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September 12, 2012

New Minitex Director

Posted on behalf of Wendy Lougee, University Librarian, University of Minnesota.


I am pleased to share the exciting news about the successful search for a new director of Minitex. Valerie Horton, Executive Director of the Colorado Library Consortium (CLiC), will assume the role in early December.

Ms. Horton brings an extraordinary portfolio to the Minitex leadership position. As the founding director of CLiC, she has developed robust programs of resource sharing, as well as open source library systems and continuing education. Earlier appointments as a library director (Mesa State College), systems and budget officer (New Mexico State University), ALA International Library Fellow, and systems librarian (Brown University) round out her rich record. Her commitment to collaboration is evidenced in her lead roles in the open access journal Collaborative Librarianship and in conferences around the challenging topic of delivery and in her extensive contributions to our profession.

The search process has been expansive. The search committee, with representatives across the various sectors of the Minitex community, did a stellar job, bringing us an exceptional pool of finalists. The engagement of our communities was significant, with well over 150 individuals online watching the public presentations. Feedback from participants was equally strong, with abundant commentary from individuals across the region. I want to thank the search committee, particularly the chair Linda DeBeau-Melting, for managing this inclusive process. And thank you to all who contributed to this important search.

Valerie hopes to visit Minnesota in the months before her official start, and looks forward to working with the fabulous Minitex staff and deeply committed library communities across Minnesota and the Dakotas.

Wendy Pradt Lougee
University Librarian, University of Minnesota

September 11, 2012

September Reference Notes

The September issue of Reference Notes is now available.

This issue includes some exciting ELM-related announcements, including a new mobile-friendly ELM website, AskMN embedded within many ELM databases, and a new slate of ELM webinars. We also have two guest authors, who share information on a teacher instruction initiative in the metro area and a summer reading program in southeastern MN, respectively. And if you've ever fantasized about your favorite book set to a soundtrack, you are a natural-born librarian you can see the beginnings of that fantasy come to life here, too.

Plus, much more:

Design Thinking for Educators: Re-Imagining the School Library
Libraries in the News
Little Free Libraries
Teaching Simple Machines at LaCrescent Public Library
AskMN Now Embedded in ELM Databases
ELM Spotlight
What is MILI?
CPERS Column
Watch for ROI at MLA, MEMO, & Education Minnesota
Lead the Change
Topsy: An Aggregator of Social Networks

Thanks, as always, for reading!

ERIC Database - Update on PDFs

ERIC has just released a first wave of more than 20,500 downloadable PDFs online following a period of suspended downloading capability affecting all ERIC full-text materials. Access to the full-text collection was disabled due to privacy concerns identified in some ERIC documents. At the present time, materials available for download include all peer-reviewed full-text documents and journal articles. ERIC full-text alerts can be monitored at http://eric.ed.gov/
[From OCLC]