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Jennifer R. Nelson

Jennifer R. Nelson is Director of State Library Services, a division which administers Minnesota’s state and federal programs for libraries and the Minnesota Braille and Talking Book Library. Programs administered include Public Library Accessibility and Improvement grants, Regional Library Basic System Support, Regional Library Telecom Aid, Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund and Multicounty Multitype Operating Aid. State Library Services is the designated State Library Administrative Agency for the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services’ Library Services and Technology Act Grants to States Program. The division provides leadership, consultation and support to the Minnesota library community in planning, developing and implementing high quality library services statewide.

Jen has more than 25 years of experience in libraries, working in a number of different capacities at the Minneapolis Public and Hennepin County libraries. She takes an innovative approach to helping libraries serve their communities that resonates with changing environments. In addition to a bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo, she holds a master's degree in library and information studies, and a master's degree in political science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Jen is the author of "Technology and Literacy: 21st Century Library Programming for Children and Teens" (ALA Editions, 2012) and is an adjunct faculty at St. Catherine’s University teaching a class in grant and proposal writing for public libraries.