Monday, December 8, 2008

2008 Holiday Party Silent Auction

On December 11th, 2008, the annual SLA/MALL/SCIP Holiday Party will be held at the James J. Hill Library in downtown St. Paul. At this party, the St. Kate's SLA Student Group will be holding a silent auction fundraiser for their group.

One of the biggest endeavors we take on every year is sponsoring a student's trip to the annual SLA conference which will be held in D.C. this year. All of your contributions, whether they are gifts for the auction or bids during the auction, are greatly appreciated.

Here are a few items to look forward to. Please bring your checkbook or cash for payment. We will not be accepting credit cards. Estimated retail values range from $10 to $1000.

Items we have photographs of:

Messenger
bag with two Nancy Pearl books donated by the Library Foundation of Hennepin County now united with the Friends of MPL.

Bibliobag: You're never too young to start a business. The product of high schoolers, these bibliobags are both stylish and useful. Here is a history of the bags.

Custom Landscape Design
from Polly Perkins. She will come to your house and create a landscape design for your yard that you can later implement. Retail is around $700 - $1000.

Foot Bath to soak away the holiday stress.


Gift Certificates from chain and local stores: (Amount will be provided if available)

1) $25 Gift Certificate to Bibelot.

2) 18 Holes of Golf at 3M's Tartan Park, hosted by John Arenivar. You're not only bidding on golf at one of the areas most beautiful courses but John's lovely company as well. Two additional guests can be added to round off the foursome but you must cover their costs.

3) $70 Gift Certificate to A Pair of Hands for after holiday-party clean-up from Julie Weston.

4) $50 Gift Certificate to Bellanotte in Minneapolis from Julie Weston.

5) $50 Gift Certificate to Bella Sera in Maple Grove from Elizabeth Meylor.

6) $20 Gift Certificate to Starbucks from Joan Strickler.

7) $50 Gift Certificate to Whole Foods from Joan Strickler.

8) 2 Tickets to Russian National Ballet's Performance of Sleeping Beauty on January 31, 2009 from Sally Dischinger.

9) 2 Tickets to Park Square Theater from Susan Flynn.

10) $20 Target Gift Card from Karen Stauber.

Misc.

There is a variety of other wonderful donations of paintings, photographs, decorative mirrors, chocolates, jewelry and of course, books.

If you have any questions about any of these items, please contact StKateSLA@gmail.com.

Thank you!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Silent Auction Donations Needed

On Thursday, December 11, 2008, the St. Kate’s Special Library Association Student Group will be hosting a Silent Auction fundraiser at the Holiday Party event sponsored by MALL, SCIP, and SLA at J. J. Hill Library in St. Paul to raise funds for a scholarship. This scholarship will help send a St. Kate’s MLIS student to the SLA Annual Conference being held in Washington D.C. in June 2009.

We would love your help with donations!
· Gift certificates – Gas Stations, Restaurants, coffee/tea shops, movie theaters, video stores, book retailers, pet stores, craft stores, Home Depot, Best Buy – any place you frequent
· Gift baskets – wine/liquor, bath items, BBQ tools
· Tickets to sporting or cultural events – MN Wild, MN Twins, Guthrie
· Memberships – museums, cultural
· Hand-crafted items - jewelry, purses, scarves, quilt
· Photography or Artwork
· An invitation to dinner or a home-cooked meal
· An hour of housecleaning service or some babysitting
Anything YOU’D like to bid on!

Do you have a friend or relative with a creative flare, or deep pockets who would like to contribute something?

Donations may be dropped off at St. Kate’s in a box in the MLIS office near the reception desk. If you would like to schedule a pickup or have questions, please contact us at:
StKateSLA@gmail.com

Please submit donations by Wednesday, December 3rd.
Don’t forget, your donations are tax-deductible and greatly appreciated by the St. Kate’s SLA student group and
the MLIS students at St. Kate’s.

Thank you!!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

St. Kate's SLA Student Group Fundraising Winner

The wine basket was won by Claire Stokes. Congratulations, Claire!

Thanks to the generosity of MN SLA members, we were able to raise $190 last night at the SLA Night of Honors. Special thanks to The Wine Thief in St. Paul for donating a bottle each of red & white wine. (see http://www.winethief.net)

If you didn't get a chance to enter the drawing, the student group will be having a silent auction at the Holiday Party December 11th. Look for more information soon.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Scholarship Donations

Would you be interested in helping award a St. Kate's MLIS Student the SLA Scholarship? Are you unable to attend an event to donate?

