I, like so many of you, was deeply inspired by Oprah’s Golden Globes speech last month. While there were many wise words about women, leadership, and harassment that applies to libraries and library leadership today, we must also remember that we are in the truth business. It is our solemn duty to protect, safeguard, and ensure that the truth is made available to the populace.
Niels Bohr once remarked, “the best weapon of a dictatorship is secrecy, but the best weapon of a democracy should be the weapon of openness”. As you move throughout the month, please consider one way that you can fight for truth, for women, for openness.
Getting off my soapbox, I also want to mention that we will be meeting with the Committee on Accreditation on February 10th in Denver. We are eager to share the highlights of our program with the Committee and listen to their constructive feedback.
Grace and Peace,
Director, MLIS Program
First Student Graduates From Digital Humanities Minor
LIS is proud to announce that the first student to graduate with the new Digital Humanities minor, Veronika Paprocka will be graduating at the end of this semester.
She is majoring in History.
Paprocka, who is currently applying to graduate school to study Student Affairs, said she was encouraged by her History Advisor to take the minor in Digital Humanities in order to round out her skillset in a manner that complemented her current interests. She said she was not disappointed; by taking the minor, she was able to learn about sharing information with others and accessibility — both of which are important when working with History as some effort generally has to be made in order to make this subject both engaging and meaningful. She was able to illustrate what she had learned in her Capstone project which provides a visual tour along a timeline through the history of the buildings on St. Catherine University’s St. Paul campus.
Although she started the project initially for her Honors program, in the Digital Humanities minor, she extended it to incorporate more technology — including a timeline and forms that made it more user-friendly. Ultimately though, it’s the rich historical context as well as the many photographs from St. Kate’s extensive archives that add depth and interest. Her project, titled: Tunnels, Pools, and Ghosts: Exploring Space at St. Catherine University can be viewed here.
She plans to continue maintaining and updating the site after she graduates.
We wish Veronika the very best of luck in the future.
You’re Invited to the 2nd Annual LIS Community Mixer!
The purpose for the mixer is to bring MLIS students, faculty, staff and local LIS professionals together to meet one another in a fun, easy atmosphere. Last year 55 guests enjoyed a variety of activities and mingling.
- 10 people per team
- One person per frame
Match-ups such as: students versus faculty/staff versus alum; archivists versus librarians versus information professionals; academic librarians versus public librarians versus school librarians, etc.
LibTech Conference: March 14-15
This year, the annual LibTech Conference at Macalester College will take place on March 14-15, 2018. In addition to the many presentations on technology related issues, attendees will also hear from two keynote speakers: Sarah T. Roberts, Assistant Professor in the Department of Information Studies (Graduate School of Education & Information Studies) at UCLA, and Bergis Jules, University Archivist at the University of California, Riverside. The conference is sold out, but many in our St. Kate’s family will be attending and presenting at the conference.
For example, I will be presenting A BIGGER BOAT: DATA VISUALIZATION LESSONS FROM THE MOVIES with my husband Mark on March 14. Mark is a Senior Program Manager on the Power BI Customer Advisory Team at Microsoft. He has long had a passion for helping people and organizations make better use of their data through integration and visualization.
In our session, we will discuss the fundamentals of human visual perception, including the important distinction between pre-attentive and attentive processing. We will use fun examples from films like Jaws, The Wizard of Oz, and Star Wars to show important aspects of visual analysis around color, form, position, and motion. By the end of this session we hope attendees will have a solid understanding of the importance of data visualization and the best strategies to effectively convey meaning with graphs and charts. Plus, I’ll be handing out a bibliography for further reading.
If you are going to LibTech, let’s try to meet up at the conference to say hi and chat! I’ll be searching for you to see how you are enjoying the day(s) for a recap piece in the April newsletter. If you are presenting at LibTech, send a note about your presentation and how you feel it went along with any photos, and you too can be a part of the April newsletter.
MLIS Student, Newsletter and Social Media Grad Assistant
MLIS Faculty: APDC Faculty Research and Scholarly Activities Grant Awarded
Each of our articles takes us in a different direction.
We found many variants of fairy tales have won Caldecott Awards. There are two Caldecott Cinderella stories. The very first fairy tale to win a Caldecott Medal was Marcia Brown’s Cinderella, or the Little Glass Slipper in 1955. The original story (as we know it) by Charles Perrault is set during 17th century France and Brown’s pastel-colored illustrations are reminiscent of that time. Another Cinderella story, Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters by John Steptoe, won a Caldecott Honor in 1988. This tale takes place in Zimbabwe with rich colors that reflect that culture.
In another article real places are featured. The Eiffel Tower, the Place Vendome, and Notre Dame in Paris are some of the sites featured prominently in Ludwig Bemelman’s Madeline (1940 Caldecott Honor). The Boston Public Garden is the setting for Robert McCloskey’s Make Way for Ducklings (1942 Caldecott Medal). There is no mistaking the iconic swan boats. As the real Winnie is being whisked through the countryside to the London Zoo in Lindsay Mattick’s Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear illustrated by Sophie Blackall (2016 Caldecott Medal), you see Stonehenge in the background. In Nana in the City by Lauren Castillo (2015 Caldecott Honor) the city in which Nana lives is not identified. But, the little boy going to visit his grandmother is definitely crossing the Brooklyn Bridge.
