Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Soliciting Silent Auction Donations

On Tuesday, December 7, 2010, the St. Kate’s Special Library Association Student Group will host a Silent Auction fundraiser at the Holiday Party event sponsored by MALL and SLA at St. Kate's to raise funds for a scholarship. This scholarship will help to send a St. Kate’s MLIS student to the SLA Annual Conference being held in Philadelphia in June 2011.

We would love your help with donations!

Some of the most popular items include:
  • 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, Vikings, Guthrie
  • Memberships – museums, cultural
  • Hand-crafted items – jewelry, purses, scarves, quilts, knitted items
  • Photography or Artwork
  • An invitation to dinner or a home-cooked meal
  • An hour of housecleaning service or some babysitting
Anything YOU WOULD 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 Carol Lynn O'Gara by either telephone at 612-986-3143 or e-mail at carollynnogara - at -

Please submit donations by Thursday, December 2, 2010.

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.

Students, not able to donate an item?  The student group can also use help organizing the silent auction.  Please email Carol Lynn or the student group if you would like to help!

Thank you!!

Successful Fall 2010 Events

The student group sponsored two events in October, the Plymouth Library Tour and Speed Networking event and Salon #4 – How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All.  Both events were in collaboration with the MN chapter and it was great to see so many students and MN chapter members at the events.

On October 15, the student group hosted its first Salon series event for the Marilyn Johnson lecture, How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All, held at St. Catherine University.  Ms. Johnson spoke of how once she lost her research and IT department at Time magazine, she discovered the myriad of services available to her at her public library and how they have saved her personally and professionally.  She spoke the praises of librarians far and wide!

Afterwards, the dinner, drinks and discussion at Geordies 454 Bistro was well attended by MN Chapter members and St. Kate’s students and faculty.  And, the best surprise of all, Marilyn Johnson joined us for dinner!  For the first Salon hosting by the student group, it was great to see so many of you at the lecture and enjoy your conversation over a nice meal.  Thank you so much to all who attended!

Then on October 18, the student group and the MN Chapter hosted a fascinating tour of the Plymouth Library.  Jonathan Strand, the building’s architect, explained the technical green design details of the building and the many design considerations for meeting the needs of the Plymouth librarians and the Plymouth community.  After the tour, several students and MN chapter members stayed for an experiment in speed networking.  It was fun getting to know new people 4-5 minutes at a time!

The Student Group thanks the MN chapter for joining the St. Catherine University MLIS students for these events.