Monday, August 29, 2011

Save the Dates: Twin Cities Alt Press Events

September 16-18, 2011 Twin Cities Anarchist Bookfair

Friday 9/16: UMN West Bank – Blegen Hall, Room 415

5:30pm – Radical History panel discussion with Andrej Grubacic and Terry Bisson

Saturday 9/17: Powderhorn Park

10:30am – 6:00pm – Tables, speakers and workshops
10pm – Afterparty @ Sisters Camelot (2310 Snelling Ave, Mpls)

Sunday 9/18: Powderhorn Park

10:30am – 6:00pm – Tables, speakers, and workshops
2:00pm – Really Really Free Market


Since 2004, the Twin Cities Zinefest has welcomed creatives, rebels, musicians and frustrated intellectuals to connect, create and share ideas. As the area’s premiere DIY craft, culture and self-publishing event, Zinefest often features an art show, live music, craft demonstrations, guest speakers and panel discussions. Most importantly, Zinefest plays host to some of the Midwest’s best self-made talent.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Read & Ride Day at MN State Fair

Read & Ride Day
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Celebrate Summer Reading with Your Public Library
in Carousel Park @ the Minnesota State Fair
Show your public library card for discounted admission
when you purchase a ticket at the gate. (One discount per card.)
On Stage
10:00 – Super Why & Princess Presto*
  Meet favorite characters from favorite PBSKids show Super Why!
11:00 – Radio Disney Dancers
   Young dancers from tiny to teen delight audience with their musical moves.
12:00 – Clementown
It’s poetry put to music when Clementown performs songs from their CD, Polkabats and Octopus Slacks – the Music.
1:00 – The Okee Dokee  Brothers
Share music and fun with the Okee Dokee Brothers. Enjoy their bluegrass sound for the younger set.
2:00 – Dazzling Dave – National Yo-Yo Master
A tornado of whirling tricks and tips designed to dazzle audiences of all ages.
3:00 – Magician Matt Dunn
An action-packed comedy magic show for the whole family.
4:00 -  Douglas Wood & the Wild Spirit Band
The Wild Spirit Band draws you in with American standards, bluegrass, jazz, folk songs, commercial hits, and original compositions.
*Super Why and Princess Presto will be back for 20 minutes at 11:30, 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, 3:30 near the stage.

Under the Tent
  • Get Carded!  There’s no limit to the rewards of your library. Show your card at the tent and get your I Got Carded button.
  • Libraries of Minnesota
    • Scavenger Hunt: Find the 10 photos from Libraries of Minnesota (Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2011) around Carousel Park. Then find them in the book and get an I’d Rather Be at the Library key chain or mood pencil.
    • Book Giveaway and Signing: Copies of Libraries of Minnesota will be given away starting at 1:00. Photographer Doug Ohman will be on hand to sign copies. One copy per person, while supplies last.
  • Maintain Your Brain
    • Brain games to try out. You public library can help keep your brain healthy and active!
  • Spin & Win
    • Test your knowledge and win a library card holder.
  • Story-On-A-Stick
    • Save your State Fair memories on a fan custom designed by you.
  • Minitex
    • Celebrating 40 years this information and resource Sharing Program of the Minnesota Office of Higher Education and the University of Minnesota Libraries assists all libraries in Minnesota. Find out how they make your library better.
  • Minnesota Parent
    • Pick up the latest issue of Minnesota’s premier parenting magazine!
  • Twin Cities Public Television (tpt)
    • Join your friends from Twin Cities Public Television (tpt) for fun take-away activities. Learn about kids shows that promote reading. Don’t forget to tell them “thanks!” for bringing Super Why and Princess Presto to the Fair.

MN Special Library Association Chapter's Continuing Education Event

The SLA Minnesota Chapter invites you to attend its annual continuing education event:

Creating Influence: How to Get What You Want

Learn to communicate in a powerful and effective way with the corporate and organizational decision-makers in your institutions.
You’ll learn how to predict and prepare for organizational challenges and opportunities and develop your value proposition and an individual value statement -- your elevator speech. This class will be fun, practical, and hands-on. 
The presenters have taught this course at Medical Library Association regional chapter and national meetings with good reviews from participants. They look forward to bringing the course to SLA in MN!
Lisa K. Traditi, MLS, AHIP, an academic health sciences librarian and former hospital librarian with 25 years experience in practice. Frank Traditi, an executive leadership and management coach with his own private practice and more than 20 years in the corporate world.
Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2011 
12:30 – 1 p.m. Registration
1-5 p.m. Presentation/Workshop
 *Refreshments will be served.
Community Room
750 W American Blvd
Bloomington, MN 55420
Please park in the main parking lot and walk through the REI store. When you get to the shoe department, take a right to the Community Room.
$50 for SLA members
$35 for students, unemployed, or retired
$60 for non-members
Registration is a two-part process. Please register and send payment by Monday, Sept. 19. Space is limited. 
Please SEE MN SLA's blog post for all the details!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Moveable Type Truck slide show and afterparty potluck

