Thursday, November 1, 2007

New Happy Hour on November 12th!

You are invited to join the St. Catherine’s SLA Student Group for a Happy Hour on Monday, November 12 th at 6pm . Come network and get to know other students and librarians.


Green Mill
57 South Hamline, St. Paul , MN 55105 (located on the corner of Grand and Hamline)

Phone: 651-698-0353

Reservation under: SLA

Special Libraries 2.0 with Stephen Abram

Here is the additional information on the upcoming event as promised. It looks interesting and it's only fifteen dollars for students.


A presentation by SLA President-Elect Stephen Abram

Sponsored by The Wall Street Journal


Tuesday, November 27th

5:30 – 6:00 Registration

6:00 – 6:30 Dinner & Networking

6:30 – 7:00 Presentation

7:00 – 7:30 Q&A

7:30 – 7:45 Wrap Up


Open Book Center for the Book Arts

Target Performance Hall, Second Level

1011 Washington Avenue S

Minneapolis MN 55415


See below for links to a map and parking information.


$30 for guests

$25 for library association members (SLA, ASIS&T, SCIP, MALL, MLA, etc.)

$15 for students, unemployed, or retired


Registration is a two-part process – please register and send payment by Monday, Nov. 19th.

1. Email name and contact information to

2. Make payment through PayPal OR send check payable to MN Chapter SLA

Registration details are available on the MN SLA website at:


Jill Strand - – 612.766.8843

Kristine Spanier – - 612.823.4242

Karen Stauber – – 612.761.7194


There is a global conversation going on right now about the next generation of the web and the next generation of users. It’s happening under the name of Web 2.0. It’s the new hot web where true human interaction takes precedence over merely ‘cool’ information delivery and e-mail. It’s about putting information into the real context of our users’ lives, work and play. Concurrently, there's another big conversation about the vision for what Library 2.0 might look like in this Web 2.0 ecosystem. The social web is coming fast and it’s BIG! What are the skills and competencies that Library 2.0 will need? Come and hear what Web 2.0 is and the adaptations we’ll need to make to thrive in the future. Special Libraries are not immune to these shifts - are we focusing on the real end user's needs? What can we do to prepare our users and learners for this new world? Stephen Abram will run us though the changes that are being wrought by Google, the Millennials and 2.0. It’ll be a roller-coaster!


Stephen Abram, MLS, is the 2008 President of SLA, the Past-President of the Canadian Library Association, Vice President Innovation for SirsiDynix and Chief Strategist for the SirsiDynix Institute. He was VP of Corporate Development for Micromedia ProQuest and Publisher, Electronic Information for Thomson. He has also run libraries for Suncor, Coopers & Lybrand, Smith Lyons Torrance Stevenson and Mayer & Hay Group.

Stephen has been listed by Library Journal as one of their first "Mover and Shakers", ’key’ people influencing the future of libraries and librarianship. He has been awarded SLA's John Cotton Dana Award as well as being a Fellow of the SLA. He was Canadian Special Librarian of the Year and Alumni of the Year for the Faculty of Information Studies at the University of Toronto. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Information Studies. He was President of the Ontario Library Association in 2002 as well as sitting on the SLA Board of Directors as Director and Secretary. He gives over 90 international keynote talks annually to library and information industry conferences and writes articles and columns for Information Outlook, Feliciter, Access, Multimedia & Internet @ Schools, and Library Journal. His book, Out Front with Stephen Abram compiled by Judith Siess and Jonathan Lorig was published by ALA editions in 2007.


For directions and information on revised routes due to bridge collapse, visit:

For a map, go to

Parking: Complimentary parking courtesy of Periscope is available in lot behind Periscope at 921 Washington Avenue South. OpenBook is located across the street to the east (same side of Washington as Periscope).

Metro Transit: For Light Rail riders, the Downtown East/Metrodome stop is only a few blocks away.


The Wall Street Journal

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Upcoming MN SLA event: Stephen Abrams

Are you interested in hearing the SLA president-elect speak? Mark your calendars for Tuesday, November 27th. More details to come.

Hollywood Librarian turnout Success!

For those of you who missed Hollywood Librarian, it was a great success! Jeanne D'Arc Auditorium held 266 librarians, future librarians and other supporters!

Thanks to all who come and supported the film.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

SLA Tour Draws Students and Librarians

Twelve students and librarians toured Thomson's corporate library, law library and book manufacturing plant.

"To see how a book was made, to look at the presses in motion -- it was amazing!" said one attendee. Afterwards, a number of people gathered to celebrate and network at a nearby hot spot. Yummy appetizers were enjoyed by all, compliments of the SLA group.

Much thanks to Thomson librarians for providing such a great experience for all involved!

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Friends of the Libraries Gala Celebration

Help the Friends support the MLIS accreditation process by reach their goal of $100,000 in the Sister Marie Inez Johnson Library Endowment. As of August the account has reached $95,567!

Thursday, October 18 th
5:30 – 7:30 pm
409 Derham Hall, CSC
The Saint John’s Bible
Presented by Tim Ternes, Director of Programming & Exhibitions, St. John’s University
Refreshments & Door Prizes
RSVP to Rita Schultz 651-690-6649 or rischultz@stkate. edu

Don't Forget "Hollywood Librarian"

Don't forget to check out the full length documentary about librarians. Monday, October 1st at 7pm in Jeanne d'Arc Auditorium at St. Kate's.

Students and librarians are FREE!

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Thomson Tour and Happy Hour

Join the St. Kate's SLA student group for a tour of Thomson libraries in Eagan. St. Kate's MLIS students are invited to tour the corporate library, the law library and the book manufacturing plant. It's not often that you get a chance to see inside a corporate library, but the Thomson librarians were kind enough to agree to stay late and keep the libraries open for us. They'll give us a tour and answer questions.

