Monday, December 12, 2016

Last Meeting of the Semester!

The end of the semester is nearly upon us, so please join us for our final meeting of the Fall 2016 Semester this Thursday, December 15 at 5:15 p.m. in CdC 19! We'll wrap up the semester, plan for next semester, and enjoy some treats. You can see our full agenda hereWe hope to see you there!!

We wish you all a very relaxing winter break and happy holidays!

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Information Professionals Panel

The Information Professionals Panel is coming up on Monday, November 28, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. in CdC 19! Our panelists include: 
  • Kristin Cooper, Plant Sciences Librarian, Magrath Library, University of Minnesota 
  • Adrian Fischer, Instrument Coordinator, Bakken Museum
  • Shannon Farrell, Natural Resources Librarian, Natural Resources Library, University of Minnesota
  • Helen Walden-Fodge, American Swedish Institute 
  • Janelle Beitz, Research Librarian, Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.
The panelists will share their experience and offer some advice - and we'll have treats! We hope to see you all there!

Sunday, November 20, 2016

SLA MN Holiday Party!

The annual SLA MN Holiday Party is fast approaching! The event is on December 5, 2016 from 5:30 to 8:30, at HGA Architects and Engineers, 420 5th Street North, Suite 100, Minneapolis, MN. The cost of the party is $20 for students, but SLA members have the option to sponsor students (and several donations have already been received). You will still need to register and pay $20, and depending on how many donations are received, there will be a drawing to reimburse students. This event is an excellent networking opportunity (with really good food and drinks). More details can be found here.

Several people have asked about the possibility of a carpool from St. Kate's. Please send us an email if you are interested in carpooling to the party. 

The SLA Student Group is responsible for putting on the Silent Auction to raise money for a St. Kate's student to attend the SLA Conference. We are currently in the process of soliciting donations from alumni, professionals, and businesses. We will need volunteers to help set up the silent auction on the day of the event! Please let us know if you are interested in helping with the silent auction!

This is a really great event, so we hope to see you all there!

Saturday, November 5, 2016

SLA Holiday Party and Silent Auction

On Monday, December 5, 2016, the St. Kate's Special Library Association Student Group will be hosting a Silent Auction fundraiser at the SLA Holiday Party to raise funds for a scholarship to help send a St. Kate's MLIS student to the 2017 SLA Annual Conference in Phoenix, Arizona.
We need your help with donations!
  • Hand-crafted items - jewelry, purses, scarves, quilt
  • Gift baskets - wine/liquor, bath items, BBQ tools
  • Tickets to sporting or cultural events - MN Wild, MN Twins, Guthrie
  • Memberships - museums, cultural
  • Photography or Artwork
  • An hour of housecleaning service or some babysitting
  • Gift certificates - Gas Stations, Restaurants, coffee/tea shops, movie theaters, book retailers, pet stores, craft stores, Home Depot, Best Buy, any place you frequent
  • Anything YOU WOULD like to bid on!
Donations Needed by Thursday, December 1st

Contact us if you would like to donate:
  • Sarah Larsen:
  • Katelyn Torell:

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

SLA MN Event This Thursday!

SLA-MN has an event coming up this Thursday, October 27 which is open to SLA members. Check out the details below. 

Not a member of SLA-MN? Students can join for a reduced rate here.

SLA Connect / Fredrikson & Byron Library Open House 10.27.16

By: Karen Mackey 5 days ago
The Fredrikson & Byron Library will host an open house for SLA members on Thursday, Oct 27, starting at 4:00 PM. They'll offer a guided tour of SLA Connect, the new interactive membership platform. Learn how to logon, change the frequency of email delivery, update your profile, and find contact information for other SLA members. Laptops will be available for you to logon and change your settings right away, or you can bring your own laptop.

They will also have a guided tour of their library, which serves the needs of 300 attorneys and paralegals practicing in the areas of corporate and M&A, intellectual property, labor & employment, real estate, bankruptcy, tax, and more. 

Afterwards we’ll head over to the Bank Restaurant at the Westin for networking and drinks. 

Fredrikson & Byron is located in the North Tower of US Bank Plaza. Their views from the 40th floor are spectacular, especially in the fall, and they're right along the light-rail. We hope you can join us for the open house, but you are also welcome to come for only the post-work networking at the Bank. RSVP on Eventbrite accordingly:

Interested in the event but can't make it downtown this day? Send us an email (or reply to this discussion on SLA Connect) with your preferred day and location. If there's enough interest we'll do this again.
Beth Northcutt
Electronic Resources Librarian
Fredrikson & Byron

Friday, September 23, 2016

Upcoming Events - Mark Your Calendars!