Here is another way to give:
Please make the check out to: CSC SLA Group

Mail it to:
Elizabeth Scheibel
CSC SLA Group
1705 E 46th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55407

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Resume Event Success

The Resume Event co-sponsored by our group and the MLIS department was a success! 27 people attended and heard Judy Galt of Galt Information Services, LLC give an overview of resumes. Attendees then were able to review their own resume with Renee Weddle, Librarian at Cargill; Jane Ann Nelson, Library Director at Augsburg or Marilyn Cathcart, MLIS Assistant Professor and former Director of the Legislative Library.

Judy's slides are posted on St. Kate's website if you are interested.

Thank you to all who helped make the event a success!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Recap: Tour of the MHS Library

Last night the St. Kate's SLA Student Group, in partnership with CALCO, hosted a tour of the library at the Minnesota History Center.

Librarian Brigid Shields took us on a whirlwind tour of the library, showing us the books, inventories and microfilms in the library's reading rooms, and also the underground storage areas. Tour attendees were astounded by the sheer volume in these dim, climate controlled rooms: room underneath room of stacks, and football field sized areas of shelves - and yet, like many libraries, space is running out to house the collections.

We got the basics on the most popular reasons people use the library's resources: you can do research on your family (including birth, death, and immigration records), house history (try searching: college st catherine - no CdC in the 1920's!), and various topics in Minnesota history.

Tour attendees included 12 MLIS students, 2 alumnae, 12 librarians (including representatives from 4 CALCO libraries), and even 2 prospective MLIS students. It seems likely that many of us will be back - seeing all the library has to offer was an inspiration to learn more about our families and our state!

Sincere thanks to:
Dru Frykberg (DEED Library) and CALCO for approaching the student group to set up a tour, sponsoring the event, and providing snacks!
Brigid Shields for doing a wonderful tour and packing so much in!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Donate for a chance to win!

Donate for a chance to win a unique gift basket!
Minnesota SLA Chapter's Night of Honors
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
5:30-7:30pm
HGA (701 Washington Ave. N, Minneapolis)

Here is your chance to support the St. Kate's SLA Student Group and send a student to the 2009 SLA Conference in Washington, D.C.! For donations given during the Night of Honors, your name will be put into a drawing for a gift basket.

The basket includes wine, chocolate, cocktail napkins, and more.

Thank you for your support!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Historical Society Library Tour - New Date!

The date has been changed for this event - to Tuesday, October 14. RSVP now!

Join the St. Kate's SLA student group and CALCO for a unique tour of the Minnesota Historical Society Library. Librarian Brigid Shields will introduce us to the library's collections, including behind-the-scenes areas not open to the public. In preparation for the 2008 elections, we'll hear about what the library holds on well-known Minnesota political personalities. Attendees will have the opportunity to see museum exhibits after the tour.

What: Tour of the Minnesota Historical Society Library.
Where: Minnesota History Center, 345 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul, MN 55102-1906 (meet in the Fraternal Congress Classroom, in the library on the 2nd floor)
When: Tuesday, October 14, 2008. Tour 6:00pm-7:15pm, networking and time to visit museum exhibits until 8:00pm.

See http://events.mnhs.org/calendar/hours.cfm?VenueID=1&bhcp=1 for directions and parking information.

RSVP Info:
RSVP by sending an email to stkatesla@gmail.com. All RSVPs should include your name and if you are a MLIS student or what company or library you are with.

If you would like admission to the museum after the tour, please send an RSVP with the number of admissions you will need. Admission includes regular exhibits only. If you are only attending the tour, please RSVP so that we can have enough handouts and nametags for everyone. Feel free to come at the last minute without RSVPing though!

CALCO
CALCO, the Capitol Area Library Consortium, is a group of state government libraries serving state employees and the public. We thank them for co-sponsoring this event! Students interested in government libraries should take this opportunity to meet CALCO librarians and learn about what they do! More information about CALCO is at http://www.libraries.state.mn.us/ .

Monday, September 22, 2008

Monday Night Resume Workshop

Do you have a Resume? Do you need to begin or revise one but are unsure how to start? Do you wish someone who has actually hired people could give you specific suggestions? You are in luck!

St. Kate's MLIS Department and the St. Kate's SLA Student Group are sponsoring a resume event on Monday, October 13th at 6:30pm in CdC 17.

