MEMO - Minnesota Educational Media Organization

Serving school media and information technology professionals in Minnesota

About MEMO

Welcome to the Minnesota Educational Media Organization web site. MEMO is a membership organization serving school media and education technology professionals. MEMO is committed to providing leadership and professional growth for quality media and technology programs which meet the learning and instructional needs of our students, staff and administration.
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Contact: or 651-771-8672
PO Box 130555
Roseville, MN 55113



MEMO Web - News and Announcements

MEMO is now ITEM. Beginning July 1, 2014, the Minnesota Education Media Organization has now formally changed its name to Information and Technology Educators of Minnesota (ITEM). We feel this name more closely reflects our members, who come from school library media, technology integration, classroom teachers, and others interested in how literacy and technology can positively impact students. Please be patient with us while we transition all of our forms and branding to the new name. In a few weeks we will also be revealing a new website.


2014 ITEM Annual Conference

October 2-4
St. Cloud, MN

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Naomi Harm, Jonathan Friesen, Target Library of the Future, exhibits, silent auction, networking, learning and fun! Don't miss out - Register today!




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What is ITEM?

ITEM is Minnesota’s professional organization for all school library media specialists, technology coordinators and specialists, technology integrationists, and anyone else is interested in application of information and technology to learning.

Why should I join?

  1. Cost. ITEM offers wide range of member benefits and support at a very low price. Individuals can join ITEM for as little as $60 per year. Institutional memberships for schools and school districts are also available.
  2. Connections. ITEM communicates through an e-mail list and social networking website that involves over 1000 education professionals. This makes it easy for members to share information, build best practices, connect with others in education, and get critical questions answered. MEMO also has a presence on Facebook and Twitter that allows further sharing of information and ideas.
  3. Advocacy. ITEM members are represented by a professional lobbyist at the Minnesota Legislature who tracks school library and education technology issues and advocates for ITEM’s mission to help students build information and technology literacy skills for success in a global society.
  4. Professional Development. ITEM provides some of the best professional development opportunities available for people in the school library media and education technology fields. ITEM hosts three professional development conference events each year in fall, winter, and summer. We tap in to our state network of library and education professionals AND bring in national experts to provide participants with the most current information on hot topics such as mobile devices and e-books, trends in youth literature, bring your own technology initiatives, and the flipped classroom.


Please remember that if you have not renewed your membership to ITEM we need your support and participation! The ITEM Member application form is linked below:

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For a number of years, the MEMO board has considered changing the name of our organization. The board has discussed how in changing times, we can update our name to reflect all that our organization encompasses. We recognize that the role of media specialist has grown and includes many skills related to technology as well as information literacy. We also acknowledge that our organization is suited to serve those who work as technology integrationists and other roles meeting the needs of digital learning.

The video above is a comprehensive look at the pros and cons of a MEMO name change, current proposed names, and a request for further input. The MEMO board would like to make an informed decision as to whether or not to bring this issue to an official member vote and requires additional member feedback.

If you choose not to watch the video and have not yet responded with your input, kindly share your thoughts here:



ITEM and CMLE Regions Now Match! 4 Replies

Did you know that our regions are now the same? I am still trying to figure out who is an ITEM (formerly MEMO) member in our 12-county region (see the counties below). Kindly weigh in so we know how many of you are out there!Our region includes:…Continue

Started by Patricia Post in Central Minnesota Libraries Exchange (CMLE). Last reply by Patricia Post on Thursday.

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Recordings and Resources from MDE eBook Summit

The Minnesota Department of Education, State Library Services is making some of the presentations and other resources from the eBook Summit available. If you weren't able to attend the Summit, here is your chance to see where the discussions…Continue

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ITEM and CMLE Regions Now Match!

Did you know that our regions are now the same? I am still trying to figure out who is an ITEM (formerly MEMO) member in our 12-county region (see the counties below). Kindly weigh in so we know how many of you are out there!Our region includes: Aitkin, Benton, Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Pine, Sherburne, Stearns, Todd and Wright counties.See More
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August 25, 2014 from 1pm to 5pm
Professional development opportunity for school library media specialists.October 7, 20141:00 p.m. - Verizon Wireless CenterMankato, MinnesotaRegistration and More InformationSee More
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