A public event with a print focus. You are invited.
I copied the following details off the public facebook event here:

Monday, August 29 · 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Minnesota Center for Book Arts and Zine Apothecary
1011 Washington Ave S and 3310 15th Ave S
Minneapolis, MN

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More Info
First, head to MCBA (1011 Washington Ave S) from 5pm-7pm for a visit with Kyle Durrie and her type truck--a truck turned mobile letterpress studio. At 6pm, the slideshow will commence.

At 8pm, the Type Truck and the Fly Away Zine Mobile will pull into the Zine Apothecary (3310 15th Ave S) for the afterparty potluck. Bring the bounty from your CSA or a treat to share, and we'll take over the alley with underground press and zine-y fun times. Potluck + letterpress studio + 2 zine libraries= an amazing Monday night.

MLA 2011 Annual Conference

Registration is open for the Minnesota Library Association (MLA) 2011 Annual Conference. The conference will be held in Duluth this year from Wednesday, October 12 through Friday, October 14, 2011. Attending the MLA Conference is a great opportunity for professional development, networking, seeing great speakers/presentations, and more. It also looks nice on a resume when applying for library jobs. :)

You may want to consider volunteering; not only is this good resume fodder, but "enrolled library students" can also get FREE registration for the conference by simply volunteering a few hours of their time at the event.

If you don't want to volunteer, you should register by September 9 for lower "Early Bird" prices. Early Bird registration for the full conference is $175 for MLA members and $250 for non-members. After September 9, those rates go up to $225 and $300, respectively. In order to register in advance, you must do so by September 30. You can even register online.

There are some cheaper options if you register for just one or two days of the conference. You can view all the options here. There is also an online schedule for the conference if you want to look that over and plan accordingly.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Hennepin County seeks Homework Hub volunteers

NOTE: This would be an excellent opportunity to gain some hands on library outreach experience.

Hennepin County Library is looking for volunteers to work with youth after school on literacy and homework related projects - reading, math, history, language arts and more. Volunteers must have some experience with school age children and commit to working once a week at a Homework Hub location for a semester. Homework Hub is at the following libraries – Augsburg Park, Brookdale, Central, East Lake, Franklin, Hopkins, Hosmer, Northeast, Nokomis, North Regional and Sumner. Training is provided. A criminal background check is required.

For a glance at our web page, please click on the following link:

For further questions about the Homework Hub program, please contact Barb McKenzie, the program’s Coordinator at

Thursday, August 18, 2011

MN Internship Posting: Preservation Internship, Hennepin County Library

Preservation Internship
Hennepin County Library

The Preservation department with Hennepin County Library plays a vital role in ensuring the long-term viability of the Library’s print collections through repair and restoration measures, book binding, preservation photocopy, and other preservation methods. The Bindery/Preservation department also performs a consulting and educational function for staff on preservation matters

One semester, 6 to10 hours per week, September 2011 – December 2011.

This is an unpaid position which could be for college credit or work experience.

Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis

Application Deadline:
August 26, 2011

Duties may include the following:
• Preservation bookbinding
• Construction of preservation enclosures for library materials
• Simple mending of library materials
• General processing of library materials including some clerical work

Candidate must have attention to detail and good manual dexterity.
Coursework and/or experience in book preservation helpful but not necessary.
Candidate has not completed an internship with Hennepin County Library in the past.

To Apply and For Questions:
Submit a resume and brief cover letter outlining your qualifications for this internship to:
Barb McKenzie
Hennepin County Library - Ridgedale
12601 Ridgedale Drive
Minnetonka, MN 55305

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

MN Job Posting: Instructional Media and Technology Technician, Osseo Area Schools

Position Type:

Date Posted:

Educational Service Center

Description: Provide organization of instructional media and technology by organizing and supporting online resources and library catalogs.

