We are working on some pretty exciting events for the not so distant future. For example, John and Hank Green will be on campus on October 22 to discuss John’s new book Turtles All the Way Down. This event is in partnership with Red Balloon and the Friends of the St Kate’s Library. We are also working on creating a speaker series twice a year. If you have ideas on who you would want to hear from, please let me know.
You are likely reading this just before departing for MLA or ITEM. Conferences are a great time to learn, network, and reconnect. We would love to reconnect with you, so stop by and say hi.
Director and Assistant Professor, MLIS Program
The MLIS Program invites you to a preparation session in advance of our re-accreditation External Review Panel site visit on November 6-8, 2017.
WHEN: Monday, October 16, 2017, 6-7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Rauenhorst Ballroom, 3rd Floor, Coeur de Catherine Building, St. Paul Campus
WHO: Students, faculty (fulltime, adjunct), staff, alums, LIS professionals, employers, practicum supervisors, community partners, etc.
The tentative program will be to discuss a brief background about accreditation, who the External Review panelists are, highlights of the self study report, the role of stakeholders during the site visit, examples of questions panelists may ask of types of stakeholders, and time for Q&A.
Light refreshments served.
Asian America in Graphic Novels: A Recap of Our Evening with Gene Luen Yang
On July 12, 2017, we welcomed award-winning graphic novelist Gene Luen Yang to St. Catherine University. Dr. Sarah Park Dahlen’s Social Justice in Children’s and Young Adult Literature class helped to host the event.
Gene Yang’s talk, “Asian America in Graphic Novels,” highlighted two of his works: American Born Chinese and Boxers & Saints. He explained his writing and illustration process, sharing details about the history behind each novel and the choices he made as an artist and storyteller, incorporating Chinese folklore, Western stereotypes, and his own experiences into each story. Through his work, he asked the questions, “What does it mean to be a hero?” and “What does it mean to be a saint?” He ended the talk by explaining his role as the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature and sharing his “Reading Without Walls” platform.
Throughout his engaging, delightful presentation, listeners were encouraged to consider the problematic stereotypes we see in our shared stories, as well as the absence of authentic narratives of Asian America. We believe people came away with not only a deeper understanding of Yang’s work, but also why positively diversifying literature is essential in a progressive and inclusive society.
Attendees had the opportunity to meet Gene Yang after the talk, participate in his “Reading Without Walls” challenge, and purchase Mr. Yang’s titles from Addendum Books for signing.
This event reflected the mission of the MLIS Program, as well as the broader mission of St. Catherine University – notably our ongoing commitment to social justice.
Co-hosted by the St. Catherine University – MLIS Program, St. Kate’s Library, Friends of the Libraries, Education Department, St. Catherine University MIPS Office, St. Kate’s ALA Student Chapter, Progressive Librarians Guild, LIS Student Governance Organization, Endowed Mission Chairs, and Addendum Books.
Photographs by Addendum Books
Current MLIS Student
2017 Academic Year Convocation
On September 6, the academic year officially began with a celebration mass and vesting at Our Lady of Victory Chapel and then processed to the O’Shaughnessy for convocation. I was truly humbled and honored to be a part of this event, representing the entire Graduate College. This was the first year that student speakers represented all three of St. Catherine’s colleges and it was an inspiring day. Together, Biftu, Terese and I spoke about remembering that while we strive to always do our best work at school, we must remember that our most important work happens outside of the classroom by carrying a Katie commitment to social justice into our community. We talked about listening to the diverse stories of others with heart, with love and patience, and not listening to react, but instead listening to learn and to always lead with love. We reminded the audience of faculty, staff and students to be inclusive and accepting of diversity in all aspects of our lives, because what makes us different truly does make us stronger.
Our speech was well received, but more importantly I know I have made two new friends. Being a part of this event has also opened up doors for me as President Roloff has named me to the task force she is forming to discuss school safety protocol in response to the events of September 12. I know she will communicate the task force updates to the entire student body, but if you have any questions, please send me an e-mail at email@example.com.
Finally, I don’t remember laughing quite this large, but we must have said something funny.
Newsletter and Social Media Grad Assistant,
SGO treasurer, SAA media relations, GSAB representative
St. Kate’s Libraries: Introducing Lizzy Tegeler
I come to St. Kate’s by way of the University of Wisconsin – Stout, where I served as Interim Instruction & Reference Librarian for the 2016-2017 academic year. As a new graduate from the University of Washington’s iSchool, my time at Stout was a great opportunity to learn more about the day-to-day as an academic librarian, and a crash course in many of the issues that I was shielded from as a student (for example, budget woes). The position at Stout Library was also a convenient reason to return to the Midwest.
Having grown up in St. Paul, I moved to Iowa to attend Grinnell College and then the Pacific Northwest for what I predicted to be a two year adventure. Two years quickly turned into ten, and I eventually realized that I did not want to delay my return home to the Midwest any longer. While I don’t regret my time away one bit, I love the feeling of familiarity I get when I bike by my childhood home on my morning commute to to the St. Kate’s campus, or realize during my lunch break outside that one of my earliest memories took place on Dew Drop Pond’s island (unfortunately the memory is of my first bee sting).