Irene Rossman, is a Consultant at Career Partners International, a career counseling and outplacement firm in Bloomington, and will be presenting followed by a workshop to allow a review of your resume. Please come no matter where you are in the resume writing process.

Hope to see you there!

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Minnesota Historical Society Library Tour

Join the St. Kate's SLA student group for a unique tour of the Minnesota Historical Society Library. Librarian Brigid Shields will introduce us to the library's collections, including behind-the-scenes areas not open to the public. In preparation for the 2008 elections, we'll hear about what the library holds on well-known Minnesota political personalities. Attendees will have the opportunity to see museum exhibits after the tour.

What: Tour of the Minnesota Historical Society Library.
Where: Minnesota History Center, 345 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul, MN 55102-1906
When: Tuesday, October 28, 2008. Tour 6:00pm-7:15pm, time to visit museum exhibits until 8:00pm.
Cost: No cost to attend; the History Center's parking lot is a pay lot.

In order to receive tickets to the exhibits, attendees will need to indicate their attendance in advance, so keep an eye out for event registration!

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

End of the Year Happy Hour and Elections

Are you interested in a simple, fun way to build your resume and network among library professionals in MN?

If so, you should consider becoming a St. Kate's SLA officer.

On Thursday, May 8 at 6 p.m. we will meet at the Happy Gnome in St. Paul to elect officers for next year and plan for the group's future.

Being an officer is a rewarding experience. You have the opportunity to raise money for scholarships. You can set up library tours. You get to participate in the MN SLA's board meetings and work closely with other members on the state level. The experience and contacts you'll make will be invaluable and it's not overly time consuming despite your biggest fears. With about a meeting a month, we were able to set up a library tour each semester, a few happy hours during each semester and plan our fundraising activities.

Even if you haven't been able to attend any of the meetings so far or can't make Thursday's Happy Hour, you are still eligible to become an officer.

If you are interested, please send your name, contact information and a brief explanation of what you would like to accomplish and what position you'd like to fill to krista_angers@comcast.net even if you can't be there on May 8. We can still find a place for you.

Please check out our website for positions and committees.

Main:
St. Kate's Student Group

Committees and Contacts:


I encourage everyone who would like to serve or even just those who would like to learn more about SLA to come on Thursday, May 8th. Come if all you want is a drink.

You'll be able to meet the outgoing Treasurer, Margaret Ostrander and co-President, Amy Gustafson. You'll also be able to meet the co-Presidents who will be continuing on next semester: Erin Perry and Krista Jacobson.

What: End of the Year Happy Hour and Elections
When: May 8, 2008 at 6 p.m.
Where: The Happy Gnome
http://www.thehappygnome.com/


We encourage questions and you to R.S.V.P. to krista_angers@comcast.net. If you'd like to speak to someone in person, I'll also be happy to provide you with a phone number or give you a call at your convenience.

We've had a great year and hope the next one is better.

Thank you!

Monday, April 28, 2008

May 22nd Final Blowout: Donate for a chance to win!!

May 22nd is your final opportunity to support the St. Kate's SLA Student Group 2008 Annual Conference Scholarship!

Are you feeling lucky? For donations given during the event, your name will be put into a drawing. Prizes include two gift baskets and a photo by SLA member Jim Tchobanoff.

An evening with Gloria Zamora, SLA President-Elect
Sponsored by the Minnesota Chapter of SLA
Thursday, May 22nd 5:30-7:30 at General Mills
Click here for event details & registration.


Thank you for your support,
St. Kate’s SLA Student Group
StKateSLA@gmail.com

Friday, April 11, 2008

$2000 Scholarship for St. Kate's Student - May 19th Deadline

The Grieg Aspnes Memorial Award
$2,000 Award for a CSC Student Interested in Special Librarianship


The deadline for application is May 19th, 2008

Library and Information Science students, either full-time or part-time, are invited to apply for an award of up to $2,000.00 and complimentary membership in the Special Libraries Association and the Minnesota Chapter of SLA. Only one such award will be granted annually and is limited to students who will graduate in December 2008 or later.

The criteria are:
1. Interest in special librarianship, as shown by course selection or past experience;
2. Leadership abilities, demonstrated in either academic or extracurricular activities;
3. Overall academic achievements.

