Kurt Daudt and Bob Boese Receive MLA Awards

The Minnesota Library Association held its annual meeting recently in Mankato. Two local residents were presented awards at the MLA Awards banquet held on Thursday, October 25 on the Minnesota Sate University-Mankato campus.

Kurt Daudt, Isanti County Commissioner, was presented with a Certificate of Merit by MLA. The Certificate of Merit is presented to one citizen, or an entire Board of Trustees or Friends group that has made a noteworthy contribution to library services in the State of Minnesota.

Heidi Hoks, current MLA president, presented the award to Kurt with the following introduction. “Kurt has been a library supporter throughout his career in public service. He has served as President of the East Central Regional Library Board in 2006 and 2007. Commissioner Daudt was instrumental in the creation and promotion of the county resolutions in support of increasing Regional Library Basic System Support. Isanti County was the first to pass this important resolution in the fall of 2006. Kurt’s work on this project resulted in more than 70 Minnesota Counties approving resolutions in support of this legislative initiative. His ongoing advocacy on behalf of libraries and library funding has been one of the catalysts that resulted in this year’s passage of a bill that increased Regional Library Basic System Support for the first time in 16 years.”


Also that evening, former director of East Central Regional Library, Bob Boese, was presented with the Minnesota Library Association 2007 Distinguished Achievement Award. The Distinguished Achievement Award is presented in recognition of distinguished service to the profession and for active and innovative leadership in the development of libraries and the improvement of library services. Nine leaders in the library community nominated Bob for the award.

Nominators spoke of his professionalism, dedication, and active participation in MLA. “Whenever making decisions, he has always looked at what is fair and right.” “His knowledge of, and passion for, libraries has benefited all.”

Bob was also a true mentor for those in the library profession. “He gives freely of his time no matter how busy things are at the office.” Many mentioned his interest in collaboration and innovation. “Bob thinks in terms of what will benefit libraries across the state…..Bob has never been unwilling to be the first to try a new idea.” Plus one regional library director noted, “I think of Bob as Minnesota’s ‘Library Historian.’ He can recall a monumental amount of library history and facts.”

Bob and Heidi

Congratulations to Kurt and Bob! We thank you for your dedication and service to East Central Regional Library, its staff and the patrons it serves.

Vickie Sorn, Community Services Coordinator

Cambridge Friend of Library Becomes State Board Member

Recently at the Fall 2007 Minnesota Library Association convention in Mankato, local resident, Lorie Fetzik, was named as a board member on the Minnesota Association of Library Friends. Lorie is currently co-president of the Cambridge Friends of the Library organization and is an avid library user and supporter.

The mission of the Minnesota Association of Library Friends is to promote excellence in library services by working with and through Friends of the Library organizations and the libraries they represent. They assist in legislative efforts, sponsor programs and workshops, help new Friends groups get started, and serve as a clearinghouse for advice and information.

The MALF board meets 4-5 times throughout the year and is made up of individuals from various communities throughout Minnesota. Lorie says, “This will be a worthwhile learning experience and I hope to bring lots of ideas and enthusiasm back to our local Cambridge Friends of the Library organization.”

Vickie Sorn, Community Services Coordinator

Sandstone patrons crafty

Crafters if all kinds are invited to the Sandstone Public Library every Tuesday evening from 6:30 until 8:00 p.m.. Knitters, spinners and weavers gather with other handy crafters to share projects and accumulate new ideas. It’s a great time and a great place to meet.

One of our patrons made the positive comment that “Libraries have really changed in the past few years”, and he was right. Now, we like to consider ourselves the gathering place for the town, a place to feel comfortable and to share thoughts and ideas. Each month we host the Sandstone Book Club, the Friends of the Library meetings and any other group who wants to meet here. Everyone is welcome at the Sandstone Public Library.

Photos from craft night:
Sandstone Library's crafters
Some examples of beading Instructor Mary Reynold’s bead work

Sandstone Library's crafters
Beginning beading was taught one night. More classes will follow

Sandstone Library's crafters
Tuesday evenings at the Sandstone Library are open to crafters of all ages

Jeanne Coffey, Sandstone Library Branch Manager

Visitors brighten the day

I wanted to share a day brightener that we just had:

A small family group just came in to see the library. They are in from all over the U.S. to visit their aunt. The only thing the aunt insisted they do is to come to see the new library! Aren’t we just the cat’s pajamas!

(They were SO impressed – and they all bought tote bags!)

Sharon Strack, Milaca Library Branch Manager

Progress – the Web Catalog

I’ve been here just over a month (Wednesday was my one-month anniversary). Wow, so much has happened. I told Marilyn that I wish we had kept a daily log. We’ve not celebrated each step in the implementation of our new ILS (integrated library system), but there have been plenty.

Today is a huge milestone — the unveiling of the online patron access catalog. In library terminology, that’s an OPAC. Let’s not call it that. It’s just simply the Catalog. It seems pretty straightforward to use. The biggest thing that I think the public may need to remember is that they should select their library on the initial search screen — it comes up searching “All”.

As staff has tried the catalog out in its implementation phase, they’ve found several things they’ve like, several more not so much. Carla told me that she’s been here through Classic Dynix, Horizon 8.0, and now Unicorn. She says that there are certain things that she likes in each one and she wishes she could combine all her favorite tools. I suspect that will be the case with a lot of us (this will be the sixth automation system I’ve worked on).

Give it a try. And then post in the comments section what you like – or not. (be specific, please)

ECRL Catalog
ECRL new online catalog
Barbara Misselt, Director