Mostly though, I continually realize how excited I am to be settling into a campus with such a strong tradition of interdisciplinary, liberal arts scholarship. As a graduate student at the University of Washington, I thought of my time in school much like an all-you-can-eat-buffet. Wanting to make the most of my time there, I said “yes” to as many library settings as I could: graduate assistantship at the R1 institution’s graduate library, directed fieldwork and at the Seattle Art Museum Libraries, a digital humanities capstone project with Seattle Public Libraries Special Collections, and an information literacy internship with Seattle Community College. As delicious as the heaping plate was, all of the samples helped me realize that the library work I feel most passionate about takes place on a campus that emphasizes a liberal arts education and the perspectives that it can offer students to learn more about the world that they are active participants in, and about themselves.
So as the school year quickly gets under way, I look forward to getting to know you – the students, faculty, staff, and alumnae of St. Catherine University’s MLIS program. Feel free to email or knock on my office door with any questions, or simply to chat. And to current students especially, I would love to learn about the many ways you are filling your plates!
Instruction and Reference Librarian
Alum News: Sarah Huber
Sarah graduated in December 2014 and has been at Purdue University since December 2016 where she is an assistant professor in addition to her library duties.
What attracted you to the LIS field?
I was attracted to the LIS field after working in a library as a library aide. I found it to be a field where different interests could come together. For me, it was reading, teaching, technology, and the ability to be creative in my work.
What is a typical day like for you?
Because librarians at Purdue are faculty, a day at work typically includes time to teach and do research as well as librarian duties, such as research consultations and information literacy one-shots. At Purdue, we do not work at the reference desk. We have our own offices and work from there.
What do you like about your job?
What I like most about my job is that we are encouraged to be innovative and creative. I am able to try out ideas in the classroom and in my research – that is very empowering and exciting. I work with such accomplished and talented peers whose work inspires me to learn and take chances.
What has been your biggest career challenge so far, and what are the steps you have taken to get through it?
Teaching has been my biggest career challenge. Even though I have a MN School Library Media Specialist license through St. Kate’s, I am still learning about content to teach. I feel comfortable in front of a group, but teaching about all the resources we have available in engineering has been challenging. I am still learning the basics, such as research techniques and data management, while also learning about engineering technology resources. I only knew a small amount about engineering before taking this job, so teaching 4th year nuclear engineering students has taken some courage on my part. I had to dive into the deep end. I ask for help from my peers. I admit when I don’t know something, and then I go and find out. The days are packed, so I prepare as much as I can, but sometimes I just go into the classroom and know it will be a learning experience. I’ve had to regularly remind myself that I am still learning. I enjoy learning so much more if I have reasonable expectations for myself.
What experiences at St. Kate’s (or otherwise) were most helpful in getting you to where you are today?
I think that any time spent on getting technical expertise was very helpful. Also, I watched what my teachers and classmates were doing. If I liked how someone presented information, I took notes. If I thought a classmate’s writing was good, I would think about how I could learn from their style. Being in school is about learning from the teachers and content, but also your classmates. The field of librarianship attracts such smart people; it’s an honor to work with and learn from librarians!
What advice do you have for current LIS students?
My advice would be to consider work as an engineering or science librarian. I would have never thought I could be so creative in engineering librarianship, but I am getting to teach, build maker space curriculum, learn about virtual reality in data visualization, among other fun topics. I recommend keeping your eye on these two paths because I believe there are good job opportunities there.
Banned Books Week
As a part of Banned Books Week, September 24-30, the St. Kate’s Progressive Librarians Guild promoted the Rebel Reader Twitter Tournament created by ALA to speak out against censorship. Have a look at @scuplg to see what was posted. Keep the conversation going with hashtag #RebelReader and visit www.ala.org for more information.
In addition, Salie Olson (current student) created this display at the St. Kate’s Minneapolis Campus Library. A big thank you to Kateri Mavourneen Cavanagh for the flames.
Call for Papers for the inaugural issue of RDYL
Research on Diversity in Youth Literature (RDYL) is a peer-reviewed, online, open-access journal hosted by St. Catherine University’s Master of Library and Information Science Program and University Library. It will be published two times a year, with the first issue to be published on June 1, 2018. The mission of Research on Diversity in Youth Literature is to publish scholarship attending to issues of diversity, equity, social justice, inclusion, and intersectionality in youth literature, culture, and media.
For our inaugural issue, we welcome submissions by #OwnVoices (underrepresented persons writing about topics related to their lived experiences) from all disciplines engaging with Dr. Rudine Sims Bishop’s article “Mirrors, Windows, and Sliding Glass Doors” (1990). Submit complete essays to co-editors Dr. Sarah Park Dahlen (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Dr. Gabrielle Atwood Halko (email@example.com) by December 1, 2017. Essays must be between 5,000-8,000 words, including notes and citations, and use APA Style.
