Sunday, October 25, 2015

Letters Are Sent!

Letters asking for donations from around 25 local businesses were sent out today, with a round of about 25 more going out next Sunday to new businesses we've never contacted before. The letters introduce what the donation is for and encourage the businesses to donate for a good cause (scholarship) and to get visibility at an event attended by many local professionals and students. 

We will be seeking volunteers for [scripted] follow-up calls soon, so get your dialing fingers ready!

On the Information Professionals Panel front, our planning group is meeting next Tuesday to figure out contacting the panelists, marketing and food for the event. It should be a good one!

Have a good week!

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Calling All Volunteers! It's Time To Face Your Fears

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Hey Hey SLA!

The St. Kate's SLA group had another successful meeting last Thursday. If you couldn't make it, don't worry! You can read the meeting minutes here, and there are still plenty of ways to help out. In brief, we talked about:
  • Our special library tour. The two winners from our poll were art and corporate libraries, so be looking for more information on that towards the end of this semester or possibly in spring.
  • The information professional/special librarian panel is happening Monday, November 30th at 6:00pm. We have EIGHT ideas for panelists right now, which is great! If you'd like to help with panel prep, shoot us an email.
  • The SLA-MN Holiday Party is set for Monday, December 7th, and we are in charge of putting on the silent auction. We will be sending out letters to businesses asking for donations in the last week of October and will be looking for volunteers to help with follow-up calls in the second week of November. ANY amount of help with calling is greatly appreciated. Because we understand calling strangers is pretty much the most terrifying thing you can ask an LIS major (i.e., introvert) to do, you can volunteer to call as many or as few businesses as you like.
To reiterate, we are looking for volunteers to help with panel planning and donation calling (especially the latter). If you are interested in helping with either, email us at Otherwise, our next meeting is Thursday, November 19th @ 5:00pm in CdC 17.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Next Meeting Agenda and SLA-MN Book Drive

Our next meeting is this Thursday, October 15th @ 5:00pm in CdC 17. We'll be talking about:

  • What type of special library we want to tour. If you haven't yet, please take our survey. I've now added an "Other" option so if you don't see the type of special library you want to tour you can write it in.
  • The information professionals panel with ALA, which looks like it will be on November 30th. Want to get involved? Ideas for panelists? We'll be looking for students to help put this into motion soon.
  • Attending an SLA-MN event. Their calendar looks pretty sparse right now, so this may get pushed to spring. They do have a book drive happening on October 19th, though, so consider volunteering if you're able, or donating your new or gently used young adult books!
  • The SLA-MN Holiday Party, which looks like it will be on December 7th. We will be stuffing donation letters to email out to local businesses sometime in October.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

First Meeting Minutes: A Word From Krista Jacobson and a Special Library Tour

Here is a link to the meeting minutes from our latest meeting. The main takeaways were:
  • Krista Jacobson from MN-SLA outlined some of the ways we can get involved with the larger organization.
  • We fished for suggestions on what type of special library to tour this semester and who we'd like to see come speak. We may coordinate with ALA on the latter. Please take our special library tour survey here.
  • SLA Holiday Party in December - we are running the silent auction and will send out letters to local businesses soon asking for donations. More to come on that in October.
Our next meeting date is Thursday, October 15th @ 5:00pm in CdC 17. It is ok to be late! We understand you have work. Seriously, walk in any time.

As an aside, if anyone is interested or think they might be interested in working in a law library and would consider a part time position at a local firm or company, shoot me an email. Also, if anyone is interested in a medical or health library class, email MLIS student Katherine Bauer.