Welcome to the new Metronet Events page. Here you will find information about the different types of events we offer, as well as specific details for upcoming events and programs. Check back again to see what’s new! To see a shorter listing of events and how to register, visit our Registration page here.
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Library Leadership Forum
Library Leadership Forum (LLF) is a professional development book club/discussion group sponsored by Metronet and facilitated by Carol Jackson. The Forum meets approximately every 4-6 weeks online. All Minnesota library staff, including job seekers, are welcome with no commitment to attend regularly. The LLF is sponsored by Metronet, but library staff in any MN library is welcome. Click here to see resources from previous meetings.
Register here to receive a Zoom link for upcoming sessions:
- Wednesday, March 27 at 3:00pm (CST) https://forms.gle/V2S99AHBLJUK2sAF8
- Thursday, April 25 at 3:00pm (CST)
- Wednesday, May 29 at 3:00pm (CST)
- Thursday, June 27 at 3:00pm (CST)
- “Be Your Own Library Advocate,” Kelly Jensen, Bookriot, 1/19/24, https://bookriot.com/be-your-own-library-advocate/
- Advocacy in Action: Local Library Awareness Campaigns, WebJunction Topic Areas, unknown date, https://www.webjunction.org/explore-topics/advocacy-in-action.html
- Advocacy by Library Type:
- “Frontline Advocacy Toolkit for Public Libraries,” ALA Advocacy, unknown date, https://www.ala.org/advocacy/frontline-advocacy-toolkit
- “School Library Month,” AASL Advocacy, unknown date, https://www.ala.org/aasl/advocacy/slm
- “Academic Library Advocacy Toolkit,” ARCL Libguides, last updated 11/6/23, https://acrl.libguides.com/advocacytoolkit
Carol Jackson, the LLF facilitator, has extensive experience in leading book groups, facilitating group discussions, and program planning. After earning her MLIS, she spent 20 years in public libraries, 15 of them managing libraries. She is passionate about the value of libraries. As a certified Narrative Coach Practitioner, she helps library and nonprofit professionals face challenges and find their future career paths.
Questions? Contact Carol Jackson, LLF Facilitator, at [email protected].
Join us for the Learnabout series, where we do a brief, one hour or less, informational webinar on various topics.
Talkabout Books Events
We invite you to come and talk books with us! Come to share or come to get some new book recommendations. Registrants will receive a book list the day after the event, and we will post a link to the book list below as well. Click here to view previous book lists!
These upcoming events will be held on Thursday afternoons at 4pm.
Please check back to see registration information for upcoming Talkabouts.
Library Conversations are a chance to talk about issues and ideas for all types of libraries & their staff. Whether you’re a library media specialist, an academic librarian, a public librarian, or just curious, come chat with us and other librarians and share your thoughts. Or just come and listen, all are welcome here.
Talkabout Conversation #1: Back-to-School Talkabout Click here for the notes from this event!
Talkabout Conversation #2: Holiday Library Ideas Click here for the notes from this event!
Talkabout Conversation #3 – Social Media In Libraries Click here for the notes from this event!
Building Connections Library Group
Elementary Media Specialist Meetups
Professional Development Opportunities
Level Up is managed by the Library Professional Development Network (LPDN), which is an ad hoc group of organizations in Minnesota that offers various types of professional development (PD) to library staff at all levels in all types of libraries. Please visit our Statewide CE calendar here
Minnesota Library Professional Development Network
We are excited to announce the launch of a year-long campaign to support libraries as they grapple with today’s fractured and challenging media landscape.
This campaign will help Minnesota library staff:
- Understand how people navigate the media and information landscape, and how forces within that landscape influence their navigation.
- Learn how to build reflection and intentionality into their information consumption.
- Gain strategies for working with their communities on intentional approaches to information consumption.
Media Landscapes 23 Things Mini-Courses
This new series of mini-courses, created by the seven Minnesota Multitype Library Systems (Multitypes), meets the needs of Minnesota library staff by helping them understand how their users navigate the present media and information landscape, and how forces within that landscape influence their navigation.
It is designed to help library staff engage more deeply with the issues and concepts addressed in the Media Landscapes Campaign. By working together through these Things, we will all have a greater understanding of disinformation, information/digital literacy, and how to address these issues in various ways and in various library settings.
You can find more information, registration, and the mini-courses here: Media Landscapes: 23 Things
Did you know that we now have a YouTube channel? Click here to see all of our archived videos!