Friday, September 23, 2016

Upcoming Events - Mark Your Calendars!

We had a great first SLA Student Group meeting and we're looking forward to a lot of fantastic events this fall:

  • We are working with SAA to arrange a tour of the Minnesota Historical Society Library and Archives. SAA has set up a poll to determine interest and availability. The tour will be held on a Tuesday evening in November. If you are interested and haven't taken the poll yet, please do so here:
  • Our Fall 2016 Information Professionals Panel will be held November 28 at 6:00 p.m.! We will pass along more details as they are available. We are still in the process of contacting potential participants - so if you know of someone who might be interested or would like to see a particular type of library or librarian role represented, please let us know!
  • We need volunteers! Each year the SLA Student chapter works with the SLA-MN chapter to host a silent auction during the SLA-MN holiday party. The proceeds go to our SLA student scholarship (we will be sharing information on that later). We need volunteers to help with reaching out to businesses by phone and/or mail. Please let us know if you would be willing to help out!

We're really excited about the great events planned for this semester, and we hope you are too. If you have questions, suggestions, or would like to help out, please send us an email or say hi on campus!

Monday, September 5, 2016

First Meeting!

It's hard to believe it's already time for another school year - we hope you've had a great summer!

Our first SLA Meeting of the year will be this Thursday, September 8, 2016 at 5:15 p.m. in CdC 19. We'll be talking about our plans for the upcoming year, including hosting information professional panels, going on a tour of a special library, and the silent auction at the SLA-MN Holiday Party. Bring your suggestions and your appetite - as the flier suggests, we'll have pizza!

We're looking forward to seeing you all this Thursday!

Sunday, July 31, 2016

New Leadership

Attention everyone: the SLA Student Group has new leadership! Our new officers are:

Co-Chairs: Sarah Larsen and Katelyn Torell
Treasurer: Gardner Brenneisen

Welcome, officers! Let's make the 2016-2017 school year our best one yet.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

SLA-MN Hiring Panel May 24

Please save the date for SLA-MN's upcoming event "Tips from the Hiring Committee"!

Tuesday, May 24, 2016 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Sweeney's Saloon (96 Dale Street North | Saint Paul, MN 55102)

Are you new the library job market?  Are you curious to know if your well-developed information skills will translate into a different library setting?  Are you looking for insights on how to successfully navigate the library job market?

SLA-MN is pleased to offer the opportunity to meet with managers from around the Twin Cities who have been directly responsible for hiring new members of their library and research teams.  Join us to reconnect with your SLA colleagues, gather tips for refreshing your resume, practice your interviewing and networking skills, and have a professional photograph taken that you can use for your social media profiles.


5:00-5:30 Sign-in/Networking.
5:30-6:15 Panel Discussion: Our hiring managers will share their experiences about what has made candidates stand out.
6:15-8:00 Speed Mentoring: Sit down with our any or all of our panel members for a quick review of your resume, and to practice your interviewing skills.   Get one-on-one feedback on how your resume could be refreshed.
6:15-8:00 Head Shots:  Have a professional photo taken.


  • Dru Frykberg, Librarian at Minnesota Dept. of Employment and Economic Development
  • Jennifer Hahs, Research and Insights Manager at Martin Williams Advertising
  • Betsy Haugen, Reference Services Manager at Minnesota Legislative Reference Library
  • Krista Jacobson, Public Services Librarian, Northwestern Health Sciences University
  • Jeanette Woessner, Director of Library and Research Services at Fredrikson & Byron

Register here:

For questions or to learn more about involvement in SLA-MN, contact:

Carolyn Bates,
Beth Northcutt,

Sunday, May 15, 2016

It's Celebration Time!

It's almost the end of the school year and there's lots to celebrate! Congratulations to Jill Peuranen, our SLA Scholarship winner! Jill will receive $1,000 towards attendance to the SLA Conference this summer in Philadelphia.

Our second Information Professional Panel on April 30th went well. We had a last-minute fourth panelist in the fantastic Carolyn Bates, SLA-MN President and Senior Research Analyst at JLL Real Estate. As a whole, the panelists had thoughtful answers and it was an enriching experience for everyone involved.

We are still looking for a President and Vice President for the 2016-2017 school year. Leading a student organization can be a great way to get professional development opportunities and boost up your resume without too much stress or time commitment. Try it out! If you or anyone else you know is interested in being an SLA officer for next year, send an email to