Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Holiday Party and Semester Recap

Hello SLA-ers! Congratulations on finishing another semester! We have wrapped up everything for SLA until Spring semester, but we wanted to give you a quick recap before break. Here are the minutes from the last meeting of the semester. Below, you can see photos from the Silent Auction, where we raised $1,000 for a student to attend the SLA 2018 Conference in Baltimore, Maryland. Watch this space for information about applying for the stipend starting in the spring. Bonus: Carla Hayden, the Librarian of Congress, will be the keynote speaker!

We hope you have a very relaxing holidays! Congratulations to everyone who is graduating, and for everyone else, see you in 2018!

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Holiday Party Registration Now Open!

Registration for the SLA-MN Holiday Party is now open! This year's event will take place December 8, 2017 from 5:30 to 8:30 in the Friends Community Room at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, 2400 3rd Avenue South, Minneapolis. The event will include hors d'oeuvres, dessert, and a cash bar, as well as the opportunity to view the galleries at MIA and tour the MIA Art Research and Reference Library. The event also features our Silent Auction to raise money to send one student to the SLA Conference in Baltimore next summer. (Check here for more details on how to donate.)

Registration is $20 for students. Note that you can request a professional sponsor your attendance if you would like. Visit the registration page for more details and to sign up! 

The Holiday Party is a wonderful chance to network with professionals and have some fun before the end of the semester. We hope you will all join us!

Monday, November 6, 2017

Information Professionals Panel Recap

Our most recent Information Professionals Panel took place on October 30. We had an excellent group of panelists who braved the bad weather and shared some great insights with us! 

We recorded the panel, and we'll add a link to that recording as soon as we can. You can read our summary of the event in the meantime. 

Thursday, November 2, 2017

SLA Holiday Party and Silent Auction

It's hard to believe it, but it's almost time for the SLA-MN Holiday Party and the SLA Student Group Silent Auction! This year's holiday party will be Friday, December 8 at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. We'll share more details soon, but save the date for a wonderful evening of food, drinks, networking, and of course the silent auction.

For now, we are looking for donations for the Silent Auction. We use the proceeds from the Silent Auction to help send one student to the SLA Annual Conference, which will be in Baltimore next summer. But we can't do it without you!

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 Friday, December 1st
Contact us if you would like to donate:

Good luck with the rest of your semester and we hope we will see you at the Holiday Party!

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Information Professionals Panel

Our Fall 2017 Information Professionals Panel is fast approaching! We will hear from an incredible variety of professionals who work in special libraries or non-traditional information roles. The lineup is still being finalized, but currently includes:
  • Leslie Hunter-Larson, Librarian, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
  • Dr. Tim Senapatiratne, Reference Librarian, Bethel Seminary 
  • Beth Christensen, Music Librarian, St. Olaf College
  • Samantha Stepp, Document Management Specialist, Metro Transit
We'll keep updating this page as we finalize our panelists, but we hope you will save the date and join us Monday, October 30, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. in CdC Room 17!

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Quatrefoil Library Tour

St. Kate's SLA students were treated to a great tour at the Quatrefoil Library in Minneapolis this past Monday! St. Kate's MLIS alum Karen Hogan guided the tour, which included a look inside the library and learning about the collection's creators, David Irwin and Dick Hewetson. Thanks for hosting the SLA Student Group, Quatrefoil! Check out even more photos from the event below the jump:

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Quatrefoil Library Tour

Hello SLA!
A tour of The Quatrefoil Library will begin at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, September 25. Please RSVP through the following invitation by Friday, September 22.
If you plan to attend, enter the library through the back door (the front entrance will be locked until 7 p.m.). Limited visitor parking is available in their parking lot, and there is also parking on 13th Ave. If you would like to carpool from the St. Paul Campus, please access the invitation link above or contact stkatesla@gmail.com.

Quatrefoil's address is:
1220 E. Lake St.
Minneapolis, MN 55407

We hope to see you there! 

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Save the Date!

