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  • The 2000 Reader's Retreat (Reader's Advisory)
  • Books, Lives & Videotape (Reader's Advisory)
  • Literacy Development from Toddlers to Readers--What Happens, and What Can We Do?
  • MALL Legal Research Institute 2003
  • Managing Small or One Person Libraries
  • Minnesota Library Issus Forum
  • Patrick Jones Spotlights Youth Services at Spotlights on Books
  • Tweens and Teens
  • Understanding the Human Brain and Maximizing Children's Development (Youth Services)
  • "Zup, Zat, Zwit, Zum" Sounds for Fun! and Early Literacy (Youth Services)



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    Literacy Development from Toddlers to Readers--What Happens, and What Can We Do?



    Area of Specialty: Youth Services

    Description: Three-hour mini-workshop will focus on the development of early literacy skills, starting when children are young toddlers and following through until they are independent readers. We will review current research describing what early literacy development is, and how "reading" starts to develop when children are just learning to talk. We'll follow the developmental path through the preschool years - when children are learning more about language and starting to "explode the code" of reading. We will talk about research and practical applications, with a focus on steps that parents, child care providers, librarians, and school personnel can take to support early literacy development for all children.

    Presenter: Dr. Scott McConnell, University of Minnesota, Center for Early Education and Development


    When: Spotlight on Books, April 16, 2004.


    Where: Spotlight on Books at Ruttger's Sugar Lake Lodge, near Grand Rapids, Minnesota.


    Participants in the Career Renewal Program should complete a Transfer of Learning form for the workshop.






    MALL Legal Research Institute 2003



    Area of Specialty: To be developed.

    Description: The Minnesota Association of Law Libraries presents an eight-part program offereing a variety of topics in legal research methodology. Covering the full spectrum of primary and secondary legal authorities, the Institute will provide techniques in finding and effectively using legal resources. Print, Internet, and other elctronic sources will be detailed for all topics.

    Sessions and Presenters:

    Session 1--January 29, 2003--"The American Legal System" presented by April Schwartz, Exq., Business Law Librarian, University of Minnesota Law Library.

    Session 2--February 5, 2003--"Use of Sceondary Marterials" presented by John Tessner, Esq., Head of Public Services, Hamline University School of Law Library.

    Session 3--February 12, 2003--"Researching Case Law"--Susan Kiefer, Esq., Dierector of Law Library, Hamline University School of Law.

    Session 4--February 19, 2003--"Researching Statutory Law and Legislative Histories"--Rich Goheen, Associate Director for Public Services, University of St. Thomas Law Library and Mary Wells, Research Librarian, University of St. Thomas Law Library.

    Session 5--February 26, 2003--"Federal Administrative Law"--Vic Garces, J.D., Reference and Collection Development Librarian, Univeristy of Minnesota Law Library and Jan Stone, Esq., Reference Librarian, Warren E. Burger Library, William Mitchell College of Law.

    Session 6--March 5, 2003, "Researching Minnesota Law"--Barbara Golden, Esq., State Law Librarian, Minnesota State Law Library.

    Session 7--March 12, 2003--"Researching Foreign and International Law"--Mary Rumsey, Esq., Foreign, Comparative and International Law Librarian, University of Minnesota Law Library.

    Session 8--March 19, 2003--"Legal Research on the Internet"--Susan Catterall, Esq., Researcher/Instructor, Leonard, Street and Deinard and Bill Jack, Esq., Reference Librarian/Legal Research Instructor, Warren E. Burger Library, William Mitchell College of Law.

    When: January 29, 2003 to March 19, 2003, 6:30 to 8:45 PM.

    Where: Room 105, Hamline University School of Law, 1536 Hewitt Avenue, St. Paul, MN

    Visit the MALL website for additional information at http://www.aallnet.org/chapter/mall


    This program was endorsed by the Certification Oversight Committee on January 13, 2003.







    Patrick Jones Spotlights Youth Services at Spotlight on Books



    Area of Specialty: Youth Services

    Description: The spotlight will shine on the Friday afternoon workshop featuring Minnesota's own Patrick Jones, author and advocate for youth services. This is a workshop you will not want to miss!

