Monday, May 6, 2019

Meeting Thursday!

Our next meeting is this Thursday! Click here to see the agenda.
Since it's our last meeting of the year and we, the leadership team, are all graduating, we'll be handing off the torch to our new lead team and talking about other upcoming events, like our library tour! We hope you can join us!

Friday, May 3, 2019

Upcoming Library Tour!

SLA will be touring the James K. Hosmer Special Collections this May!
The collections include historic and rare materials, and are located at the Minneapolis Central library. Click here for more information. Please let us know if you're coming here: RSVP.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

POSTPONED: Happy Gnome Happy Hour

The event is postponed and the rescheduled date will be announced later.

Join us tomorrow, April 10, at The Happy Gnome in St. Paul for a happy hour!

We've invited other information professionals, so come and spend time with others in the field, or catch up with your fellow classmates. There is on-site parking.

Date: Wednesday, April 10 TBA

Time: 5 - 8 pm
Place: The Happy Gnome

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Elections for 2019-2020 Leadership

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 by April 10. We'll hear from the nominees at the April 11 meeting and hold elections after that.

Officer positions for SLA have been fluid in definition from year to year. As part of the team, you may assign tasks, determine expectations, and set goals together.

For the 2018-2019 year, the officer roles were defined as follows:
  • Chair of Communications
    • Blog
    • Twitter posts
    • Create flyers
    • Reminder emails 
    • Pizza coordinator
  • Chair of Events
    • Vision and delegating roles for event planning
    • Room reservations
    • SGO liaison
    • SLA-MN Liaison
  • Chair of Finances
    • Provide finance updates, handle money
    • Make the agenda
    • Take minutes

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Job Opportunities: Jostens & Bibliotheca (temporary)

Digital Asset Management Cataloger - Jostens

The role is responsible for cataloging and maintaining digital assets and metadata in Jostens Enterprise and Legacy Digital Asset Management (DAM) systems for multiple work groups, processes, workflows, and integrated applications across multiple businesses and sites. Incumbents catalog 2D art and 3D art/CAD digital assets with an established metadata methodology and ensure digital asset and metadata integrity, accuracy, quality and consistency per established and evolving process standards and business rules for enterprise business use and consumption.

Click here for more information on duties, required skills, and to apply.

Cloud Library Internship Position – Bibliotheca
1 year assignment
20 hours/week

The Cloud Library Internship position will work with the internal Cloud Library support teams. In this position you will gain experience working directly with library systems and the solutions that they are implementing within their communities. This position will be performing various tasks to help improve the data within the Cloud Library system. You will work directly with the collection development team to help build and maximize the digital collections of our library customers. This internship position will also provide opportunities to learn about the technology that libraries are implementing around the world to increase their relevance and impact their communities.

Click here for more information.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Internship Opportunity: Ecolab

 Ecolab Paid Internship
1 year assignment
20 hours/week

Ecolab is seeking a Global Knowledge Services intern for a 12-month, temporary assignment based at our Campus in Eagan, MN. This is a great opportunity for a student interested in getting introductory library experience. Be part of a special library team that supports all facets of innovation for Ecolab – and contribute to the mission of making the world healthier, cleaner, and safer.

Click here for the full post.

Contact Laura Bell, the previous intern, for more information:

Friday, February 22, 2019

Award Opportunity! SLA’s Information Technology Division’s 2019 Student Award

The Information Technology Division of the Special Libraries Association (SLA) is accepting submissions for its 2019 Joe Ann Clifton Student Award to help cover expenses at the 2019 SLA Annual Conference June 14-18, 2019, in Cleveland, OH, not to exceed $1,500.  This award is intended to promote participation in the SLA Annual Conference by an exceptional library science student (or field related to the IT Division's mission). The award also includes Student membership in SLA for one (1) year. The deadline for submission is March 25, 2019.

For information about this award, please go to the following URL:

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Monday, February 18, 2019

UPDATED: SLA-MN Board Meeting Wednesday

The next SLA-MN Board Meeting is re-scheduled for Weds., March 13 from 6-7:30pm. They will be meeting in the community/meeting room at Peace Coffee on Minnehaha Ave in Minneapolis.

