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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.

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  • December 2014 Adobe PDF Icon (PDF; 4.5 MB)
    Four Technologies Important for Libraries • 'Creepy' New Internet Takes Jobs and Privacy, Sells Them to Consultants and Investment Banks? • Your Smartphone's Personal Assistant: Usage Report • History Day Research Help: Your Visit to Wilson Library • Digital Collections from Tennessee • LearningExpress for Adult Learners • Still Kidnapped! Minitex Blue Tubs Missing, Ransom Note Found • AskMN Libraries: Request for Best Transcripts of 2014! • Spotlight on Publication • Fresno County Librarians Hit the Road • Twitter, Now Searchable, Exposes Your Best and Worst Quips to Discovery • One-Second Poll: Emoticons
  • November 2014 Adobe PDF Icon (PDF; 1.1 MB)
    Ransom! Database Search Game • Microaggression • Information Literacy Interactive Tutorial • MLA 2014 Pre-Conference: PLD Day • MLA 2014: Virtual Reference Tips • MLA 2014: Outreach to Hmong Populations • MLA 2014: Tech Services Time Travel • MLA 2014: Program Logic Models • Upcoming ELM Webinars • K12 Students and AskMN • New Collections in Minnesota Reflections • One-Second Poll: SWETS Bankruptcy
  • October 2014 Adobe PDF Icon (PDF; 2.4 MB)
    An Academic Flipped Classroom Model • Laugh and Then Think: 2014 Ig Nobel Prizes • What's on the Horizon for Ebooks? • Join Us at MLA • Everything You Need for ELM This Fall • ELM Information & Learning Commons • LearningExpress Job & Career Accelerator • ELM Office Hours • Context-Building and Note-Taking: Two New Gale Database Features • AskMN Fall Webinars • One-Second Poll: iPhone 6 or 6 Plus?
  • September 2014 Adobe PDF Icon (PDF; 1.4 MB)
    The Future Library • Four Web Tools to Trial with Your Students This Fall • Breaks Matter • Business Research Can Be Beautiful • ROI at Fall Library and Education Conferences • LearningExpress Library in ELM • New ELM Webinars Including LearningExpress Library • Results Are In! • ELM Workshops in SW MN • Order Promotional Materials for Your Library • AskMN Welcomes New Libraries • Pew Research Center Study: Ten Facts About Americans and Public Libraries • One-Second Poll: The Best Fair
  • August 2014 Adobe PDF Icon (PDF; 4.9 MB)
    Skills for Lifelong Learning after College: A PIL Report • LearningExpress Set-Up for Libraries • LearningExpress Content Updates • Fall Office Hours with Hootman • New Kids InfoBits Interface • Learn ELM on Your Time with the New ELM Learning Center • ALA 2014: Las Vegas, More Than A Strip • eLearning Summit 2014: Open, Online, and Digital: The Opportunity • eLearning Summit 2014: Digital Storytelling • eLearning Summit 2014: Minnesota Partnership for Collaborative Curriculum • One-Second Poll: Hours Spent on P.D.
