Registration Now Open for MN Library Legislative Day 2015!

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Posted by jim under Advocacy

MLA-logo-2014.pngRegistration is now open for Minnesota Library Legislative Day, the linchpin event of our state’s library advocacy calendar. Library Friends from all across Minnesota are strongly encouraged to converge at the Capitol in St. Paul on March 2-3 to voice their support for libraries and their many public service offerings.

Although Tuesday is the highlight, activities begin on Monday evening. Library lobbyists Elaine Keefe and Sam Walseth will take that opportunity to get interested attendees up to speed with a special legislative briefing (details forthcoming). For those unable to attend, this session will be repeated early Tuesday morning. This is a perfect opportunity to get up to speed on legislative developments affecting public libraries in 2014-16.

Legislators will meet with constituents and hear their concerns about library funding throughout the day on March 3. A debriefing panel at 1:00 p.m. will round out the day’s official activities.

If you are unsure who represents you, click here. Navigate to "Who Represents Me?," or use the district finder. As time permits, please also check out this MLA fact sheet detailing 2015 priorities and action items.

Click here to register. MALF will be out in force this year, and we hope to see you there! Stay tuned for news of Friends networking opportunities centered around Minnesota Library Legislative Day.

Join Friends in Rosemount for Idea-Sharing Session on March 7

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march-7.jpgThe Friends of the Robert Trail Library in Rosemount cordially invite all Friends of the Library to join them on Saturday, March 7 for an informal ideas sharing session and meet-and-greet. Topics of discussion will include, but are not limited to: best practices for book sales, membership solicitation strategies, coordinating community-wide events, and innovative fundraising techniques.

The event will run 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. and be held in the main meeting room of the Robert Trail Library, 14395 South Robert Trail. Bring your own lunch. The Friends of the Robert Trail Library will supply beverages and dessert.

Spread the word! In addition to Friends, library directors, staff and Board members are also invited to attend and participate.

To RSVP, or to suggest additional topics for discussion, please contact Jo Gilbertson, president of the Friends of the Robert Trail Library (651-344-2074 /

Nominate Your Peers for ASCLA Service and Achievement Awards

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ASCLA invites Friends of the Library in Minnesota to nominate outstanding peers for one of two national life-time achievement awards.

Of special interest is the ASCLA Exceptional Service Award, which is regularly given to Friends and other committed volunteers. In particular, this citation is intended to recognize exceptional service to the homebound, hospital patients, group home residents, and/or inmate populations. Other strong candidates will be considered. Click here to learn more.

Alternatively, consider ASCLA’s Leadership and Professional Achievement Award. As the name suggests, this capstone prize honors exemplary leadership and achievement in library work. Involvement with state library development and statewide services or programs are important considerations. Click here to learn more.


Nominees must be current members in the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Services (ASCLA). Nominations for both award are being accepted for a limited time only, so don’t delay!