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  • May 26, 2022 9:07 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Bylaws & Policies Committee wishes to thank those of you who responded to the Bylaws & Policies Committee call for policy manual revision suggestions. We have incorporated them into the April 2022 revision and have added a new section - Executive Board actions and voting. Begone confusion! There are more changes needed to make the policy manual more reflective of the terrific work NDLA Leadership does and we anticipate further revisions in the next few months.

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    The EDI (Equity Diversity Inclusion) Committee is considering a conference session on writing EDI Action Statements for libraries. We’d love to feature your input and experiences in that session! See below for more information: Does your library or broader organization have an EDI action or goal statement? Were you involved in the process of writing it, or are you involved in the process of assessing progress towards the goals outlined in that statement? We are looking for 3-5 panelists from across library types who are willing to share insights and strategies for crafting actionable EDI statements as part of a moderated panel sponsored by the EDI Committee.
    Individual time commitment would likely be fairly minimal beyond being present at the 2022 conference in Minot. An EDI Committee member will coordinate and moderate the live session; at most, panelists would be asked to prepare a brief presentation about their library’s statement, drafting process, and assessment process.
    Questions?Contact Karlene Clark and join our next meeting - June 13th at 3pm
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    The Finance Committee has nothing to report.
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    TheFlicker Tale Committee is pleased to announce the 2022 Flicker Tale Award Winners...

    • Younger Readers: Dinosaurs Are Not Extinct: Real Facts about Real Dinosaursby Drew Sheneman
    • Middle Readers: A Wish in the Darkby Christina Soontornvat
    • Older Readers: We Are Not From Hereby Jenny Torres Sanchez
    2023 Nominees can be found on theNDLA website!
    P.S. Did we mention that we received over 8000 votes?
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    TheGood Stuff Editorial Committeeis settling into this new newsletter format. Change can be good, right?! The committee is also seeking new members: Do you have maybe one or two hours to give per quarter?
    The more we have on board, the lighter the workload.
    Interested? Contact Shannon Yarbrough
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    Currently, the Intellectual Freedom Committee is updating its handbook and web presence. Future committee plans include increased outreach to library workers along with constructing a framework to monitor and report Intellectual Freedom issues in North Dakota.
    We still need two more volunteers to join us and we're especially interested in recruiting from K-12 schools, tribal colleges, and community colleges. Please note, we welcome library staff as well as librarians. Our next meeting is June 1st. Contact Emily Wros if you are interested in volunteering
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    The Legislative Committee has no current business to report.
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    Not fresh news, but still pertinent...
    The Membership Committee is actively seeking volunteers - specifically, an Interim Chair!! If you feel an obligation, a calling, maybe even a vague sense of guilt for not being more involved (No shame here), email Will Martin, NDLA President, for more information________________________________________________________________________
    TheNew Members’ Committee is working on updating a new member document to share on the NDLA website. Stay tuned... As always, we are also working on ways to connect new people at NDLA.Next meeting is 11 am on Monday June 13. Contact Karlene Clark if you would like to join!
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    The Nominations, Elections, and Voting Committee is currently seeking nominees for Secretary and President-Elect.
    The term for the Secretary position would start immediately after a special election and would end at the conference in 2024.
    The term for the President-Elect position would start at the 2022 NDLA Conference and trasnition to President at the 2023 Conference and then Past-President at the 2024 Conference.
    If you have any questions or concerns or want to volunteer for a position, please email BreAnne Meier.
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    The Professional Development Committee has no current business to report.
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    The Tech Services/Gov Docs Committee has no current business to report.
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    Web Editors Committee has been continuing the tweaks needed to pull the new website into line. It is still a work in progress... and yes, there may be (ahem...are) dead links. Please bear with us! Good news is that we are approximately 6 months ahead of schedule. Bad news is that corrections are currently on the shoulders of only two volunteers who have full-time jobs... just like the rest of you. It is slow-going at times. If you feel you can share your time (it is not particularly technical) please contact us or better yet, join the next meeting on June 7 at 2:30 pm


  • March 08, 2022 12:23 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    In December, the Bylaws & Policies Committee ran the first of two training sessions for NDLA Leadership. The first one was live and included several members who have been involved with the Executive Board for some time, and we really appreciated their advice and support. Our committee then recorded a presentation separately in January and it went well! If you want to see a recording contact Kristen Borysewicz.

    Coming soon....

