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EQS (Enhancing Quality Staff) is back by popular demand this year after a multi-year hiatus. The event features a wealth of sessions well-suited to library staff in general as well as media specialists specifically. The deadline to register is May 15.

Enhancing Quality Staff Symposium 2023

The 27th symposium for library paraprofessionals and support staff, presented by the University of Minnesota Libraries, will be held at Coffman Memorial Union on the beautiful campus of the University of Minnesota Twin Cities on Thursday, May 18. Registration is now open. The deadline is May 15.

The event features a wide selection of general interest sessions for library staff as well as a number of sessions, including those listed below, well suited to media specialists. To full lineup of sessions is available on the Enhancing Quality Staff website

Session B. Grant Proposal Development: Can I Get a Grant for This?

Are you thinking about submitting a grant proposal? This session covers some of the core things to consider as you put together a grant application and offers key advice for grant writers. What's a grant vs. what's a gift? What kinds of things can be funded with grants? What does a Principal Investigator (PI) do? 

Session E. Ebooks Minnesota: Thousands of "free" ebooks for all Minnesotan's 

Ebooks Minnesota is available at no cost to all Minnesota residents and offers thousands of books that can be accessed at anytime with no holds or wait lists. A large portion of the content is aimed at grades K-8, however it also includes content for teens and adults. In this session you will learn about accessing, searching, and using the tools and features available in the MackinVIA platform to help you make the most of the Ebooks Minnesota collection. 

Session I: eLibrary Minnesota: Online Resources for Reference, Research, and Learning 

In this session you will get an overview of the wonderful resources available to all Minnesota residents in eLibrary Minnesota (ELM). These include reference and research databases including full-text of thousands of magazines and newspapers, as well as resources for kids, teens, and adults. The resources in ELM include content on all subjects from current events to animals to biographies to science. Learn more about these resources to help yourself and those you work with on a daily basis.

Session Y: Minnesota History Day 

National History Day in Minnesota is a co-curricular program for students in grades 6-12, focusing on historical research and analysis about a topic of their choosing. History Day teaches students all aspects of the research process while they explore a topic of their choosing and present their research in a variety of different presentation categories. Students may then enter their projects into History Day competitions at school, regional, state, and national levels. Come learn more about History Day, how students conduct their research, and the competition and judging process. 

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Zach Miller
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