Volume XXVIII, Issue 20
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From the Assistant Director:
Marketing ideas from Overdrive:
Available in both the Adult Learning Center and SkillSurfer, your community members can prepare for the US Citizenship test. Brainfuse offers a preparation guide that includes sample questions/answers, information about the testing process, and information about  naturalization. Some suggested hashtags are: #brainfuse, #helpnow, #whatlibrariesdo, #preparefortheuscitizenshiptest, #uscitizenship, #naturalization.

Because we include a job search on the homepage, users sometimes overlook the Job Resources center. Brainfuse has links for both nationwide and local job search sites making it even easier to find your dream job. Some suggested hashtags are: #brainfuse, #jobnow, #whatlibrariesdo, #jobsearch, #findajob, #jobseeker, #employment.
As always, please feel free to share on your social media/website.


Mobile Registration Now Available on RBdigital 

We are pleased to announce RBdigital now supports account creation within the mobile app. This feature makes it easier than ever for patrons to access RBdigital content through their iOS, Android, and Kindle devices!

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New users can tap "Not a member? Register now" on the app’s main page to create their account in just a few easy steps:

  1. Choose Country
  2. Choose State/Province
  3. Choose Library
  4. Enter Library and User Information

Once registered, patrons will be automatically logged in and can enjoy the content available through their library.

View our user guide for more details on RBdigital mobile registration.

What's Happening Arrowhead
Spring Basket Raffle | Carlton Area Public Library - Tuesday, May 14 at 3:00 pm 
Cactus Pet Rock | Babbitt Public Library - Wednesday, May 15 from 3:30 - 4:30 pm 
Teen/Tween Sharpie Watercolors | Two Harbors Public Library - Wednesday, May 15 from 5:00 - 6:00 pm
Bag it Duluth! Film and Conversation | Cloquet Public Library - Wednesday, May 15 from 6:00 - 7:15 pm
Pinterest Projects - Trolls Mason Jar | Ely Public Library - Thursday, May 16 from 3:30 - 4:30 pm
Kids' Craft: Beaded Lanyards | Two Harbors Public Library - Thursday, May 16 from 4:00 - 5:00 pm 
Explore Nature! | Grand Rapids Area Library - Thursday, May 16 and Saturday, May 18
Friends of the Library Used Book and White Elephant Sale | Mountain Iron Public Library - Thursday, May 16 through Saturday, May 18

 Lunch with the History People 2019 Series Begins on May 16!
Ruth Maney Room on the first floor of the St. Louis County Heritage & Arts Center (the Depot)
506 West Michigan Street, Duluth, MN
Noon - 1:00 pm

Wendy Grethen has presented for St. Louis County Historical Society several times on local history.  As a freelance videographer, she produced documentaries entitled Early Days of the West End/Lincoln Park of Duluth and Early Days of Lakeside.  She is active in the local community and organizes day trips to various destinations in Minnesota and Wisconsin. 

Wendy will discuss “Historic Sites: Duluth and Beyond.”  Her lecture includes buildings, bridges, and locations in Duluth, Superior and other areas of Minnesota that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  Go back in time with Wendy to the late 1800s and early 1900s to discover each site’s history and develop a deeper appreciation for the architecture and preservation.

There will be limited theater-style seating (no tables), but feel free to bring your own bag lunch.  Seating is first-come, first-served (no reservations).  Admittance to this event is free to the public. ARCO coffee is provided.
Printer uses industrial age press to illustrate an ancient ballad
Duluth News Tribune by Mark Nicklawske (April 28, 2019)
College of St. Scholastica librarian and associate professor Todd White stands with a 1906 Chandler-Price old style letterpress in the basement of his Scenic Hwy. 61 home. White uses the 1,200-pound machine to create broadside prints similar those made in the 18th and 19th centuries. David Ballard Photography

Artist tools can be very simple: A painter uses a brush, an illustrator uses a pen and a potter uses a wheel.

Todd White is a different kind of artist. He uses a turn-of-the-century, 1,200-pound printing press.

White, a reference librarian and assistant professor at the College of St. Scholastica, started making broadside prints using the industrial age machinery more than 20 years ago. He has shown work at the Tweed Museum, taught students the art of bookbinding and created a book illustrating the Oscar Wilde fairy tale "The Selfish Giant." This spring, White showcased his most recent project — two visual characterizations of the dark and mysterious raven — during the college's School of Arts and Letters Colloquium.