After the tour, we'll all meet over at Jake's City Grille for happy hour and some casual networking. If you can't make it to the tour, feel free to meet us at Jake's.

What: Tour Thomson's corporate library, law library & book plant plus Happy Hour
Date: Monday, October 15th
Time: Tour 6:00 - 7:00 pm (please arrive by 5:45), Networking to follow at 7:30 pm
Place: Tour @ Thomson, 610 Opperman Drive, Eagan, MN 55123; Networking @ Jake's

The book manufacturing tour requires that you wear no open toed shoes, please.

Watch out for construction on Highway 149 in Eagan when traveling to Thomson. It's OK - just follow the clearly marked orange "Thomson/West Detour" signs. When arriving at Thomson, drive towards the flag poles and park in Visitor Parking. Come to the front entrance and check in at the security desk. Someone will be there to escort you up to the library. Please arrive promptly by 5:45 pm to be ready for the 6:00 tour.

Here's a link to a GoogleMap between Thomson & Jake's that includes the alternate construction route: alternate route.

It'll be fun and we hope to see you there! Contact Margaret Ostrander at 651-848-8552 or with questions. No RSVP needed.

Friday, September 21, 2007

Introducing your 2007-2008 Student Leaders

Here are the official bios of the student leaders for 2007-2008. You may have already met one or more of us when we introduced the SLA in a few selected courses.

Amy Gustafson Co-President (Fundraising & Marketing Coordinator)

Amy is planning to graduate in May 2008 from the Dominican University/St. Kate’s MLIS program. Her studies have focused on special libraries, online database research and web design. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Amy will be responsible for the marketing of the group and organizing the fundraiser event. She will also support her fellow co-presidents with delegated assignments such as writing articles for the SLA MN Chapter newsletter and website projects. Amy currently works as a writer in corporate marketing and communications for Regis Corporation in Minneapolis, MN. Her goal is to work in an environment where she can combine her experience in marketing and writing with the knowledge she’s obtained in the MLIS program and her love of research.

Krista Jacobson, Co-President (Website & Listserv Manager)

Krista Jacobson is a 2nd year student at CSC. She is a former foreign language teacher who currently works as an Administrative Assistant for a small manufacturing company. She has traveled extensively and has lived in both Spain and France. She currently lives in downtown St. Paul and enjoys swimming and trying new recipes which she never consumes. She is interested in the educational aspects of special libraries and international librarianship. She hopes to improve student access to information regarding SLA's student group via the website as well as support its members in any way she can.

Amy Larson, Co-President (Events Coordinator)

Amy is a graduate of Carleton College and 2nd year student at the College of St. Catherine. She works at JAMF Software in Minneapolis, doing operations and educational sales in a start-up environment. Amy is interested in becoming an information scientist with a focus on technology, research, and competitive intelligence. She lives in St. Paul where she gardens, reads science fiction, works on an old house, and takes care of a husband, dog and cat. Amy looks forward to connecting with special librarians and helping the student SLA group plan events in the upcoming year.

Margaret Ostrander, Treasurer (Finances & Reporting)

Margaret is currently pursuing a Master of Library and Information Science at the College of St. Catherine/Dominican University. She is employed at Thomson Corporation in the learning center and knowledge sharing group, where she facilitates access to a global collection of staff development resources and leads Web 2.0 initiatives. Margaret has interned at the Center for Transportation Studies where she first grew to love special libraries. She has also worked at Wilson Library at the University of Minnesota. In a previous life, Margaret spent time in the non-profit world as a grant writer, social service provider and community resource development coordinator. Volunteering at the Resource Center of the Americas library is what first inspired her to consider librarianship as a career. Margaret holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Minnesota--Twin Cities in Women's Studies and Chicano Studies.

Erin Perry, Co-President (MN Chapter Liaison & Reporting)

Erin is a 2nd year student in the Dominican University Program at St. Kate’s and currently works at Target Corporation in the Vendor Operations area. She is interested in special libraries and helping people connect to and decipher information. Hopkins is the city she calls home now but was proudly born and raised in Iowa. (no jokes – she has heard them all. *smile*) If downtime exists, reading, traveling and escaping the bustle of the city are high on her priority list. Erin is a former marketing event planner and will be using her skills to help plan activities and coordinate administrative duties. She is also very excited to be involved in encouraging growth of the student group and the group’s connection to the Minnesota SLA chapter.

Friday, August 24, 2007

The Hollywood Librarian

Monday, October 1, 2007 from 7-9 PM, the LIS Department and the College of St. Catherine Library are jointly sponsoring a showing of The Hollywood Librarian: A Look at Librarians through Film (Jeanne d'Arc Auditorium from 7-9 PM).

According to the website ( ) there’s a “high-tech corporate librarian” in the film.

The MN Chapter will be providing popcorn and/or snacks.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Student SLA Member Awarded Grieg Aspnes Memorial Scholarship

Margaret Ostrander, current SLA student group Treasurer, was awarded the Grieg Aspnes Memorial Scholarship this year.

Margaret's interested in special libraries is linked to SLA, as she comments in her scholarship essay, "The Minnesota chapter of the Special Libraries Association (SLA) and its St. Kate’s student group counterpart have played a prominent role in my passion for special libraries. SLA events afford unique networking opportunities with both future and seasoned professionals, through which I decided SLA membership should be a key piece of my professional life."

This annual $2,000 scholarship is awarded to a to a College of St. Catherine MLIS student. The award is based on:
  • Interest in special librarianship
  • Leadership abilities
  • Overall academic achievement
This award honors Grieg Aspnes, a talented librarian at Cargill, a past president of the Special Libraries Association, and an active leader in its Minnesota Chapter and is funded by the Minnesota Chapter of SLA and the Cargill Information Center.