Monday, October 11, 2010

Salon RSVP Deadline Extended to October 13

There is still time to RSVP for MN Chapter's Salon 4:  Librarians to the Rescue, dinner, drinks and discussion following Marilyn Johnson's lecture.  Please RSVP by sending an email to by Wednesday, October 13.

See our original blog post for details, Salon 4 - Librarians to the Rescue

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Plymouth Library Architectural Tour + Speed Networking

The St. Catherine University’s Special Libraries Association invites you to attend:

Plymouth Library Architectural Tour + Speed Networking

Tour the new Plymouth Library with architect Jonathan Strand of Bentz/Thompson/Rietow and one of the Plymouth librarians.

The Plymouth Library opened this past spring in the city of Plymouth.  It is one of the latest public libraries to open in the Twin Cities area and it exemplifies some of the most cutting-edge ideas about what a contemporary library should be.  A feasibility study that evaluated options for remodeling the existing facility and constructing an all-new building resulted in the decision to design a new building to overcome the constraints of the existing facility.  This resolution opened the door for rethinking the library from the ground up.  It also coincided with Hennepin County’s making a new commitment to sustainability, particularly to reduce its reliance on fossil fuels.  With these decisions in place the stage was set and it was clear that this would not be library as usual.

Early on many far-reaching ideas surfaced regarding what a library could be in terms of programming and experience for patrons, and operational efficiency for staff.  In addition, designing for sustainability heavily influenced the outcome. The design team and owner/user teams evaluated many sustainability strategies to find the best value for energy-efficiency and enrichment of the library users’ experience. All of these ideas, themes, and strategies fueled innovation and resulted in a modern and flexible facility that transcends any one agenda.

Take a sneak peak:

Then stay for casual, speed-style networking with members of the Minnesota SLA Chapter.

Monday, October 18, 2010
6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Library Tour
7:00 – 8:00 p.m. Speed Networking

Plymouth Library
15700 36th Ave. N., Plymouth, MN 55446

Free for all

We don’t need a firm commitment, but we’d love to know if you intend to be there so we have an idea of how many to expect.

Please email Carol Lynn at or call with any questions 612-986-3143.