Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Grieg Aspnes Memorial Award

Apply now for the Grieg Aspnes Memorial Award, a scholarship awarded to a St. Catherine University MLIS student who is interested in Special Librarianship. The scholarship is awarded by the Minnesota SLA Chapter.

The following information is from the MN SLA Chapter:

The Grieg Aspnes Memorial Award

$2,000 Award for a SCU Student Interested in Special Librarianship

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 2010 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:

Dr. Deborah Grealy, Associate Dean
MLIS Program
St. Catherine University
2004 Randolph Avenue m.s. 4125
St. Paul, MN 55105

The application deadline is Monday, May 24th, 2010.

The Award will be formally presented at the September 2010 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 St. Catherine University, 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.

St. Catherine University expresses its appreciation to the Aspnes family, the Minnesota Chapter of SLA and Cargill for providing this grant award.

Monday, April 5, 2010

A Look in to Art Librarianship

On April 1, two groups of about five St. Kate's MLIS students traded an hour of beautiful spring weather for a tour of the library at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, and the trade was well worth it!

Head Librarian Janice Lurie gave us an introduction to the library/archives and the purpose it serves for the museum as a whole. She gave us all very good advice on the need to stay proactive and to work collaboratively with institutional colleagues, while keeping the organization's overall vision and mission in mind.

We heard about the wide variety of patrons at the library from Assistant Librarian Jessica McIntyre. She wowed everyone with her ability to answer obscure questions from the public, from students, and from museum curators.

NHPRC (National Historical Publications and Records Commission) Project Archivist Stephanie Kays told us about the projects that she works on as part of a three year grant. She is working with museum staff on document management issues, and also has the daunting yet enjoyable task of bringing organization to the Institute's archival records (dating from 1883). These archives document the history of how art museums developed in the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries.

All of the librarians pointed out interesting and beautiful items in the library and it seemed to me that attendees were all thinking, "You have really cool jobs!" We saw signature books (yes, books of signatures) in the reference collection, auction catalogs, and old letters that tell the story of the museum's beginnings.

Janice invited all of us to return to the library with questions about their work, or with regular reference questions. She also mentioned that the library will soon have its own affinity group within museum supporters (as the various art departments already do) - email the library for more information about this opportunity to support the library and the museum.

Many thanks to Janice and her staff for having us! They clearly have a wonderful time working at the MIA, and the Minnesota arts community is fortunate to have these librarians!