White used his drawing of two ravens to illustrate an 1825 version of “The Twa Corbies.” (David Ballard Photography)

White used his drawing of two ravens to illustrate an 1825 version of “The Twa Corbies.” (David Ballard Photography)

During the presentation, White discussed production of two broadside prints based on the gruesome centuries-old folk ballad "The Twa Corbies" — or "The Two Ravens."

"I've been on a little journey in the company of ravens," he told an audience of about 50 people. "The last eight months of my life have been immersed in ravenology."

For centuries, the raven has been highlighted in folklore, song and story, White said. When a library patron asked him to locate "The Twa Corbies" back in 1992, he became enamored with the work and vowed to make it a broadside project.

After all, who can resist illustrating an ancient song that celebrates two ravens as they salivate over a fallen knight?

In his first project, White used a Scottish version of "The Twa Corbies" documented by Sir Walter Scott in 1803. He used pen and ink to create a vertical raven pattern drawing. The drawing was transferred onto an engraving to create 11x5 image. He selected an ancient-looking 12-point Jenson type for the text. Black ink was used for the five-stanza ballad and red ink for the surrounding raven pattern.

The image was then run through the old printing press — multiple times.

A second broadside, using a slightly different version of the ballad from 1825, was printed in all black and features Italian Old Style type. White illustrated the piece with two ravens flying above a distressed ship like handsome vultures waiting for it to sink.

"What I love about old broadside is how poorly done they are," White told the audience. "The typefaces don't match. The printing is crooked in more than one direction. The images are crude. The impressions are inconsistent — they're lighter here and darker there. That is what makes them utterly charming."

Certainly, White has mastered this charm.

Typesetting, says White, is a complicated and meditative process that combines his interest in reading, history and the creative arts. It also satisfied a desire to explore old world craftsmanship.

"It was kind of a combination of writing and books — which I really loved — and the aspect of being in a shop and working with your hands and materials," he said in an interview after the presentation. "So that got me interested in trying to pursue it."

But in order to fully explore old world printing techniques, White needed a 20th century printing press. Not something easily found at Best Buy.

As luck would have it, a friend found one in a West Duluth warehouse. It was a 1906 Chandler-Price old-style letterpress cast in Cincinnati.

"He called me up and asked me if I was interested in buying it," White said. "Being foolish and naive, I said yes."

This image was printed on his 113-year-old letter press. David Ballard Photography

This image was printed on his 113-year-old letter press. David Ballard Photography

White had dabbled in the arts before — creating stained glass windows — but the process became expensive and had a limited audience.

"One of the reasons I gave up stained glass was you had to have space for building windows and crates of glass and all this stuff," he said. "Now I've traded it all in for a giant hunk of cast iron and lead."

White has moved the press three times over the years as he and his wife, Lila, restored two houses and raised three children in Duluth. With the children grown, the couple recently built a house on Scenic Hwy. 61 halfway to Two Harbors.

The massive press sat unused and outside during 2015 house construction and then remained idle in an unfinished basement shop. It wasn't until 2018 that White had the time and space to restart print production.

"Hopefully it has a permanent home now," he said. "The old place, it was down in a 1903 basement that's bluestone and wet and full of spiders. Now I've got nine-foot ceilings so it's quite luxurious."

White said he plans to refine "The Twa Corbies" print and build up a portfolio of new material. He also plans to bind new copies of "The Selfish Giant." An early member of the Northern Printmakers Alliance back in the 90s, he said he would like to sell his work again in local galleries.

"I feel like I have a fresh start," he said. "I'll start looking around and see if anyone will take me."

That means the old press is ready to roll out more charm.

"It's actually getting there," White said. "My press is back up. I've got my imposing table, so 90-percent of the shop is ready to go. ... It's functional which is really fun."

What is a broadside?

A broadside is a large sheet of paper printed on one side, as with a political message. In 17th Century, England, a popular ballad printed on such a sheet was known as a broadside ballad.

Continuing Education and Events at ALS 
Upcoming Horizon Training Opportunities - Spring/Summer 2019

ALS Catalogers Meeting
Wednesday, May 22, 2019 from 1 to 3:30 p.m.
Arrowhead Library System Board Room (5528 Emerald Ave., Mt. Iron)

Audience: ALS Member Library staff who catalog in Horizon
Description: Discussion topics will include the 245h format field, finding and adding series information, juvenile and duplicate subject headings, copy cataloging with BlueCloud and Z39.50s, and ongoing cataloging meetings and trainings.
Please register by 5/20/19: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5RQPKFT


Make Horizon Work for You!
Wednesday, August 21, 2019 from 1 to 3:30 p.m.
Arrowhead Library System Computer Lab (5528 Emerald Ave., Mt. Iron)

