ITEM Conference by Theresa Nysetvold / Murray County Central Schools

It was such a pleasure to attend an in-person conference! Librarians and media specialists gathered from around the state, though primarily attendees were from the Twin Cities. I enjoyed time connecting with vendors from book distribution and publishing companies, authors and librarians. I attended two workshops on the topic of organizing school libraries by genre. [...]

Crash Course for Library Directors by Shelly Finzen

The Library Director Crash Course program, provided by the ALA, was filled with great, useful information. My primary goal was to learn more about budgeting, but I also gained information on staffing, benefits, working with board members and capital (building and property) concerns.Three things I learned about budgeting is that approximately 50% of our operating [...]

ALA eCourse “Genealogical Research for Librarians by Erin Conway / Marshall-Lyon County Library

Over the month of October, I attended the ALA eCourse “Genealogical Research for Librarians”. Each week, I was given the opportunity to explore a number of public records as well as free and proprietary resources that help people uncover the past and make connections in their family trees.One of the most interesting things that the [...]

Resilient Together: Building School and Public Library Partnerships by Mackenzie Schley / Jackson County Library

 This was a great three-week course presented by Library Journal and School Library Journal. The presenters came from both school and public libraries and described how their successful partnerships came to be. It was inspiring to hear how libraries worked together to create special programs that connected children in the community to resources. Following are [...]