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 margaret.ostrander@thomson.com 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.