Students who are interested in applying should submit a letter addressing the criteria listed above, a resume, and a copy of their transcript of courses in library and information science to:

Mary Wagner
Director of Graduate Studies in Library and Information Science
The College of St. Catherine
P.O. Box 4125
St. Paul, MN 55105

The Award will be formally presented at the September 2008 meeting of the Minnesota Chapter.

The Grieg Aspnes Memorial Award is in honor of Grieg Aspnes, a talented librarian at Cargill, a past president of the Special Libraries Association, and an active leader in its Minnesota Chapter, Information Technology and Advertising Divisions, and Education Committee. Grieg was also a strong advocate of the information profession and was a guest lecturer in the library schools at St. Catherine’s and the University of Minnesota. This award, made only to the College of St. Catherine, is funded by the Minnesota Chapter of the Special Libraries Association and the Cargill Information Center for the purpose of encouraging the recipient to pursue a career in special librarianship. The College of St. Catherine expresses its appreciation to the Aspnes family, the Minnesota Chapter of SLA and Cargill for providing this grant award.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Monday April 14: Broadband Access in Minnesota

Broadband for Minnesota

Rick King, Chief Operations Officer at Thomson West, will discuss the High Speed Minnesota Bill addressing broadband access in Minnesota. What could be more important to information professionals than increased access to information? That's exactly what the High Speed MN bill proposes to do by calling for 1GigB to each Minnesota home by 2015.

Become informed!
This is an important issue for libraries & information centers and each of us as citizens.

April 14, 2008, 7-8 pm

Coeur de Catherine Student Center, Room 362,
College of St. Catherine, 2004 Randolph Avenue, St. Paul


Go to GIG Group website
www.giggroup.org < http://www.giggroup.org/ > to learn more about the benefits of such a policy.

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Congratulations Lacey Mamak!

Lacey is the winner of this year's CSC SLA Student Group Conference Scholarship. The scholarship will send Lacey to the SLA 2008 Annual Conference in Seattle , WA this June.

Lacey Mamak is a member of both the SLA Minnesota chapter and the St. Kate's SLA student group. She currently works at the Minnesota Legislative Reference Library as the senior library assistant. Prior to her work at the Legislative Library, she worked at the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library in Charlottesville , Virginia , and the Mills College Library in Oakland, California . She received her B.A. in psychology from Mills College and is excited to graduate with her M.L.I.S. from St. Kate's. Lacey would like to thank the student group and Minnesota chapter for this amazing opportunity.

Look forward to reading about her experience in the MN SLA chapter bulletin following the conference.

Congratulations Lacey!

Friday, March 28, 2008

Join us for Happy Hour!

The St. Kate's SLA  Student Group invites you to a happy hour!
Monday, April 7th at 6:00 pm 
Green Mill on Grand Ave in St. Paul

Join us for a fun, informational meeting looking forward to the student group goals, activities and leadership for next year.  Or just stop by to say "Hi" and take a quick break before we all start thinking about finals!

Hope to see you all there!


Thursday, March 27, 2008

On April 23rd, You Could Win a Spring Gift Basket!

Wednesday April 23rd (Time TBA)

Information Ethics Town Hall Meeting

Maplewood Public Library

3025 Southlawn Drive, Maplewood

For donations given at this SLA MN Chapter event, your name will be put into a drawing for this "Spring Gardens" gift basket, containing whimsicle garden stones and sign, stylish gardening gloves, a handmade, jewled flower bookmark, and more.

All donations support the St. Kate's SLA Student Group scholarship sponsoring a library & information science student to attend the SLA 2008 Annual Conference.

Thank you for your support,
St. Kate’s SLA Student Group
StKateSLA@gmail.com

Save the Date - OneGig Initiative Event April 14th

High Speed for Minnesota: OneGig for All by 2015

What could be more important to information professionals than increased access to information? That's exactly what the High Speed MN bill proposes to do by calling for 1GigB to each Minnesota home by 2015.

Rick King, Chief Operations Officer at Thomson West, is an active member of the The GIG Group and will provide an overview of the High Speed Minnesota Bill.

Come out to learn about the creation of critical statewide statewide information policy!

Monday April 14th, 7 - 8 pm
Coeur de Catherine Student Center, Room 362,
College of St. Catherine, 2004 Randolph Avenue, St. Paul

Go to GIG Group website http://www.giggroup.org/ to learn more. This is an important issue for libraries & information centers and each of us as citizens.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

More chances to win - Gift Baskets Galore!

