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Agnes Lee and Obinnaya Oji, Minitex Resource Sharing Managers, at the Minnesota Library Association Annual Conference.

Agnes Lee and Obinnaya Oji, Minitex Resource Sharing Managers, at the Minnesota Library Association Annual Conference.

Each issue covers a different topic or event that we hope will be of interest to you and to your users. You'll find recommended websites, new reference publications, and information about training opportunities.

Current Issue

  • November 2019
    ELM Expo – Dec. 7th at Coon Rapids High School – Register Now • MN Writes MN Reads for schools • Beyond stories to engagement, influence, & support: takeaways from Internet Librarian 2019 • Digital detox and digital health of library communities: take aways from Internet Librarian 2019 • Ebooks Minnesota: top 10 accessed titles • New Ebooks Minnesota Curation: Mental Health & Social Issues for Kids and Teens • Minitex at the Twin Cities Book Festival • Britannica Fundamentals replaces Learning Zone for PreK-2 • Cooperative cost savings with Minitex

Previous Issues


  • October 2019
    Statewide Database Selection 2019-2020 • Statewide Database Survey – Open Now! • Don't miss these upcoming ITEM and MCTE fall events! • Gale In Context: New Content Levels • MLA 2019: Creating New Job Pathways through Partnership and POP-UP Hiring Events
  • September 2019
    ROI's year in review • New ELM Chrome extension for schools! • AskMN Fy19 Report • Teacher Created Materials TIME FOR KIDS® added to Ebooks Minnesota • The challenge of teaching with primary sources: missing voices • Register for the ELM Expo in Duluth on October 5th! • Registration open for 2019 Electronic Resources (ERMN) Conference
  • August 2019
    Update your web pages with new ELM logo and link • New names and interfaces for Gale databases • ROI at Transforming Learning Summit • Ebooks Minnesota continues to grow: titles added from Minneapolis publisher, Jump!
  • July 2019
    Interland: Google's media literacy program teaches kids about digital safety • Library Search & Compare Tool • Books deal with Social Emotional Learning • Join us for the Library Instruction Online Mini UnConference • Register for upcoming NISO events • Gale Product Enhancement & Recommended Actions
  • June 2019
    Help us shape ELM: Apply to join the Shared E-Resources Task Force • How to judge a book by its cover – and everything else • Springshare Acquires QuestionPoint from OCLC • Live webcast: Strategies for Addressing Misinformation in the Library • Electronic Resources MN Conference call for proposals – sessions and short talks • Popup Picks – Ebooks for everyone available via Ebooks MN
  • May 2019
    The new ELM portal is here! • It's time to update your ELM links! • Library Team of the Year at State History Day • Preparing for History Day at Wilson Library • ROI staff attend LOEX Conference in Minneapolis • New Rivers Press titles now in Ebooks Minnesota • It's spring! Time for gardening and landscaping titles in Ebooks Minnesota
  • April 2019
    CAMIO removed from ELM • Save the date: 2019 EResources Minnesota (ERMN) Conference • Librarian fun facts in celebration of National Library Week • MN Writes MN Reads Author Contest opens April 1 • StarTribune highlights books published by St. Paul Public Library: available in Ebooks Minnesota • Makerspace Bus Tour – Register now! • K12 Classroom QR Code Treasure Hunts
  • March 2019
    Register Now! ELM Expo in Lakeville on March 23rd! • Educator Resources from Capstone in Ebooks Minnesota • Upcoming NISO events for March-April 2019
  • February 2019
    Registration is open for ROI Winter / Spring Webinars 2019 • ELM Portal Update • Call out for guest webinar presenters and topics • Stay warm with Ebooks Minnesota • Celebrate Black History Month in Ebooks Minnesota • AP Lit curation available in Ebooks Minnesota • Registration now open for the North American Virtual Reference Conference
  • January 2019
    Gopherbaloo is January 19th! • Database accessibility • Read This Book! – Free ebooks for all Minnesotans! • MLA Workshop: Introduction to Anti-Racist Pedagogy for Librarians • Interview with Ebooks MN Newest Publishing Partner: Capstone • Ebooks Minnesota most accessed titles of 2018 • EBSCO eBooks Collection Access via ELM Portal Removed • Upcoming NISO events for January-February 2019