We had a great first SLA Student Group meeting and we're looking forward to a lot of fantastic events this fall:

  • We are working with SAA to arrange a tour of the Minnesota Historical Society Library and Archives. SAA has set up a poll to determine interest and availability. The tour will be held on a Tuesday evening in November. If you are interested and haven't taken the poll yet, please do so here:
  • Our Fall 2016 Information Professionals Panel will be held November 28 at 6:00 p.m.! We will pass along more details as they are available. We are still in the process of contacting potential participants - so if you know of someone who might be interested or would like to see a particular type of library or librarian role represented, please let us know!
  • We need volunteers! Each year the SLA Student chapter works with the SLA-MN chapter to host a silent auction during the SLA-MN holiday party. The proceeds go to our SLA student scholarship (we will be sharing information on that later). We need volunteers to help with reaching out to businesses by phone and/or mail. Please let us know if you would be willing to help out!

We're really excited about the great events planned for this semester, and we hope you are too. If you have questions, suggestions, or would like to help out, please send us an email or say hi on campus!

Monday, September 5, 2016

First Meeting!

It's hard to believe it's already time for another school year - we hope you've had a great summer!

Our first SLA Meeting of the year will be this Thursday, September 8, 2016 at 5:15 p.m. in CdC 19. We'll be talking about our plans for the upcoming year, including hosting information professional panels, going on a tour of a special library, and the silent auction at the SLA-MN Holiday Party. Bring your suggestions and your appetite - as the flier suggests, we'll have pizza!

We're looking forward to seeing you all this Thursday!

Sunday, July 31, 2016

New Leadership

Attention everyone: the SLA Student Group has new leadership! Our new officers are:

Co-Chairs: Sarah Larsen and Katelyn Torell
Treasurer: Gardner Brenneisen

Welcome, officers! Let's make the 2016-2017 school year our best one yet.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

SLA-MN Hiring Panel May 24

Please save the date for SLA-MN's upcoming event "Tips from the Hiring Committee"!

Tuesday, May 24, 2016 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Sweeney's Saloon (96 Dale Street North | Saint Paul, MN 55102)

Are you new the library job market?  Are you curious to know if your well-developed information skills will translate into a different library setting?  Are you looking for insights on how to successfully navigate the library job market?

SLA-MN is pleased to offer the opportunity to meet with managers from around the Twin Cities who have been directly responsible for hiring new members of their library and research teams.  Join us to reconnect with your SLA colleagues, gather tips for refreshing your resume, practice your interviewing and networking skills, and have a professional photograph taken that you can use for your social media profiles.


5:00-5:30 Sign-in/Networking.
5:30-6:15 Panel Discussion: Our hiring managers will share their experiences about what has made candidates stand out.
6:15-8:00 Speed Mentoring: Sit down with our any or all of our panel members for a quick review of your resume, and to practice your interviewing skills.   Get one-on-one feedback on how your resume could be refreshed.
6:15-8:00 Head Shots:  Have a professional photo taken.


  • Dru Frykberg, Librarian at Minnesota Dept. of Employment and Economic Development
  • Jennifer Hahs, Research and Insights Manager at Martin Williams Advertising
  • Betsy Haugen, Reference Services Manager at Minnesota Legislative Reference Library
  • Krista Jacobson, Public Services Librarian, Northwestern Health Sciences University
  • Jeanette Woessner, Director of Library and Research Services at Fredrikson & Byron

Register here:

For questions or to learn more about involvement in SLA-MN, contact:

Carolyn Bates,
Beth Northcutt,

Sunday, May 15, 2016

It's Celebration Time!

It's almost the end of the school year and there's lots to celebrate! Congratulations to Jill Peuranen, our SLA Scholarship winner! Jill will receive $1,000 towards attendance to the SLA Conference this summer in Philadelphia.

Our second Information Professional Panel on April 30th went well. We had a last-minute fourth panelist in the fantastic Carolyn Bates, SLA-MN President and Senior Research Analyst at JLL Real Estate. As a whole, the panelists had thoughtful answers and it was an enriching experience for everyone involved.

We are still looking for a President and Vice President for the 2016-2017 school year. Leading a student organization can be a great way to get professional development opportunities and boost up your resume without too much stress or time commitment. Try it out! If you or anyone else you know is interested in being an SLA officer for next year, send an email to

Monday, April 18, 2016

SLA Conference Scholarship Requirements Lessened, Deadline Extended

Due to a lack of applicants, we have decided to extend the deadline and lessen the requirements for the $1,000 SLA Conference Scholarship. The new deadline is May 5th. The new requirements will be:

  • A short 100-word biography detailing your involvement in SLA and/or commitment to the field of special librarianship.
  • A 500-word essay about how attending the 2016 SLA Conference will further your career and/or education, as well as how your attendance might benefit the St. Kate’s MLIS Program.

