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 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.

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

We encourage questions and you to R.S.V.P. to 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

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 < > to learn more about the benefits of such a policy.