MLIS Research Team to be Featured at 2017 MLIS Summit
We are excited to feature a student-faculty research project team at our annual MLIS Summit on Monday, April 24, 2017.
Students Chayse Sundt (left) and Antonio Backman (right) have been collaborating with Dr. Sarah Dahlen (right) since Spring 2016 when they were awarded FLDS Research Project Funding to support MLIS student-faculty research. Chayse and Antonio both started the Program in Fall 2015 and are interested in youth services.
During the 2nd hour of the Summit (6-7 p.m.), the team will share the results of their research project investigating the new young adult acquisitions from years 2010, 2012, 2014, and 2016 at an urban public library. The title of their presentation is An Urban Public Library Analysis: Asian American Teen Fiction.
Their research project is a strong example of MLIS student and faculty research that is both relevant and important to the profession and practice, especially in light of the #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign that formed in 2014 and catalyzed the discussion of needing more diverse books in children’s literature. An outcome of this project is to provide a model for how researchers can analyze diverse collections at public libraries, as well as encourage librarians to conduct their own evaluations of how their systems are doing in diversifying their collections.
We know that you will not want to miss the details of what they have learned. So come join us for the 2017 Summit. Registration is still open. Just click on the button below to go to the registration form.
Let’s fill the Ballroom on the 24th.
Deborah Grealy, Associate Dean and Program Director
Deborah Torres, Assistant Program Director
New Peer-to-Peer Mentorship Program
Picture: Heather Carroll and her daughter, Sabine.
Over the holiday break, students Heather Carroll, SAA Student Chapter Vice President, and Allison Current, Student Governance Organization Treasurer, collaborated to launch a new service for the St. Kate’s MLIS community: a peer-to-peer mentorship program. Based on the number of credits they have completed, students can volunteer to be either mentees or mentors and are matched up based on their interests. Mentees drive the relationship and are encouraged to reach out to/schedule meetings with mentors, while mentors are given a list of resources to a range of possible questions they might get from mentees.
In its flagship semester, the program has 24 members: 11 mentees and 13 mentors. Mentors and mentees were matched up in late February and met on March 4 for an initial meeting.
“When Heather mentioned her idea for a mentorship program to me, I instantly saw the need for it,” said co-founder Allison Current. “It can be hard to meet other students in the program if you only take one class at a time or your work schedule conflicts with student club meetings and events. It would have been great to have a student mentor my first semester that I could talk to about classes, career paths, and work life balance.”
Co-founder Heather Carroll described how the idea for a mentorship program came to her:
“I started the [MLIS Program] in summer 2015. I am a non-traditional student with an unconventional education background. I am also a parent of two young kids that works outside the home. I had visited campus only once for a brief meeting before I showed up to the first day of class, which also served as orientation. I hadn’t been to college in more than a decade and a lot has changed – but I didn’t know that yet. I also didn’t know that summer term is shorter and more intense than spring or fall terms. Summer is a quiet time on campus, which sounds nice but actually means a lot of the offices are open shorter or odd hours, and sometimes not at all.
“I was a perfect storm of ignorant bliss.
“I did make it through that summer term and did better work than I had ever done, but not without a lot of frustration and a lot of help. Less than halfway through that summer term, I started asking myself questions like ‘Is this normal?’ ‘How on earth do I write an academic style paper?’ ‘What have I gotten myself into?’ ‘Will it get better?’ ‘Can I handle this pace if the whole program is like this?’ Around the same time, I started wishing I had someone within the program to talk to, a student who had been there and knew what I didn’t. But I had no way of finding them during the summer and so I found other means…like quitting my job and bribing my mother-in-law with chocolate to babysit so I could get to the O’Neill Center during the limited summer hours.
“While my experience is far from typical, I’ve heard hints and echoes of this from other MLIS students – the ‘I wish I’d known’s’ or ‘That would have been helpful to know’s’. That experience and those echoes are why we started this program, to help connect beginning and newer students with the rest of the MLIS students and the campus at large.”
MLIS faculty members and staff support the peer-to-peer mentorship program and applaud the leadership of Heather and Allison demonstrated in pursuing the idea and developing the service.
