From the Director
News, articles, and other messages from Minitex Director Valerie Horton and former
Director Bill DeJohn.
Future Focused: Trends Impacting Library Services – the Minitex Perspective
(PDF; 3.7 MB)
Valerie Horton shared her thoughts about trends facing libraries during a presentation
at the Annual Conference of the Minnesota Library Association on Thursday, October 20,
2013. Valerie centered her discussion around three fundamental shifts – from
physical libraries to virtual libraries, from libraries with a focus on individual
patrons to libraries focused on their wider community, and from libraries focused on
collecting materials to libraries involved in various ways in creation of content –
and commented about how she sees them impacting Minitex participating libraries, and
all libraries, in the years to come. Also, Tim Johnson, University of Minnesota
Libraries, provided interesting comments about Valerie's presentation on his blog,
"Special & Rare On A Stick."
Listening to the Library Community – September 6, 2013
(PDF; 230 KB)
Valerie Horton has been traveling throughout the Minitex region this past spring
and summer to meet with staff of libraries throughout Minnesota, North Dakota, and
South Dakota. She has had two goals in her meetings – to introduce Minitex
services to her audiences and to learn about the concerns and issues of interest
to the Minitex region library community. In this essay, she describes the concerns
and opportunities that were identified during her conversations.
Library Consortia Overview – August 14, 2013
(PDF; 315 KB)
An article compiled in preparation for a longer article on library consortia by Valerie Horton,
which will be published in Cooperative
Librarianship this fall. It is also being used as one of the discussion
documents for the Minitex strategic planning process that is currently underway.
Valerie welcomes your thoughts and comments (firstname.lastname@example.org,
Memorial Resolution Honoring Bill DeJohn – August 12, 2013
(PDF; 63 KB)
A resolution honoring former Minitex Director Bill DeJohn submitted to the University
of Minnesota Senate by the University Libraries, August 12, 2013.
Delving Deeper into Library Collaboration – May 2013
(PDF; 468 KB)
We welcome Valerie Horton to the Minitex region. Her first article for the
was about a topic that has been a major focus for her for years: collaborative
librarianship. As Director of Minitex, she will have many opportunities to delve
deeply! (Her article provides a link to a longer version of her thoughts newly
published in Collaborative
Librarianship, Volume 5 2013. Valerie is co-general editor of the online
Resolution Honoring Bill DeJohn – January 22, 2013
(PDF; 88 KB)
A resolution honoring the work of former Minitex Director Bill DeJohn adopted during
the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Seattle, January 25-29, 2013.
Bill DeJohn, 1940-2012
We are very sad to report that former Minitex Director Bill DeJohn died on Monday,
December 31, 2012 at his home in Northfield, MN after a brief illness. It was just less
than a year ago that several hundred of his friends and colleagues from around the
state came together to celebrate Bill's distinguished career, including 27 years as
Director of Minitex. In addition to the formal
please take a moment to read
DeJohn and the Value of Sharing" – a heartfelt remembrance by Barbara Fister
of Gustavus Adolphus College.
Departing Thanks and Well Wishes from Bill DeJohn – February 14, 2012
Bill DeJohn sent his departing thanks and well wishes for the future to Minitex participating
libraries staff on February 14, 2012.
Bill DeJohn's Retirement Party – January 10, 2012
More than 200 friends and colleagues gathered to thank Bill for his leadership of Minitex over the
past 27 years and to wish him well in his retirement at his retirement celebration, January 10, 2012.
Bill shared brief remarks about Minitex, friends, and family. (The photo over his head in the video
shows the five Newfoundlands with which Bill and his wife, Kathi, share their home.)
40 Years of Collaboration: Minitex and Minnesota Libraries Then and Now – October 12, 2011
(PDF; 1.3 MB)
Bill DeJohn outlined the history of Minitex and 40 years of collaboration during his presentation at
the Minnesota Library Association fall conference in October 2011.
Bill DeJohn Will Retire in January 2012 – September 27, 2011
(PDF; 497 KB)
Bill DeJohn announces that he will retire from his position as Director of Minitex in January 2012.
Budget Update to Minitex Participating Libraries – June 14, 2011
(PDF; 336 KB)
In mid-June, Bill DeJohn distributed a memo to directors of Minitex participating libraries to
discuss planned changes in Minitex services related to reductions to the Minitex budget expected
as a result of Minnesota's budget gap and reduction in amount of national LSTA funds distributed
to Minnesota State Library Services (the Minnesota state library agency).