  • December 2018
    New ELM Portal Coming Soon! • Interlibrary loan delivery available to metro area schools • TIES 2018 Conference December 8-11 • North American Virtual Reference Online Conference – Call for Proposals • Another parent in support of more school librarians • 2018 Teachers' Choice Award for Professional Development in Ebooks Minnesota • Ebooks MN Highlight: A Different Pond, one of Capstone's many award winners
  • November 2018
    Celebrating 10 Years of AskMN at MLA • MLA Session: MN Writes MN Reads: Tips for Connecting with Writers • Order ELM promotional materials today! • MNHS History Day teacher workshops • History Day curation in Ebooks MN for Schools • Letters About Literature National Writing Contest Opens Nov. 1
  • October 2018
    College and scholarship finders available in ELM • EBSCO features Edina High School and LearningExpress Library • Come see ROI staff at 2018 fall conferences • Registration now open for the ITEM Fall Conference • Student tech summit in Pine City • Twin Cities 18th Annual Book Festival held on October 13th • How to access Ebooks Minnesota on an Amazon Fire HD tablet • New EBSCO academic and K12 contacts
  • September 2018
    ROI year in review • AskMN Turns 10! • Current ELM databases available through June 2020 • Register for upcoming ELM and related webinars • Registration is open for Bemidji and Detroit Lakes ELM Expos • Have you seen the Library Value Calculator? • Storytelling workshops September 15 • 20 Rosen Publishing titles and imprints added to Ebooks Minnesota
  • August 2018
    Registration is open for Bemidji and Detroit Lakes ELM Expos • Gale promotional offer featuring new & improved resources • Resources for media and information literacy • Free online instructional design program
  • July 2018
    University Libraries Creates New Platform for Newspaper Card Index Collection • Minnesota Students Take Home Top Awards at National History Day • Nancy Pearl's picks for summer reading • University of Minnesota Daily newspaper highlights Ebooks Minnesota • Ebooks Minnesota highlight: How to Ruin Series • Project MUSE releases newly-designed web presence • MLA International Bibliography available via EBSCO only as of 2019
  • June 2018
    ROI out and about at summer conferences and events • Metro Tech Camp in Moorhead, MN • Toronto Libraries Create Space for Co-Working • Where have all the librarians gone? • Library Programs for Teens with Disabilities workshop video available
  • May 2018
    Be a resource hero to your students! • Guide to Help Investigate Misleading Information • School and public library partnerships • LOEX 2018 • Learn about native plants, gardening, and landscaping in Ebooks Minnesota • World languages curation available in Ebooks Minnesota • LearningExpress Library's Career Preparation vs. Job and Career Accelerator • Information literacy content support coming to Explora • EBSCOhost® Microlearning Series
  • April 2018
    Libraries Serving Youth Meetup • Britannica and Google Classroom • Calling all teachers! • Ojibwe language books added to Ebooks Minnesota • Lib Tech 2018: People Power: Strengthening libraries through community partnerships • Changes coming to your EBSCO account • Information literacy content support coming to Explora • OpenAthens presentation on April 19 featuring Katy Gabrio at Macalester and Christopher Holly at EBSCO
  • March 2018
    Ebooks Minnesota turns two! • Celebrate Women's History • Esther Freier Lecture, April 4 • Teen Lit Con Authors Announced • The new LearningExpress Library is here • Gale Sweetens Its Promotional Deal • Historical Periodicals from the American Antiquarian Society • Library Programs for Teens with Disabilities: A Workshop Co-sponsored by Minitex and MELSA • Patrons with disabilities webinar series available for viewing
  • February 2018