You could be just like SLA member Karen Wood, was the lucky winner of our first gift basket fundraiser.

Get ready for an April SLA event where you'll have a chance to win this darling gift basket stuffed with spring gardening essentials.

Donations support the St. Kate's SLA Student Group scholarship sponsoring a library & information science student to attend the SLA 2008 Annual Conference.

For donations given at this event, your name will be put into a drawing for this "Spring Gardens" gift basket, containing whimsicle garden stones and sign, stylish gardening gloves, a handmade, jewled flower bookmark, and more.

Watch this blog for dates, time, location and all other details for this event - to be posted soon!

Our final Gift Basket Blowout will take place in May at a MN Chapter SLA event - time & place TBA as well!

Thank you for your support,
St. Kate’s SLA Student Group
StKateSLA@gmail.com

St. Kate's SLA Tour Draws Crowd

Over 30 library students and librarians from across the Twin Cities gathered at the Walker Art Center library on Thursday March 6th for a tour of this very special library.

Rosemary Furtak, Walker Librarian, led the group through an amazing collection focused on modern art. The library even keeps verticle clipping files brimming with information about well-known to emerging artists, including obscure ephemera not readily found elsewhere. The group got to experience the Walker archives and hear about the wide range of images that are kept to document that museum's happenings -- including photos of every exhibit that the Walker has ever produced. The tour concluded with the chance to look at - and in some cases, play with - an array of art books that Rosemary had assembled for the tour. These unique artist-created works were a joy to see and touch (after donning appropriate archives gloves, of course!).

Thanks to all who participated. The St. Kate's SLA Student Group looks forward to planning further tours beginning next fall. If you have an idea of a special library you've always wanted to see, please contact us at StKateSLA@gmail.com

Monday, February 18, 2008

Wine & Dine Gift Basket


Wine & Dine Gift Basket
Originally uploaded by librariandreamer
Donate for a chance to win a fantastic Gift Basket

Are you feeling lucky? Help support the St. Kate's SLA Student Group to send a fellow member to the SLA 2008 Annual Conference! For donations given during the Quantum2 workshop to be held tomorrow night, your name will be put into a drawing for this fabulous gift basket.

The basket includes handmade serveware, handmade wine charms, two bottles of wine and more.

Thank you for your support,
St. Kate’s SLA Student Group

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Walker Art Center Library Tour - March 6th

Walker Art Center Library Tour - Thursday March 6th

Ever wondered what an art or museum library is like? Come see the Walker Art Center's library and how this special library supports the exciting work of one of Minnesota's premier cultural institutions. Rosemary Furtak, Walker Art Center librarian, will lead a 45-minute tour with 15 minutes for questions and discussion.

Plus, you can choose to visit the Walker for free the rest of the evening.

What: Walker Art Center Library tour, sponsored by the St. Kate's SLA Student Group
When: Thursday March 6th from 6-7 pm (Walker Art Center remains open until 9 pm - for free)
Where: Walker Art Center, meet in the Bazinet Lobby on the Vineland side of the museum, across from the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. Click here for directions and parking. You can pay for parking at a machine by the door to the parking ramp with cash or a credit card, or you can pay at the gate with a credit card.

After the tour, stay and explore the Walker Art Center for *FREE*. The museum is open until 9 pm. What's happening at the Walker? See the Walker website for details.

This event is sponsored by the St. Kate's SLA Student Group. Anyone is welcome to attend. Contact Margaret Ostrander at margaretostrander@hotmail.com or 612-636-0214 with questions about this event.

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Student Scholarship for 2008 SLA Conference in Seattle

Do you need $$ to attend the 2008 SLA Annual Conference in Seattle, WA?

The St. Kate's SLA student group would love to help you attend the 2008 SLA Annual Conference in Seattle, WA, June 15-18, 2008.  This scholarship is open to a current MLIS student at St. Kate's who is a member of SLA, the student group and will be attending the annual conference for the first time.

Don't let the SLA member requirement discourage you—a student membership is only $35/year and you will have valuable access to resources, meetings and networking!  $35 too much? Sponsorships are available for student memberships.

Please apply for this scholarship by submitting an essay of no more than 1,500 words by March 1st.  
Additional information, including directions on submission, is at http://units.sla.org/StudentGrps/ucsc/confschol.shtml

For additional information regarding the conference, check out http://www.sla.org/content/Events/conference/ac2008/index.cfm