In an earlier era, when time and finances were in greater supply, Minitex, a multi-state network with national and global links, put on a great show at the Minnesota State Fair – a well-staffed welcome to Minnesota’s libraries of every sort. Today, as information and communications technology redefine the profile of libraries in general and of every library as a local portal to ever-expanding resources in myriad formats. Today, Minitex shares its tools, strategies and expertise in new-fashioned ways.
For starts, Minitex is promoting a “dig deeper @ your library” tool that starts with MnKnows. Tackle your information excavation by digging with this indispensable tool tidily encapsulated on a handy bookmark. The mine opens to reveal these treasures:
The MnLINK Gateway where you can place requests for materials – books and a whole lot more delivered to your local library and access to electronic books and journals online.
ELMS, the Electronic Library for Minnesota, an essential guide to online articles and electronic books – try it before you get lost in the everyday search engines.
Minnesota Reflections, a treasure trove of photos, documents and maps related to Minnesota history
AskMN where you’ll find real-time answers from a real live librarian available 24/7..
Research Project Calculator – a planned approach and a persistent reminder that, whatever the task, there is an approach that involves planning, persistence and an occasional prod from the deadline watcher.
MnKnows – Dig Deeper@Your Library
MnKnows is provided by Minitex, an information and resource sharing program of the Minnesota Office of Higher Education and the University of Minnesota Libraries