    Presenter: Patrick Jones runs ConnectingYA.com, a consulting firm and website dedicated to consulting, training, and coaching YA librarians. He works with school and public librarians nationwide to provide powerful youth services. Jones is currently employed at the Hennepin County Library as manager of Outreach Services.

    When: Spotlight on Books Conference, April 4, 2003.

    Where: Spotlight on Books Conference in Bemidji, Minnesota.

    Participants in the Career Renewal Program should complete a Transfer of Learning form for this workshop held at Spotlight on Books.






    Tweens and Teens



    Area of Specialty: Youth Services

    Description: Teens and reading: do they or don't they? Do you cringe when a group of teens enters the library? Small library? Shoestring budget? Core teen collection! Learn about "tween/teen" development, explore their culture, and discover some great young adult authors and books to respond to the needs and interests of the teens in your community.

    Presenters: Gail Nordstron worked in a medical library for eight years before discovering her true passion in 1990--working as a Youth Services Coordinator for Stillwater Public Library. She received her MLS for the College of St. Catherine/dominican University in 1994. Active in the Children and Young People's section of the Minnesota Library Association and youth services teams in MELSA, she just completed work on the 2002 Newbery Committee for the American Library Association. Gail also appears twice a month as host of an interactive, live television program for Children's Hospitals in Minneapolis and St. Paul, and volunteers for a neighborhood reading alliance fo youth in her hometown of St. Paul.

    Cathy Hoffman believes that "variety is the spice of life," and her work life bears out her interests. She has worked with people of all ages, including volunteers in a lilibrary system, seniors, and youth in a church setting, and as a daycare provider--think toddlers. Since her graduation from the College of St. Catherine/Dominican University in 1994, she has continued to find interesting people and variety in a number of library postition, at Minneapolis Public Library as a Teen Librarian and Homework Helper Coordinator, and most recently, as Assistant Director of East Central Regional Library in Cambridge.


    Participants in the Career Renewal Program should complete a Transfer of Learning form for this workshop held at Spotlight on Books and/or at MELSA.






    Minnesota Library Issues Forum



    Area of Specialty: Required for Career Renewal

    Description: Join a discussion of issues facing libraries today! Come prepared with your questions and ideas to share.

    Presenters: Sponsored by Continuing Education Commitee and Beta Phi Mu.

    When: October 10, 2001, 9:00-11:00 am

    Where: MLA Annual Conference in St. Cloud









    "Zup, Zat, Zwit, Zum" Sounds for Fun! and Early Literacy
    (Used with permission from Jonathan London, Froggy Gets Dressed)



    Area of Specialty: Youth Services

    Description: What does recent research in early literacy have to offer those of us who provide library services to young children? We know that children who have been exposed to story readings, rhymes and word games have generally had greater success (and pleasure) in learning to read. Recent research in early literacy provides important information on why this is true. We will review phonological and phonemic awareness, as well as other reaearch results and discuss how librarians might incorporate these findings in their programming. We will include examples of children's books that nurture prereading skills, and provide bibliographies and research references.

    Jean and Pat gave this presentation in Melsa on May 4, 2000, at the Hennepin County Library and Dakota County Library. It is an expanded version of a presentation that they gave for the Minnesota Library Association in 1999.

    Presenters: Jean Strauchon, Literacy Liaison Specialist, RAP Head Start in St. Paul. Strauchon is an MLIS graduate from Dominican University and has completed coursework on remedial and developmental reading at the University of Minnnesota. She has presented literacy workshops at the Minnesota Family Literacy Conference, the Minnesota Library Association, Resources for Child Caring and MELSA.

    Pat Palahniuk, Reference Librarian, Hennepin County Library. Palahniuk is an MLIS graduate of Dominican University. She has worked in the early childhood field as a teacher and as a librarian at Resources for Child Caring. She has presented workshops at the Minnesota Family Literacy Conference, the Minnesota Library Association, Ransey County Public Library, Resources for Child Caring, and MELSA.

    When: March 30, 2001, 1:00pm to 4:00pm

    Where: Spotlight on Books, Northern Inn, Bemidji


    Participants in the Career Renewal Program should complete a Transfer of Learning form for this workshop held at Spotlight on Books and/or at MELSA.






