The October Buzz
OOctober is the month when we really start to hear the buzz. We hear the buzz of students engaged in the classroom during the weekday evenings and on the weekend. We hear the buzz of faculty as they prepare for their classes and conference presentations, attend to their scholarly writing, and press on with the process of updating our curriculum. We hear the buzz coming from information sessions and career speaker panels held on Monday evenings. We hear the buzz of invited guest speakers in classes and at other events. The buzz is the signal that the semester has taken off.
In this month’s newsletter, we highlight one of our recent graduates, show a few photos from our time at the 2016 MLA conference last week, list upcoming events, and share news from our community members.
Best to all,
Deborah Grealy, Associate Dean and Program Director
Deborah Torres, Assistant Program Director
MLIS At 2016 Annual MLA Conference
Our MLIS community was out in force at the 2016 Minnesota Library Association conference held in Duluth. We pulled together a few photos to capture the scene:
Top Left: Alums Kristin Hall and Kristen Cooper. Middle Left: Alums Chris Jacobs and Laura Morlock. Bottom Left: Alum Stewart Van Cleve and Deb Torres took a selfie. Top Right: Students Chayse Sundt and Antonio Backman, who presented on their research student Friday afternoon. Bottom Right: Student Tasha McLachlan volunteered at the Registration Desk.
We got a chance to speak with December ’15 grad Kristen Cooper, who is now the Plant Sciences Librarian at the McGraw Library in St. Paul, part of the University of Minnesota Libraries.
On how she landed the job… “A fellow student mentioned [the position] and I applied for it. It was two interviews, and then they decided to go with me! …They posted the position as a one-year contract…So that really helped, because as a brand new graduate I don’t know how far I would have gotten in a continuous track appointment [permanent position] national search…And they renewed the contract for another year. At some point here it will post as continuous appointment and I’ll apply for it, but it won’t be for a little bit yet.”
On how she got into librarianship… “I got a job here at the University of Minnesota in the Chemistry department with the teaching laboratories. And one year kind of turned into seven. But I was not content where I was. Not that there was anything wrong with what I was doing, but it was definitely a job and it wasn’t going to turn into anything. There wasn’t any room for upward mobility…I have always liked the idea of librarianship. I’ve always been a really big reader, I’ve spent a lot of time in libraries, and I enjoy sharing information and helping people find information…So I checked out St. Kate’s and I really liked what I saw.”
On her day-to-day… “Day-to-day is working with faculty and students and their information needs. Sometimes I’m teaching, sometimes I’m called into classes to do information literacy instruction of some sort…There is a little bit of collection development…15-20% total. I also teach some workshops and am one of the instructors for the Introduction To Library Resources, which is a part of the freshman writing class. And there’s working on research projects that are either my own or with others.”
On her favorite part of her job… “I really like being able to help people. It feels really great to be able to connect people to the information that they need and to be a part of – even in kind of an oblique way – to be part of the research process, to have a role, however small, in the advancement of scientific knowledge.”
On the most challenging part of her job… “Time management can be challenging because it’s a lot of responsibility and a lot of things that you’re trying to do. Going from my previous job where it was very much the same thing day in and day out – where…the schedule was kind of set for me in a lot of ways – to being much more independent…It’s a pretty steep learning curve going from school to having a full academic librarian position. The responsibility is really great, but it’s a lot of responsibility and a lot to learn. With any career, school teaches you as best it can but you don’t know what it’s like until you actually get in there and start doing it.”
On her most helpful experience at St. Kate’s… “Well for classes my favorite was Dr. Lim’s Information Literacy In the Digital Age, which was really fun. And I think I might be in the minority, but I actually really enjoyed the Research Methods class. For me, since I knew I wanted to do academic librarianship and I knew academic librarians do their own research, that was really important.”
On her advice for current students…“Definitely as much hands-on experience as you can get is a good thing…If you can do a practicum, do a practicum. If you can volunteer somewhere, volunteer. And this is something that I still find challenging because I am more of an introvert, but just networking and talking to people. So if you can, go to conferences and events…Any experience you can get that sets you apart, any relationships you can build in the institution you want to work with in some way. As much as it’s uncomfortable, in some ways it is – a lot of the times it is – who you know that gets you the job.”