Hey SLA! We had a great turnout for our first meeting last week. We have a lot of great events planned for you this semester. In case you missed it, here's what's on tap for the Fall 2017 semester:

  • Monday, September 25, 2017: Tour of the Quatrefoil Library, 1220 East Lake Street, Minneapolis. More details and sign up information to follow, stay tuned!
  • Monday, October 2, 2017, 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.: SLA-MN Tips from the Hiring Committee, Sweeney's Saloon, 96 Dale Street N, St. Paul. Join SLA-MN for speed networking, resume review, a panel discussion, and professional headshots. $15 for SLA-MN members; $25 for non-members. Sign up information will be available soon, stay tuned! 
  • Monday, October 30, 2017, 6:00 p.m.: Information Professionals Panel, St. Catherine University. Our semi-annual professionals panel is back! The panelists and exact location will be announced soon, but you won't want to miss this popular event for the chance to hear from professionals in the field about the variety of career options available to you with your MLIS. Hoping to see a particular panelist or type of library represented? Contact us: stkatesla@gmail.com
  • December, TBD: SLA-MN Holiday Party, Minneapolis Institute of Art. The St. Kate's SLA Student Group will be hosting the Silent Auction. The proceeds from the Auction fund a travel stipend for one SLA member to attend the SLA Conference (2018 will be held in Baltimore, Maryland). Watch for more details about this great chance to network with professionals and win great prizes! We'll also be looking for volunteers to help with the Silent Auction as we get closer to December.
We've got a full fall semester planned for everyone - we hope to see you at one or more of these great events! 

Monday, September 11, 2017

First Meeting of the Semester

Welcome back, SLA! We hope you had an enjoyable summer!

Our first meeting of the semester will be this Thursday, September 14, from 5:15 - 5:45 in CdC 20. We will be discussing SLA-MN's upcoming Tips From the Hiring Manager Panel and planning the rest of the semester. As if all that weren't exciting enough, we'll have pizza too! Check out the agenda here.

We hope to see you all there!

Thursday, June 29, 2017

SLA + SAA Summer Happy Hour

Hello SLA-ers! You are cordially invited to join us Monday July 10, 2017 from 5-7 p.m at Bonfire Wood Fire Cooking on Grand Avenue in St. Paul for the SLA + SAA Summer Happy Hour! SLA and SAA are joining forces for an informal social hour over the summer - stop by to share some appetizers, get to know your fellow students, and learn more about what SLA and SAA are up to for the 2017-2017 school year. Everyone is welcome, so don't worry if you're not an official member of either group.

Directions are available at the link above. You can find parking along Grand Avenue or Summit Avenue or in the Victoria Crossing parking lot off of Victoria and Grand. You can also take the 63 Bus route.

We hope to see you all there! Have a happy and safe Fourth of July!

Friday, April 21, 2017

2017-2018 Leadership Team

We are pleased to announce our new leadership team for the 2017-2018 academic year: 

President: Janis Shearer
Vice President: Sarah Larsen
Secretary and Treasurer: Amy Werner

Congratulations to the new student leadership team!! We're looking forward to a great 2017-2018!

(Thank you to Deb Eschweiler for the leadership team photo!) 

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Spring 2017 Information Professionals Panel Recap

We had an excellent panel for our Spring 2017 Information Professionals Panel. Our panelists offered great insights and advice to St. Kate's students. For those of you who weren't able to make it to the event, Amy W. has graciously put together this summary of the discussion: 

Information Professionals Panel

Marilee Tuite, Librarian, Center for Transportation Studies at the University of Minnesota and Minnesota Department of Transportation  
Janice Aida Lurie, Head Librarian, Minneapolis Institute of Art
Lindsey Kobow, Taxonomic Analyst, Target
Jessica Huffman, Research Associate at the American Transportation Research Institute
Janelle Beltz, Law Librarian, Fredrikson & Byron

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

The SLA Student Group is hosting the Spring 2017 Information Professionals Panel on Monday April 10 at 6:00 p.m. in CdC 19. We have a really great group of panelists lined up for you, including: 

  1. Jessica Huffman, Research Associate at the American Transportation Research Institute
  2. Lindsey Kobow, Taxonomic Analyst
  3. Janice Alda Lurie, Head Librarian, Minneapolis Institute of Art
  4. Janelle Beitz, Law Librarian, Frederickson & Bryon
  5. Marilee Tuite, Librarian, Minnesota Department of Transportation and University of Minnesota

The panelists will talk about their job experience and share advice and insights with students. Bring your questions and your appetite - we will have treats, too!