Picture books are often a child’s first exposure to art, and we feel children deserve books that have been judged as distinguished for their illustrations.
Gail and I have had the pleasure of working with our graduate assistants Wendy Dickman and Zach Jansen. Their research has helped us enormously, and we hope they’ve had as much fun learning about the art as we have. Zach took our course LIS 7963 Picture Books: Exploring the Interplay of Text and Illustrations during Summer 2016. We will be co-teaching it again this summer and will provide an update on our progress with our series of articles.
Heidi Hammond, Ph.D.,
Associate Professor & SLMS Coordinator
St. Kate’s Libraries: The Future or Un-future of the Academic Library ~ A CLIC Unconference
“Uhh, what…?” you may say. Let me offer you some context:
CLIC: aka Cooperating Libraries in Consortium, is a local library resource-sharing group of which St. Kate’s Library is a member, and a reason we have quick and easy access to 2,371,353 shared items from the library collections of Bethel, Concordia, Hamline, Northwestern, and St. Thomas.
Un-conference: a choose-your-own-adventure conference format where attendees generate topics for discussion with their colleagues in breakout sessions.
David W. Lewis’ book Reimagining the Academic Library: called an “insightful and ‘inciteful’ sweep of the current state of the academic library” by ALA President James Neal, and chosen as a common read for CLIC members.
Lewis lays out six forces that are already shaping academic libraries (Disruption, Digital Documents, the Book is Changing, the New Scholarly Record, the Economics of Information, and Demographics) and suggests six steps we need to take in anticipation and response to these forces (Defining the Job, Creating the Library as Place, Retiring the Legacy Print Collection, Preserving Digital Content, Making the Money Work, and Working with the SmartMachine).
However, by using Lewis’ text as a starting point, we envision a morning of collegial discussions on tough topics concerning the future of the academic libraries. Our aim for the day is to prepare for David Lewis’ upcoming visit on April 11, 2018, to learn from each other about ways we are already addressing the shifting landscape of librarianship, and to collaborate on places where we don’t know the way forward quite yet.
Although an unconference is a relatively unstructured format for discussion, you can still expect a few things from the morning. With coffee and refreshments in hand, we’ll start the day by opening the floor for those who have topics to suggest. Attendees will vote on which topics they are most interested in and we will schedule the most popular topics into breakout session I, II, or III. Each session will be thirty minutes for attendees to dig into their topics in a round table fashion.
The various breakout sessions will all set their own agenda and the person who suggests the topic is encouraged to act as facilitator. The idea is that everyone who wants to contribute to the discussion has the opportunity to do so, regardless of their level of expertise –the number of attendees and their areas of knowledge may vary, but interest in the topic is what matters.
Even the best futurist couldn’t predict which topics attendees will bring to an unconference, but some of the ‘insightful and inciteful’ themes Lewis discusses include:
A recommendation for libraries to retire their legacy print collections as soon as possible in order to redirect resources. (2016, p. 155)
Anticipating a time when universities and colleges will rely solely on the market (i.e. Google and the internet) for answers –even if those answers have less relevance than those a librarian could find (2016, p. 87)
A shift from helping students and faculty search for and use information, to making sure the content produced by students and faculty can be preserved and accessed in the future. (2016, p. 86)
Please join us as we discuss, debate, and collaborate at The Future or Un-Future of the Academic Library: A CLIC Unconference!*
*Reading the whole book is not required for attendance – Lewis’ Ten Things to Do Now conclusion offers helpful takeaways from the text, and a framework for the unconference.
Research & Instruction Librarian
Alum News: Kelsey Lied
She was a software developer prior to gaining her MLIS, and has been with her current employer, Design Center, for six months.
What attracted you to the LIS field…
What do you like about your job…
What has been your biggest career challenge…
What is a typical day like for you…
Producing code is a lot more than the actual typing of code; I am constantly in conversation with designers and testers about how we can build something that fulfills its purpose, feels intuitive to users, and works within the technical constraints present.
While being a software developer sounds like it’s about writing code, it’s actually about user experience, all day, every day.
What has changed about the profession since you graduated…
What experiences at St. Kate’s (or otherwise) were most helpful in getting you to where you are today…
While at St. Kate’s, I took a handful of design and UX-focused courses, and these have been directly applicable to my day-to-day job and look great on a technical resume, where competing candidates have purely nitty-gritty technical credentials.
What advice do you have for current LIS students…
ALA Spectrum Scholarship
The American Library Association is now accepting applications for their Spectrum Scholarship which annually provides up to 50 students from racial and ethnic underrepresented groups with a $5,000 tuition scholarship and $1,500 in professional development funds as they pursue a master’s degree in library and information science.
The deadline to apply is March 1, 2018. In addition, the MLIS program at St. Kate’s offers supplemental funds for Spectrum Scholarship Recipients!
On February 25, 2018 Sarah Park Dahlen will speak at a Montessori Community Event at St. Kate’s on the topic of diversity in youth literature.
MLIS Student Group spring meetings are beginning this month! The student groups are a great way to network and be involved in some amazing projects.
View student group meeting dates and times.
— That’s me, Trish Vaillancourt. I am in my second year at St. Kate’s and enjoying the program very much. It is exciting to be back at school after getting my undergraduate degrees last century. Please let me know if you have any comments or suggestions for the newsletter. Also, I like cats…a lot.