Monthly Archives: November 2014

Holiday Hiatus

We’re taking the week off for Thanksgiving. Enjoy your time with friends and family, and check back next week for new content.

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A Brief Look Back on AzLA/MPLA 2014

Photo of the 2014 MPLA Executive Board meembers with cacti and mountains in the background

Outgoing MPLA Executive Board

 

 

 

 

 

I recently had the great good fortune to once again attend the Mountain Plains Library Association’s annual conference. Their convention this year was in gorgeous Fountain Hills, Arizona–where the temperature seldom dipped below 80 degrees and North Dakotans (like those pictured below) were deeply puzzled by the absence of snow and sub-zero windchills.

North Dakotans bandy about in the desert, befuddled by the absence of blizzard-like conditions.

Eric Stroshane, Mary Soucie, Jerry Kaup, Aubrey Madler, Matt Derpinghaus, Iris Swedlund, Paulette Nelson, and Wendy Wendt. Sarah Matthews and Jennifer Jenness (not pictured here) were also in attendance from ND.

 

 

If you weren’t able to attend, conference session handouts and presentations are archived here.

The programming was diverse and all the sessions I attended were excellent, so you should be able to find some great ideas regardless of your library type, size, or interests. The highlights for me were Attack of the Giant Tech Monster and Exploring the Leadership Frontier: Boldly Blazing a New Trail. The keynotes were spectacular, as well. If you ever have the opportunity to see Connie Willis speak, do not miss out–she is an absolute treasure.

Man dwarfed by the 20+ foot cacti he stands between

Real cacti adorned with real holiday lights. Tiny little man included for scale.

 

New content for County and Town Histories

I will have some new books uploaded later today to the County and Town Histories Collection on Digital Horizons. There is also new folk art content in North Dakota Memories from the Pembina County Historical Society. A great way to get updates for these collections is to subscribe to the RSS updates as seen in the upper right corner of the landing page image below. The collection links above will take you to the landing pages. You can do this for any of the collections in Digital Horizons. Check them out!

Landing page for  North Dakota County and Town Histories

Landing page for North Dakota County and Town Histories

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 Branchaud's General Store in Pembina by Antoinette Branchaud Schwob

Branchaud’s General Store in Pembina by Antoinette Branchaud Schwob

Vikur Lutheran Church (Mountain, N.D.) by J.S. Benedictson

Vikur Lutheran Church (Mountain, N.D.) by J.S. Benedictson

Unmask! Teen Video Contest

UnmaskSloganEncourage the teens at your library to enter the 2015 North Dakota “Unmask!” Teen Video Contest for a chance to win a $150 prize! The local public library of the winning teen will receive $50 worth of prizes from Upstart.

The North Dakota State Library and the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) want to encourage teens to develop their video skills, have fun, and encourage other North Dakota teens to use their library all summer long.

The deadline to enter is March 20, 2015. For complete rules visit: http://library.nd.gov/videocontest.html.

To see the 2014 winning video visit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eI48Zsw7nmo

Don’t live in North Dakota? Check the list of participating states on the CSLP site to enter the context in your state!

Upcoming Library Grants and Awards

dollar signEBSCO Excellence in Small and/or Rural Public Library Service Award

Deadline: December 1, 2014

The EBSCO Excellence in Small and/or Rural Public Library Service Award is an annual recognition bestowed upon a public library serving a population of 10,000 or less in a manner demonstrating excellent service to its community as exemplified by an overall service program or a special program of significant accomplishment. The award honors a public library for all or any of the following: uniqueness of service of program; impact of program or service on community; how the service or program will affect the future of the library and its community. The award comes with a $1,000 honorarium.

Click here to apply or learn more.

ALA Trustee Citation

Deadline: January 15, 2015

The ALA Trustee Citation recognizes public library trustees for distinguished service to library development, symbolizing and honoring the best contributions and efforts of the estimated 60,000 American citizens who serve on library boards. The award is presented during the ALA Annual Conference and equal consideration is given to trustees of libraries of all sizes.

Click here to apply or learn more.

Antonio Pizzigati Prize for Software in the Public Interest

Deadline: December 15, 2014

The Pizzigati Prize annually awards a $10,000 cash grant to one individual who has created or led an effort to create an open source software product of significant value to the nonprofit sector and movements for social change.

Click here to apply or learn more.

Otto Bremer Foundation

Deadline: January 7, 2015

Otto Bremer Foundation funds proposals consistent with the Foundation’s mission of assisting people in achieving full economic, civic, and social participation in and for the betterment of their communities. Grants are only available to organizations in Bremer Bank Communities.

Click here to apply or learn more.

Dollar General Literacy Foundation Summer Reading Resources Grant (YALSA)

Deadline: January 1, 2015

Libraries administering summer reading programs that are open to teens, who are within 20 miles of a Dollar General Store, and who have a librarian who is a personal member of YALSA are eligible to apply for a $1,000 grant to purchase resources that will bolster their teen summer reading program.