Audience: ALS Member Library staff who work with Horizon
Description:   Learn how boolean searching and “Limits” can quickly narrow your search results in Horizon, create custom reports for weeding, overdue, and lost reports and any other topic requested by those attending the workshop.  Learn how to create circulation reports and learn what other reports may be available through SQL or Analytics from ALS staff that will provide useful numbers for both advocacy and budget planning.
Please register by 8/19/19: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5MBG5J7


Horizon Help on the Road
Monday, August 26, 2019 -- Grand Rapids Area Library
Thursday, August 29, 2019 -- Two Harbors Public Library
9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Audience: ALS Member Library staff who are new to working with Horizon or not so new staff interested in learning Horizon shortcuts and tricks
Description:  Join us for the demo version of Horizon Circulation Training, adding items, a brief intro to OCLC, and plenty of opportunities to network and learn from your peers.  These sessions have an emphasis on the school library setting but all library staff are welcome to attend.
Please register by 8/22/19: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ZPYV2R2   

The Conference is Calling
27th Annual Enhancing Quality Staff Symposium
Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Continuing Education and Conference Center
St. Paul Campus, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
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Employment Opportunities 

Director of Minitex
Valerie Horton has announced her plans to retire in early summer 2019.  During her tenure, Minitex has experienced significant development in its portfolio of services and programs.  She has provided exceptional leadership, and her contributions will leave a lasting mark on the Minitex organization and the community it serves.
A search for Valerie’s successor has begun.  A search committee has been formed with representatives from the various library sectors Minitex supports.  Nominations can be directed to the committee. Details on the committee, the position description, and the search process can be found at:  https://www.minitex.umn.edu/Director/
Finalists selected through the search process will be brought for an on-site interview, which will include an open (and webcast) public presentation and opportunity for discussion.  We look forward to the library community’s broad engagement in the search process.

Regional System Administrator - Viking Library System | Fergus Falls, MN

Excellent opportunity to lead a well-established federated regional public library system.  Headquartered in Fergus Falls, MN, Viking Library System covers six counties in west central MN serving a population of 124,000 people. Services are provided directly to the public through bookmobile and outreach services and indirectly through eleven independent member libraries. The system is funded through a combination of county, state, and federal resources.

Responsibilities: Serving as the chief administrative officer of the system, this position covers fiscal management; program development, implementation, and evaluation; personnel and operations supervisor. 
Requirements:  Master of Library Science degree from an ALA-accredited library program, five to seven years of professional public library experience including public library management of financial, administrative, supervisory and operational activities; an empathy for rural life and library service in a federated context.  Must successfully pass a criminal background check.  There are no internal candidates.   
Benefits:  Salary negotiable from $87,700; comprehensive benefits package including health insurance and Public Employee’s Retirement (PERA). Further information including a complete job description and application form can be found at www.viking.lib.mn.us/directorsearch. Applications accepted until position is filled; initial applicant review will begin May 27, 2019.  EOE

Webinar Control Center
Practicing Intellectual Freedom in Libraries | Niche Academy - Wednesday, May 15 @ 1:00 pm Central - In this free one-hour webinar, Shannon Oltmann will lay out a framework for understanding and practicing intellectual freedom as a librarian.

Intellectual freedom is central to librarianship in the United States. It's essential to freedom of speech and how that freedom plays out in local communities. It's something we need to consider as we make decisions about everyday things like internet filtering, collection development and weeding, meeting rooms and exhibit spaces, programming, and as we address fake news and misinformation.

This webinar will be helpful for a wide range of people. For new librarians, it offers a solid introduction to intellectual freedom. For more experienced scholars and librarians, it will reference new research and offer unique analysis of the subject.

After attending the webinar, you should be able to:

  • Describe applications of intellectual freedom to your librarianship
  • Describe the legal and theoretical bases for intellectual freedom in the United States
  • Describe how your library's community affects the interpretation and application of intellectual freedom
If you're interested in the webinar but not able to attend the live presentation, go ahead and register. All registrants will be sent a recording of the presentation after the fact. Register
The Library's New Place in a Digital World | Innovative & Library Journal - Tuesday, May 21 @ Noon Central - People’s daily digital experiences have created high expectations for their interactions online and offline. Whether shopping for a sweater or booking a vacation, people expect ease, speed, and an unparalleled level of convenience. So, what does this mean for libraries? 