    We will be asking Executive Board members and Committee Chairs to look at the policy manual and suggest any revisions to make that document more exact.

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    The EDI (Equity Diversity Inclusion) Committee is looking at developing a resource list and best ways to share it with NDLA. We are also looking at what to present at NDLA and who will be involved in that. We continue to do brief writeups for Good Stuff addressing EDI issues. For more information or if you have questions, check out our new EDI Committee webpage

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    The Finance Committee has nothing to report.

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    The Good Stuff Editorial Committee has uploaded the standard elements of the newsletter on the new NDLA website in an effort to provide a quicker and simpler newsletter release. A PDF version will be made available shortly afterwards and will be kept in the website archive for posterity. Check out the changes here.

    We are also seeking new committee members! Can you copy/paste and add a few stylish touches to a preset Canva template? Do you like to edit? Do you have maybe one or two hours to give per quarter? We have a spot for you! The more we have on board, the lighter the workload. Interested? Contact Shannon Yarbrough

    Coming soon....

    Member contributions for the June issue will be gathered at the end of April/early May.

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    Recalled to life!

    The Intellectual Freedom Committee works to promote and protect Intellectual Freedom in North Dakota. Its members provide resources and expertise related to Intellectual Freedom and give support to librarians and libraries in the event of a challenge. We are looking for two volunteers to join us and especially interested in recruiting librarians from K-12 schools, tribal colleges, and community colleges. The monthly meetings take place virtually.

    Contact committee chair Emily Wros at emily.wros@und.edu if you are interested in volunteering, or if you have any questions

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    The Legislative Committee has no current business to report.

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    The Membership Committee is actively seeking volunteers - specifically, an Interim Chair!!

    If interested, contactwilliam.d.martin@und.edu

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    The New Members’ Committee is working on the Grassroots grant and preparing for the best ways to promote and do outreach for it. Next meeting will be on April 4th. Sign up is on the NDLA New Members webpage for anyone wishing to join.

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    We have a President-Elect for the 2021-2022 year!

    Now, the Nominations, Elections, and Voting Committee is looking for...

    • Candidates to run for the 2022-2023 President-Elect position.
      • This position is a three-year commitment that begins at the 2022 Conference as President-Elect, becomes President starting at the 2023 Conference, and Past-President at the 2024 Conference.
    • NDLA Sections are also looking for candidates for the Chair-Elect positions.
      • These position are a two-year commitment that begin at the 2022 Conference as Chair-Elect and become Chair of section starting at the 2023 Conference.

    If you are interested in getting your name on the ballot, or have any questions, please contact BreAnne Meier or the current section chair of the section you are inquiring after. Information about the roles and responsibilities of these positions can also be found here.

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    The Professional Development Committee has no current business to report.

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    The Tech Services/Gov Docs Committee has no current business to report.

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    Our new website went live in January! Since the move was approved in December, the Website Committee has transitioned content, as well as membership functionality. President Martin used the platform to email everyone about a special election for President-Elect position, calls for volunteers, and we ran a successful vote using it. Members are also renewing their membership on the new site.

    If you are experiencing any of difficulties, here is our advice:

    We are just at the beginning of making this website really highlight what is happening around NDLA and the many ways to get involved. Those are the leadership’s top two goals for the page!! Look forward to many updates this year.

  • January 01, 2022 4:15 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    *Note: For this issue only, all links in the images below cannot be followed. If you would like to follow a link, please see the pdf version of the December issue.



  • December 09, 2021 4:40 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The new NDLA website is now underway... Goal: Complete transition by mid-January! In the meantime, information may not be where you are used to and links may not be fully functioning. Bear with us and if you have any questions or an immediate need for something website-related, please contact Josh Pikka (Web Editor) or Kristen Borysewicz 

    Thanks for your patience! 

    Website Committee


  • December 09, 2021 4:36 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    2021 NDLA AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED

    Winners were announced in October at the 2021 NDLA Awards Banquet. 

    Library Champion Award: Howard Klug, Erin Oban & Nancy Guy

    Major Benefactor Award: Linda Lindemann

    Youth Excellence Program of the Year Award: Lesley Allan

    President’s Award: Viginia Bjorness

    Librarian of the Year: Mary Soucie

    Congratulations to all those recognized at the 2021 Awards Banquet, and a big Thank You to all who make North Dakota libraries the great places that they are!!


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