Click here to apply or learn more.

It could be worse

So I found myself grumbling about the snow and cold today. Then I thought–It could be worse. Here are a few photos from Digital Horizons to prove my point. Click on the links in the captions for more information.

Sebastian Krumm house, Hague N.D., after 1966 blizzard. State Historical Society of North Dakota (C1475)

Sebastian Krumm house, Hague N.D., after 1966 blizzard. State Historical Society of North Dakota (C1475)

Digging out after the big blizzard, Milton, North Dakota, 1893 -- Fred Hultstrand History In Pictures Collection, NDIRS-NDSU, Fargo (2028.475)

Digging out after the big blizzard, Milton, North Dakota, 1893 — Fred Hultstrand History In Pictures Collection, NDIRS-NDSU, Fargo (2028.475)

Buried car on Broadway during 1944 blizzard, Fargo, N.D. -- Institute for Regional Studies, NDSU (2022.7.2)

Buried car on Broadway during 1944 blizzard, Fargo, N.D. — Institute for Regional Studies, NDSU (2022.7.2)

A Fargo woman with a shovel digging out of her house -- Fargo Public Library Photograph Collection 2065

A Fargo woman with a shovel digging out of her house — Fargo Public Library Photograph Collection 2065

Junior Makerspace Toolkit

blocksThe Early Childhood Programs and Services Committee of the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) has partnered with LEGO to bring you a toolkit for hosting makerspaces for kids in your library.

Many North Dakota libraries already have LEGO clubs, but if you haven’t hopped on the bandwagon yet, this is a great opportunity to get involved!

The toolkit provides ideas for structuring your program and ideas for activities. It suggests the following tips:

  • Designate a space
  • Gather age- appropriate materials
  • Pick a project
  • Spur storytelling
  • Capture and share the creative process

Check out the toolkit to learn more! You can also visit the LEGO Foundation to learn more about the research they have done on creativity.

Do you have a LEGO club at your library? Share your tips and tricks in the comments!

 

Short Notes…

In addition to gLifeLearningetting credit from traditional college programs, many institutions are now giving credit for what you have experienced and learned in life: Competency-Based Education.


Ebooks

Contrary to popular belief, publishers are not hurt by ebook sales. Check out this compilation of ebook profit margins  by author, Hugh C. Howey.

Digital Horizons – New Collection featuring Pembina County Historical Society items

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We recently partnered with the Pembina County Historical Society to bring you a snapshot of what the Society has to offer. The new collection, North Dakota Memories, will include North Dakota items that are scanned from collections not housed by the North Dakota State Library. I have started adding items that I scanned in June from the Pembina County Historical Society museum in Cavalier. To this point, the Pioneer Women’s Histories have been uploaded to the Digital Horizons North Dakota Memories collection. This selection of materials contains biographies of pioneer women in Pembina County that was gathered in the 1930’s and 1940’s as part of the WPA program. The text is searchable and contains information on the life of the pioneers, genealogy, and history of the towns and settlements.

I have a lot more material to add so keep your eyes open for more images, artwork and objects from Pembina County in the North Dakota Memories collection!

If you know of a collection that could be part of North Dakota Memories, please contact me-Stephanie Kom at sbaltzer@nd.gov or 701-328-4629. We will provide equipment and training for a period of time and catalog and upload the objects for display on Digital Horizons.

A taste of things to come. Funeral procession in Cavalier, N.D. early 20th century.

A taste of things to come. Funeral procession in Cavalier, N.D. early 20th century.

Fundraising Events for Libraries

dollar signAt the Summer Summits that were held in August, fundraising was a topic that was discussed at multiple locations. Many impressive fundraising ideas were shared by the libraries in attendance.

Many of the fundraising ideas were special, or “signature,” events. This means that they are annual events, unique to the library, that the community looks forward to attending each year.

Some events hosted by North Dakota libraries include:

  • Garden party
  • Tour of Homes
  • Vendor fairs
  • Ice cream socials
  • Silent auctions
  • Purse raffles

As a follow up to a successful Association for Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL) program, last year WebJunction hosted a webinar entitled “Signature Events for Small Libraries,” which provided many ideas for unique events and tips for planning and hosting them. The slides are still available for viewing, along with related planning resources. You can listen to the recorded webinar by logging in with a WebJunction account.

If you are interested in further information on hosting a special fundraising event, check out Beyond Book Sales: the Complete Guide to Raising Real Money for Your Library from the North Dakota State Library. It includes tips for planning and hosting successful special events.

It also highlights reasons why you might want to host a special event, such as:

  • Raising the visibility of your library in the community
  • Enhancing the image of the library among citizens
  • Creating a new pool of potential donors

Does your library host a special fundraising event? Share your stories in the comments!