    Managing Small or One Person Libraries



    Area of Specialty: Managerial Competencies for Small Libraries

    Description: This workshop provides information on everything you wanted to know about managing small or one person libraries. It will cover governance, finances, facilities, personnel, marketing, planning, programming, budgets, volunteers, policies, cooperation, advocacy, collections, and services.

    Presenters: Jodi Reng, Director of Plum Creek Library System; Peg Werner, Director of Viking Library System; Wendy Larson, Medical Librarian, Rice Hospital in Willmar

    Where and When:
    • St. Cloud February 5, 9:00 a.m. to noon, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Check with Mic for new location.
    • Mankato Blue Earth County Library. February 6, 9:00 a.m. to noon, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    • Willmar Public Library (ITV). February 6
    • Redwood Falls Public Library. February 7, 9:00 a.m. to noon, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    • Detroit Lakes Country Inn. February 8, 10:00 a.m. to noon, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
    • Grand Rapids Sawmill Inn February 9, 10:00 a.m. to noon, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.


    This is a series of three sessions. The first set of sessions were held during the week of December 4, 2000. The second set of sessions were given during the week of January 8, 2001. The final sessions are being offered during the week of February 5, 2001.

    Contact your Regional Public Libary System for information about this workshop which is sponsored by the Minnesota Regional Public Library Systems and the State of Minnesota Learning Academy Grants.






    The 2000 Reader's Retreat



    Area of Specialty:Reader's Advisory

    Description: Colleen Coughlin and Geri King will combine their complementary approaches to reading and literature with a RA Refersher. Marydel Ketcham and Detective Sergeant Jon Kehrberg will focus on mystery books as a team of Librarian and Detective. Judith Niemi will share her knowledge and enthusiasm for writing and reading travel/adventure stories.

    Presenters: Colleen Coughlin and Geri King teach a Reader's Advisory class at the College of St. Catherine. They were involved in the development of the Reader's Advisory Competencies for Career Renewal. Marydel Ketchan is librarian at the Chaska Library and a lifelong reader of mysteries. Detective Sergeant Jon Kehrberg is in charge of the investigation division of the Chaska Police Department. Judith Niemi is a former bookmobile librarian and owner of Women in the Wilderness. She teaches "Adventure in Literature" at Metropolitan College.

    When: April 29, 2000, 9:00 AM to 2:30 PM

    Where: Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Chanhassen, MN

    Mission possible: Your assignment-should you decide to accept it- is to read a travel/adventure book, write a brief annotation of it and bring a copy of the annotation with you to the Reader's Retreat.





    Understanding the Human Brain and Maximizing Children's Development: What Does it Mean? What Can You Do?



    Area of Specialty:Youth Services

    Description: Gain an understanding of how a child's brain grows and develops. Dr Stecklein shares information about how things such as reading, music, media violence, and home environment impact the ability of the brain to function.

    Presenter: Hilary Pert Stecklein, M.D.

    Dr. Stecklein is a Pediatrician and Pediatric Nephrologist with 15 years of clinical experience. She is a Clinical Associate Professor of the University of Minnesota Department of Pediatrics.

    Dr. Stecklein will address competencies from the Learning Facilitator section, under the Enhanced category:

    1. Is familiar with issues, trends and research relating to infant, child, and adolescent development, reading, library services, literacy, etc...

    2. Understands the learning process and varied learning styles in youth and adults.

    3. Is able to identify learning needs of target groups.

    When: April 7, 2000, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

    Where: Spotlight on Books, Northern Inn, Bemidji


    Participants in the Career Renewal Program should complete a Transfer of Learning form for this workshop.





    Books, Lives & Videotape




    Area of Specialty :Reader's Advisory

    Description: Improve Reader's Advisory Service in your library by connecting people to stories that matter to them. Help readers gain a clearer understanding of what they are looking for. Appreciate the role story plays in people's lives. Smith presents information on the Reader's Advisory interview and discusses Reader's Advisory tools.

    Presenter: Duncan Smith.

    Duncan Smith began his library career as a director of a small branch library. He developed NoveList, which is marketed by Ebsco. He presents workshops nationwide on Reader's Advisory.

    When: May 13, 1999

    Where: Arrowhead Library System