Let me know if you have any questions about the conference.

Submitted by Jodi Carlson

October 29, 2007

Scholarly Publishing and Open Access: Straight Talk

St. Luke's Hospital will be hosting the Medical Library Association (MLA) webcast "Scholarly Publishing and Open

Access: Straight Talk."

Date: Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Time: The webcast is from 1:00-3:00pm

Location: Auditorium, 2nd floor Center, St. Luke's Hospital, 915 E. 1st St., Duluth.

For directions go to http://www.slhduluth.com/gedownload!/parking_map.pdf?item_id=69275&version_id=69276

It is easiest to park in the Northland Ramp and walk over on the skywalk, which has you on the 2nd floor. I will have signs.

The topic will be about new models of publishing and open access. For more information about the agenda, session goals, objectives, and presenters go to:


If you know anyone in your institution who might be interested, please feel free to invite them.

Attendees will receive 2.0 contact hours.

This event is free but I ask that you let me know by the morning of November 20 if you are coming so that I have enough handouts.

The sponsorship of this webcast has been funded in whole or in part by the National Library of Medicine under contract NO1-LM-6-3503 with the University of Illinois at Chicago Library of the Health Sciences (Greater Midwest Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine).

If you have any questions, please contact me.

Doreen Roberts, MLS, AHIP
Medical Librarian
St. Luke's Hospital
915 E. 1st St.
Duluth, MN 55811
218-249-5926 (fax)

Submitted by Sue

October 18, 2007

Soaring to Excellence 2008 teleconference

UMD Library is hosting the following College of DuPage teleconference:

Soaring to Excellence 2008: Mapping the Library Landscape: Every library worker a trendspotter

Finding the Trends that Matter - Get Your Environmental Scan On

Date: Friday, October 26, 2007

Time: 11:00am - 12:30pm (Central Time)

Room: L410

Submitted by Sue

October 11, 2007

Berman Event

In partnership with University Relations and the Sieur du Luth lecture series, the UMD library sponsored an event on September 14 recognizing Michael S. Berman, Democratic political organizer UMD alumni, and the donation of the Michael S. Berman Political Collection to the UMD Archives. At the Sieur du Luth lecture, Berman gave an informative and humorous account of his experiences in various political campaigns and pointed out the dwindling significance of the party conventions and rise of the influence of primaries. Richard Teske, a Republican policy leader, UMD alumni, and founder of the Sieur du Luth lecture series, gave Berman a highly complimentary introduction which demonstrated the "civility" emphasized in the lecture. The exhibit and reception were enjoyed by all and made clear the advantages of having the UMD Library display cases on the fourth floor. On the library side of things, Tom A., Bill, and Liz did most of the work and can take a good measure of credit for the event's success.

Photos from the Berman Event available at http://www.flickr.com/photos/14858064@N02/sets/72157602366411444/

See Tom Ambrosi if you would like a copy of the event booklet.

More information at:

Submitted by Kathryn