We Welcome The Fall 2016 Semester
Change is in the air for our University and the MLIS Program as we say farewell to summer and begin the Fall 2016 semester. Please join us in welcoming our University’s 11th President, ReBecca “Becky” Koenig Roloff, whose inaugural will be Tuesday, October 11. President Roloff is a graduate of St. Catherine University and a well-known leader in area business and non-profit management. You may learn more about her via a short biography posted on the St. Catherine University website.
Since May, two new staff members have joined our Program and we are excited to have them as colleagues and members of our MLIS community.
Janis Shearer started mid-May as the new MLIS Office Coordinator. Janis brings about 10 years of office coordination expertise and an understanding of student needs, as she currently is a graduate student in our MLIS Program. She has expertise in horticulture and volunteers at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.
Toyin Akisanya began in August as our new IT Coordinator. She has experience as independent iOS developer, an adult education instructor, an e-learning instructional designer, and software engineer. She has expertise in programming languages, web development, operating systems and graphic design. Toyin holds a MSC Computer Science from University College London.
This year our MLIS community will be hearing from us about the ALA-COA Re-Accreditation process. We will be writing our Program’s self-review report based on the 2015 Accreditation Standards and preparing for an External Review Panel (ERP) visit to the Program in Fall 2017.
We will be reaching out to our stakeholder community as we proceed through the process and as we approach the ERP visit about a year from now.
So, we begin the new semester with a sense of anticipation, a sense of purpose and deep gratitude for our community of students (new and continuing), faculty, staff, alums, University colleagues, LIS professional colleagues and friends.
Best to all,
Deborah Grealy, Associate Dean and Program Director
Deborah Torres, Assistant Program Director
MLIS At 2016 Annual MLA Conference
LIS Faculty, students and staff will once again be participating in the annual Minnesota Library Association conference to be held in Duluth, MN Thursday and Friday, September 29-30. St. Catherine University Librarians, with whom we work closely, also will be participating.
Come find us in sessions, in the hallway, at Keynotes and in the Exhibit Hall at our St. Catherine University table. A good time to drop by our exhibit table to see us and say Hello is during the session breaks.
Featured presentations listed on the schedule involving our faculty and/or students:
- 8:50 a.m. Thursday
Reading the Art in Caldecott Award Books: What Makes a Picture Book Distinguished
Speakers: Gail Nordstrom, Public Library Consultant, Viking Library System; Heidi Hammond, Assistant Professor and SLMS Coordinator, MLIS Program, St. Catherine University.
- 1:45 pm. Friday
More with Less: Project Management for Beginners
Speakers: Kelly McBride, Director, Osceola Public Library; Anthony Molaro, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, St. Catherine University.
- 3:50 pm Friday
An Urban Public Library Analysis: Diversity in Young Adult Collections
Speakers: Antonio Backman, MLIS Student, St. Catherine University; Chayse Sundt, MLIS Student, St.Catherine University; Sarah Park Dahlen, Assistant Professor, St. Catherine University.
See you in Duluth!
MLIS Student Summer Adventures
Where she went: Edinburgh, Scotland
What she did: Landed a spot in the “SOIS – In the UK Archive” program through the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Over a period of two weeks, she and seven other students toured the Scottish Parliament, the National Library of Scotland, the National Records of Scotland, and the University of Edinburgh, as well as a visit to Drumlanrig Castle. On the way, they spoke to their tour guides about the similarities and differences between archival practice between the UK and the US, and each gave an independent 10-minute presentation on a UK community archive.
What she took away: Sara said the most interesting thing she learned was that Scotland’s Parliament, not established until 1999, is born-digital. Overall, Sara said she had a good experience meeting colleagues and forging new professional connections, but that she wished they would have had more student discussions post-tour.
Her advice to current MLIS students: “I would encourage the MLIS students at St. Kate’s to join listservs in their interest areas to get a better sense of what is going on, join a broader community of colleagues, and start making connections that will pay off in the future. We are all very busy pursuing these degrees and building our experience, but if there is any way to fit in an *extra*-curricular opportunity, I would absolutely encourage it because such hands-on experiences have always been rich learning experiences for me and have taught me more about what I like and what I don’t like.”
Where he went: Yellowstone National Park
What he did: On his second try, secured a coveted summer internship at the Heritage and Research Center in Gardiner, Montana, which houses the Yellowstone Research Library and the Yellowstone Archives. While he was there, he cataloged, filed, and bindery-prepped a host of old and new materials, lead tours of the library and rare book room, digitized VHS tapes, delivered books to Yellowstone employees, answered questions at the reference desk, and created an inventory of the entire collection in the stacks.
What he took away: Tyler said his favorite part of the internship was the friends he made staying at the dorm in Mammoth Hot Springs, Wyoming. He met a people from all over the country working with a variety of animals and in a wide array of professions. He also came away with a greater appreciation for environmental preservation.
“Don’t get me wrong,” he said, “we had a lot of cool materials in the collection…but I think the greatest artifact is Yellowstone itself. It’s a living history…Yellowstone is like one multi-faceted artifact that everyone is trying really hard to preserve. All of the people I met are the all crucial in preserving something greater than themselves.”