ARLIS/NA Wolfgang M. Freitag Internship Award
The Art Libraries Society of North America is now accepting applications for the 2018 Wolfgang M. Freitag Internship Award. The award grants $3,000 to the selected recipient to support a 150 hour internship in an art library or visual resources collection.
The deadline for applications is November 17, 2017. The Award will be announced and presented during convocation ceremonies at the 46th Annual ARLIS Conference in New York City, NY, in February 2018.
This internship aims to represent the multifaceted nature of our field by providing internship opportunities to students currently enrolled in, or having completed within the last 12 months, a graduate program in library/information science, art history, architectural history, architecture, studio art, or museum studies. Applicants must have completed at least 10 credits of their graduate coursework before the application deadline. For detailed information about the award and application instructions visit the ARLIS/NA website.
News in Brief
The department will have a table at the Minnesota Library Association Annual Conference in Rochester October 5-6. Please stop by to say hello.
Professor Sarah Park Dahlen was recently appointed to the selection committee for the next 2018-2019 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature (the role that Gene Yang currently occupies).
Tanya Cothran (2009) has recently co-edited a book that is now available on Amazon. Smart Risks: How small grants are helping to solve some of the world’s biggest problems explores how partnerships with grassroots organizations and responsive grants that listen to the needs of marginalized communities can make lasting impact internationally. Smart Risks is a collaborative effort by 22 authors from 7 countries and 20 organizations who represent a range of players within the global development sector who are already taking “smart risks.”
Mark Troendle, a graduate of the joint Dominican University/St. Catherine MLIS program is the new director of the Stillwater Public Library. He previously served as assistant director at the LE. Phillips Memorial Public Library in Eau Claire.
Sara Butterfass (2017) is working at the Center for Local History in Arlington County, Virginia. She is working with the county’s oral history project and women’s history exhibit, and is currently researching Gertrude Crocker who was one of the first people to picket in front of the White House. In her fight for women’s suffrage, Crocker was imprisoned three times for her actions.
Heidi Hammond has hired Zach Jansen (current student) as Graduate Assistant to continue her research on children’s literature and picture books.
In Fall 2016, Leadership in Theory and Practice classmates Rebekah Orensten (current student), Jade Erickson (2017) and Joyce Victor (2017) wrote their advocacy project for the school Rebekah works at – Battle Creek Middle School. One of the action plans for the project was writing an EcoLab grant for new technology. This September the grant came back and Battle Creek Middle School was awarded $3,000 to purchase Ozobots, Spheros, and Ollies for the library. Congratulations!
Kallie Schell (current student) is the new Graduate Assistant working with Sarah Park Dahlen on researching youth literature, diversity and event planning.
LGBTQ historian and author of Land of 10,000 Loves Stewart Van Cleve (2015) will be featured in “Out North,” a new documentary by Twin Cities Public Television about Minnesota’s queer history. “Out North” airs on TPT Monday, October 16 at 8 p.m. For more information visit www.tpt.org/out-north. Congratulations, Stewart!
Current students Caryl Mousseaux, Lauren Cottrell, Laura Gingras, and Zoe Poeschl did great work putting together the Vietnam War LibGuide media display for the Viet Thanh Nguyen event on September 15. A recap of the event is available on the St. Kate’s website.
Emily Soltis (2015) is a Technical Services Librarian at Austin Public Library (MN) as of August 2017.
In July, Teresa Myers (2014) began as a Research Specialist for Gray Plant Mooty Law Firm in Minneapolis.
SOCIETY OF AMERICAN ARCHIVIST STUDENT CHAPTER
Join SAA on Monday, October 9 at 6 p.m. in Whitby Hall 121 for ARCHIVES 101. An annual panel discussion with local archivists. Hear from Shelby Edwards (Associate Curator of Manuscripts Minnesota Historical Society), Jessica Faucher (General Mills Archivist), Erik Moore (Head, University Archives and Co-Director, University Digital Conservancy, University of Minnesota), and Jill Vuchetich (Walker Art Center Archivist). This event is open to all. Contact us for more information.
JOHN GREEN at O’Shaughnessy Auditorium Sunday, Oct. 22nd, 7:00 p.m. Join #1 bestselling author John Green and special guest Hank Green at The O’Shaughnessy Auditorium on tour in support of John’s new novel, Turtles All the Way Down. In this multimedia event, the brothers will talk about John’s latest book, answer audience questions, perform live music, and more. All tickets include an autographed copy of Turtles All the Way Down. Tickets are $21 and available at the O’Shaughnessy website. Brought to you by Red Balloon Bookshop, the Friends of St. Catherine University Libraries, and St. Kate’s Master of Library and Information Science Program.
SPECIAL LIBRARIES ASSOCIATION STUDENT GROUP
The SLA Student Chapter is hosting an Information Professionals Panel on Monday, October 30. More details will be available on their website cscsla.blogspot.com/ soon.
Seeking News From Our Students & Alums
Have a new position? Presented at a conference? Starting a new project? Serving on a committee? Hosting an event? We love to hear updates and news from you. E-mail our Social Media Assistant, Trish Vaillancourt at firstname.lastname@example.org with Subject Line: News in Brief. 50 words maximum.
<– 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.