The End Of Another School Year
The end of the 2015-2016 school year is almost upon us. This time of year we look back with amazement on all that our faculty and students have accomplished. We loved hearing from our alums throughout the year about what they are doing in their careers, and are looking forward to May Commencement on May 21st and celebrating another group of MLIS graduates completing their degrees.
Whether you wrote a paper, presented at a conference, made a new connection, or landed a new job this year, everyone has something to be proud of. So take some time out this month to acknowledge it, celebrate it. You’ve earned it. Enjoy your summer and we’ll be back in September.
Tonight: 2016 MLIS Summit
Tonight is our 2016 MLIS Summit taking place in the Rauenhorst Ballroom, CdC from 5 p.m. To 8 p.m. We have almost 100 people registered to attend including nine of our new students admitted for Summer and Fall 2016. We hope you will extend them a warm welcome. See you at the Summit!
Some 25 of our students will be graduating this May with a few planning to finish their final coursework this summer. Congratulations to all of you! The Graduate Commencement ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 2:30pm in the O’Shaughnessy Auditorium with a reception following in the Rauenhorst Ballroom, 3rd Floor, CdC.
All students are invited at the MLIS Spring Graduate Reception to help celebrate and congratulate the graduates on all they have accomplished while in the program. The reception will be held on Monday, May 16 from 6:30 to 8:00pm in CdC 401 and the adjoining 4th Floor Atrium. Refreshments will be provided thanks to the Student Governance Organization (SGO). This semester’s scholarship, award and honors winners will also be announced. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, May 9 if you plan to attend. Guests are welcome.
Welcome, New Summer Admits!
This summer, the St. Kate’s MLIS Program is excited to be bringing in a new class of students. From all the faculty, staff and students here, we’d like to give you a big, warm-hearted welcome. Over the next few years, we hope you meet your professors, get involved in a student group, and open your eyes to the wide, wide spectrum of skills and career opportunities that library and information science has to offer. Welcome!
New Undergraduate LIS Minors
H ere we speak to Professor Kyunghye Yoon, who was instrumental in implementing new undergraduate coursework geared towards library and information science here at St. Kate’s.
How did the St. Kate’s Information Systems Minor and Digital Humanities Minor come about?
In line with many other MLIS programs that have their own undergraduate degrees, the St. Kate’s MLIS Program believes that we have knowledge and expertise that can benefit St. Kate’s undergraduates who will need digital literacy and critical thinking skills related to technology in their future careers. As well as leveraging our resources at the undergraduate level, we aim to increase the visibility of the MLIS degree and the MLIS program across the university and beyond. We plan to implement an undergraduate major in information science that builds on St. Kate’s liberal arts strengths. The minor programs are the first step in this work. The Information Systems minor is intended for students majoring in math and science, whereas the Digital Humanities minor is for those majoring in arts, humanities, and social sciences.
What type of coursework will undergraduates be partaking in?
Undergraduate students in both minors will take three (3) required courses and two (2) electives as appropriate for their disciplinary interests. The required courses include an introduction to information science and digital technology, an introduction to web design and internet issues (or programming language from the math department, for the IS minor), and a capstone course. Electives range from technology-related courses (such as programming languages, database management, and networks) to art and history courses that embed digital literacy, digital technology, or digital research skills. We hope these new minors will help students ask different questions about their fields, see new relationships, and share scholarly and creative work in non-traditional ways.
How will these new degree options benefit St. Kate’s and the MLIS Program as a whole?
This undergraduate information science degree would be the first St Kate’s major related to computer science that allows students to get the degree wholly through St. Kate’s. Currently, St. Kate’s undergraduates obtaining a major in computer science must take courses at the University of St. Thomas. As mentioned before, we also hope it will give undergraduates expertise needed for the digital age and promote the MLIS Program’s visibility across campus. Moreover, it would help to expand the audience for our program’s IS curriculum through co-convening courses on information technology at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
Ends May 31
In preparation to host author Zetta Elliott in the fall, ALA is collecting books for a book sale. Books can be new or used, academic or fiction – any book works! Donations can be left in a box outside of Dr. Dahlen’s office until May 31. The sale will be held June 4-5. More details will be available as the event nears.
Monday, May 9
6:00pm @ the Music Recital Hall
MLIS students enrolled in the Capstone Course will report on their semester projects.
SAA Historically Accurate Costume Party
Saturday, May 14
7:00pm @ Gasthof’s (2300 University)
The more the merrier so bring your friends. Costumes optional, fun required!
ALASC End of the Year Get Together
Sunday, May 15
3:00pm @ Sea Salt Eatery (4801 Minnehaha)
From the Facebook event: Come celebrate the end of the school year with ALASC at Sea Salt Eatery – just over the river at Minnehaha Falls. Open to all MLIS students, faculty, friends, family, EVERYONE. They have a fantastic patio, great food (Sebastian Joe’s ice cream!) and beer!
An Evening With Author Matt de la Peña and Illustrator Christian Robinson
Tuesday, May 17
7:00pm @ Jeanne d’Arc Auditorium
Come hear from author Matt de la Peña and illustrator Christian Robinson, whose book “Last Stop On Market Street” won the 2016 Newbery Medal and was a 2016 Caldecott Honor Book. This event is co-hosted by the MLIS Program and Red Balloon Bookshop. Contact Dr. Sarah Park Dahlen at email@example.com for more information.
Check out the SGO Program Calendar for the most up-to-date information on events and student group meetings.
News In Brief
Kudos to MLIS Student Amber Fick, Kaia Sivert (’15), and their two co-workers Danika Stegeman and Becky Adamski for winning the Minnesota Academic Innovators Award for their student outreach work for the University of Minnesota Wilson Library. The award was announced at the 2016 MN ARLD Day on Friday, April 29, 2016. The four make up the “From Our Collections team” that in 2013 created a small display of popular literature based on the new idea of using staff and student recommendations. The success of that display led to more successful interactive projects like the “Blind Date with a Book” display, an online book matchmaking service, a summer reading challenge, and pop-up libraries.
We extend congratulations to Dixie Ohlander (’10) upon her retirement from Lindell Library, Augsburg College this past week. Dixie had worked at the Library since 1998 in various positions, the latest as Electronic Initiatives/Resource Sharing Librarian.
Amanda Pruka’s (’15) temporary librarian position has been extended into a fulltime position at Normandale Community College in Bloomingdale, MN. We send her best wishes for the next academic year.
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