Perspectives on the Future – May 10, 2011
(PDF; 3.8 MB)
Speaking at the 20th Annual Minitex ILL Conference, DeJohn describes the growth and development
of Minitex, noting that the 40th Anniversary of Minitex as a legislatively funded program will
be celebrated during Fiscal Year 2012, which begins July 1, 2011. He outlined Minitex's current
programs and discussed current challenges facing both Minitex participating libraries and the
Memorandum to Minitex Participating Libraries in Minnesota – March 2, 2011
(PDF; 194 KB)
In early March, Bill DeJohn distributed a memo to directors of Minitex libraries in Minnesota to
discuss budget reduction options for Minitex and the MnLINK Gateway if Minitex must deal with
reduced budget appropriations from the Minnesota Legislature for FY12 and FY13.
Minitex Public Library Library Node Meeting – August 17, 2010
(PDF; 148 KB)
Bill DeJohn presented an update on issues related to the MnLINK Gateway during the Minitex Public
Library Library Node Meeting on August 13, 2010. Among other topics, Bill reported on the number
of requests passing through the MnLINK Gateway and on comments that MnLINK Gateway users have made
about the service.
Minitex Update – May 4, 2010
(PDF; 5.0 MB)
Bill DeJohn presented an informal Minitex year-in-review during the 19th Annual ILL Conference
on May 4, 2010.
Role of Libraries Pre-K & Beyond: Lifelong Learning
(PDF; 1.1 MB)
This graphic shows the journey of a student from pre-kindergarten through the K-12 educational
system and either into the workforce or on to a higher education institution. Along the way,
school, academic, and public libraries are all available to provide services to the student
and parents in support of learning and information literacy. This graphic was developed after
attendance at various P-20 meetings where it seemed important to show that libraries play an
important role throughout the life of students and adults. Minnesota libraries collaborate in
sharing services and resources. Once in the workforce, information continues to be available
through the public library for lifelong learning and recreation activities.
Minitex Update – May 19, 2009
(PDF; 3.7 MB)
Bill DeJohn reported on Minitex's resource sharing activities during the 18th Annual Minitex
ILL Conference and looked forward to the coming year.
Policy and Participation Framework for the Electronic Library
for Minnesota (ELM) by Libraries – January 9, 2009
At the request of the Minitex Policy Advisory Council, a framework document for participation
by libraries in the Electronic Library for Minnesota has been developed. The statement outlines
methods of accessing ELM, responsibilities of staff of libraries using the ELM Portal or ELM
resources, and identifies those responsible for administrative decisions. The Minnesota Office
of Higher Education has approved the statement, and we'd like to share it with the Minnesota
Some Quick Notes – December 18, 2008
Bill DeJohn provides some quick notes about the availability of the video of Cathy De Rosa's
presentation about OCLC's "From Awareness to Funding: A Study of Library Support in America";
posting of the members reports from the Minitex Policy Advisory Council on WebJunction Minnesota
and stories from MnLINK users on the Minitex website; and more...
Minitex Resource Sharing, Current & Future
(PDF; 2.2 MB)
Bill DeJohn provided a presentation during the December 2008 meeting of the Minitex Policy
Advisory Council to review current resource sharing activity in the Minitex region. DeJohn's
presentation talks about the significant increase in MnLINK Gateway ILL activity, challenges
facing the area's libraries, and more...
Sharing Reference Services through Electronic and Innovative Means
(PDF; 18 KB)
Bill DeJohn discusses the history and the current status of AskMN—The Librarian Is In,
a statewide cooperative virtual reference service that provides 24/7 coverage for online
interactive chat with an experienced librarian. The article was prepared for the
November 26, 2008, issue of the Minitex MESSENGER and includes references to an article
by Carla Steinberg Pfahl on page 2 of that issue.
Share Your MnLINK Stories
(PDF; 255 KB)
Bill DeJohn provides a compilation of comments provided by users about the
MnLINK Gateway. Prepared for the September 2008 meeting of the Minitex Policy Advisory Council.
In My Opinion, I.L.L. – A Different Option: Buy vs. Borrow
(PDF; 27 KB)
Bill DeJohn urges staffs of Minitex-region libraries to consider pilot projects to test
whether purchasing materials that meet established criteria is a reasonable way to stem
the increasing numbers of interlibrary loan requests. From the November 2007 issue of
the Minitex MESSENGER.
In My Opinion, Technological Diversity & Challenge
(PDF; 445 KB)
In the July 2007 issue of the Minitex MESSENGER, Bill DeJohn provides an overview
of the Integrated Library Systems and other aspects of the technology environment in the
three-state Minitex region. Please help us keep this article up-to-date.
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