We Have Our Dates
Monday-Tuesday, November 6-7, 2017. Those are the dates that the American Library Association-Committee on Accreditation (ALA-COA) External Review Panelists (ERP) will be visiting us on campus for our Program’s re-accreditation. Leading up to then we will be involved in a number of major activities to create our self-study based on the 2015 ALA-COA Standards. Throughout the process, we will need your, our community member’s, help and support. We will be updating you through the year regarding the process, our self-study, and the ERP visit.
Another date to mark on your calendar: the 2017 MLIS Summit will be held on Monday, April 24, 2017 starting at 5 PM in the Rauenhorst Ballroom. We are already working on the arrangements for this annual stakeholder gathering, which just happens to be its 10th Anniversary.
In this month’s newsletter, we highlight the experience of two of our students who presented at MLA 2016, an opportunity to enroll in an summer course that would include travel to Poland, upcoming events, and recent accomplishments of our community members.
Best to all,
Deborah Grealy, Associate Dean and Program Director
Deborah Torres, Assistant Program Director
Two Students Make Their Mark At MLA 2016
You presented at MLA this year. How did that get started?
We started our research back in the Fall of 2015 in Dr. Sarah Park Dahlen’s Introduction to Library and Information Science for a much smaller project, an ignite presentation. Afterwards we decided to broaden our research in an effort to present a poster at the ALA Annual Conference in Orlando.
Your presentation was titled “An Urban Public Library Analysis: Diversity In Young Adult Collections,” about the availability of Asian American-centered young adult texts at a library whose community comprises a large portion of Asian Americans under the age of 20. What drew you to that topic?
We wanted to learn more about different diverse groups in communities but we both had jobs and were going to school full time so we narrowed our focus to just Asian Americans.
What was the research process like, and (briefly) what did you find?
Our research process was very enlightening about the hard work needed to locate and analyze materials, particularly diverse materials, because ascertaining cultural authenticity can be very difficult. Our findings, to be brief, showed many opportunities for libraries to grow their diverse literature in young adult collections, especially as there is a need for more own voices (authors who write about their experiences and not outsiders).
Have either of you ever presented at a conference before? What was it like?
We did do a poster presentation at ALA Annual but we hadn’t done a full session before MLA this year. We had a great reception from the people who attended our session and they provided excellent feedback to our research.
Finally, what would you say to St. Kate’s students thinking about attending or presenting at a conference, but hesitating because of time, money, nervousness, etc?
Do it! It’s worth the time and effort that you put into it. Conferences are great ways to network and to get your name out there to employers. But more than that, research projects are great practice for project management. Presenting allows you to build out your skill sets and it can expand your own professional circle on topics that you have interest in.
Summer International Librarianship Course 2nd Info Session
Have you ever dreamed of attending an International conference? We are looking to fill our Summer 2017 International Librarianship Course, supported by our Global Studies Office. We need a minimum 16 students enrolled. The good news is that the course is available for both ALUMS and CURRENT STUDENTS to enroll. Enrollment, through the Global Studies Office, already has opened and ends on December 16, 2017.
Dr. Mary Wagner, course instructor and Professor Emerita, will hold the 2nd Information Session for alums and current students on Monday, November 14, 2016, 6 PM in RM 020, Coeur de Catherine Building. In this session, Dr. Wagner will give an overview of the course, its requirements, costs, how to enroll through Global Studies, and information about the travel component of the course that includes attending the 2017 IFLA Conference in Wroclaw, Poland, and more. The IFLA conference is scheduled for August 19-25, 2017.
Questions: Contact Dr. Wagner via email <email@example.com>.
Silent Auction Items Needed
On Monday, December 5, 2016, the St. Kate’s Special Library Association Student Group will be hosting a Silent Auction fundraiser at the SLA Holiday Party to raise funds for a scholarship to help send a St. Kate’s MLIS student to the 2017 SLA Annual Conference in Phoenix, Arizona.
The chapter needs your help with donations:
- Hand-crafted items – jewelry, purses, scarves, quilt
- Gift baskets – wine/liquor, bath items, BBQ tools
- Tickets to sporting or cultural events – MN Wild, MN Twins, Guthrie
- Memberships – museums, cultural
- Photography or Artwork
- An hour of housecleaning service or some babysitting
- Gift certificates – Gas Stations, Restaurants, coffee/tea shops, movie theaters, book retailers, pet stores, craft stores, Home Depot, Best Buy, any place you frequent
- Anything that YOU WOULD like to bid on
Donations are needed by December 1st. To donate, email any of the following:
SLA Student Chapter: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sarah Larsen: email@example.com
Katelyn Torell: firstname.lastname@example.org
November EventsMLIS Adjunct Dinner
Mon, Nov 7
6pm, President’s Dining Room, 3rd floor CdC
The annual dinner and program for MLIS and SLMS Programs adjunct instructors. By Invitation. Hosted by the MLIS Faculty Development Committee.
International Librarianship Course Information Session
Mon, Nov 14
6pm, RM 020, CdC
Dr. Mary Wager, instructor, will conduct the session. See details in the newsletter story in this issue. Target audience: Alums and Current Students.
Information Professionals Speaker Panel
Mon, Nov 28
6pm, RM 019, CdC
Come hear from professionals working in a variety of settings. The panel includes: Kristin Cooper, Plant Sciences Librarian, Magrath Library, University of Minnesota; Adrian Fischer, Instrument Coordinator, Bakken Museum; Shannon Farrell, Natural Resources Librarian, Natural Resources Library, University of Minnesota; Helen Walden-Fodge, American Swedish Institute; Janelle Beitz, Research Librarian, Fredrikson & Byron, P.A. Sponsored by the SLA Student Chapter. Target Audience: MLIS Students.
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
We have a number of kudos this month:
Dawn Lyons (2011) received the MLA Lars Steltzner Intellectual Freedom Award, which is presented in recognition of an educator who has contributed to preserving students’ rights to intellectual freedom and opposing censorship in a school setting regarding a challenge to the book, Just One Day, by Gayle Foreman from a middle and high school library. Dawn is a school library media specialist at Deerwood Elementary and Black Hawk Middle School. Read more about what happened here.
Kathleen James of MELSA and past MLIS adjunct instructor was awarded the MLA William G. Asp Distinguished Career Service Award. Kathleen was noted for her work to ensure that Minnesota libraries are part of every community’s infrastructure supporting young children’s early literacy development & school readiness.
Stewart Van Cleve (2015) was chosen for the 2017 ALA Emerging Leader program and is sponsored by the Minnesota Library Association. Stewart is Assistant Professor Web and Digital Services for Winona State University Library.
Sarah Huber (2014) at the end of this month is starting a new position as Engineering Technology Information Specialist at Purdue University. She will be an assistant professor, working with the engineering technology students within Purdue’s Polytechnic Institute.
Have an update of your own to share? Reply to this message and let us know!
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