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