The 2016 SLA Conference will take place in Philadelphia, PA from June 12-14.

The SLA is also looking for student volunteers for the conference (deadline April 29). More information here:

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Information Professional Panel 2

Hey everyone, come meet some MLIS-holders in alternative careers at our second information professional panel of the semester! The panel will be held on Saturday, April 30 from 12:00pm to 1:00pm in CdC 355. Our panelists are:
  • Dru Frykberg, Librarian at DEED (government)
  • Rachel Howell, Curator of Books at The Bakken Museum (non-profit/science/archiving)
  • Phil Seibel, Digital Media Manager at Aldis Systems (digital asset management/archiving)
Refreshments will be provided. The panel is joint-hosted by the St. Kate's SLA and ALA student groups.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Meeting This Week

Our next SLA meeting is this Thursday, April 7 at 5:15pm in CdC 20. Since it's nearing the end of the semester, we'll be talking about elections for next year. In addition, we'll be talking about the SLA scholarship and the next information professional panel. For more detail, check out our meeting agenda Hope to see you all there!

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Reminder: Don't Forget To Apply For the 2016 SLA Scholarship!

The 2016 SLA Conference is June 12-14 in Philadelphia, PA. Don't miss your chance to attend for FREE by applying for the SLA Student Group Scholarship (instructions here).

Friday, February 26, 2016

Two Internships

Happy Friday SLA!

Check out these two internships that have specifically requested St. Kate's students to apply. Applications for the second one are due Feb. 29 so get applying!

American Academy of Neurology
Primary Duties:
  • Assist in creating a standard taxonomy & ontology for AAN content and the field of neurology
  • Coordinate testing of the taxonomy and ontology by subject matter experts (editorial board members and other physicians)
  • Use the Temis taxonomy & ontology management tool to update the taxonomy
  • Develop a system or process for the AAN to update and maintain the taxonomy and classify content correctly on a regular basis
Metro Transit
Primary Duties:
  • Develop and improve a taxonomy for the LRT division
  • Manage and update the ECMS used by the LRT systems
  • Locate documents for employees
  • Maintain small paper document collections with inventories
  • Assist in building common MS Access "Key" database to handshake Access with ArchGis

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Feb 29: Information Professional Panel

The SLA/ALA Information Professional Panel that was rescheduled from fall will now take place later this month. Here is the event information:

Information Professionals Panel
Monday, February 29
6:00pm to 7:30/8:00pm
CdC 362

From prison librarians to digital media managers, come here five professionals currently working in "alternative" careers in library science. Hear their stories, get their advice, have your questions answered. The event is free. Complimentary refreshments will be provided. Our panelists are:

Mary Wittenbreer (Regions Hospital)
Robert Nicholl (American Swedish Institute)
Sarah Quimby (MN Historical Society)
Phil Seibel (Aldis Systems)
Jean Anderson (Minnesota State Law Library)

Hope to see you there!

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Meeting This Thursday

It's a new year and a new semester, and it's time to kick things off with the first SLA meeting of 2016, this Thursday (February 4) from 5:15pm to 5:45pm in CdC 20. We'll be recapping our tour of the fabulous Walker Art Center Library on January 28th, announcing our new Vice President, and going over the timeline for the 2016 SLA scholarship. For more detail, check out our meeting agenda here. Hope to see you all there!

P.S. There will be pizza (from Pizza Luce)!

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Announcing the 2016 SLA Scholarship!

Special Libraries Association Annual Conference Scholarship Application
Philadelphia, PA
June 12th-14th, 2016
Amount: $1,000
Deadline: April 4th, 2016

Every year, the St. Kate's SLA Student Group uses the proceeds from the SLA-MN Holiday Party silent auction in December to offer a scholarship for a student to attend the annual SLA conference the following summer. This year, the SLA Conference is in beautiful Philadelphia, PA. The scholarship is open to all St. Kate's students in the MLIS Program, and all are encouraged to apply! The application consists of a 1,500 word essay that addresses:
  • Your involvement in SLA and/or commitment to the field of special librarianship.
  • How attending the 2016 SLA Conference will further your career and/or education.
  • How your attendance can benefit the St. Kate’s MLIS Program.
To apply, submit your essay to via email with the subject line: "2016 SLA Scholarship Application." Please contact with any questions.