Minnesota Reading Corps Information Session
Mon, Oct 3
5-5:45pm in CdC 5
Want to travel around the state teaching kids to read (and get paid for it)? Come learn about being a literacy tutor, including compensation and benefits. Contact Dr. Tony Molaro (firstname.lastname@example.org) with questions. Target Audience: MLIS Students.
Talk by Dr. Duchess Harris, Chair of American Studies, Macalester College
Tues, Oct 4
7pm in Mendel 106
Harris will speak about the book for young readers she co-authored, Black Lives Matters, and address also address how educators can prepare students to lead and influence in a world fraught with racial tension. Contact Dr. Sarah Park Dahlen (email@example.com) with questions. This event is Open to the Public.
Rick Riordan, YA Author
Sat, Oct 8
7pm, O’Shaughnessy Auditorium, St. Paul Campus
Best-selling author Riordan is on tour for his books The Hammer of Thor – Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard Book 2. Co-sponsored by the Friends of the St. Catherine University Library and Red Balloon Bookstore. For tickets: http://oshag.stkate.edu/event/rickriordan
Archives 101 Speaker Panel, moderated by Molly Hazelton
Mon, Oct 10
6:30pm in Whitby Hall 121
Come learn about the archives and special collections profession from a panel of working professionals. Sponsored by the SAA Student Chapter. Target Audience: MLIS Students.
SGO: Putting the “Fun” in “Funding!”
Mon, Oct 17
6pm in CdC 20
Conferences are expensive. We can help. Come enjoy free refreshments and learn how to apply for funding, how much you can get, and what you can use it for. Hosted by the Student Governance Organization. Target Audience: MLIS Students.
Booked for the Evening: featuring a panel of MLIS graduates
Mon, Oct 24
6:30pm, Rauenhorst Ballroom (CdC 3rd Floor)
A panel of expert librarians, who are graduates of the St. Kate’s Master in Library and Information Science (MLIS) program, will highlight books for primary, intermediate and young adult readers. $20 general admission; FREE for students, including MLIS students, with student ID. Sponsored by Alumnae Relations. To register: https://www.stkate.edu/news-and-events/events/booked-for-the-eveni
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.
News In Brief
Dr. Sarah Park Dahlen worked with MN illustrator David Huyck and author Molly Beth Griffin to design an infographic that communicates the lack of diversity in children’s literature publishing. The new infographic launched on Wednesday, September 14 and by late September the image had been viewed 37,000 times by folks from around the world . Read more about it here.
Dr. Dahlen also let us know that she and Paul Lai (2013) have received a book contract to write Asian Pacific American Children’s and Young Adult Literature (tentative title) and it will be published by ALA Editions in 2019.
Dr. Heidi Hammond and Gail Nordstrom presented “Reading the Art in Caldecott Award Books” at MLA in September and will present at the Nebraska Library Association Conference to be held in Omaha, NE on October 19-21.
Hosmer Library in Minneapolis celebrates 100 years this year and will have a birthday party on Saturday, October 15, 1-4 PM. Our MLIS Program connection to this is that one of the Spring 2016 Capstone Course projects was Hosmer Library: 100 Years, 100 Stories and involved research into the history of the library. The capstone students for the project were Jessica Faucher, Jill Peuranen and Amy Rae Weaver.
Kate McManus (2015) is a National Digital Stewardship Residency Program (NDSR) resident at Minnesota Public Radio working on a project involving an audit of Minnesota Public Radio’s (MPR) metadata and schema workflow and datasets, which will result in documentation of audit findings and focused recommendations based on testing. Learn more about what Kate is doing at: https://ndsr.americanarchive.org/
Jaime Martin (2006), corporate archivist at IBM, is chair of the Society of American Archivists (SAA) Business Archives Section Steering Committee for 2016-2017. In August, the Business Archives Section received the 2016 (SAA) Council Exemplary Service Award for its contributions to the society.
Brian Huffman(2011) in June presented on the topic, OER in Legal Education, at the 2016 Cali Conference on Law School Computing held in Atlanta, GA. Brian is Electronic Services Librarian at William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.
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