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MALF Bids A Fond Farewell

Posted by jim on December 06, 2017

download.jpgAs the year draws to a close, we big an official farewell to one of our longest serving board members, Howie Burke.

Howie’s involvement with MALF stretches back nearly a decade. As president of Friends of the St. Michael / Albertville / Hanover Library, he shepherded the organization through its first-ever capital campaign in 2009-2010. “Build It, Together” ultimately exceeded its target, funding multimedia, shelving, tables, and other furnishings for the area’s new library. It garnered St. Michael the 2011 Evy Nordley Award for Best Project.

Howie joined MALF as a board director several years later. A web developer and communications specialist by trade, he joined MALF’s communications committee - and served ably as its chair. He served simultaneously as chair of the membership committee.

His organizational skills and copyediting prowess will be greatly missed! Fortunately for MALF, Howie intends to remain an active citizen member, particularly in the realm of 2018 programming. 

AmeriCorps_VISTA_Logo1_Halftone.jpgIs your library interested in getting a new school readiness program off the ground? Expanding its adult literacy and ESL instruction offerings? Creating a volunteer pipeline to provide students one-on-one tutoring assistance? Establishing a performing arts or creative writing program from the ground up?

Even if those examples don’t quite hit the mark, odds are good that your library aspires to expand its literacy offerings in some way or another. Unfortunately, they are hampered by limited resources – and in particular, limited personnel time.

Minnesota Literacy Council and AmeriCorps VISTA want to help! They are currently scheduling VISTA ambassadors for deployment in Minnesota communities in 2018.

VISTA ambassadors are trained volunteers who make a year-long, full-time commitment to serve on a specific project at an eligible nonprofit organization or public agency. (Most are pursuing or exploring a career in education or public/social services. They are compensated through school scholarships, professional development credits, and a modest living allowance.)

It’s a true win-win arrangement for many. If your library could make effective use of a full-time VISTA educator, click here to learn more. On the fence? Interested parties are invited to attend information sessions on December 14, January 9, and January 18.

Applications must be submitted by Thursday, January 25.

MALF Welcomes Ann Hutton, Sue Hall

Posted by jim on November 29, 2017

Ann-Hutton-500x500.pngMALF is thrilled and privileged to announce the addition of two new, multitalented individuals to our Board of Directors. Friends of the Library familiar with library governance, long-range planning, or fundraising may already know their names.

First, welcome to Ann Hutton. Ann recently retired as executive director of Rochester-based SELCO (Southeastern Libraries Coordinating). Her library expertise and experience in that area date back to 1984, when she accepted a regional librarian position. She assumed the executive director post in 1996, and her accomplishments in the role are many and varied. Recent achievements include completion of an 11-county Minnesota Digital Newspaper Hub digitization project, and bringing the Bremer Rural Libraries & Literacy Leadership Institute (L3) to SELCO libraries.

Ann is a long-time and active member of the Minnesota Library Association. She served two terms as legislative chair – as well as chair of the Minnesota Library Council during a critical period when the state lacked a State Librarian. She was inducted onto the ALA Advocacy Honor Roll in 2015.

Sue-BW-Photo-V2-500x500.pngWe are also pleased to welcome Sue Hall, outgoing director of Library Strategies Consulting Group (the in-house consulting arm of The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library). Sue co-founded Library Strategies in 2006; it remains the only library consulting firm in the country imbedded inside a library support organization. As a consultant, Sue has helped American libraries in over 30 states – and Romania and Saudi Arabia, to boot.

Sue co-wrote the ALA Press title Beyond Booksales: Raising Real Money for Your Library (2013), and has played a leadership role in multiple statewide or multi-state initiatives. Recent examples include the Bremer Rural Libraries & Literacy Leadership Institute (L3) and Legacy-funded ‘Once Upon a Reader’ one-read program.

Like What MALF Does? Join Our Board!

Posted by jim on November 10, 2017

The Minnesota Association of Library Friends is proud to be a Board-driven organization. In other words, not only do we have a volunteer Board of Directors at the helm –– we rely on this body to staff committees and take on much of the day-to-day and project-oriented work that allows MALF to aid and advocate for Friends in Minnesota.

As we approach a new year, we invite interested candidates from across the state to put their names and credentials forward for consideration! Please email us at your leisure, at info@mnlibraryfriends.org. Include your full name and phone number, and preferably a copy of your resume / curriculum vitae. A member of our Nominating Committee will be back to you.

In particular, we welcome queries from candidates with a finance background (nonprofit, corporate, or public sector). Responsibilities of particular note include sitting on MALF’s finance and investment committee, driving internal audits when appropriate, and identifying cost saving opportunities as able.

Furthermore, MALF’s treasurer is slated to rotate out of that important role by 2019. A replacement is sought to take over treasurer duties after a long transitional period. Treasurer’s added responsibilities include budgeting oversight, submitting and tracking payments, and active collaboration with MALF’s president, staff, and accountant.

Past Award Applicants, MALF Wants Your Feedback!

Posted by jim on October 23, 2017

MALF’s Grants & Awards Committee is currently surveying past applicants for the Evy Nordley Award for Best Project by Friends of the Library.

If you’ve applied in the past, but did not do so in 2017, we would appreciate your honest input on this topicClick here to complete the survey. (If your Friends of the Library group DID submit in 2017, or has NEVER submitted, you may disregard.)

Did we mention… it’s only three questions! Please reply by Friday, October 27