From the Director: Some Quick Notes

A "retrospective exhibit" of OCLC tote bags.

A "retrospective exhibit" of OCLC tote bags.

There are several items I wanted to bring to the attention of library staff in the region.

Cathy De Rosa, "From Awareness to Funding"

Cathy De Rosa's presentation "From Awareness to Funding:..." suggested for public library staff and boards of trustees in the three-state region. From Minitex News, December 8, 2008:

  • Video Now Available for Cathy De Rosa Presentation
    Video is now available for Cathy De Rosa's presentation "From Awareness to Funding: A Study of Library Support in America," originally held on October 30, 2008 at the Bullard Rainforest Auditorium in St. Paul's Como Park. If you weren't able to attend or would like to revisit De Rosa's look at how to use marketing techniques to improve the state of public library funding, check out the event's highlights page. There you can watch the two-hour presentation in a Flash-based streaming video player, or download the video in Windows Media Player and iTunes/iPod formats. We also welcome your feedback about the video and/or event, which you can submit via the form at the bottom of the page.

Policy Advisory Council Member Reports on WebJunction Minnesota

Minitex Policy Advisory Council member reports are now on WebJunction Minnesota. Members are from various types of libraries including private colleges, K12 school, state government, regional library systems, multi-type library systems, public libraries, Twin Cities Metropolitan libraries, county libraries, University of Minnesota Twin Cities Campus, University of Minnesota coordinate campuses, MnSCU state universities, community colleges, and technical colleges. For each meeting, members poll their constituents and share a report with the rest of the Council members.

Available on the Minitex website for years, these reports are now being placed on WebJunction Minnesota as another place to access information about various types of libraries. You do not need to be registered to access these reports, but it helps if you are in Minnesota and register in case you want recommend courses, sign up for social networking activities in "my account," etc., and registration allows you to take courses. Read the reports at WebJunction Minnesota.

While I have your attention, the WebJunction Minnesota Team has made a number of additions and stylistic adaptations that you may want to check out.

Stories from Users of Library Services

We have posted some stories from end users of the MnLINK Gateway and Minitex interlibrary loan services. They are on the "From the Director" page on the Minitex website. See "Share Your MnLINK Stories." These are worthwhile reviewing for an understanding of why people are using resource sharing services. All interlibrary loan staff and other library staff supporting resource sharing should take a bow after reading these stories.

Rural Minnesota Journal—"Women in Rural Minnesota"

The Rural Minnesota Journal, Fall 2008, was distributed to academic and public libraries throughout Minnesota recently. The theme of this issue is "Women in Rural Minneota." I thought that some women's studies classes might be interested in this issue. The journal is published by the Center for Rural Policy and Development. You can download a copy of the journal from the Rural Minnesota Journal website. You may be interested in past journals which are available online. If anyone wants a hard copy of the journal, I have about 30 copies left—send me an email with your address...

Since I have access to the Table of Contents, I reproduced them below—some very interesting articles that many of you may be interested in reading:

Rural Minnesota Journal, Fall 2008—Table of Contents

(Click the links to download individual articles)

  • Editor's Note (Includes Table of Contents and Acknowledgements)
    Marnie Werner, RMJ Editor and Research Manager
    Center for Rural Policy & Development
  • The Demographics of Rural Women: Now and the Future
    Martha McMurry & Dr. R. Thomas Gillaspy
    Minnesota State Demographic Center

    An analysis of data shows that rural women are still behind in several social and economic areas, such as education and earnings, but are catching up.
  • "I Always Put Myself Last": Rural Women and the Challenge of Work-Life Integration
    Madeleine Alberts
    Children, Youth and Family Consortium, University of Minnesota

    Rural women face particular difficulties in three areas of their day-to-day lives: finding adequate child care, the distances necessary to travel just live their daily lives, and the lack of options in finding a satisfying job.
  • Walking in Two Worlds: Helping Immigrant Women Adjust in Rural Minnesota
    Cecil Gassis & Anne Ganey
    YWCA of Mankato

    Women coming to America face special challenges, but they are choosing rural America—and rural Minnesota—for particular reasons. This program is helping them adjust to their new lives.
  • Strengthening Social Capital to Tackle Poverty
    Donna Rae Scheffert
    Center for Community Vitality, University of Minnesota

    Women have a higher chance of winding up in poverty, especially if they are single mothers. But can moving to a rural area help? And are there simple ways communities can assist families in poverty to give them a hand up?
  • The Changing Role of Women in Minnesota Agriculture
    Doris Mold
    Sunrise Agricultural Associates

    Women have been involved in agriculture since agriculture began, but often behind the scenes. Today women are receiving formal recognition as leaders on the farm and in the farming community.
  • Women's Work: Productive Aging in Rural Minnesota
    Jan Hively
    University of Minnesota Senior Fellow (Retired)

    It is well known that rural Minnesota's population is old and getting older faster than the urban areas of the state. There are many ways that the senior population can and are contributing to the welfare of their communities and themselves.
  • Women's Health: Reproductive Health Services in Rural Minnesota
    Kristen Tharaldson & Angie Sechler
    Office of Rural Health & Primary Care, Minnesota Department of Health

    Among the many issues facing health care in rural Minnesota is the access to reproductive health care services for women. Ready access to these services involves everything from cancer screenings to prenatal check-ups to teen health.
  • Choosing Place First: Remembrances and Observations About Entrepreneurship
    Mary Mathews
    Northeast Entrepreneur Fund

    Starting one's own business is growing increasingly popular in rural Minnesota. Mathews discusses her experiences as president of the Northeast Entrepreneur Fund and her experiences as an entrepreneur herself.

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