Changing America


We March, We Demand, Library of Congress (left) President Lyndon B. Johnson Signs the Civil Rights Act, July 2, 1964, Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum (center) Participants at the March on Washington, U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (right)

The Emancipation Proclamation and the March on Washington were pivotal events in the advancement of civil rights and were the products of grassroots activism.  Metropolitan State University is proud to host Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation, 1863 and the March on Washington, 1963, a Smithsonian exhibit looking at key figures and aspects of life before and after these historical groundbreaking events. It has been just over 150 years since the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation and just over 50 years since the March on Washington.

The exhibit will run September 21st through November 4th on the 1st floor of the Metro State Library and Learning Center. Join us for the Opening Reception on September 29th from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm in the Susan A. Cole Lounge followed by keynote presentations from William P. Jones, Professor of History, University of MN, and Petronella J. Ytsma, Photographer and Community Faculty, Metropolitan State University, 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm in Library 302.

Metro State is the only location in the state of Minnesota to host this exhibit.

Trained docents will be available to lead exhibit tours and will be on-site for limited time periods during regular exhibit hours. For more information or to schedule a docent-led tour for your group, please contact

Activities related to Changing America include a Resource Adventure and the award of our first Digital Storytelling Prize, a contest for current Metropolitan State students. The Prize winner will receive a $500 gift card to, plus two honorable mentions will receive $100 gift cards to the university bookstore. Winning entries will be showcased at the exhibit’s closing event on November 4.

The Resource Adventure is an activity for all ages which encourages individuals to engage with the exhibit & the library.  Find a copy of it here or ask a library staffer for one.

More information about the Changing America exhibit, related events, and learning resources can be found at

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Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation, 1863 and the March on Washington, 1963 is presented by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture and the National Museum of American History in collaborations with the American Library Association Public Programs Office. The exhibition is made possible by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and is part of the NEH’s Bridging Cultures initiative, “Created Equal: American’s Civil Rights Struggle,” which brings four outstanding films on the civil rights movement to communities across the United States (see “Created Equal” encourages communities across the country to revisit and reflect on the long history of civil rights in America.

Pokemon Go! Crawl from Metro State Library to Saint Paul Central Library

Since the release of Pokemon Go several of us here at the library have caught Pokemon fever. You can hit 7 PokeStops just by walking around the Saint Paul campus. You can also try to take over the Labyrinth and Reflective Garden PokeGym that almost always flashes blue, a by-product of the library majority choosing Team Mystic.

We thought it would be fun to venture out! On September 26th at 5:30 PM several library staff will lead a Pokemon Crawl from the Metro State/Dayton’s Bluff Libraries, through Mears Park to Saint Paul Central Library . Crawlers will arrive just in time for the Saint Paul Public Library Pokemon Gym Meetup in Rice Park at 6:30 PM.

Crawl route

Several rare Pokemon have been spotted along this route including: Aerodactyl, Abra, Snorlax, Gyarados and Dragonite. Join us to learn more about Pokemon Go, meet some new people, hang out with some library-folk (always a good choice), while getting some fresh air and exercise. Bottled water will be provided to those participating in the crawl.

We hope to see you there!

What can a Liaison Librarian do for you?

Did you know there is a faculty librarian assigned as a liaison to each Major area of study? Liaison Librarians provide specialized assistance locating and evaluating resources in their liaison area.

dsc_0012-editedLibrary Liaisons (from left to right): Alec Sonsteby, Jennifer DeJonghe, Christine Larson, Martha Hardy, Michelle Filkins, Michelle Desilets, and Ruth Zietlow.

Some things liaisons do to support students:

  • Assist students individually with literature searching, Web searching, citing sources and more via Research & Reference Services.
  • Course-integrated instruction sessions to support specific assignments.
  • One-time workshops for students on special topics such as Google searching & Google Scholar, Zotero, and subject-specific literature searching within a discipline.
  • Create subject or course specific research guides (LibGuides) handouts, and tutorials to assist students with literature searching, Web search, evaluating materials, citing sources, and other information literacy topics.
  • Individual research consultations.

To support faculty & staff:

  • Consult with faculty on assignments and course design.
  • One-time workshops for faculty and staff on special topics such as Google searching & Google Scholar, Zotero, and subject-specific literature searching.
  • Individual research consultations.
  • Answer questions regarding library services such as interlibrary loan, ereserves, and copyright clearance and permissions for course texts.
  • Literature searches.
  • Keep faculty apprised of new tools, services, and items added to the collection relevant to their discipline.
  • Develop a relevant, useful collection that supports the curricula by purchasing or licensing books, journals, films, research databases, & more.
  • Support accreditation processes for specific disciplinary programs.
  • Consult on copyright issues, including determining what might constitute Fair Use.


Click the link below for a list of this years library liaisons and their contact information.

Library Liaisons 2016-2017


Little Free Library at Metro State

Welcome to the newest Dayton’s Bluff Little Free Library! The Little Free Library is located on 7th Street just off the path to the labyrinth. Stop by and grab a book from it or place a book in it!


Little Free Library at Metropolitan State University

What is a Little Free Library? Keep reading to find out!

The Basics

Little Free Library is a worldwide book exchange working to promote literacy and the love of reading. Little Free Libraries are all unique structures and are commonly made from wood. The boxes have been made to resemble schoolhouses, town halls, churches, and a variety of other structures. Each Little Free Library has an independent steward who establishes and maintains the structure. The stewards of the Little Free Library can either order one through the organization’s catalog or build their own. Community organizations can also be involved as a steward for a Little Free Library: common examples are local Boy or Girl Scout troops, churches, Rotary clubs, etc. Anyone can steward a Little Free Library (See below for more information on stewarding your own Little Free Library).