    Celebrate Black History Month with titles in Ebooks Minnesota • Douglass Day Transcribe-a-thon • ELM Expo • ELM & Ebooks Minnesota Winter / Spring 2018 Webinars • Enhancements coming to Gale ELM resources • Announcing the 36 Finalists • World Read Aloud Day 2018 • ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom Call for Reporting Challenges • Upcoming Webinar: Developing Inclusive Library Services to Adults with Disabilities
  • January 2018
    Save the date! ELM Expo in Edina / February 24, 2018 • NoodleTools for History Day • Attend the Gopherbaloo for History Day research help • New interface and features coming for LearningExpress • Gale promotional offer featuring new & improved resources • Book club kits created around titles in Ebooks Minnesota • NISO: The Evolving Natures of Reference Work and Reference Product • NISO: The Preprint: Integrating the Form into the Scholarly Ecosystem


  • December 2017
    New Minitex ROI Librarian: Linda Mork! • Calling all Minnesota library employees! • Discover LearningExpress Library: College Preparation Center • EBSCO announces RIPM Retrospective Index to Music Periodicals with Full Text • Bloomsbury Digital Resources Now Offering the RSC Live Collection • Migration Information for Oxford Music Online and Oxford Art Online • Ebooks Minnesota Highlight: Holidays reads for kids (and adults) • OER textbooks in Ebooks Minnesota • Ebooks MN for Schools is now available
  • November 2017
    MLA 2017 Session: Escape the Library • Knowledge Unlatched, scholarly content added to Ebooks Minnesota • Minitex at the Minnesota Book Festival, and interview with book patron/visual artist Tom Cassidy • MNHS guest-presented webinars available for viewing • What's New at EBSCO? • Upcoming EBSCO WebEx Sessions
  • October 2017
    See ROI staff at conferences this fall • AWE Learning Special Offer • Finding the Truth Behind Family Stories: State Hospital, Prison, and Court Records at MNHS • Handling History Day: A Crash Course for the 2018 Season • Ebooks Minnesota at Twin Cities Book Festival • Ebooks Minnesota adds Poisoned Pen Press titles • New titles added to Ebooks Minnesota: Rosarium Publishing
  • September 2017
    Modernizing the school library and librarian • The Hive: Students take note taking to the next level • National Book Foundation Announces Young People's Literature Award Long List • Is your library accessible? • Developing Inclusive Library Services to Teens with Disabilities • ELM Databases for K12 Research • History Day 2018 – Best ELM (and non-ELM) Resources
  • August 2017
    Minitex office move to Wilson Library is finally underway • ProQuest Newsstand is now ProQuest Global Newsstream • Minitex Is Hiring! • Community Reading Platforms: Transforming Libraries, Impacting the Classroom • Ebooks Minnesota as part of school curriculum • Interview with Ebooks MN Publishing Partner: Flux • Developing Inclusive Library Services to Teens with Disabilities • History Day 2018 – Best ELM (and non-ELM) Resources • History Day 2018 – Best ELM (and non-ELM) Resources • Electronic Library for Minnesota: An Overview and Refresher • ELM Databases for K12 Research • The New ProQuest Global Newsstream • Ebooks Minnesota: Read Local
  • July 2017
    Millennials and public library use • Minnesota Schools Represent At National History Day! • Lake Elmo Library to Rejoin Washington County Library • New content added to LearningExpress Library • Ebooks Minnesota Highlight: The Spoonriver Cookbook • NISO Virtual Conference: Research Networks: The Connections Enabling Collaboration • NISO Webinar: Spotlight on Supporting Access to the Internet in Under-Served Communities • eLearning Summit – Register Now
  • June 2017
    ELM databases renewed for one year • Final notice: RPC to shut down in June • ProQuest access via HTTPS • 23 framework things • Celebrate libraries and librarians • University of Minnesota Libraries awarded 2017 National Medal for Museum and Library Service • Please complete our brief Ebooks Minnesota survey • Ebooks Minnesota curation for teen summer reading • New ACRL Report: Academic Library Impact on Student Learning and Success • Images: Digitization and Preservation of Special Collections in Libraries, Museums, and Archives
  • May 2017