All chapter members, and interested non-members, are welcome to attend. Among the usual business updates, they will discuss salons and programs/events for 2019. If you have any thoughts/ideas, or would like to host in 2019, please let Lindsey Dyer ( know prior to the board meeting.

Friday, February 15, 2019

Silent Auction 2019 Success!

Our silent auction fundraiser was successful again this year! Thank you to all who made it happen!

Many information professionals and students braved the snowy evening on Monday, January 28, to be at the SLA-MN's annual holiday party, where our fundraiser was hosted. Held at the beautiful, historic James J. Hill Center, we mingled with other professionals and dined on delicious hors d'oeuvrs. We raised $712, which will go towards funding a scholarship for one student to attend the SLA national conference this year.

Thank you St. Kate's MLIS students for attending, and thank you SLA-MN and MALL for organizing!

Janis Shearer and Maggie Parra

Jessica Huffman, Marta Johnson, and Ann Arntson

(from second to left) Jennifer Riestenberg, Sarah Stankus, and Laura Bell
Dan Sustacek and Ann Arntson
Photography taken by Jim Tchobanoff

Sunday, January 20, 2019

More Intership Opportunities!

Minnesota State Law Library Paid Internship

February 11, 2019 – May 24, 2019 (15 weeks)
~10 hours per week
$12 per hour

  • Applicant must be a student in good standing at a graduate library or information science program.
  • Ability to work ~10 hours per week at the Minnesota State Law Library during regular business hours, Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm (excluding holidays).
  • Excellent organization and time-management skills.
  • Preference may be given to applicants with a legal background or those who express interest in law librarianship.
  • Successful completion of a background check.
Description: The Minnesota State Law Library Internship provides supervised experience in three key areas of law library operations.
  1. Technical services:
    • Update electronic index of legal periodicals
    • Shift collections
    • Convert microform documents to digital format
  2. Electronic Services:
    • Create original content and update current content in LibGuides
    • Assist with additional website updating
  3. Public Services:
    • Provide supervised assistance to patrons at the reference desk and during scheduled legal clinics
    • Perform basic legal research to assist library patrons and staff, including the Law Library Services to Prisoners program.
Application Process: Interested candidates should submit a resume, cover letter, and names and contact information of three references to:
Liz Reppe, State Law Librarian
Minnesota State Law Library
G25 Minnesota Judicial Center
25 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.
Saint Paul, MN 55155

Applications are due by January 31, 2019
Your cover letter should address your reasons for applying for the Minnesota State Law Library
internship including how the experience will assist you in reaching your academic and career goals.
Please also include a preferred weekly schedule.Your references should include at least one current professor who is able to comment on your academic work.

ARL/SAA Mosaic Program Fellow

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL)/Society of American Archivists (SAA) Mosaic Program II is now accepting applications for the 2019–2021 cohort. The program promotes diversification of the archives and special collections professional workforce by supporting master of library and information science (MLIS) students from traditionally underrepresented racial and ethnic groups who are concentrating on archives or special collections librarianship.

Components of the ARL/SAA Mosaic Program II include financial support for MLIS education, a robust internship experience, mentoring, career placement assistance, and leadership development. This second iteration of the program also offers additional funding to support professional development emphasizing digital curation and management skills. The program seeks to attract individuals who demonstrate excellent potential for scholastic and personal achievement, and who manifest a commitment both to the archives and special collections profession and to advancing diversity concerns within it.