His advice to current MLIS students: “On my last day I asked my supervisors ‘Why me?’ They both agreed on two things: my cover letter and my references. So my advice is to talk to you professors, be engaged in class, confront the material. As a result, you will be able to use that in your cover letter. You’ll also be able to rely on your professors for solid references. The more you engage the more they can speak to your abilities. Avoid formulaic and template cover letters. Don’t play yourself up. Use the language. Be clear about your interests and what you want to know more about. Do your research, especially before the phone interview…Ultimately, you have to try.”
MLIS Student Learning Outcome Survey
Last academic year, the MLIS Program faculty worked on revisions to our Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) to ensure that the curriculum provides for the study of theory, principles, practice, and legal and ethical issues and values necessary for providing services in libraries and information organizations now and in the future.
During the summer, Dr. Joyce Yukawa worked with her graduate assistant, Sarah Kirchman, to set up and administer Phase 1 of a survey sent to 750 stakeholders to get feedback on the newly revised Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs). In Phase 2 in early Fall, current students will be invited to take the survey.
The survey asks respondents to advise the MLIS Program on those SLOs they believe are essential in an MLIS graduate and indicate any significant areas of knowledge and abilities that are missing, or to provide other comments. To those who have already responded, we are very grateful for your valuable input.
Family, friends, former colleagues and former students of Dr. Geraldine B. King celebrated her life and mourned her passing at her funeral service held in St. Paul on July 26, 2016. Dr. King was a faculty member of the St. Catherine/Dominican University MLIS Program from 1992-2005. She also taught in the IMLS grant-funded Urban Library Program. She also had served as a faculty member of the University of Minnesota Library School. Dr. King was well known for her expertise in reference and public services and personnel management. Among the highlights of her career, she held three major positions for Ramsey County Public Library: Head of Reference Department, Director of Public Services and Associate Director.
Social Time In the MLIS Hallway
Wed, Sept 7 and Tues, Sept 13
5-5:45pm in the MLIS Hallway
Come enjoy refreshments and meet and chat with your fellow students, administration, and professors before the first classes begin.
SAA “Preserve Your Sanity” Happy Hour
Mon, Sept 12
7pm (or whenever the SAA Meeting ends) at Tiffany Sports Lounge (2051 Ford Pkwy)
Not just for SAA members – all are welcome!
Talk by Zetta Elliott, Author Educator, Activist and Dr. Sarah Park Dahlen, MLIS Program
Tues, Sept 13
7pm in Mendel 106
Author, educator, and activist Zetta Elliott and Dr. Sarah Park Dahlen will give a talk next Tuesday on the St. Catherine University St. Paul campus. The topic is “Inclusivity and Indie Authors: The case for community-based Publishing.” The event is co-hosted by the ALA Student Chapter, PLG and Student Governance Organization. More information about Zetta Elliot can be found here: http://www.zettaelliott.com/
Information Session on International Librarianship Class
Mon, Sept 26
6pm in CdC 20
MLIS students interested in enrolling in the International Librarianship Class (LIS 7600) for Summer 2017 are invited to attend an information session on Monday, September 26. Mary Wagner, Professor Emerita and course instructor, will discuss the course, requirements, costs, the travel portion of the course to 2017 IFLA Conference in Wroclaw Poland, other details, and answer questions.
Minnesota Library Association 2016 Conference
Duluth Entertainment Convention Center
Check out the SGO Program Calendar for the most up-to-date information on events and student group meetings.
News In Brief
Dr. Sarah Park Dahlen, in June, received the University of Illinois iSchool Library School Alumni Association Leadership Award. Read about her honor at: https://ischool.illinois.edu/articles/2016/06/lsaa-honors-2016-award-recipients
Dr. Heidi Hammond co-taught a summer semester special topics course with Gail Nordstrom on “Picture Books: Exploring the Interplay of Text and Illustrations.”
In August, Associate Dean/Program Director Deborah Grealy co-presented with Assistant Professor Justin Wilwerding (Interior Design) at MinneCon (Minneapolis Trade Fair) on the topic of “Evidence-Based Design Knowledge Audit.” The conference was held at Target Field in Minneapolis.
Will Ritcher Assistant Program Director Deborah Torres stopped into Grand Rapids (MN) Public Library while on vacation in August to see alum William Richter, who has served as a reference librarian there for the past eight years.
Schenk, Keeling, Sanchez-Tucker MLIS Students Edwin Schenk (left) and Thomas Keeling (middle) along with Maria Sánchez-Tucker (right), Manager Special Collections Department of the Pueblo City-County (CO) Library District (PCCLD) (right) presented on a panel at the August 2016 National Diversity in Libraries Conference (NDLC) on the topic of “Going Native and Building Bridges: Culturally-Based Literacy and Cultural Programs Serving Native Americans and Latino/as.” The conference was held in Los Angeles, CA.
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 <email@example.com> with Subject Line: News in Brief.
September Student Organization Meetings
- SLA: Thurs, Sept 8 @ 5:15pm in CdC 19
- SAA: Mon, Sept 12 @ 6pm in Library Room 123
- ALA: Tues, Sept 13 @ 5:15pm in CdC 18
- SGO: Thurs, Sept 15 @ 5pm in CdC 20
- OR conference in at 641-715-3580, access code 358-995