W e are in the final stretch of the Fall semester and it is time to look back over the past weeks celebrating all that the students, faculty and staff have accomplished in and out of the classroom.
We look forward to celebrating our December graduating class at a reception the evening of December 19th and seeing them walk across the stage during commencement on December 21st.
One accomplishment we’re celebrating is a “first” that you will learn more about in this newsletter. Dr. Kyunghye Yoon taught the first class offered for an undergraduate Digital Humanities minor. A second course will be taught in spring 2017. The DH minor and another minor in Information Science were approved last spring 2016, and are part of a curriculum initiative by our faculty to strengthen opportunities for students to connect technology and the liberal arts.
We celebrate the energy and leadership provided by each of our professional association student chapters. One example of their activities is highlighted below. It involves a year-long project by volunteers of the Society of American Archivists (SAA) Student Chapter.
We wish all a restful Holiday break and January semester.
Deborah Grealy, Associate Dean and Program Director
Deborah Torres, Assistant Program Director
First Semester Of New Undergraduate Course A Success
This past semester marked the debut of a new undergraduate course: ISCI 1000 – Information, Technology and Digital Society, the first required course for the new Digital Humanities minor. The Library and Information Science Program intends to debut an Information Systems minor as well, on the path to creating a full undergraduate Information Science Major at St. Kate’s. We talked to course creator and professor Dr. Kyunghye Yoon, teaching assistant Mallory Haskin (middle back), and students Lizbette Breeggeman (right front) and Veronika Paprocka (left back row) about how the semester went. Also pictured is student Rachel Lang (left front).
How did the semester go?
KY: “It’s slow; there are three students taking this course. I think it is not bad for a very first trial and we should be patient in this kind of long term process…This course introduced very basic technology tools…along with information architecture and digital /information literacy skills. All three students are doing excellent and are so enthusiastic in learning technology.”
MH: “It has been a busy whirl-wind…there were months of planning and a multitude of different tasks to get this course off the ground. However, even if everything is all prepared months in advance, sometimes that has to be tossed out right before class begins or revised to be explained in different ways to the students.”
LB: “It was an amazing experience. Through this course, I learned a variety of things about technology and some of these technologies I would never have known if it was not for this class…Dr. Yoon and Mallory made the experience great! They were both excited and engaged when teaching the course. I enjoyed working and learning from these two wonderful women.”
VP: “I’ve really enjoyed the course, it’s nice to be in a very small classroom…I’ve really appreciated learning about fair use and gaining more tools to make my presentations for other classes better.”
(Students) What is one interesting thing you learned?
LB: “Learning how to design a website and app.”
VP: “My favorite unit was HTML, I found coding really fun and fascinating and can’t wait to learn more.”
(Instructors) How does this course come into play in the Library and Information Science field?
KY: “The DH minor in particular is intended to provide a critical analysis and using digital tools for humanities learning and research. I wanted to create IT or coding courses in non-numeric and text-based problem solving contexts, breaking the idea that coding is for those who are good with math and numbers…With the growing power of computers and internet applications, LIS will be more desired beyond the wall of libraries because it is not only about technology but also about understanding data and people who use them.”
MH: “There were a lot of aspects of information literacy, knowledge of digital resources and tools, and user experience in this course that directly transfer to the LIS field…the underlying skills needed (for anyone in the LIS field) were to be patient, listen, and be flexible. Librarians constantly need to think of different ways to explain and demonstrate what they know so that they can teach others the skills and confidence they need to find and access information on their own.”
Anything else you want people to know?
KY: “It is only a beginning and needs a lot more work. I would appreciate any comments and input from various perspectives.”
MH: “I really enjoyed my experience as a teaching assistant and it was valuable to be on the other side of the classroom and see the inner-workings of the what goes into creating and teaching a course. I seriously don’t know when Dr. Yoon sleeps, if at all, because she worked really hard into creating and designing these new undergraduate programs. I also think that if given an opportunity, library students should seek out instruction experience. Instruction happens in all different places no matter what kind of library or information center you are in. You don’t have to know everything…But you do have to be able to communicate well, be patient, and willing to learn to help others learn.”
LB: “I would recommend this to any St. Kate’s student who is interested in learning more about technology! It is perfect for all majors.”
VP: “I plan on getting the digital humanities minor, and may be the first person to graduate with it so that is really cool.”
New Internal Website In The Works
The MLIS program staff, with student help, is in the early stages of creating a new internal website for students. The website will be named “St. Kate’s Library and Information Science” to reflect our our MLIS and MLIS/SLMS programs, and the recent launch of undergraduate minors (see story above). Plans are for the website to include information needed for current students and will integrate our social media channels. We will let you know more as the project progresses. Launch is expected in Spring 2017.