Program Benefits:
The ARL/SAA Mosaic Program II offers a generous compensation package for each program participant consisting of:
  • Tuition stipend of up to $10,000 distributed in four equal installments of $2,500 per semester or quarter
  • Paid yearlong internship in a partner archives or library organization beginning in fall 2019
  • Participation in select Digital Archives Specialist (DAS) trainings
  • Mentoring from an archives professional or special collections librarian
  • Financial assistance of up to $1,000 for relocation to the area of the MLIS program that the participant will attend
  • Student membership in SAA for two years
  • Support for travel to and participation in the ARL Annual Leadership Symposium, held during the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting in January 2020
  • Support for travel to and participation in the annual ARL/SAA Mosaic Leadership Forum and SAA Annual Meeting in summer 2020
To be eligible for the ARL/SAA Mosaic Program II, you must:
  • Identify as being from an underrepresented racial or ethnic group, based on the categories outlined by the US Census Bureau or Statistics Canada or Aboriginal (First Nations, M├ętis, and Inuit) people classifications
  • Be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States or Canada
  • Be accepted into a master’s program in archival science, archival management, digital archives, special collections, or a related program
  • Remain enrolled in at least six graduate credit hours per term through completion of the designated graduate program(s) and have at least one full academic year remaining in studies
  • Maintain a 3.0 grade point average (on a 4-point scale) each term and submit transcripts as evidence of progression towards completion of graduate studies in the targeted areas
More Information & Application
For additional information about the program and to apply, please visit the ARL/SAA Mosaic Program webpage. The completed online application form and attachments as well as both letters of recommendation should be submitted to ARL by 11:59 p.m. eastern standard time (EST) on Thursday, February 28, 2019.

National Transportation Library (NTL) Collection Analysis and Digital Preservation Fellow

Join the National Transportation Library (NTL) and be offered an opportunity to gain hands-on learning and skills in collection analysis and digital preservation, relating to transportation. The Fellow will learn to use Tableau to create and analyze NTL Collections and create bibliometric dashboards. The Fellow will learn how to identify, evaluate, and process legacy content of historical significance for long term digital preservation. Content may include audio files, research datasets, reports, still images, and memos. The Fellow will learn to migrate formats as needed to preserve usefulness, apply metadata, and add to transportation collections in NTL’s digital repository. 
The Fellow will also have the opportunity to collaborate with NTL staff on new projects and initiatives as they arise.

Under the guidance of a mentor, opportunities to gain skills and experience may include:
  • Operating a digital repository;
  • Assessing records for duplication, metadata quality and adherence to NTL metadata policy;
  • Creating finding aids;
  • Collaborating with NTL Metadata Librarians on authority control projects, such as improving the integration of digital object identifiers into NTL systems;
  • Participating in workflow assessment for web-archiving;
  • Collaborating with NTL Digital Librarian and NTL Data Curator to develop a policy for transportation web content and identify best practices using Internet Archive’s Archive-IT service;
  • Assisting in furthering NTL’s social media efforts to promote library resources and services;
  • Cloud computing;
  • Data dictionary and mediated submission application development.
The selected candidate will receive a stipend as support for living and other expenses during this appointment. Stipend rates are determined by DOT officials and are based on the candidate’s academic and professional background. The candidate may also be eligible to receive a health insurance allowance and reimbursement for travel expenses. This appointment is full-time (40 hours per week) for one year and may be extended in increments of one year, up to three years total, contingent upon project needs and funding availability.

This program, administered by ORAU through its contract with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), was established through an interagency agreement between DOE and DOT. The initial appointment is for 12 months but may be renewed upon recommendation of DOT and is contingent on the availability of funds. The participant will receive an annual stipend of approximately $65,000 commensurate with educational level and experience, in additional to a health insurance supplement of $4,800; professional development allowance of $2,500, and a relocation allowance of $2,000. Proof of health insurance is required for participation in this program. The appointment is full-time in the Washington, DC area. Participants do not become employees of DOT, DOE or the program administrator, and there are no employment-related benefits.
Desired Appointment Start Date: June 1, 2019.

For more information or to apply, please visit:


Monday, January 14, 2019

ARLIS/NA - Twin Cities Conference Travel Award

This year the Art Librarians Society / North America - Twin Cities Chapter is pleased to offer a $400 travel award for the ARLIS/NA Conference in Salt Lake City, UT, March 26-30, 2019. The award is intended to enhance the professional development of early, mid, and late career ARLIS/NA members by supporting attendance at the annual conference. 

Applications are due on January 18, 2019

See the ARLIS/NA-TC website for more information!