Legislative Research Librarians Staff Section
2009 Professional Development Seminar

Oct. 14-17, 2009
St. Paul, Minnesota

Agenda and Handouts 

Wednesday | Thursday | Friday | Saturday

Wednesday, October 14

3:00 pm –  5:00 pm

Registration at the Embassy Suites Hotel

5:00 pm

Meet & Greet at Embassy Suites Hotel

6:30 pm

Dutch Treat Dinner at Pop!

Thursday, October 15

7:00 am – 8:00 am

Complimentary Breakfast for Embassy Suites Hotel Guests

8:00 am – 2:30 pm


9:00 am – 10:30 am
Room 107, State Capitol

Welcome from Minnesota Legislative Reference Library
What's Up in Your Library? Roundtable

Providing library services to state legislators and their staff in the fast-paced atmosphere of a legislative session creates unique challenges. Learning how other legislative librarians have dealt with an issue, and the results that followed, is a valuable part of the PDS experience. Roundtable participants will discuss new programs, changes and innovations in state legislative research libraries.

Links to Legislative Libraries represented at meeting:

10:30 am – 11:00 am


11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Room 107, State Capitol

Traditional Media vs. New Media Coverage of Legislatures

Are blogs and electronic newsletters as important as the daily newspaper? Hear from reporters who have new media and who have long-time traditional print roots. Panelists will discuss evolving legislative news coverage.


  • Sarah Janecek, Publisher, Politics in Minnesota, St. Paul, Minnesota 
  • Mike Mulcahy, Political Editor, Minnesota Public Radio, St. Paul, Minnesota
  • Patrick Sweeney, Communications Director, Freshwater Society, Excelsior, Minnesota 

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Dutch Treat Lunch at the Minnesota Historical Society's Cafe Minnesota
Minnesota Historical Society

1:30 pm – 1:50 pm
Minnesota Historical Society
Deluxe 1-2

Minnesota Historical Society Library and Archives

Description of the collections and services.


  • Sarah Quimby, Library Processing Manager, Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul, Minnesota 

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Minnesota Historical Society
Deluxe 1-2

Social Media in Libraries

Hear a discussion on library-developed Web 2.0 projects.


  • Tracey Baker, Assistant Head of Reference, Minnesota Historical Society Library, St. Paul, Minnesota 
  • Marian Rengel, Outreach Coordinator, Minnesota Digital Library, St. Cloud University, St. Cloud, Minnesota
  • Dennis Skrade, Head of Technical Services, Minnesota State Law Library, St. Paul, Minnesota

3:15 pm – 4:15 pm
Minnesota Historical Society
Deluxe 1-2

Preserving State Government Digital Information: the NDIIPP Project

Bob Horton, Minnesota State Archivist, will discuss a multi-state grant project to help legislatures deal with exploding electronic information.


4:15 pm – 5:00 pm

Tour of Minnesota Historical Society Museum Exhibits 

6:00 pm

Dutch Treat Dinner at W.A. Frost
Walk through St. Paul Cathedral on your way to dinner 

 Friday, October 16

6:00 am – 7:30 am

Complimentary Breakfast for Embassy Suites Hotel Guests 

8:00 am

Bus departs for Tour of West from Embassy Suites Hotel

(Please bring photo ID)

8:30 am – 11:00 am

Tour of West, a Thomson Reuters business

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Rathskeller Cafeteria, State Capitol

Joe Mansky, Ramsey County Election Manager, will discuss the recent Minnesota Senate Franken-Coleman election recount.

Box Lunch in the Rathskeller Cafeteria in the Minnesota Capitol
LRL & NCSL gratefully acknowledge the support of West, a Thomson Reuters business

Presentation of Notable Document Awards to Minnesota recipients

1:00 pm – 2:15 pm
Room 107, State Capitol

Lobbyists as Information Providers and Information Seekers—or, Blackberries Were Merely Fruit 10 Years Ago

Three seasoned lobbyists will answer questions about lobbyists' use of technology and how they communicate with legislators. The session will explore what lobbyists can tell us about they how find information and transmit information to their legislator audience. Have changing communication technologies affected relationships with legislators?


  • Robbie LaFleur, Director, Legislative Reference Library, St. Paul, Minnesota
  • Iris Freeman, Founder & Principal Consultant, Advocacy Strategy, St. Paul, Minnesota
  • Phil Griffin, Government Relations Consultant, Griffin Government Consulting, Plymouth, Minnesota
  • John Tuma, Government Relations Associate, Conservation Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota


2:15 pm – 2:30 pm


2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Room 107, State Capitol

Using Technology to Open Access to the Legislative Process

  • Barry LaGrave, Public Information Services, Minnesota House of Representatives, St. Paul, Minnesota
  • Steve Senyk, Director, Senate Media Services, Minnesota Senate, St. Paul, Minnesota
  • Mike Schatz, Information Analyst, Legislative Reference Library, St. Paul, Minnesota
  • Mike Speiker, Web Manager, Minnesota House of Representatives, St. Paul, Minnesota


3:45 pm – 5:30 pm

Capitol Tour, including tours of the chambers by legislative staff

  • Al Mathiowitz, Chief Clerk, Minnesota House of Representatives
  • Scott Magnuson, Director, Senate Information Office, Minnesota Senate

6:30 pm

Dutch Treat Dinner at Mai Village

 Saturday, October 17

7:00 am – 8:30 am

Complimentary Breakfast for Embassy Suites Hotel Guests 

8:30 am – 9:15 am

Tour of the Minnesota Legislative Reference Library

9:15 am – 10:30 am
Minnesota Legislative Reference Library

645 State Office Bldg.

LRL Business Meeting
The Legislative Research Librarian Staff Section will meet to discuss staff section business. 
  • Elizabeth Lincoln, Minnesota, LRL Chair

10:30 am – 2:00 pm

Post-Conference Activities

Post-conference fun for those who are around: Tour the new Central Library in downtown Minneapolis and the new Guthrie Theater a few blocks away.