SAA Student Chapter Volunteer Digitization Project
The Society of American Archivists (SAA) Student Chapter has teamed up this year with Associate Professor of Art/Art History Patricia Olson and others at the University to digitize the former independently published Women’s Art Registry of Minnesota (WARM) journal (circa 1980-1987). The project will help preserve and promote the contributions of women artists and their works in Minnesota.
During summer and fall, chapter members have been working on Phase I of the project to gather journal contributor information and obtain copyright permissions. Phase 2 of the project will involve digitization and metadata creation. Chapter volunteers have been working in the Visual Resource Library in the University Visual Arts Building on Tuesday evenings.
The Women’s Art Registry of Minnesota (active 1976-1990) was a women’s collective art group providing a supportive environment for women artists to show their work. The WARM journal consists of 24 volumes containing artworks, reviews, commentaries, poetry, prose, scholarly essays and other experiments in image and word. The journal actively promoted women artists and their work to a broader audience.
MLIS student and chapter member Heather Carroll is the coordinator of the project and has a personal connection to it. Her teacher and mentor in art school was Elizabeth Erickson, co-founder of the Women’s Art Institute, along with Patricia Olson. Heather was the TA for the very first Women’s Art Institute (WAI) in 1999, then hosted by Minneapolis College of Art & Design (MCAD) and now hosted by St. Catherine University since 2012. After starting the MLIS program in 2015, Heather reached out to Professor Olson to see if she had any projects.The WARM journal digitization project came about from that conversation.
SLA-MN and Minnesota Association of Law Libraries Annual Holiday Gathering
Mon, Dec 5
5:30-8:30pm, HGA Architects and Engineers, 420 North 5th Street, Minneapolis
Come and enjoy great conversation, food, drinks, a silent auction, and vendor fair. Everyone is welcome! MLIS students may attend with a discounted fee of $20.00. The silent auction is organized by the MLIS SLA student chapter. Proceeds from the auction will fund a travel scholarship for one MLIS student to attend the 2017 SLA Annual Conference in Phoenix, AZ.
To attend, register on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/holiday-party-business-meeting-registration-29204044082
Capstone Project Presentation & Special Presentation by Edwin Schenk & Thomas Keeling
Mon, Dec 12
6pm, RM 017 CdC
Social Time: Reel Down Movie Event
Mon, Dec. 12
7:30pm, Visual Arts Building Lecture Hall
Same evening as the Capstone & Schenk/Keeler presentations. Come over to the Visual Arts Building on the North Quad to celebrate the end of the semester and view the classic movie, Desk Set (1957), starring Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracey. There will be popcorn, soft drinks, and a prize drawing. Hosted by the SAA Student Chapter.
Mon, Dec 19
6:30pm, RM 401, CdC
A reception for MLIS students graduating in December. Family, friends, and others are welcome to attend. Refreshments. Honors announced.
Mock Youth Book Award Discussions
Sun, Jan 8, 2017
12:30-5pm, RMs 361 and 362 CdC
Library, school staff, and others interested in children’s literature are invited to come participate in mock youth book award discussions in the new year. To obtain a reading list, contact Gail Nordstrom (Viking Library System, firstname.lastname@example.org) or Annemarie Robertson (Dakota County Library, Annemarie.Robertson@co.dakota.mn.us). The time slots for discussions are as follows:
Ongoing: One Read Event for the St. Catherine University Community
Sponsored by the St. Catherine University Library
A “One Read” is an event where everyone in a particular community reads the same book and comes together to discuss it. The book the our community is reading is A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota edited by Sun Yung Shin. In conjunction with the shared read, there are a series of events upcoming events that relate to the book’s theme. More detailed information can be found on the library website under upcoming events. Follow this link to see the list of scheduled events.
For the very latest program meeting and event information, check out the program calendar here.
News In Brief
MLIS student Chayse Sundt will be participating in the 2017 ALA Annual Student Chapter Student-to-Staff program. We’ve had a student participate every year since we started our ALA Student Chapter.
Katherine Warner (2014) is the new the Knowledge Management Analyst for Global Business Solutions Library, Mayo Foundation for Medical, Education and Research in Rochester, MN.
Abbie Brown (2014) also has been working as a Knowledge Management Analyst for the Global Business Solutions library since 2015.
Jennifer Shaw (2014) is Consulting Archivist at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts in Minneapolis. Jennifer was one of six Young Professionals speaking at the Minnesota Archives Symposium hosted by the Twin Cities Archives Roundtable (TCART) held on Monday, Nov. 14, 2016 at Elmer Andersen Library, U-MN. MLIS recent graduates also on the panel included Kate McManus (2015), Stewart Van Cleve (2015) and Jessica Faucher (2016).
Rhica Hogue (2016) is a Specialist at Hosmer Library of Hennepin County Library.
Tom Jorgenson (2014) is a Teen/Technology Librarian at Wescott Library (Eagan) of Dakota County Library.
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