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

Monday, April 18, 2016

SLA Conference Scholarship Requirements Lessened, Deadline Extended

Due to a lack of applicants, we have decided to extend the deadline and lessen the requirements for the $1,000 SLA Conference Scholarship. The new deadline is May 5th. The new requirements will be:

  • A short 100-word biography detailing your involvement in SLA and/or commitment to the field of special librarianship.
  • A 500-word essay about how attending the 2016 SLA Conference will further your career and/or education, as well as how your attendance might benefit the St. Kate’s MLIS Program.

The 2016 SLA Conference will take place in Philadelphia, PA from June 12-14.

The SLA is also looking for student volunteers for the conference (deadline April 29). More information here:

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Information Professional Panel 2

Hey everyone, come meet some MLIS-holders in alternative careers at our second information professional panel of the semester! The panel will be held on Saturday, April 30 from 12:00pm to 1:00pm in CdC 355. Our panelists are:
  • Dru Frykberg, Librarian at DEED (government)
  • Rachel Howell, Curator of Books at The Bakken Museum (non-profit/science/archiving)
  • Phil Seibel, Digital Media Manager at Aldis Systems (digital asset management/archiving)
Refreshments will be provided. The panel is joint-hosted by the St. Kate's SLA and ALA student groups.