Update on New Internal Program Website
The team who has been working on a new internal website is pleased to announce that the expected launch date of Saturday, April 8, 2017. The team has been testing the website with students, faculty and staff and appreciates the feedback they received. One of the features of the new website is an integration of our social media (Blog, Facebook and Twitter posts) into one place. We will send out an announcement when we go live.
SLA: Edible Book Festival 2017
Sun, April 2
12-4pm, 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/
MLIS ePortfolio Workshop for Students
Mon, April 3
6pm, Auditorium, Visual Arts Building across the Quad from CdC, St. Paul Campus
During the first part of the evening, faculty members Tony Molaro, Joyce Yukawa, and Kohne Yoon will present on the background for the revision of and details about the new Student Learning Outcomes, and give an overview of the new ePortfolio guidelines and process. The second part will be general Q&A for students to ask their questions about the process itself. After Q&A, there will be time for students to discuss more individual questions with faculty.
Information Professionals Panel
Mon, April 10
6pm, CdC 19
Sponsored by the SLA Student Chapter. Panelists are:
1. Jessica Huffman, Research Associate at the American Transportation Research Institute
2. Lindsey Kobow, Taxonomic Analyst, Target
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
2017 MLIS Annual Summit
Mon., April 24
5-8pm, Rauenhorst Ballroom, 3rd Floor CdC
The Program’s annual gathering of stakeholders. Our 10th Anniversary Celebration activities include a display of MLIS Student Posters showcasing projects, LIS Professional Associations tables, Research Project Presentation, and Table Discussions on a topic of importance to our community in the year of our re-accreditation. Refreshments served. Let’s fill the Ballroom.
Storytelling Festival | LIS 7180
Mon, May 1
6:30-8:30pm, Recital Hall Music Building
Students in LIS 7180 Storytelling will host a Storytelling Festival this evening. The course instructor is Dr. Sarah Dahlen.
Academic Calendar Events
April 7-13: Advising Week
April 14-17: Easter Break
April 18-20: Fall 2017 Registration
MLIS ePortfolio Deadlines
April 15: Submit final version to faculty reviewers
April 30: Final approval by Faculty review committee
April 8: New LIS Program Website Goes Live
April 9-15: National Library Week
April 9-15: Student Worker Appreciation Week
Check out the MLIS Program Calendar for the most up-to-date information on events and student group meetings.
News In Brief
Kristen Cooper (2015) was named one of the 2017 Institute for Research Design in Librarianship (IRDL) Scholars. Kristen is the Plant Sciences Librarian at the University of Minnesota, and is the liaison for the departments of Plant Pathology, Agronomy & Plant Genetics, and Plant & Microbial Biology. She was profiled in our October 2016 MLIS Newsletter.
Kudos to Danielle Ostendorf (2014) for her new publication: Carter, Sunshine and Ostendorf, Danielle (2017) “Processes and Strategies for Collaboratively Purchasing Electronic Resources,” Collaborative Librarianship: Vol. 9 : Iss. 1 , Article 10.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.du.edu/collaborativelibrarianship/vol9/iss1/10
Danielle is the Electronic Resources & Serials Librarian at the Kathryn A. Martin Library, University of Minnesota, Duluth.
Suzanne Stephenson<s/trong> (2016) is librarian at Nokomis Library, Hennepin County Library system.
MLIS student David Norris is now the Cloud Library intern at Bibliotheca in Oakdale, MN.
Seeking News From Our Alums
Have a new position? Presented at a conference? Starting a new project? Serving on a committee? We love to hear updates and news from you. Email us at <firstname.lastname@example.org> with Subject Line: News in Brief.
April Student Organization Meetings
- Student Governance Organization (SGO): Thurs, April 6 @ 5pm in CdC 20
- Society of American Archivists (SAA): Mon, April 10 @ 6pm in Library Room 123
- American Library Association (ALA): Tues, April 11 @ 5:15pm in CdC 17
- Progressive Librarians Guild (PLG): Wed, April 12 & 26 @ 5pm in CdC 5
- Special Libraries Association (SLA): Thurs, April 20 @ 5:15pm in CdC 19