    Final notice: RPC to shut down in June • Tech trends in libraries • Two MN libraries in running for National Medal • Ebooks Minnesota Highlight: The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir • Ebooks Minnesota Highlight: Alphabet Books from Sleeping Bear Press • Minnesota Libraries Publishing Project and Pressbooks • Meet Barb Fister, a Minnesota Author Using Pressbooks • Doing Family History at the Minnesota Historical Society Library • Recorded webinars available online
  • March / April 2017
    Library Technology Conference 2017: Look Ma, I'm on YouTube! Creating Impactful Library Tutorials • Throw Back Research: The 1990's • Ebooks Minnesota Author Highlight: Lorna Landvik • New ELM Topic Set! • Personalized Learning • Reminder: RPC shutting down in June • Researching Minnesota History from the Comfort of Home (or anywhere with WiFi) • A New Gadget for Your Research Toolkit: Using the Minnesota People Records Search • Introduction to Immigrant Stories for Educators and Librarians
  • February 2017
    Library principles in action • Relationship Building: The Human Connection • Dual language Somali folktales added to Ebooks Minnesota • Ebooks Minnesota Highlight: Hot Dog! Eleanor Roosevelt Throws a Picnic • ELM Webinars, Winter / Spring 2017 • Visualizing funding for libraries • Reminder: RPC closing in June • Gale Announces In Context Updates and Enhancements • Creating Welcoming and Accessible Libraries for Children with Disabilities • House History 101: Useful Tips on How to Conduct the Research • ALA Announces 2017's Caldecott and Newbery Awards
  • January 2017
    Best Education Apps in 2016 • Ebooks Minnesota Collection Now in Enterprise • Order ELM promotional materials today! • The Daybooks of History and Beyond: Digital Historic Newspapers at the Minnesota Historical Society • Resources for Creative Writing at the Minnesota Historical Society • House History 101: Useful Tips on How to Conduct the Research • One-Second Poll Results: 2017


  • December 2016
    The Growth of Mobile Chat • A great many potential solutions to fake news • Relationship Building: Deliberate and Happenstance Approaches to Outreach • Ebooks Minnesota Highlight: Beautiful Music for Ugly Children • History Day Content in Ebooks Minnesota • Consumer Health Complete adds new teen health content • MLA 8 Now Available in Gale Resources • Information Fallout has reached 374 students across the world and counting • Establishing Initiatives for the Coming Year • How to teach citations • One-Second Poll Results: MLA 8 • One-Second Poll: 2017
  • November 2016
    Relationship Building: Providing In-Depth Reference Assistance at Normandale Community College • Ebooks Minnesota Highlight: The Road Back to Sweetgrass • Indie Authors in the Classroom: Recap of ITEM session • MLA 2016 Session: More with Less: Project Management for Beginners • MLA 2016 Session: Accepting Passport Applications at Grand Rapids Public Library • Scholarships Available for the 2017 Library Technology Conference • Minitex ROI at ITEM and MEA Conferences • New Video Content in Gale Kids InfoBits • Gender & Library Leadership: A Critical Examination • Brace Yourself, College is Coming!! Engaging Older Teens through Test Preparation Programming • Making Certain Digital Content is Preserved: Archiving Digital Resources • Digital Security Part 1: Securing Library Systems • Digital Security Part 2: Protecting Library Resources From Piracy
  • October 2016
    Minitex Job Opportunity: Reference Instruction & Cooperative Purchasing Associate Director • Print vs. Digital Books Infographic • Banned Books: You Be the Judge • Research Project Calculator to be shut down June 2017 • The New ELM Topic Sets • Relationship Building: Connecting Students with ELM at St. Cloud State University • ELM Expo, November 5th, in Mankato • Updates to LearningExpress Computer Skills Center • AskMN FY16 Report is Now Available • Minitex ROI at Fall Conferences • NISO Webinar: Internet of Things • One-Second Poll Results: The New School Year • One-Second Poll: MLA 8
  • September 2016
    The Importance of School Librarians • Elsevier tries to patent peer review? • Makerspaces Transform School Libraries • Self-Published Ebooks on the Rise • It's a Baby African Animals Series for Elementary and Young Readers • EBSCO K-12 Database Changes • 2017 Library Technology Conference: Important Dates • NISO Two-Part Webinar: Managing an Open Access World Part 2: Compliance with Funder Mandates • One-Second Poll Results: Pokemon Go • One-Second Poll: The New School Year
