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Representatives from every type of library and every Minnesota region, along with one representative each from North Dakota and South Dakota, come together to form the Minitex Policy Advisory Council. The Council is designed to shape Minitex services and plan for the future of the library community.

A photograph of Minitex Policy Advisory Council members taken in the front lobby of the Minitex offices.
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Minitex is extremely grateful for the knowledge and the effort of each member of the Policy Advisory Council (see below). Without their work, Minitex would not be the organization we are today. Likewise, Council members depend on input and feedback from their constituencies. Please review the list at the bottom of this article to familiarize yourself with your representative, and be ready to play your part if ever you find their name on a call for feedback in your email inbox.

Members of the Council are either elected by their constituency group or selected by State Library Services and can serve up to two three-year terms. The Council meets quarterly in March, June, September, and December. All of the group's supporting documents are posted to the Minitex website as soon as they become available. These include meeting agendas and minutes as well as reports from members and Minitex staff.

The formal purpose of the Council is to "advise the Minnesota Office of Higher Education (OHE) and the Minitex Director in planning, development, and evaluation of the programs and services of Minitex." The Council's Charge & Procedures are publicly available on the Minitex website.

Current Membership

  • Twin Cities & Southern State Colleges
    Terrence Edwards, Ridgewater College
  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Campus
    Lisa German, University of Minnesota Libraries
  • State Universities
    Beth Clausen, Metropolitan State University
  • Multi-Type, Multi-County Library Systems
    Ann Hokanson, Traverse des Sioux Library Cooperative
  • K-12 Representative
    Ashley Krohn, Minneapolis Public Schools
  • Greater Minnesota Public Libraries
    Stacy Lienemann, Waseca-Le Sueur Regional Library System
  • Private Colleges
    Mary Hollerich, Augsburg University
  • State Government Libraries
    Molly Riley Niehls, Legislative Reference Library
  • Central & Northern State Colleges
    Cynthia Jorstad, Northland Community College
  • University of Minnesota System Campuses
    Matt Rosendahl, University of Minnesota Duluth
  • Metro-Area Public Libraries¬†
    Margaret Stone, Dakota County Library
  • Regional System Libraries
    Jim Trojanowski, Northwest Regional Library
  • Tribal College Libraries
    Ignacio Mendez, Red Lake Nation Tribal College

Non-Voting Members

  • South Dakota
    Dan Daily, University of South Dakota
  • Minnesota State Colleges & Universities
    Johnna Horton, PALS
  • Minnesota
    Tami Lee, State Library Services
  • North Dakota
    Mary Soucie, North Dakota State Library

Staff

  • Nekey Oliver, Minnesota Office of Higher Education
  • Maggie Snow, Minitex

Written by

Zach Miller
Head of Communications