Quick History

The story of the Little Free Library begins in Hudson, Wisconsin. In 2009 Todd Bol, a creative artisan in Hudson, created a model of a one room schoolhouse. Originally Todd built it as a tribute to his mother who was a teacher and loved to read.


Todd’s first Free Little Library was a hit in his community. Todd would then partner with Rick Brooks from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Rick contributed his social media expertise and community development experience toward growing the program. Together, Todd and Rick established a goal to have 2,510 Little Free Libraries across the globe; the same number of public libraries funded by Andrew Carnegie in the 19th and 20th century, a major source of inspiration for the project. While Todd and Rick established the foundations of Free Little Library it has been the embrace and advocacy of individual stewards that have propelled the growth of Free Little Libraries across the globe. Click here to access the Little Free Libraries World Map and locate a little free library near you!

Get Involved

Learn more about Little Free Libraries here: This website has all the information you need and more!

Here is a quick rundown of the process of starting your own Little Free Library:

1. Identify a Little Free Library location and steward
2. Get a library (build it yourself, find someone in your community to build one, or purchase one)
3. Register your Library
4. Build support via community involvement, media, etc.
5. Add your library to the World Map

Keep your eyes peeled for information on the dedication for Metro State’s Little Free Library in the coming months.


Little Free Library at Metro State near labyrinth

A special thanks to Michelle Desilets, Michelle Filkins, and Jennifer DeJonghe for their work bringing a LFL to the Saint Paul campus area.

Sources: All information used in this blog post has been taken from “”

About the Author

John Reardon is a Circulation Desk Assistant at the Metropolitan State University Library and Learning Center.

Nelson Mandela International Day!

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“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”   

  – Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela was a man of honor who fought for what he believed in. He fought not only for his people, he fought for his nation. A nation he protected and changed through education, equality and democracy. When I first heard of Nelson Mandela, I knew he was famous for something but I didn’t know what. It’s different when you know that someone is great person and knowing how they got there. When I first started my research on him I thought to myself, “Wow, he sure did cause a lot of problems with his government.” Then I saw his true goal of wanting to make his nation a better place for not just his people, but for everyone. That is why I wanted to learn more about him and help celebrate Nelson Mandela International Day!

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Nelson Mandela, birth name of Rolihlahla Mandela was born on July 18th 1918 in a small village called Mvezo, Transkei. He was the son of Nonqaphi Nosekeni (mother) and Nkosi Mphanyiswa Gadla Mandela (father). It wasn’t until primary school that Mandela’s teacher, Miss Mdingane gave him the name Nelson because it was easier to remember and pronounce; many children were given Christian names during that time. He had three wives in his lifetime. From 1944 to 1958 he was married to Evlyn Mase, from 1958 to 1996 he was married to Winnie Madkizela, and lastly he married Graca Machel in 1998.

Like many of us it took some time for him to finally finish his degree, but he got his BA in 1943, then in 1989, he obtain his first professional degree in law (LLB) from the University of South Africa. It wasn’t until 1952 when he started to get more involve in political issues. He was elected as the National Volunteer-Chief of the Defiance Campaign. This campaign was a joint program between the African National Congress (ANC) and the South African Indian Congress to go against six unjust laws. He was charged with Suppression of Communism Act along with 19 others for being a part of the campaign. They were sentenced to nine months of hard labor and suspended for two years. Even after this he continued his fight in finding equality for South Africa leading to a few more imprisonment and trials.

One trial that he was most known in was the Rivonia Trial in 1963. He was on trial for sabotage in which he was faced with the death penalty, and coincidentally his speech helped him on this trial.

During my lifetime I have dedicated myself to this struggle of the African people. I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.”

– Nelson Mandela, Speech from the Dock

It was in 1994 that Nelson Mandela was inaugurated as South Africa’s first Democratic President. He served for one term only, but even after his term he continued to strive for democracy, equality, and education. On December 5, 2013 Mandela died due to health issues. Though he is no longer here his freedom fighting legacy lives on, in the hearts of the people he fought for and in those who fought for him.

The biography above was compromised of information from the Nelson Mandela Foundation.

Interesting facts about Nelson Mandela

  1. Nelson Mandela and South Africa’s former President before Mandela jointly won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1994.
  2. Mandela’s birth name was Rolihlahla, meaning trouble maker; he sure did stir up a lot of trouble for his successful cause to end apartheid in South Africa.
  3. There is a prehistoric woodpecker named after him, the Australopicus nelsonmandelai.
  4. He was on the US terror watch list until 2008.
  5. He had a cameo in a Spike Lee film of Malcolm X, as he delivered Malcom X’s famous speech.

Want to know more about Nelson Mandela? Check out these items in our collection!


Nelson Mandela: Conversations with Myself




Mandela: The Authorized Portrait


Mandela: A Critical Life

New Aqusitions for May

Have some extra reading time now that finals are over? Check out some of our new purchases for May!

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About the Author


John Reardon is a Circulation Desk Assistant at the Metropolitan State University Library and Learning Center.

New Acquisitions for April

Catch up on your spring reading at the Metropolitan State University Library and Learning Center! Here is a small preview of our new book acquisitions for this April. You can find the full list of April acquisitions at:

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About the Author


John Reardon is a Circulation Desk Assistant at the Metropolitan State University Library and Learning Center.