Farewell To 2011

Goodbye and Hello

The MALF Board of Directors said goodbye to two long-serving and highly productive board members at its meeting on November 7 and will say hello to four new ones in 2012.


Allen Maffit and Chris Olson have served on the board for 10 years and 17 years, respectively. Both will retire from the board at the end of this year. Allen has served most of his years as treasurer, and Chris has served as membership manager and most recently as board president.

Four new board members will bring many years of experience to help support MALF’s mission.

The Minnesota Association of Library Friends welcomes Ed Fagerlund, Ruth Solie, MaryAnn Bernat and Judy Schotzko to the 2012 board of directors. The four bring diverse talents and experience to support the mission of MALF.

Ed Fagerlund is an economist (PhD) from Stillwater. He worked for the Minnesota Department of Commerce and taught economics at both the University of St. Thomas (St. Paul) and Wichita University (Kansas). Fagerlund will advise the board in matters of finance and is the new board treasurer.

Ruth Solie is the longtime director of the Northern Lights Library Network (she’s officially retired this month!) from Detroit Lakes. She helped establish Friends groups in school, academic and public libraries across the state. Solie understands the importance of citizen advocates and brings her ability to coordinate citizens who support libraries.

Mary Ann Bernat is a retired media specialist from Delano. She served as the president of the Friends of the Delano Public Library from 2002 to 2008. Bernat will help with program planning, fundraising and engaging school libraries with MALF.

Judy Schotzko is a registered nurse specializing in psychiatric and mental health from Wabasha. She is the 2012 president of the Minnesota Library Trustees Association of MLA. Schotzko brings years of board experience focused on campaign finance, environmental and women’s political issues to the MALF board.

Please help us welcome our talented new board members. With the leadership and vision of our new board, 2012 will surely be an exciting year for MALF!


Library Legislative Day at the Capitol is in February, stay tuned for a date to be announced.


MALF Phone Poll

Throughout January and February, consultants will be performing a phone poll on MALF’s behalf.  The poll is the first step in reinvigorating MALF communications.  It will also help to update member contact information as well as explore the possibility of increased digital communication.  The poll will take a little more than five minutes to complete, so it shouldn’t be a big hassle for members. Please help us out and participate in the idea sharing!

National Spotlight Shines On Minneapolis

The Huffington Post featured Minneapolis Public Libraries in part three of its ongoing series on libraries in America

"How Libraries are About More than Just Books"

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