  • August 2016
    Libraries (including Minitex) make ebooks easier • Relationship Building: Connecting with Faculty • Breaking the Ice and E-Learning • Pokemon Are Hiding In Your Library • From Camels to Monastaries – One of a Kind Libraries • Data Curation – Cultivating Past Research Data for Future Consumption • How Librarians Use, Implement, and Can Support Researcher Identifiers • Save the Date: ELM Expo, Saturday, November 5th, Mankato! • Kids InfoBits in ELM Gets Great Review • Gale Announces Microsoft Office 360 Integration • New Interface: Britannica Academic Edition • One-Second Poll Results: Privacy vs. Personalization • One-Second Poll: Pokemon Go
  • July 2016
    Minnesota's K-12 Diversity Issue • The process of scientific inquiry, with television's John Oliver • Google AdWords Skews Search Results • A Day in the Life of a Chat Librarian • New interface: Job & Career Accelerator • Informe Academico: Interface language • ProQuest Platform Maintenance • Top 20 library instruction articles • One-Second Poll Results: Podcasts • One-Second Poll: Privacy vs. Personalization
  • June 2016
    New Minnesota Reflections Primary Source Sets Now Available! • Lake Superior Libraries Symposium Presentation: Skating on the Bleeding Edge: Innovation, Risk and Experimentation • Lake Superior Libraries Symposium: Managing Multiple Libraries • University at Buffalo Libraries Staff Create & Make Available Posters Based on the Framework for Information Literacy • Interview with Brian Evenson: Fiction Author in Ebooks Minnesota • Ebooks Minnesota Author, Sue Leaf, Reads in Cambridge Tonight • International Ebook News Down Under – Indyreads • Minitex Staff at Minnesota eLearning Summit 2016 • LITA Webinar – Mindful Tech: Establishing a Healthier and More Effective Relationship with Our Digital Devices and Apps • ALA Annual 2016 Panel – Authority Is Constructed and Contextual: A Critical View • One-Second Poll Results: Favorite reference/research source • One-Second Poll: Podcasts
  • May 2016
    Minitex Associate Director, Mary Parker, Announces Early Retirement • Celebrating the Legacy of Prince • Library Users are Lifelong Learners • What do faculty think of libraries? • CORA: Community of Online Research Assignments for Faculty & Librarians • Minnesota Education Equity Partnership Releases 2016 State of Students of Color and American Indian Students Report • Ebooks Minnesota: available to all Minnesotans, regardless of where you live in the state • Learn How to Garden in Ebooks MN • Updates to "My Account" Feature in InfoTrac and PowerSearch Products • Make It Count – Saint Paul College Giving Adult Learners Free Tuition • Free GED Testing • Free Vintage Images from the British Library • Duluth Public Library Post on German Prisoners of War in Northeastern Minnesota • Wiki Loves Pride 2016 • ATL Maps: Using Archival Resources to Visualize History – Webinar • Gaming and Information Literacy: Lessons from a Library Credit Course • Guest Webinar Recording Available: What Career and College Readiness Means for All Students • For the Individual & Common Good: How Social Welfare Agencies Used Comics to Create Better Citizens – Recording Available • School Librarian's Workshop: Federal Government Resources for K-12 • Upcoming ACRL Instruction Section's Management & Leadership Committee Discussion Forums • BestPrep – Technology Integration Workshop • BIBFRAME & Real World Applications of Linked Bibliographic Data • Integrating Library Management Systems • One-Second Poll Results: April Fools' Day • One-Second Poll: Favorite reference/research source
  • April 2016