Job Summary:

1) Online Resource Support

a) Support and maintain online educational resources

i. Moodle (Learning Management System).

ii. Identified and implemented online educational resources including Google Docs, WordPress, ePals, Learn360.

iii. Web 2.0 tools for hybrid and online educational learning environments.

iv. ELM (Electronic Library of Minnesota) databases

v. Follett Destiny Library Manager and Textbook Manager

vi. Subscription databases

b) Maintain currency of passwords and access

c) Communicate with providers regarding updates, access, and other pertinent information

d) Provide and/or support training for technology-based learning tools.

e) Participate in the design, development and sustainability of a web-based learning and information portal.

f) Create websites for departments and projects as needed using Google Sites.

g) Compile data for reports and support.

h) Work with curriculum department, business and resource managers to assist with textbook distribution and circulation, using Follett Destiny Textbook Manager.

i) Provide acquisition, renewal, receiving, and claim services of periodicals/memberships for District Professional Collection.

2) Research topics related to information literacy and technology to support administrators and staff.

3) Provide tech support as needed for Educational Service Center.

4) Other duties as assigned by the Instructional Media & Technology Coordinator.


  • 2+ years of relevant experience in system development using Web 2.0 applications technologies and content management system product development

    o Moodle

    o Google Apps

    o WordPress

  • Knowledge of Moodle 2.1
  • Experience with PHP/HTML
  • Experience providing technical support, both hardware and software, to meet department and building needs.
  • Experience supporting applications for mobile devices helpful.
  • Apache experience preferred.
  • Education and/or library experience preferred

Skills, Knowledge, Abilities:

  • High level of comfort and skill in the use of a variety of software packages and online resources

  • Ability to work with minimal supervision, under pressure, maintain accuracy and attention to detail.

  • Effective oral and written communication skills.

Job Type: Full-Time

Bargaining Unit: Communications III

Salary Range: Per Contract

Apply Online:

MN Job Posting: Library Tech Conference Planning Intern, Macalester College

This is a unique and rewarding internship opportunity for a student currently enrolled in a library degree or certification program.
We are seeking a dedicated self-starter with good people, organizing and time management skills a strong interest in technology that will be responsible for assisting the Library Technology Conference Steering Committee in the planning of the 2012 Library Technology Conference. The Conference will be held March 14-15, 2012 on the campus of Macalester
College in St. Paul, Minnesota.

The Library Technology Conference is an annual conference (currently in its fifth year) which provides an opportunity for librarians to come together from around the region and the country to discuss the technologies that are affecting library services; to see examples of what libraries are doing with these technologies; and to allow participants to learn specific skills or knowledge that they can take back and adapt for use within their own library. Sessions offered include
both traditional conference sessions as well as hands-on workshops and cover a wide range of topics requiring varying skill levels. The 2011 conference was attended by 465 academic, public, K-12, and special (legal, medical, corporate, museums, etc) library staff from 195 different library organizations in 26 states.

The position will begin mid-September and continue until early April (total of 30 weeks) averaging 8-12 hours per week with up to 40 hours the week of the conference for a total of 300 hours.


Skill Qualifications:
● Experience and demonstrated competency in using Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel) and the Adobe Creative Suite (inDesign, Photoshop) required;
● Experience with using social media tools, including Facebook and Twitter required;
● Some experience with organizing and creating print publications desired;
● Previous experience working with web pages and web design including html, css, etc.
Personal Competencies:
● Strong interest in technology and its impact on libraries;
● Excellent written and oral communication skills;
● Strong organizational skills;
● Proactive, flexible, detail-oriented, and able to multi-task;
● Ability to meet deadlines;
● Ability to work independently with limited direct supervision


Duties and responsibilities will primarily include:
● Work with program planning staff to organize conference concurrent, poster and hands-on sessions;
● Assist with coordinating conference registration;
● Assist in producing conference program and other conference print publications;
● Help in managing and updating conference web site;
● Provide support for external conference publicity and communications using social media tools such as Facebook and Twitter;
● Help coordinate follow-up survey to gather feedback from conference participants;
● Perform other duties and responsibilities, as assigned.

The position will remain opened but only applicants received by 8/15/11 will be assured consideration. Applicants must be authorized to work in the US upon employment start date.