We hope to see you all there on Monday!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Spring Announcements

Thanks to everyone who came to our rescheduled meeting today! We have a couple of action items to think about in the next few weeks: 
  • Information Professionals Panel - April 10, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. in CdC 19! Our panelists are confirmed and we've got a great lineup. Come hear about a variety of MLIS careers you might not have thought about before!
  • Elections: The SLA Student Group is now accepting nominations for next year's leadership positions. If you are interested in participating in the Student Group leadership next year, please email stkatesla@gmail.com by April 17. We'll hear from the nominees at the next meeting and hold elections after that. 
  • MLIS Summit Student Fair: The SLA Student Group will have a poster at the MLIS Summit on April 24. If you are interested in helping put together our poster, please contact stkatesla@gmail.com ASAP!
  • SLA Annual Conference Stipend: Applications for the $1,000 stipend to attend the SLA conference this summer are due April 7, 2017. 

You can see the full minutes here

Have a great Spring Break, SLA!

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Event: MIA Edible Book Festival

The Minneapolis Institute of Art has announced a great book-themed event: 

Edible Book Festival 2017
Sunday, April 2, 2017
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Location: Minneapolis Institute of Art, Target Wing 1st floor, Friends Community Room.

If you have a taste for books, join us at the Minneapolis Institute of Art for a free family-friendly event hosted by Mia’s Library Affinity Group.
Submit your own entry to be judged, or just stop by, enjoy refreshments, and cast your ballot for the winner in the People’s Choice category.
For information about the event or submission guidelines, please refer to Mia’s website at: https://new.artsmia.org/event/edible-book-festival-2017/

MIA is specifically encouraging student submissions, so consider showing off your baking skills and your favorite book! Need some inspiration? Check out links to other Edible Book Festivals here

Sunday, March 5, 2017

March Meeting Date Change

Due to some scheduling conflicts, we need to reschedule the March 16 SLA Student Group meeting. The March SLA Student Group meeting will be on Wednesday March 15 at 5:15 p.m. in CdC 20 (please note the room change). Sorry for the inconvenience and see you all on March 15! 

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

2017 SLA Conference Travel Stipend

We are pleased to be able to offer a travel stipend to the 2017 SLA Conference taking place June 16 to 20, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. Applications for the travel stipend are now being accepted until April 7, 2017. The stipend is open to all St. Kate's MLIS students. 

To apply, submit a 1,500 word essay to Konhe Yoon (kyoon@stkate.edu) covering: 

  • Your involvement with SLA and/or commitment to the field of Special Librarianship; 
  • How attending the 2017 SLA Conference will further your career and/or education; and 
  • How your attendance can benefit the St. Kate's MLIS program. 

If you have any questions, contact stkatesla@gmail.com. 

We hope you'll take advantage of this great opportunity to attend the SLA Conference! 

Sunday, February 12, 2017

First Meeting of the Semester!

Welcome back, SLA! Please join us for our first meeting of the semester on Thursday, February 16 at 5:15 p.m. in CdC 19. Come eat pizza and hear about the travel stipend for the 2017 SLA Conference and our other plans for the semester. You can see the whole agenda here.

We hope to see you all there!

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

SLA Holiday Party Photos

Happy New Year, SLA!

As we gear up for another semester of great events, please enjoy these photos from the SLA Holiday Party, courtesy of Jim Tchobanoff.

Watch this space for updates about events coming up this semester!