    Essential Skills for Librarians of the Future • Classroom Assessment Techniques for Librarians – A Review by Jessica Moore • Internet Access in Minneapolis Shows a Digital Divide • Promote Ebooks Minnesota @ Your Library – Free, Easy-to-Print Posters • Promoting Ebooks MN with Author Talk • The intersection of library values and technology at LibTech 2016 • Educating Staff about Library and Campus Technologies • 3D Printing at Rochester Public Library • Graphic Design for Maximum Engagement – Recap • For the Individual & Common Good: How Social Welfare Agencies Used Comics to Create Better Citizens – Webinar • Discover the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder all over again through her letters • One-Second Poll Results: Self-Published Fiction • One-Second Poll: April Fools' Day
  • March 2016
    Leap into Ebooks Minnesota! • Introducing information literacy skills with a post-apocalyptic game • Websites That Smell?! • Two concrete activities to teach theoretical info lit concepts • ALA's COSWL Celebrates National Women's History Month • Open eBooks for Children in Need • Shackleton, Antarctic Explorer's Record of Human Survival Now Available in Online Exhibition • Rosa Parks Collection, Digitized & Online • Smithsonian Digitizes & Lets You Download 40,000 Works of Asian and American Art • Over There: Missouri & the Great War, a Digital Collection • LearningExpress Library Updates SAT Prep Tests • Introducing AskMN To Schools • Graphic Design for Maximum Engagement – Webinar • For the Individual & Common Good: How Social Welfare Agencies Used Comics to Create Better Citizens • Teaching at the Intersections: Aligning Scholarly Communication and Information Literacy in the One-Shot Library Instruction Session • Teaching with Primary Sources, a RUSA History Section Webinar • One-Second Poll Results: Favorite picture book • One-Second Poll: Self-Published Fiction
  • February 2016
    Lifelong Learning Practices of Recent Grads • Pew's Privacy in America Report: Personal information captured • Librarians Take to the Internet Waves • Try These Formative Assessment Ideas! • New ELM Webinars, Spring 2016 • Video Killed the Radio Star, Oh-A Oh • Britannica Update - New Feature! • New Content Added To LearningExpress Library • 2016 calendars from the Minnesota Digital Library • 2016 MN eLearning Summit: Keynote Speakers • 2016 MN eLearning Summit: Call for Proposals & Exhibit Info • Remember the Ladies: Education • Graphic Design for Maximum Engagement • Learn How to Offer Storytime for Grown Ups • ARTstor Joins ITHAKA • OCLC Featured Video: African American Intellectual History Society • 2016 Minnesota Book Awards: Nominees Announced • 2016 Amelia Bloomer List Is Now Available • 2016 Newbery, Caldecott, and Coretta Scott King Youth Media Winners Announced • Storytime for Adults? Who knew? • Figuring out the future of library jobs • User-Experience Quiz - Test Your Usability Knowledge • NYPL, Thousands of High-Res Images Available Online • University of Minnesota Libraries receives $224,450 grant in African American collections digitization project • One-Second Poll Results: What's better about winter? • One-Second Poll: Favorite picture book
  • January 2016
    Library in the Life of the User • Student Engagement: Beginnings and Endings More Important Than the Middle • How to Save the World with ACRL Framework Skills • ACRL Framework for Information Literacy Opportunities • National History Day Instructional Visits • The History Day Research In Minnesota Website, New & Improved! • History Day Research (Minnesota): Recommended Sources and Research Tools Webinar • Upcoming Scheduled Service Outage • Tumblr's Meme Librarian • Communicating through Emojis • Making Any Resolutions For The New Year? • Growing Diversity of U.S. Schools • Print Book and E-Book: Pros and Cons to Both • Boost Your Consumer Knowledge With Consumer Reports • Go To College! And Use ELM To Prep! • Tax Resources for Libraries – Webinar • American Libraries Live Free Webinar: Virtual Reference • Amigos Library Services Online Conference: Going Out of Bounds with Reference Services • Engage Them All (and Know It!): Guided and Interactive Digital Learning Tools • NISO On Site Webinar: Ensuring the Scholarly Record: Scholarly Retractions, Scientific Reproducibility, and the Role of Publishers and Libraries • NISO On-site Webinar: The Start Up Effect – How Startups are Changing the Culture of Scholarly Communications • Announcing a New Grant Opportunity! • One-Second Poll: What's better about winter?

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