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Hennepin History Museum - Minneapolis, MN.

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

  • 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

Previous Issues


  • 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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