Apply Online:

MN Job Posting: Temporary Library Associate, Macalester College

The Library Associate, Evening Supervisor is responsible for overall building operations, safety and security outside of regular business hours. The person in this position:

• provides sole supervision of the library during evening shifts.
• is most often the first point of contact for faculty and students on evenings—requiring an ever-increasing breadth of knowledge of library services and the campus at large.
• assures building safety and security during times of low staff presence.
• supervises and trains students in basic circulation practices and develops student managers based on assessed performance and leadership potential.
• requires a highly refined interpersonal skill set as needed to evaluate facts and situations, and make sound judgments concerning people and policies.
• must possess both the technical skills to troubleshoot customer problems, as well as public service skills to resolve problems in a manner understandable to customers.

This is a part-time, temporary position with an anticipated end date of 5/20/2012. The hours include three afternoon/evenings per week (3:30-midnight) September through mid December and late January through May in accordance with the academic calendar.


1. Associate’s degree and 2 years previous library experience required. Bachelor’s degree preferred. Academic Library experience highly desired.

2. Experience with integrated library system software desired. Experience with online library catalogs and familiarity with OCLC WorldCat Resource Sharing and ILLiad preferred.

3. Able to perform detailed work with accuracy under minimal supervision.

4. Proficient with personal computer applications including e-mail and word processing. Familiar with spreadsheet applications.

5. Able to cope with constant technological change; must be capable of applying new technologies and innovations into existing operations.

6. Able to work cooperatively in a flexible, team-based work setting.

7. Commitment to excellent customer service.

8. Excellent oral and written communication and problem solving skills.

9. Commitment to continuous learning.

10. Excellent interpersonal skills and able to work with diverse populations.


1. Provides sole staff supervision of public service operations during scheduled evening shifts, including circulation, reserves, interlibrary loan, computer lab, reference (in absence of reference staff), customer safety, and building and collection security.

2. Staffs approachable customer-oriented service points in the library, which are a first stop for customers needing help with library collections and services. Has extensive interaction with faculty relating to reserves and circulation questions. Resolves special case situations with faculty that often go beyond the norm of regular or routine situations and procedures.

3. Resolve problems with individual borrowers relating to lost/missing library materials by interpreting library policy and striving for an outcome resulting in overall improved understanding of community stewardship and responsibility for library property.

4. Supervises twenty to twenty-five student employees; trains them in public services policies and processes, including use of essential computer systems.

5. Ensures the proper and efficient handling of library materials including re-shelving and processing of returned materials.

6. Contributes to the development and accomplishment of overall library goals and objectives; provides support to other staff members.

The position will remain opened but only applicants received by 8/14/11 will be assured consideration. Applicants must be authorized to work in the US upon employment start date.


Apply Online:

MN Internship Posting: Outreach Services

Library Outreach Services Internship
Hennepin County Library

Outreach promotes the use of the library by the nontraditional or under-served user through the development and support of programs and services.

Outreach Department's goal is to bring the experience of the library and its resources to the community - in their homes, senior living facilities, rehabilitation centers, the correctional facilities of the county and through events held at the library.

One semester, 4 to 8 hours per week, September 2011 to December 2011.

This is an unpaid position which could be for college credit or work experience.

Main work location is at the Ridgedale Library, 12601 Ridgedale Dr., Minnetonka, with some work in Downtown Minneapolis at the Juvenile Detention Center, in Plymouth at the Adult Correctional Facility, and in Minnetonka at the County Home School.

Application Deadline:
August 19, 2011

Duties may include the following:

· Provide direct information services working at the At Home phoneline

· Assist in classifying / organizing Adult Correctional Facility collection

· Assist in compiling and analyzing data for Adult Correctional Facility programs and

Deposit Collection booktalking program

· Assist in creating documents for use in Large Print book club kits, including writing

book discussion questions

· Assist with Read to Me, a family literacy program, at the Adult Correctional Facility

· Assist in the creation, implementation and evaluation of a reading interest survey

for use with the Deposit Collection sites, at the Adult Correctional Facility, and at

· Assist in weekly filling of information requests from Adult Correctional Facility the

County Home School

· Plan, develop, and implement a book discussion group at the Adult Correctional

Facility (women's) and District 287 (teens)

· Plan, develop, and implement a project of interest related to Outreach

Candidate must currently be enrolled in a library program or a recent library school graduate. Applicant must have completed coursework in reference / information services.
Candidate has not completed an internship with Hennepin County Library in the past.

To Apply and For Questions:
Submit a resume and brief cover letter outlining your qualifications for this internship to:

Barb McKenzie
Hennepin County Library - Ridgedale
12601 Ridgedale Drive
Minnetonka, MN 55305
(952) 847-8579