  • July 2014 Adobe PDF Icon (PDF; 6.9 MB)
    Minitex Announces New Suite of eResources • Pedal Power • Mobile Messaging Usage Jumps in 2013 • Can Filtering Do More Harm than Good? • Digital Scholarship Support Materials • Toronto Library Offers Book Printing • K-12 Technology Survey Results • QuestionPoint Training Opportunities from OCLC • MEMO Is Now ITEM • Going Beyond Google • Tips for Running Effective Meetings: InfoGraphic • One-Second Poll: The Value of a Library Conference
  • June 2014 Adobe PDF Icon (PDF; 2.4 MB)
    Reference Services: Tried, True, & New • Are You a Minnesota Transplant? • Foreseeing the Second Wave of the Digital Divide • ROI at Summer Conferences • ELM Professional Development Sessions for Summer / Fall / Winter 2014 • ELM Training & Support Survey • Common Core Best Practices with Points of View Reference Center • A Widget Goes a Long Way • Gates Foundation Ending Global Libraries Program • Once Upon a Reader • WebJunction June Webinars • One-Second Poll: Tell Us About Your Summer
  • May 2014 Adobe PDF Icon (PDF; 2.7 MB)
    New Infographics on the Research Process • Savvy Digital Natives? Says Who? • Library Systems Report 2014 • Metropolitan State University Library's Labyrinth Garden • Let's Get Digital: U of MN Digital Course Packs • Please Participate in a Ten-Minute Technology Survey • New EBSCO Metadata Policy for Discovery Systems • It's Complicated....Indeed! • 7 Myths about Libraries • One-Second Poll: Responses to All of Our Polls to Date
  • April 2014 Adobe PDF Icon (PDF; 3.2 MB)
    World Book Night: PSST – Do you like to read? I do, too. Would you like a book? • Expanding Discussions in Library Instruction • Shifting Priorities for Academic Librarians • You're Using Your Computer Wrong • A Google Glass Hands-On Review • When Every Student Has an iPad • Older Adults and Technology in Libraries • Forging Information Literacy Skills with ANVIL • Social Media for the Library • Uglifying in Public: Website Design for Speed, Accessibility, and Staff Delight • How School Librarians Use Academic Standards to Connect with Teachers • Update on RFP for Statewide eResources • WorldCat Discovery Is Now Available • New Kids InfoBits Coming Soon • AskMN Celebrates Six Years of Virtual Reference Service • CPERS Site Visits • WebJunction April and May Webinars • So You Can Now Read a Novel in 90 Minutes. Who Would Want To? • Reference Resource: Minnesota County Health Rankings • One-Second Poll: What Wearable Tech Would You Wear?
  • March 2014 Adobe PDF Icon (PDF; 601 KB)
    OCLC's "The Hope and Hype of MOOCs" • Minnesota Association of Alternative Programs (MAAP) Annual Conference • 2013 Survey of Ebook Usage in U.S. Public Libraries • A Simpler Wikipedia for Kids, ESLers, and You • Update on RFP for Statewide eResources • OCLC introduces WorldCat Discovery Services • The New Britannica for Public Libraries • EBSCO Information Services Rolls Out 28 New eBook Subject Sets • St. Olaf College, St. Paul College, and Scott County Library Join AskMN! • Being a Library Assistant in Central Minnesota • Minnesota's ALA Emerging Leaders • eLearning Summit 2014 • One-Second Poll: The Biggest Thing for your Library in 2014
  • February 2014 Adobe PDF Icon (PDF; 1.1 MB)
    RFP Issued for Statewide eResources • Learning from Stand-Up Comedians • Found in the Library • 10 Critical Issues Facing Education • 2014 Education Technology Conference • ELM Interactives for Grades K-8 • EBSCO Highlights Curriculum Standards • EIU Country Reports No Longer in Business Source Premier • Use ProQuest Flow to Share, Discover, and Manage Content • Gale Partners with Portico to Preserve Digital Collections • Upcoming QuestionPoint Training • Get Reference Notes on Your Smartphone • WebJunction MN February Webinars • Improve Your Instruction with Five-Minute Assessments • One-Second Poll: Twitter or Facebook
  • January 2014 Adobe PDF Icon (PDF; 1.1 MB)
    Library Technology Forecast for 2014 • 7 Consumer Trends to Run With For 2014 • History Day Research Tools • TIES Conference Breaks another Record • Latest Research Reports Highlight Information Literacy and Value of Libraries • 23 Mobile Things to Debut January 15 • Gale is now COUNTER 4 Compliant • Guest Speaker Webinar Series • 2014 NISO Webinar Series • January Free Learning Opportunities from WebJunction • It's Hard to Be a School Tech Leader: 2013 SLJ Tech Survey • One-Second Poll: MOOCs

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