Libraries have decades' worth of carefully curated records and rich resources, but that data is not easily compatible with today’s technology. The good news is that with a little transformation, libraries are in a prime position to use their data combined with new technology to create even more meaningful experiences for staff, patrons, students, and researchers. 

Join this webinar for an exciting discussion with Kathryn Harnish, SVP of Product Strategy at Innovative where she will share:
  • How public and academic how libraries can use technology to meet people’s evolving expectations
  • New research that proves libraries are the most trusted resource but struggle to keep people’s attention
  • How to use rich library data to its fullest potential, and help reclaim the library’s role as the first stop for information
All registrants will receive a copy of new research from Innovative about use and trust of libraries, and a copy of Kathryn’s new e-book “Meeting People Where They Are: The Library’s New Place in a Digital World.” Register
Harassment Prevention: Responding to Sexual, Racial, and Bullying Incidents Involving Staff or Patrons | Infopeople - Wednesday, May 22 @ 2:00 pm Central - According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commissions (EEOC) almost a third of the overall complaints received include allegations of workplace harassment—that includes harassment based on age, disability, race, religion and other protected characteristics in addition to sex and gender. It's important to note however, 75 percent of people who experience harassment in the workplace don't report it because of fear of retaliation or damage to their career, or they may think no one will believe them.

In this webinar, longtime HR consultant and library security trainer Dr. Steve Albrecht will discuss how to recognize different types of harassment, including: sexual, racial, gender identity, abusive conduct, bullying, and stalking-type behaviors involving patrons directed at library employees or other staff members toward each other. A key to understanding these behaviors it to recognize them both as violations of organizational and public policy. This session will address the three types of sexual or racial harassment: verbal, visual, and physical, and include the rarer but equally damaging “quid pro quo” sexual harassment that relates to an employee’s conditions of employment. We will discuss the investigative process, how much confidentiality is possible in these cases, and remedies for these issues. Steve will also discuss how to help set better boundaries with harassing patrons and how managers and supervisors can have the difficult but necessary conversations with those patrons to stop these behaviors.

This webinar will be of interest to: library directors, managers, supervisors, and (full and part-time) employees. Register
Why Your Library Website Should Include a Press Room | LibraryWorks - Thursday, May 23 @ 1:00 pm Central - Many public libraries wish they could get more positive media coverage, yet they don’t know how to actively court the media. Simply sending press releases doesn’t cut it anymore! One thing that can help is creating a section of your website specifically for local and national press people. This is even more important for organizations that don’t have trained or full-time communications staff members. As a combination library marketing maven and longtime journalist, Kathy Dempsey is in a unique position to teach you why an online press room matters and what specific information it should contain. If you follow the advice in this webinar, your library will be more media-savvy:
  • You’ll be more likely to get coverage in the first place.
  • You’ll have what writers need when they’re on deadline – even if you don’t have a dedicated marketing or communications person on staff.
  • You don’t need to scramble or sound disorganized when answering reporters.
  • You’ll be better prepared to build relationships and become a trusted source for reporters.

Please note: This session is not about coding or building websites. It concentrates on the content that should be included on a web page in order to make it a useful tool for members of the media. LEVEL: BASIC

Presenter: Kathy Dempsey is a consultant and trainer through her business, Libraries Are Essential, and is the author of The Accidental Library Marketer (Information Today, Inc., 2009). Her work is dedicated to helping librarians and information professionals promote their value and expertise in order to gain respect and funding. Kathy has been the Editor of the Marketing Library Services newsletter for 24 years and was formerly Editor-in-Chief of Computers in Libraries magazine. She also blogs at The 'M' Word, and is an active member of the New Jersey Library Association.

Registration fee: $49/person. Ask us about group rates for parties of 4 or more (email jenny@libraryworks.com)


Virtual Forum Series

Tuesday, May 14, 2019 | 2-2:30 p.m. Central

Tuesday, Jun. 11, 2019 | 2-2:30 p.m. Central

Tuesday, Jul. 16, 2019 | 2-2:30 p.m. Central

Join us for a series of interactive virtual forums, in which a rotating panel consisting of members of the PLA Social Worker Task Force will answer your questions related to social work in public libraries. This is an opportunity to learn from the experts and engage with your peers on social service issues facing public libraries today. Attendees are encouraged to share their experiences and ask questions throughout the session.

The first virtual forum focused on the duties of a social worker in public libraries and how to get a social work program off the ground. If you missed the first session, the archived recording is saved in the PLA Social Work Interest Group on ALA Connect (login required).

The Social Work in Public Libraries Forums are free, but registration is required. Register for one or multiple!

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