June 21, 2021

Minnesota: “Twin Cities Libraries Innovate to Remain Relevant in Digital Age”

From the Minnesota Post:

The St. Paul Public Library system operates a mobile computer lab that provides computer training and job-search help — in English and other languages, including Spanish, Hmong and Somali.

“Our brand is books, but really what we would like people to start thinking about more is learning,” says Rebecca Ryan, who as library community services coordinator managed the mobile lab. The idea behind the project, she says, was “to go where the people were.”

Ryan, now the manager of St. Paul’s Sun Ray Library, says that once people are exposed to libraries’ array of services, they’re more likely to visit an actual library.

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Among topics discussed at an [Minnesota Library Association] conference last week in St. Cloud, [Kristen] Mastel [president of the MN Library Assoc.] says: ways librarians can work with social workers; Hennepin County libraries’ At Home service, which delivers or mails books to the homebound; and the addition of a meditation room to the Minneapolis Community and Technical College Library.

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See Also: Minneapolis-St.Paul Area Public Library Systems Launching Ebook Sharing Project (September 18, 2013)

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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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